McPherson County unemployment up slightly

By Chris Swick
March 08, 2016

McPherson County's unemployment numbers were up in January, but still way below the statewide average.

The Kansas Department of Labor reported that McPherson County had an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent in January, up from 2.7 in December but still down from a year ago, where it was 3.4.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted rate was four percent, which was unchanged from December. Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said Kansas added 1,400 non-farm jobs over the year and has gained 2,800 private sector jobs.

“Kansas continues its steady path of low unemployment,” Gordon said. “This month, the rate remains at 4.0%, and there are 5,700 fewer people receiving benefits compared to last year."

Looking at annual numbers, Kansas gained 9,000 private sector jobs from 2014 to 2015, which senior labor economist Tyler Tenbrink says is a growth rate of .8 percent.

"Job gains were highest in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry as well as Food Service and Retail Trade,” Tenbrink said. “The Kansas City Kansas Metro area gained the most jobs with 7,100 added from 2014 to 2015."

McPherson County continued to have the lowest unemployment rate of the surrounding area. Harvey and Saline Counties reported in at 4 percent, Reno at 4.7, Rice at 4.2, Ellsworth at 4.1 and Marion at 4.4 percent.