Kansas Employment Situation, July 2021

In Kansas for July 2021, the labor force rose, the number of people working rose, and the unemployment rate rose, all compared to the previous month.

Data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows a mostly improving employment picture in Kansas for July 2021 when compared to the previous month. The unemployment rate rose slightly, but the number of jobs rose more than in April or May.

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Using seasonally adjusted data, from June 2021 to July 2021, nonfarm employment in Kansas rose by 6,000 jobs (0.4 percent). Over the year, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs for July 2021 was higher by 36,300 (2.7 percent) over the same month last year. This is using seasonally adjusted data.

Over the year (July 2020 to July 2021), the Kansas labor force rose by 17,093 people (1.1 percent) using seasonally adjusted data from the household survey, with an increase of 2,431 (0.2 percent) over the last month.

Since last summer, the monthly jobs count has risen and fallen, usually by small amounts, but June and July increases reversed declines in April and May. There are now 111,400 more jobs in Kansas than in April 2020, which is the low point since the start of the pandemic. There are 46,600 fewer jobs than in February 2020, just before the pandemic.

The number of unemployed persons rose from June 2021 to July 2021 by 1,712 (3.1 percent). The unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in July, down from 6.6 percent last July and up from 3.7 percent from last month.

Comparing Kansas to the nation: Using seasonal data, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs is 2.70 percent higher than 12 months ago, while nationally, the same statistic is 5.20 percent higher. Non-seasonal data shows the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs is 2.79 percent higher than 12 months ago, while nationally, the same statistic is 5.29 percent higher.

To learn more about this data and what the employer and household surveys measure, see Visualization: Employment measures. Also, see Counting jobs in Kansas.

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The following chart shows job changes from the previous month, and we can see the increase in jobs for June and July following losses in April and May. The increases in Kansas are smaller than the national increase.

In the following chart of job changes from the same month one year ago, the sharp increase from April 2020 (the low point since the start of the pandemic) to April 2021 is easily seen, as well as the declining pace of change for both Kansas and the nation.

In the following chart of unemployment rates, we see that the rate in Kansas is lower than the national rate during the pandemic, as it was before the pandemic. The unemployment rate in Kansas is generally declining, but not every month, as it rose 0.2 percentage points in June and 0.1 in July.

In the following chart of monthly changes in the labor force for Kansas and the nation, the Kansas labor force has both grown and shrank since the pandemic.

For industry groups, the following charts show the number of employees in various industries in May 2020 and May 2021.

This chart uses the same data, but shows the percent change from June 2020 to June 2021. The Financial Activities category has lower job counts. All other categories show gains, especially Leisure and Hospitality. Government, Other services, and Information showed small changes.

The report for this month from the Kansas Department of Labor is here. The report from BLS may be found here.

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