Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 6,000 private sector jobs since last year, or 0.5 percent. Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 4,400 jobs, a 0.3 percent increase since May 2014. Since April, private sector jobs increased by 5,000, or 0.4 percent. The state gained 3,400 total nonfarm jobs over the month, a 0.2 percent increase.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent in April and unchanged from one year ago.
There were 14,120 initial claims for unemployment benefits in May 2015, up from 12,780 in April and up from 12,518 in May 2014. There were 70,450 continued claims in May, down from 74,735 the previous month and down from 76,255 in May 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 June 2015 Labor Report will be released on Friday, July 17.