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Kansas Labor Market Report
October 2017

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in October. This was down from 3.8 percent in September and down from 4.3 percent in October 2016.

"In October, 3,383 additional Kansans became employed,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon. “This grew the labor force and factored into the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been since August 2000.”

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 1,700 from the previous month.

"The net change for total nonfarm job estimates in October was relatively small, decreasing by 0.1 percent over the month,” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen. “One industry contributing to this loss was retail trade. Following national trends, retailers in Kansas hired fewer seasonal workers than expected in October.”

Since October 2016, Kansas lost 5,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 4,700 private sector jobs.

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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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Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist - Audio file
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