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Kansas Labor Market Report
May 2017

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the May seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent. This was unchanged from April and down from 4.1 percent in May 2016.

“Unemployment remains low in Kansas with the rate staying at 3.7 percent for another month,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 5,000 from April. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 5,300 from the previous month.

Over the year, Kansas lost 3,700 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs. Kansas lost 4,000 private sector jobs since May 2016.

The number of unemployed individuals continued to decrease in May, an indication of a tightening labor market,” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen. “The establishment survey however has not shown signs of increased demand for labor, with relatively small changes in average weekly hours worked and nominal hourly earnings compared to May 2016.

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

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Labor Force Data (Employment, Unemployment and Unemployment Rate)
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Economist Monthly Review

Historical Jobs Data
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