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Kansas unemployment rate drops to lowest point in nearly 18 years

Kansas Department of Labor

Kansas Department of Labor

January 19, 2018

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— Kansas saw its unemployment rate drop slightly in December to 3.4 percent 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 percent reported in November and the 4.3 percent rate in December 2016. The state's unemployment rate has remained below 4 percent since March 2017.

According to department statistics, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last dropped to 3.4 percent 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 percent.

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

Comments

Bill Turner 1 month ago

Repealing the Brownback tax cuts doesn't seems to have damaged the Kansas economy as Brownback had predicted. That's weird... it's almost like Brownback was wrong all along.

Stacy Napier 1 month ago

The unemployment rate didn't just drop since the tax adjustment. It is falling because of the years of Brownback's policies.

Steve King 1 month ago

More people move out of Kansas than in. The gene pool is what's shrinking...

Richard Heckler 1 month ago

This report is political rhetoric. if any worker is making less than $64,500 a year in Lawrence,Kansas that person is at the poverty level.

$17.50 per hour = $33,000 per year ...... which was worth more 50 years ago.

Brownback and the republicans pushed the ALEC Right to Work legislation which essentially reduced wages.

Tony Peterson 1 month ago

$17.50 per hour is actually $36,400 per year. The way it's calculated is the hourly rate times 2080 hours. The poverty level for a single individual with no dependents also isn't $64,500. It's approximately less than $35,000

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