Employment fell and the labor force rose, both by small amounts, in Kansas in September 2019 compared to the prior month. Kansas employment continued a trend of accelerating job growth in recent months and has matched the national rate for year-over-year growth.
Data released this week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows a mostly improving picture for employment in Kansas for September 2019. (Click charts and tables for larger versions.)
Using seasonally adjusted data, from August 2019 to September 2019, nonfarm employment in Kansas fell by 2,500, which is 0.2 percent. Over the year, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs for September 2019 rose by 20,800 or 1.5 percent over last September. This is using seasonally adjusted data. The non-adjusted figure is nearly the same at 20,700, or 1.5 percent.
Over the year (September 2018 to September 2019), the Kansas labor force is down by 727 (0.0 percent) using seasonally adjusted data, with an increase of 0.2 percent over the last month. Non-seasonal data shows an increase of 12,798 (0.9 percent) in the labor force over the year.
The number of unemployed persons fell from August 2019 to September 2019 by 830, or 1.7 percent. The unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in September, down 0.1 percentage points from one year ago, and unchanged from August.
Using seasonal data, Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 1.47 percent over the past 12 months, while national jobs grew by 1.44 percent. Non seasonal data shows Kansas nonfarm jobs rising by 1.45 percent over the past 12 months, while national jobs grew by 1.44 percent.
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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 except for September 2019, when Kansas slightly exceeded the national rate. The recent trend shows Kansas doing well compared to the nation.
In the following chart showing job changes from the previous month, Kansas has outperformed the nation four of the past five months.