Unemployment up slightly in McPherson County

By Chris Swick
August 21, 2015

Labor numbers for July are in for the state of Kansas, and McPherson County's numbers are up slightly from both last month and this time last year.

In the latest report, released Friday, McPherson County had an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, which is the next lowest of the surrounding counties. That is still up three-tenths from June's rate and two-tenths from July 2014.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, up from 4.5 percent in June.

“Although preliminary short-term month to month estimates of job growth have been mixed in 2015, the Kansas private sector established a 12-month growth rate of 1.3 percent through July,” said Tyler Tenbrink, Senior Labor Economist. “Looking ahead, one indicator that could affect future employment growth will be if the recent trend of a decreasing labor force continues.”

Ellsworth County had the lowest rate in the surrounding area at 3.7, followed by Saline County's 4.7 percent. Marion, Rice and Harvey Counties all reported 4.8 percent, with Reno coming in at 5 percent.