McPherson County unemployment falls

By Chris Swick
September 18, 2015

The jobless rate in McPherson County dropped six tenths in August, according to number released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor.

The Unemployment rate in McPherson County last month was 3.2 percent, down from 3.8 percent in July and 3.5 in August of 2014.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted rate was 4.6 percent, which was unchanged from July, according to Senior Labor Economist Tyler Tenbrink.

“A survey of Kansans shows that the number of people in the labor force declined over the summer months, leaving many employers with positions to fill,” Tenbrink said. “This has led to an increase in hours worked by existing employees in order to perform the work needed.”

Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon says was good news for the Kansas worker.

“Kansas workers continue to earn more money as private sector wages grew by 3.6 percent compared to this time last year,” Gordon said. “Plus, an annual increase in job openings of 5.3 percent shows opportunities exist for job seekers to participate in the Kansas economy.”

McPherson County's rate was significantly lower than the surrounding counties. Reno and Harvey Counties reported unemployment at 4.7 and 4.6 percent, respectively, while Marion was at 4.3. Rice was 4.1, as was Ellsworth County, while Saline County was 4.0 percent unemployment.