Wichita metro area unemployment rate holds steady in June

The Wichita metro area’s unemployment rate remained steady in June, according to data from the state Department of Labor.

The 6.7 percent rate recorded in June reflected employment for 283,412 people, according to the data, that was up from 281,877 people employed in May. At the same time, the job pool also grew by about 2,000 people.

However, over the past year, the data shows the Wichita metro area has lost about 2,000 jobs. But because the number of people seeking jobs has declined, the unemployment rate fell, from 7.1 percent in June 2012 to 6.7 percent last month. The data from the labor department show a labor force of 307,247 in June 2012, compared to 303,710 in June 2013.

The metro area includes Butler, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties.