Wichita area unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in November

The November unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in the Wichita area, a slight tick up from October’s 4.6 percent, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

Last month’s rate was better than the 5.2 percent from November 2013. The local unemployment rate has fallen steadily since it hit 10.6 percent in July 2009, partly because a few thousand more people are working, but mostly because the number of people seeking work has fallen.

Elsewhere in Kansas, the not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for November was 4.0 for Kansas.

The unemployment rates, also not seasonally adjusted, for metro areas were: Lawrence, 3.5 percent; Manhattan, 3.7 percent; Topeka, 4.3 percent; and the Kansas area of Kansas City, 4.1 percent.