Even while adjusting for the season, the unemployment rate in Kansas hit a low not seen in nearly five years. That's just one of the surprisingly good statistics provided in the latest Kansas jobs report.
The seasonally adjusted Kansas unemployment rate in November fell a half a percent from October 2013, from 5.6 percent to 5.1 percent. It's also down from November 2012's 5.5 percent unemployment.
"The Kansas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1 percent in November," said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. "The state has not experienced unemployment this low since December 2008. This month’s labor data is a sign that the Kansas’ economy is moving in the right direction."
Not seasonally adjusted, the rate fell to 4.4 percent, down from October 2013's 5.1 percent.
Further, a closer look just at the jobs added shows more gains. Seasonally adjusted, the state has added close to 20,000 jobs from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013. Further, the state's added a little more than 5,000 nonfarm jobs (and a bit more than 4,000 private sector jobs) just from October to November 2013.
"The preliminary November estimates show a marked improvement over-the-month as individuals have moved from unemployment into employment," said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist.
Both the initial and continued claims continued their declines in recent months. The initial claims in November 2013 were at 12,914, down from 13,489 in October 2013 and down from 15,006 in November 2013.
Continued claims in November 2013 fell below 90,000 to 89,654. By comparison, October 2013 had 93,184 continued claims and November 2012 had nearly 122,000 continued claims.
Locally, the numbers also showed improvement. Bourbon, Crawford, and Cherokee counties each fell by a half a percent or more in the last month, according to the county numbers, which are not seasonally adjusted. Bourbon County fell from 4.6 percent to 4.1 percent in November 2013, Crawford County fell to 4.5 percent in November 2013 from 5.1 percent the month before, and Cherokee County dropped from 6.3 percent to 5.4 percent in November 2013.