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July 18, 2014

Wichita area unemployment rate rises to 5.9 percent for June

The Wichita area’s unemployment rate rose in June, as the number of nonfarm jobs decreased from about 292,100 in May to 289,100, according to data on the state’s Department of Labor website.

The Wichita area’s unemployment rate rose in June, as the number of nonfarm jobs decreased from about 292,100 in May to 289,100, according to data on the state’s Department of Labor website.

The unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in May. The rate in June 2013 was 6.6 percent.

Information on the state’s website also showed that the size of the labor pool – people who are working or seeking work – in the metro area dropped by less than 100 over the last year, but it’s down by more than 3,000 from June 2012. The Wichita metro area includes Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.

Wichita’s biggest job losses year over year were in manufacturing. The biggest gains were in the category that combines mining, construction and logging.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in May.

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