KS unemployment rate surges upwards of 11%

May 22, 2020 - 11:39 am

    The Kansas Department of Labor reports the preliminary estimate for the unemployment rate in Kansas in April is 11.2%; KDOL says that is an increase from a historical low of 2.8% in March.

    Delia Garcia, the secretary of KDOL, cites the effects of COVID-19 on the labor market. The data was collected during a statewide stay-at-home order.

    “The United States unemployment rate also reached a series high, increasing to 14.7% in April,” she said.

    Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 130,400 from March. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 121,600 from the previous month, while government decreased by 8,800 jobs.

    “The leisure and hospitality sector saw a particularly sharp decline, accounting for 50,200 out of the total decrease since March.” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen in a KDOL news release.

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