Kansas Department of Labor

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The Kansas Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in the state dropped slightly last month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.

The unemployment rate in Kansas was 4.4 percent in September, down from 4.6 percent in August. The labor department says the state gained more than 4,000 jobs last month.

Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, its lowest mark in nearly five years.

Kansas Department Of Labor Cancels Worker Furloughs

Oct 11, 2013

The Kansas Department of Labor is ending most of the furloughs it imposed on employees because of the federal government's partial shutdown.

Gov. Brownback's office says it will not put others on unpaid leave, either.

The governor's spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says the administration will tap the state's cash reserves to maintain staffing for the state program that provides benefits to unemployed workers.

The latest state labor report says the Kansas unemployment rate edged higher in May.

Despite that, the state also saw modest growth in private-sector jobs over the past year.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, up from 5.6 percent in April but down from 6.1 percent in May 2012. The report also says private companies employed about 14,400 more workers last month than in May 2012, an increase of 1.3 percent.

Kansas Department of Labor

The jobless rate in Kansas isn't falling, but it didn't get worse in February. 

The (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 5.8 percent, while the smooth seasonally adjusted number remained steady at 5.5 percent for the fourth month. In February 2012, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.