TOPEKA, Kan. - In the Kansas Department of Labor's July Report, private sector employment and nonfarm jobs both showed increases since one year ago. Kansas gained 22,100 private sector jobs since July 2011, a 2 percent increase. Also notable in the report, the size of the labor force in Kansas declined by over 6,000 people.
Kansas Department of Labor Economist Tyler Tenbrink says that labor force constriction is consistent with a trend going back to the beginning of 2012. Tenbrink says most of those are workers over the age of 55.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent one year ago and up from 6.1 percent in June 2012.