Although the Douglas County jobless rate for March was unchanged at 5.6 percent, unemployment appeared to be higher than it was a year ago.
The Kansas Department of Human Resources reported the March figure this morning and also raised February's jobless rate, initially reported as 5.5 percent, even with the March number.
The KDHR's monthly data are always subject to change but are likely to come in for heavier revision this year as state labor analysts fine-tune a new system for data collection and calculation that was implemented in January.
March's jobless rate failed to drop despite employment gains of 100 jobs each in construction, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Those increases were offset by a rise in the size of the civilian labor force and in the number of people counted as unemployed.
March's unemployment rate was up from the 5.0 percent for March 1993 that the KDHR recalculated using the new system.
A year earlier, the state says Douglas County had 400 more people working in service jobs and 100 more in each of manufacturing and government employment.
Douglas County bucked the state trend on service jobs, which accounted for the largest improvement of any employment category in the Kansas report. Kathy Ketchum, KDHR spokeswoman, said she could not explain the decline in local service jobs but that it had not been produced by the change in survey data.
The KDHR said the statewide unemployment rate for March rose to 6.1 percent from 5.9 percent the previous month and from 5.2 percent a year earlier.