Unemployment Rate Falls


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) State labor officials say the unemployment rate in Kansas fell to a seasonally adjusted 5.4 percent in November despite slowing job growth.

The Department of Labor reported Thursday the unemployment rate had fallen from 5.7 percent in October. The rate is a full 1 percent below the seasonally adjusted rate in November 2011.

Interim Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said the job market is moving in the right direction. Kansas added 1,100 private sector jobs in November and employers have increased payrolls by 4,900 jobs over the past year.

The workforce has shown slight growth in recent months, standing at 1.49 million in November, up about 7,000 people since September.

On a county level, Wilson had the highest jobless rate in Kansas at 7.8 percent.


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