Kansas Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2000

Nov 20, 2017

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As Colorado’s unemployment rate inched up slightly in October, Kansas’s unemployment rate dropped slightly.

As Colorado Public Radio reports, Colorado’s unemployment rate remained one of the lowest in the country at 2.7 percent last month, up just two tenths of a percent.

The state labor department says unemployment went up because more people entered the workforce -- 10,000 in October -- but about 6,000 actually secured jobs. The construction, leisure and hospitality sectors saw the biggest increases.

The Kansas Department of Labor’s preliminary estimates show an unemployment rate of 3.6%, down from 3.8 percent in September, with just under 3,400 people entering the workforce.

Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon said that is the lowest unemployment rate for Kansas since 2000.

Nationally, the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up again last week to a still-low 249,000.