The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate in May was estimated at 4.1 percent, up from 3.8 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.
According to the preliminary data, about 3,000 more unemployed area residents were actively job searching last month than in April.
The number of estimated job hunters in May 2016 was about 46,000, compared with about 55,700 in May 2015, when the area jobless rate was 5 percent.
On the employment side of the report, the labor bureau said there were about 14,400 more establishment payroll jobs in the area in May 2016 than in May 2015, representing a job growth rate of 1.4 percent over the 12 months.
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On a month-to-month basis, though, the bureau reported a decline of about 10,800 payroll jobs from April to May.
The unemployment data is extrapolated from household surveys in which people say whether they’re working, not working or looking for work. The employment data is drawn from employers’ payroll reports.
The labor bureau each month surveys 387 U.S. metropolitan areas. In May 2016, it said 333 of them had lower jobless rates than in May a year earlier and 311 of them had increases in nonfarm payroll employment.
In Kansas, the bureau reported, the May 2016 unemployment was 3.2 percent in Lawrence, 2.9 percent in Manhattan, 3.7 percent in Topeka and 4.1 percent in Wichita.
In Missouri, the jobless rate was 2.7 percent in Columbia, 3.4 percent in Jefferson City, 3.6 percent in Joplin, 3.6 percent in St. Joseph, 3.4 percent in Springfield and 4.2 percent in St. Louis.