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Kansas Unemployment Remains At Nearly Five Percent

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Kansas’ unemployment rate in August remained unchanged from July and is still higher than this time last year.

According to the August jobs report from the Kansas Department of Labor, last month’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent statewide, which is unchanged from July.

It’s also higher than numbers recorded in August of 2014, when unemployment sat at 4.3 percent. The difference between those two rates translates to more than 27,000 people who are now unemployed.

Seasonally adjusted figures indicate that roughly 1,000 non-farm related jobs have been added in Kansas over the past year. That’s good for a one percent increase, which is below the national average for that same period.