The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today there were an estimated 58,200 people out of work compared to 63,500 in August, when the rate was 6.0 percent.
The unemployment rate in Yakima County increased slightly year-over-year last month. Each of the upstate metro areas saw a decrease in the unemployment rate in September. More residents were also employed - 124,789 residents were employed last month, a 2.7 percent increase from the same month in 2015.
Looking at seasonally adjusted numbers, manufacturing grew by 1,200 from August to September but is still a few hundred positions below year-ago-levels.
"In September there was an uptick in the unemployment rate for both Kansas and the US", said Emilie Doerksen, KDOL economist, in a statement. The county reported 83,500 jobs, an 0.8 percent increase from 82,800 in September 2015. The other 42 states and DC were more or less unchanged over the month. The educational and health services sector had the largest job gains since September 2015, while manufacturing lost the most jobs in the previous year.
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He added that initial unemployment insurance claims are at the lowest point in over 30 years.
Delaware's rate was 3.7 percent, Madison's rate was 3.8 percent and Union's rate was 3.9 percent in September. Auglaize County had the seventh-lowest rate at 3.8 percent, while Van Wert had the 10th lowest rate at 3.9 percent.
Wilson County's unemployment rate dipped to 6.3 percent in September, down from 6.9 percent in August but up from 6.1 percent in September 2015.