“A survey of Kansans shows that the number of people in the labor force declined over the summer months, leaving many employers with positions to fill. This has led to an increase in hours worked by existing employees in order to perform the work needed,” Tyler Tenbrink, the Kansas Department of Labor’s Senior Labor Economist said.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in July and down from 4.7 percent one year ago.
There were 11,237 initial claims for unemployment benefits in August 2015, down from 11,553 in July and up from 9,953 in August 2014. There were 74,176 continued claims in August, up from 67,149 the previous month and up from 62,606 in August 2014.
“Kansas workers continue to earn more money as private sector wages grew by 3.6% compared to this time last year. Plus, an annual increase in job openings of 5.3% shows opportunities exist for job seekers to participate in the Kansas economy,” Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon said.
Additionally, the 2015 Job Vacancy Survey, an annual survey of employers’ job openings, has been completed by the Kansas Department of Labor. Since last year, job vacancies in Kansas have increased by 2,383 to 47,269. The 2015 Job Vacancy Survey is available on the Kansas Labor Information Center website, 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
. Procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates are available on the BLS website here
PLEASE NOTE: The September 2015 Labor Report will be released on Friday, October 16.