Workplace

Kansas City-area unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent

Updated: 2014-01-08T03:44:05Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate continued to improve late last year, slipping to 5.3 percent in November.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday that the non-seasonally adjusted rate was more than a full percentage point better than the national non-adjusted average of 6.6 percent that month.

The metro area reports trail the national numbers by about a month. The national numbers for December will be reported Friday. The national number for November was reported at 7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis.

According to bureau estimates, there were 13,400 more employees on the Kansas City area’s non-farm payrolls in November 2013 than November 2012. That was a 1.3 percent gain over the year, compared with a 1.7 percent increase nationally.

The Missouri side of the Kansas City accounted for 56 percent of the workforce and added 10,700 jobs over the 12 months. The Kansas side of the metro, with 44 percent of the jobs, gained 2,700 jobs over the period.

Employment sectors that grew included professional and business services; construction, mining and logging; leisure and hospitality; education and health services; manufacturing; and financial activities.

Area jobs declined in trade, transportation and utilities.

Complete metropolitan data is at www.bls.gov/ro7/summaries.htm.

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

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