Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kansas employment remained flat in January

Kansas employment remained flat in January

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 7,100 to 2,693,900 jobs while total employment increased by 4,000 to 2,942,000, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state were Citrus at 6 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December.

Indiana's unemployment rate has edged lower to 3.3 percent in January, continuing a decline in the state that was seen starting in November. Iowa's unemployment rate compares to a 4.1 percent national rate.

"I am proud to announce that Florida businesses kicked off 2018 by creating more than 10,000 new jobs for families across the state in January". Many employers have said they're unable to add jobs because there is a lack of available talent with the right qualifications.

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Over the year, the Kansas economy added 9,100 nonfarm jobs, or 0.6 percent, the department said. This was a result of 4,105 unemployed residents no longer seeking employment within the past four weeks, and a 3,189 decrease in residents employed. Charleston County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent.

The Topeka area's jobless rate grew six-tenths of a point, to 3.7 percent while Wichita's jobless rate grew by three-tenths of a point to 3.9 percent. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the labour force participation rate is 1.7 percentage points higher.

The department says the January rate also remained well below the USA rate, which was unchanged at 4.1 percent. The county added 8,000 jobs, an increase of 1.3 percent over the year.

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