Kansas gained 12,200 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs, an increase of 1.1 percent since last February, and 11,000 nonfarm jobs, a 0.8 percent increase. Since last month, Kansas lost 2,300 private sector jobs, a decrease of 0.2 percent, and 1,200 nonfarm jobs, a decrease of 0.1 percent.
“The number of individuals employed has increased for five consecutive months, and likely cast a positive outlook on the labor market in terms of employment opportunities. The result is expansion of the labor force for the last three months as individuals are convinced that opportunities exist for them,” said Labor Economist, Efua Afful.
Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 10,600 private sector and 10,700 nonfarm jobs since February 2013, or 1 and 0.8 percent respectively. Since last month, Kansas lost 2,800 private sector jobs, a 0.3 percent decrease, and gained 6,000 nonfarm jobs, an increase of 0.4 percent.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 percent in January and down from 5.9 percent in February 2013.
There 11,121 initial claims for unemployment benefits in February 2014, down from 15,709 in January 2014 and down from 16,387 one year ago. There were 100,071 continued claims in February 2014, down from 108,341 the previous month and down from 137,463 in February 2013. These numbers include all available programs.
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 Labor Report will be released on Thursday, April 17.