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Kansas Labor Market Report
December 2017

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in December. This was down from 3.5 percent in November and down from 4.3 percent in December 2016.

Employers continue to demand valuable Kansas labor as jobs, hours worked, and real earnings increased over the year,” said Secretary Lana Gordon.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 5,300 from November. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 5
,200 from the previous month.

“Kansas ended the year with significant job growth, adding 5,300 jobs in December,” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen. “Most of this growth was in the private sector, including 3,200 jobs added in the leisure and hospitality industry."

Since December 2016, Kansas gained 6,300 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 8,000 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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