Workplace

Kansas City jobless rate at 7.2 percent

Updated: 2013-10-23T03:48:15Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City metropolitan area recorded an August unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, the government reported Monday.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the metro area compared to a 7.3 percent non-seasonally adjusted rate for the nation as a whole in August.

Nonfarm employment in the Kansas City area was listed at 1,008,200 in August 2013, up 10,000 jobs, or 1 percent, over the preceding 12 months. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.7 percent over the year, the bureau said.

The Kansas side of the metro area, with 45 percent of the area’s workforce, was largely responsible for the area’s employment growth, adding 9,100 jobs from August 2012 to August 2013, the bureau said. The Missouri side had a 0.2 percent increase in payroll jobs over the same period.

Job gains were recorded in leisure and hospitality and in professional and business services. Job losses were found in trade, transportation, utilities and government.

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

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