The latest unemployment numbers are in, and it's good news for Kansas workers. Not only did the unemployment rate drop in October, but thousands of jobs were added across the state.
October numbers show the seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate fell from 5.7 percent in September to 5.6 percent in October. Not seasonally adjusted, the state unemployment rate fell from 5.4 percent in September to 5.1 percent in October. Further, 3,400 jobs were added to the labor market over the month.
"The October labor report has positive news for Kansas," said Lana Gordon, Kansas Secretary of Labor. "The state gained private sector jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent."
Compared to October 2012, the numbers are relatively even by one mark and vastly improved by another. By unemployment rate, the figures are essentially even by the seasonally adjusted rate and only slightly improved when not looking at the seasonal numbers (5.2 percent in October 2012 to 5.1 percent in October 2013).
However, since October 2012, roughly 18,600 private sector, seasonally adjusted jobs have been added to the labor market. That includes 17,600 nonfarm jobs.
"The state gained 18,400 private sector jobs since October 2012, offsetting the decline in public sector employment," said Efua Afful, Labor Economist.
Initial unemployment claims rose by about 2,200 in October 2013 compared to the previous month to end close to 13,500. That's still down about 600 compared to this time last year.
Further, continued claims remained on a downward trend, falling roughly 19,700 since September 2013 to about 93,200. That's also down about 59,200 since October 2012.
Locally, the unemployment rate fell almost across the board (these numbers are not seasonally adjusted). In Crawford County, the rate fell from September from 5.7 percent to 5.1 percent in October 2013. Cherokee County fell from 6.7 percent to 6.3 percent. Bourbon County also saw a dramatic cut, from 5.2 percent in September to 4.6 percent in October.