Unemployment numbers for the Manhattan area are up just a bit–although still relatively low when compared to the rest of the state. The Manhattan metropolitan area including Riley and Pottawatomie counties had a 3.5 percent rate in January, up from 2.8 in December. The Manhattan/Junction City combined area had 4.1 compared to 3.2 in December. Manhattan by itself and with Riley County showed a 2.9 percent number and Junction City had a 6.3 percent rate.
Area county numbers were 3.3 percent for Riley County, Pottawatomie county with an even four percent, 6.4 in Geary County, and 4.9 in Clay County.
Manhattan with Riley and Pottawatomie counties is still the lowest rate for a metropolitan area in the state, with Manhattan by itself is the second lowest rate trailing Leawood by a couple of tenths of a percent.