Kansas unemployment rate dips slightly to 2.8 percent

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The unemployment rate in Kansas dropped slightly for December.

According to a report from the Kansas Department of Labor Friday, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 2.8 percent — a slight drop from 2.9 percent in November and 2.9 percent in December 2022.

The report by the Labor Market Information Services of the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics also found that seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 300 from November. Total nonfarm includes private sector and government employers. Private sector jobs decreased by 700 over the month, while government increased by 400.

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Since December 2022, Kansas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 11,400. KDOL said this change is due to an increase of 3,200 private sector jobs and an increase of 8,200 government jobs.

(Chart courtesy KDOL)

“Following three months of job gains, Kansas nonfarm job estimates were essentially unchanged in December,” said labor economist, Emilie Doerksen. “Although job growth slowed in December, the state continues to see improvement compared to estimates for 2022.”

The January 2024 Labor Report will be released Friday, March 8.

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