The state's total unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in October, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced.
The Kansas Department of Labor's early jobless estimates for October showed more Kansans finding employment. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs. The national unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent. The state has picked up an estimated 69,000 jobs in the past 12 months.
According to data released Friday by the Nebraska Department of Labor, the state unemployment rate hit 2.7 percent in October, its lowest level since 1999, while the Lincoln metro area rate fell to 2.1 percent, its lowest level since 2000. "Our workforce-development programs continue to prioritize closing skills gaps and connecting all citizens of the Commonwealth to prosperous career pathways", Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.
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Last month's rate is well below the state's October 2016 rate of 6.1 percent. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.
That's an increase over September's rate of 2.5 percent and a slight jump over the three straight months - April through June - when the unemployment rate was at 2.3 percent, a four-decade low dating back to when state record keeping began in 1976.
The private service-providing sector, at 3,863,100, lost 2,000 jobs.