Unemployment in Kansas is still the lowest its been in 17 years even though the state lost more than 1,000 jobs last month, the state’s department of labor announced Friday.
In October 3.6 percent of the labor force reported being unemployed, down from 3.8 percent in September. Unemployment sat at 4.3 percent last October.
Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon said in a release 3,383 people gained employment in October.
“This grew the labor force and factored into the unemployment rate dropping to 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been since August 2000,” Gordon said.
The state also lost 1,700 jobs — all in the private sector — between September and October, a decrease of 0.1 percent.
“One industry contributing to this loss was retail trade,” labor economist Emilie Doerksen said in the release. “Following national trends, retailers in Kansas hired fewer seasonal workers than expected in October.”
Since last year, the state has lost 5,200 non-farm jobs, 4,700 of those in the private sector.