Employment rose and the labor force in Kansas fell slightly in July 2019 compared to the two previous months, and employment continued a trend of lower growth than the nation over the year.
Data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows a mixed picture for employment in Kansas for July 2019. (Click charts and tables for larger versions.)
Using seasonally adjusted data, from June 2019 to July 2019, nonfarm employment in Kansas rose by 2,500, which is 0.2 percent. Over the year, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs for July 2019 rose by 14,200 or 1.0 percent over last July. This is using seasonally adjusted data. The non-adjusted figure is higher at 18,300, or 1.3 percent.
Over the year (July 2018 to July 2019), the Kansas labor force is down by 2,870 (0.2 percent) using seasonally adjusted data, with declines of 0.2 percent and 0.0 percent over the last two months. Non-seasonal data shows a decline of 1,589 (0.1 percent) in the labor force over the year.
The number of unemployed persons fell from June 2019 to July 2019 by 915, or 1.8 percent. The unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in July, unchanged from one year ago, and down from 3.4 percent in June.
Using seasonal data, Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 1.00 percent over the past 12 months, while national jobs grew by 1.51 percent.
The gain of 2,500 jobs from June to July consisted 3,700 of gains in the private sector and 1,200 lost in government.
Goods-producing jobs rose by 600, and service-providing jobs grew by 1,900.
Construction jobs grew by 200, manufacturing grew by 400, and 800 jobs were gained in trade, transportation, and utilities.
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In the following chart of showing job changes from the same month one year ago, Kansas is always below the national rate.
In the following chart showing job changes from the previous month, Kansas sometimes outperforms the nation.