Unemployment numbers for the Manhattan metro area including Riley and Pottawatomie counties went up just a little in November–but Manhattan is still the lowest for metro areas in the state at 2.6 percent. October numbers were 2.3 percent. Even Manhattan combined with Junction City shows a low rate of three percent for November. Junction City and Geary County by itself was 4.6 percent.
Area county numbers for November released by the Kansas Department of Labor were 2.5 percent in Pottawatomie, 2.7 in Riley, 3.4 in Clay County and Geary County, which tends to be higher, had a 4.6 percent rate.