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Kansas Labor Market Report
September 2021
IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for September 2021. Data collected for this report references the week including September 12th. Additional resources for affected workers and employers may be found at the Kansas Department of Labor’s website: and
Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in September. This was an increase from 3.8 percent in August and a decrease from 6.1 percent in September 2020.

“The September unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent,” said Secretary Amber Shultz. “However Kansas employers continued adding jobs in September. The strongest growth this month was seen in trade, transportation and utilities which has already surpassed pre-pandemic employment levels in the state." 

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 1,900 from August. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 1,100 from the previous month, while government increased by 800.

“September estimates indicate that total nonfarm jobs have increased for the fourth consecutive month in Kansas,” said Labor Economist Emilie Doerksen. “Employers have added 16,800 jobs over the past four months, led by growth in trade, transportation and utilities as well as continued recovery in government, manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality jobs."

Since September 2020, Kansas seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 32,200. This change is due to an increase of 28,000 private sector jobs and 4,200 government jobs.

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Audio clips of the Labor Market Report quotes by Secretary of Labor, Amber Shultz and Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen are available online, courtesy of the Kansas Department of Labor.

        Amber Shultz, Kansas Secretary of Labor - Audio file                                                        Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist - Audio file
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