Kansas unemployment rate holds steady at 2.4% in July, economy adds private-sector jobs

Updated: Sep 9


The Kansas unemployment rate in July held steady at 2.4%, an improvement from 3.4% in July 2021 and 6.4% in July 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


TOPEKA — The unemployment rate in Kansas remained at 2.4 percent in July with growth of 4,000 private-sector jobs and a decline of 500 in the government workforce.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Kansas Department of Labor said a pair of monthly surveys — one of employers and the other of households — indicated Kansas’ jobless rate stood at 2.4 percent in July and June.


The rate in 2022 has flowed from a high of 2.6 percent in January to a low of 2.3 percent in May.


“Kansas and the U.S. have maintained relatively low unemployment rates so far in 2022, with Kansas remaining at 2.4 percent and the U.S. reaching 3.5 percent in July,” said Amber Shultz, secretary of the state Department of Labor.


In 2021, the Kansas unemployment rate ranged from 3.8 percent in January to 2.8 percent in December. During July of last year, Kansas had a rate of 3.4 percent.


The seasonally adjusted job estimate for Kansas showed total nonfarm payroll, which includes private sector and government employers, increased by 3,500 in July. That number was the result of 4,000 additional private-sector workers combined with 500 fewer government workers.


Emilie Doerksen, a state labor department economist, said the Kansas manufacturing industry expanded by 1,500 jobs. The growth also reflected 1,000 hires in the trade, transportation and utility sector, she said.


Since July 2021, nonfarm employment has risen by 13,500 in Kansas. It represented 16,700 additional private-sector jobs and a reduction of 3,200 government employees.


The federal labor bureau reported July jobless figures of Kansas’ four border states, compared to June: Nebraska, 2 percent in July, up from 1.9 percent in June; Missouri, 2.5 percent, down from 2.8 percent; Oklahoma, 3 percent, up from 2.9 percent; and Colorado, 3.3 percent, down from 3.4 percent.


This article was used by permission from the Kansas Reflector. The Kansas Reflector is a non-profit online news organization serving Kansas. For more information on the organization, go to its website at www.kansasreflector.com.


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