Kansas’ unemployment rate edges up in June

07/17/2014 9:32 AM

07/17/2014 9:33 AM

The state’s unemployment rate for June ticked up to 4.9 percent, from 4.8 percent in May, according to information posted at the Kansas Department of Labor website.

The state’s jobless rate was down from June 2013, when it was 5.6 percent.

The figures show a loss of 2,800 manufacturing jobs from a year ago. According to the data on the labor department website, the Wichita metro area lost 2,400 manufacturing jobs between June 2013 and June 2014.

Most other economic sectors saw employment gains over the past year, statewide, although the “leisure and hospitality” category saw a loss of about 1,100 jobs.

Kansas gained 15,000 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent since last year, and 18,400 nonfarm jobs, also a 1.3 percent increase, according to a news release from the state labor department.

“With another month of private sector job growth, Kansas continues its comeback from the recession, having now added more than 55,000 private sector jobs since January 2011,” Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon said in a statement.

“Kansas recorded a slight increase in the labor force, adjusting for seasonal effects,” Efua Afful, a labor economist for the state, said in the news release. “This indicates continued confidence that the economy will provide opportunities for employment.”

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