Kansas unemployment rate drops in December

January 19, 2018 - 7:54 pm

Kansas saw its unemployment rate drop slightly in December to 3.4% and reach its lowest point in nearly 18 years.

The state Department of Labor reported Friday that last month's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was lower than both the 3.5% reported in November and the 4.3% rate in December 2016. The state's unemployment rate has remained below 4% since March 2017.

According to department statistics, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last dropped to 3.4% in February 2000.

The department also said the number of people working in private-sector, nonfarm jobs also grew by about 8,000 in December from December 2016. The increase was 0.7%.

Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said hours worked and real earnings also increased over the years as employers sought workers.

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