While somewhat higher than the month before, the Manhattan metro area’s unemployment rate is still the lowest in the state compared to the five other metro-areas in the state. However the 5.9 percent rate for March is just a tenth of a percentage point behind the Lawrence metro area, which had a six percent unemployment rate. Manhattan’s metro area includes Riley, Pottawatomie, and Geary counties.
The city of Manhattan’s rate was 5.1 percent, the fifth lowest in the state… with Dodge City, Garden City, Leawood, and Shawnee all having numbers in the four percentages.
Other area counties were mixed, with Riley County’s up slightly at 5.2, Pottawatomie county remaining the same at 5.4 percent, Geary county the same at 7.8, and Clay county down slightly at 4.9 percent.