Kansas Labor Department reports dip in October jobless rate

Alicia Cross
November 18, 2017

State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in October but remained higher than the national rate.

Since October 2016, Kansas lost 5,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 4,700 private sector jobs. Both of those represent changes of less than 0.5 percent.

The number of people employed statewide was 983,738, up almost 5,500 from a year ago, while the number of jobs hit 1,035,730, more than 10,000 more than a year ago.

"The low unemployment rate and job gains are indicators of the ongoing strength of the economy in MA".

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In the Lawrence metropolitan area, unemployment fell to 2.5 percent, down from 2.9 percent in September and 3.3 percent a year ago.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent, and Wilcox County in western Alabama is highest at 8.9 percent.

However, the number of unemployed in OH has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months, from 285,000 in October 2016, when the state's unemployment rate was 5%.

Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions. The Omaha metro area's rate of 2.4 percent also was the lowest in almost 20 years. That's down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.2 percent a year ago.

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