Workplace

Jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent

Updated: 2013-05-30T01:57:24Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

The unemployment rate for the Kansas City area was 6.1 percent in April, a full percentage point lower than the national average, not seasonally adjusted.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday that total non-farm employment for the Kansas City area was 1,004,000 in April, up 6,900, or 0.7 percent, over the year. That compared with a 1.6 percent gain in non-farm jobs nationally over the same period.

The national jobless rate for April, reported on a seasonally adjusted basis, was 7.5 percent.

For the Kansas City area, the net job creation was credited to the Kansas side. The bureau said the Kansas side, which accounts for 45 percent of the area’s workforce, gained 7,300 jobs over the 12 months.

The Missouri side of the metropolitan area, which has 55 percent of the workforce, lost 400 jobs over the same time.

According to the labor bureau, the biggest employment increases were in professional and business services, which gained 5,200 jobs from April to April, with the Kansas side accounting for all the net growth.

The second-largest job gains were in the leisure and hospitality sector, which was up 3,300 jobs over the year, with all the gains on the Missouri side.

Government employment fell in the metro area by 1,200 jobs over the 12 months.

The bureau’s national news release about metro area numbers can be found online at www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.nr0.htm.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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