McPherson County unemployment drops

By Chris Swick
October 16, 2015

McPherson County continues to boast the lowest unemployment rate of the Central Kansas region according to the September figures released today by the Kansas Department of Labor.

McPherson County came in at 2.8 percent unemployment, down from both August, where it was 3.2 and September of 2014, where it was 3.0.

Statewide, Kansas's seasonally adjusted employment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 in August, but up from from 4.3 in 2014. Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon.

“Kansas economic conditions moved in the right direction, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.4 percent this month. Unemployment claims remained low, and the private sector added more than 10,000 jobs over the year,” Kansas Secretary of Labor, Lana Gordon said.

Not seasonally adjusted figures show Kansas gained 10,200 private sector jobs since last year, or 0.9 percent. Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 8,200, a 0.6 percent increase since September 2014. Since August, private sector jobs decreased by 3,000, or 0.3 percent. However, the state gained 19,800 total nonfarm jobs over the month, or 1.4 percent.

“The construction industry continues to be a major contributor to growth in the state, both in jobs and hourly wages,” Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist, Kansas Department of Labor said. “Due to strong growth in specialty trade contractors, construction jobs have increased by 9.5 percent over the year and average hourly wages have increased by 6 percent.”

Around the area, Ellsworth, Rice, Harvey and Marion Counties all had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. Reno reported 3.9 and Saline County 3.3 percent.