Preliminary estimates reported today by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the May seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent. This was unchanged from April and down from 4.1 percent in May 2016.
“Unemployment remains low in Kansas with the rate staying at 3.7 percent for another month,” said Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon.
Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 5,000 from April. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 5,300 from the previous month.
Over the year, Kansas lost 3,700 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs. Kansas lost 4,000 private sector jobs since May 2016.
“The number of unemployed individuals continued to decrease in May, an indication of a tightening labor market,” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen. “The establishment survey however has not shown signs of increased demand for labor, with relatively small changes in average weekly hours worked and nominal hourly earnings compared to May 2016.”
BLS revised seasonally adjusted preliminary total nonfarm job estimates for April upward by 800 jobs, from 1,408,800 to 1,409,600. Seasonally adjusted private sector jobs were revised upward by 600 jobs, from 1,153,600 to 1,154,200.
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The June 2017 Labor Report will be released on Friday, July 21.