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Kansas Labor Market Report
March 2017

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the March seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent. This was down from 4.0 percent in February and down from 4.1 percent in March 2016.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 1,400 from February. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 500 from the previous month.

Over the year, Kansas gained 3,600 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs. Kansas gained 4,600 private sector jobs since March 2016.

“This month's labor report shows good news for Kansas with improvement in many key indicators, including a drop in the unemployment rate to under 4 percent” said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon

“In March the unemployment rate dropped significantly 
to 3.8 percent with continued decreases in the number of unemployed. Employment estimates also improved over the month, with the household survey indicating more Kansans working and the survey of employers showing more jobs on their payrolls,” said Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist, Kansas Department of Labor. “March estimates do not show significant changes in employment or unemployment compared to last year.”

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Audio clips of the Labor Market Report quotes by Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon and Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist are available online, courtesy of the Kansas Department of Labor.

Lana Gordon, Kansas Secretary of Labor - 
Audio file                                            Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist - Audio file
Labor Report Documents
News Release
Seasonally Adj. Nonfarm Jobs 
Not Seasonally Adj. Nonfarm Jobs 

Labor Force Data (Employment, Unemployment and Unemployment Rate)
Statewide and MSA   
County Unemployment Rate Map

Economist Monthly Review

Historical Jobs Data
Historical Unemployment Data

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