For Immediate Release
March 20, 2015


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Barbara Hersh

(785) 296-0901
Barbara.Hersh@dol.ks.gov

Jobs Report February 2015


TOPEKA, Kan. – The state’s February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the January and down from 4.6 percent in February 2014.
 
Seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 21,000 private sector jobs since last year, or 1.9 percent. Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 21,200 jobs, a 1.5 percent increase since February 2014. Since last month, Kansas added 9,000 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, or 0.8 percent. The state gained 9,500 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs, a 0.7 percent increase since last month.
 
“Private sector jobs continue to drive Kansas’ economic growth, setting a new record high this month,” said Lana Gordon, Secretary of Labor. 

     
   
 
Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 20,400 private sector jobs since last year, or 1.8 percent. Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 20,600 jobs, a 1.5 percent increase since February 2014. Since January, private sector jobs increased by 6,100, or 0.5 percent. The state gained 14,600 total nonfarm jobs over the month, a 1.1 percent increase.
 
“Demand for labor in the state continued to improve in February, with the number of private sector jobs increasing by 20,400, or 1.8 percent, over the past 12 months,” said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist. “The number of average hours worked in a week increased at a modest rate of 0.6 percent.”
 
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was 4.5 percent, down from 4.6 percent in January and down from 5.2 percent one year ago.
 
There were 13,070 initial claims for unemployment benefits in February 2015, down from 17,894 in January and up from 11,121 in February 2014. There were 97,413 continued claims in February, down from 103,232 the previous month and down from 100,071 in February 2014. These numbers include all available programs.
 
Kansas labor market information for February is available here.
 
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 March 2015 Labor Report will be released on Friday, April 17.

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

Lana Gordon, Kansas Secretary of Labor 
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Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist Audio
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Barbara Hersh: (785) 296-0901
barbara.hersh@dol.ks.gov