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Becky Shaffer
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Kansas Labor Market Report
August 2022
IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for August 2022, which are produced using data from two monthly surveys. Data for nonfarm job estimates is collected through a survey of employers while the main input for labor force estimates is a survey of households. Data collected for this report references the week including August 12.
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 2.5% in August. This was an increase from 2.4% in July and a decrease from 3.2% in August 2021.

“The Kansas unemployment rate in August was 2.5%,” said Secretary Amber Shultz. "Estimates for the unemployment rate remain below pre-pandemic levels and near historic lows."

Seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 3,400 from July. Total nonfarm includes private sector and government employers. Private sector jobs decreased by 2,100 over the month, while government decreased by 1,300.

“August estimates indicate that average nominal weekly earnings for the private sector in Kansas increased by 3.5% over the year even as the average number of hours worked showed a small decrease to 34.5,” said Labor Economist Nathan Kessler. “While real wages do remain under pressure, over the year comparisons for inflation indicate some improvement from recent highs.”

Since August 2021 Kansas' seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 15,100. This change is due to an increase of 18,200 private sector jobs and a decrease of 3,100 government jobs.

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

        Amber Shultz, Kansas Secretary of Labor - Audio file                                                        Nathan Kessler, Labor Economist - Audio file
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