The Douglas County jobless rate took a seasonal leap in June, reflecting the annual influx of temporary workers and the furlough of many school and university employees over the summer.
The Kansas Department of Human Resources said today that the county's unemployment rate for June was 3.5 percent, up from 2.9 percent in May. However, the June increase was below the 3.7 percent rate recorded in the same month a year earlier.
The Douglas County increase followed a statewide trend. The KDHR also reported this morning that the Kansas jobless rate rose to 4.6 percent in June, from 3.8 percent a month earlier.
The most sizable changes in Douglas County employment numbers since May appeared in government employment, which includes jobs at Kansas University, Haskell Indian Junior College and the public schools. Employment in government jobs dropped by 1,500 to 10,100.
A SECOND seasonal change in local employment was found in a 300-job gain since May in construction work.
From May to June, the size of the local work force dropped by 1,538, to 45,564. However, the most recent numbers still reflect growth in the local labor market since June 1991. Over the year, the size of Douglas County's labor force increased by 2,021.
Although the number of people with jobs in June was down 1,743 from a month earlier, to 43,981, employment was 2,049 higher than it had been in June 1991.
And the number of people unemployed in June but actively seeking work, 1,583, represented an increase of 205 from May but a decrease of 28 from June 1991.
THE LARGEST change in any labor category since June 1991 was a 500-job gain in trade employment, where 9,400 people found work. Of the jobs added since June 1991, 200 were in wholesale trade and 300 were in retail.
Other significant changes over the past year were reported in construction, where the number of jobs rose by 300; in manufacturing, which added 100 jobs; and in services and government employment, each of which reported a 100-job decrease.