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The Kansas Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in August, an increase of two-tenths of a percent from July.

The unemployment rate in August 2016 was 4.3 percent.

The department said Friday the increased unemployment was related mostly to manufacturing layoffs and revised government job estimates.

Economist Emilie Doerksen said nonfarm employment grew by 800 jobs last month and the service-providing sector added nearly 2,000 jobs. But that was offset by temporary layoffs in manufacturing and decreased government job estimates.

New numbers show the unemployment rate in Kansas went up for the fourth month in a row.

The Kansas Department of Labor reports the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent in September. That’s up from 4 point one percent a year ago. The agency also says the state’s total labor force has decreased over the year.

Between August and September, Kansas lost 2100 private-sector jobs.

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A recent study on unemployment in Wichita found that a person receiving unemployment benefits in Wichita is 2.3 times more likely to be white than of a minority race. The study also found a disproportionately higher level of minority workers receiving benefits when compared to the overall workforce.

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As the nation gained jobs during the month of July, Kansas lost them. At the same time, the state's unemployment rate also moved higher.

The number of jobs in Kansas fell by 5,600 in the month of July. The state labor department says most of those jobs – 4,600 – were in the private sector.

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The latest jobs report for Kansas is a mixed bag.

Kansas’ unemployment rate fell slightly for the second month in a row, but the state Department of Labor says job growth has stalled.

According to a report released Friday, the unemployment rate for April was 3.8 percent, down from March's rate of 3.9 percent. It’s also down from April of last year, which was 4.2 percent.

Locally, Sedgwick County’s unemployment rate dropped sharply, from 4.6 in March to 3.9 in April.

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Unemployment numbers for September show improvements both statewide and in Wichita.

Wichita’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent last month, a stronger showing than in August, which experienced 5 percent unemployment. The statewide unemployment rate for September is also 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in August.

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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.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate and the number of private-sector jobs both edged higher in July.

The agency reported yesterday that seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in July from 4.8 percent in June.

The report also said the private sector added a seasonally adjusted 900 jobs from June to July.

Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.

The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.

The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.

Governor Brownback has signed a bill on Tuesday that he says will save Kansas employers about $42 million dollars.

It adjusts employers’ payments to the fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers.

His office says the bill will lower payments for about 44,000 businesses. Employers who’ve paid more into the fund than their workers have received in benefits will see a 15 percent cut in rates.

The bill also provides a discounted rate to non-construction employers who open businesses in Kansas.

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