Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 9,400 private sector jobs since last year, or 0.8 percent. Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 9,300 jobs, a 0.7 percent increase since April 2014. Since March, private sector jobs increased by 9,900, or 0.9 percent. The state gained 9,600 total nonfarm jobs over the month, a 0.7 percent increase.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 4.3 percent, unchanged from March and up from 4.2 percent one year ago.
“The number of individuals claiming unemployment benefits decreased by almost 3,000 over the month,” said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. “This shows that people are able to find work and employers are retaining their workforce.”
There were 12,780 initial claims for unemployment benefits in April 2015, up from 11,170 in March and up from 10,186 in April 2014. There were 74,735 continued claims in April, down from 103,382 the previous month and down from 77,722 in April 2014.
Data provided is preliminary and subject to monthly revisions and annual benchmarks by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information on procedures for producing Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) estimates is available on the BLS website here
and procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates is available on the BLS website here
PLEASE NOTE: The May 2015 Labor Report will be released on Friday, June 19.