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Wichita’s unemployment rate is good, but job growth?

A worker installs an acoustic door seal on a Cessna Citation Sovereign.
A worker installs an acoustic door seal on a Cessna Citation Sovereign. File photo

Wichita-area employment in May was virtually the same as a year ago, up about 300 jobs out of about nearly 300,000 total, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

Sectors seeing growth were health care, adminstration and support, oil and gas, hotels and restaurants.

Aircraft manufacturing continued to shrink, down about 700 jobs from the previous year. There were 26,700 aircraft workers in May, down from 42,000 at the pre-recession peak in 2008.

Employment in Kansas, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, was down 5,000 jobs from April, which is 0.4 percent down. The state unemployment rate is 3.7 percent.

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