Unemployment numbers show a slight increase in Manhattan with the latest numbers, which show 4.1 percent in the city for November, compared to 3.9 percent in October. That’s still well below the 4.7 percent from last year at the same time.
The Manhattan Metro- area, which includes Riley, Pottawatomie, and Geary counties shows five percent, also up from 4.9 percent in October but lower than 5.5 percent the same time last year.
County numbers for November include Riley with 4.2 percent, Pottawatomie county with 4.5 percent, Clay had 4.2 percent , and Geary County, which always tends to be a bit higher, had 7.3 percent.
While going up just a little, Manhattan’s unemployment numbers are still one of the lowest in the state in terms of other cities and metropolitan areas. The city’s 4.1 percent rate was the next lowest number. Leawood was the only city which was lower, with a 3.9 percent rate.
For the metropolitan area, Manhattan had the lowest rate of five percent, with Lawrence metro being only slightly higher with 5.3 percent.