The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate rose in June from May, but employers also added more jobs over the same period.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday that the area’s jobless rate in June was estimated at 4.5 percent, up from 4.1 percent in May. At the same time, area employers added 6,700 payroll jobs.
A year earlier, the June 2015 unemployment rate was recorded at 4.9 percent.
The latest 4.5 percent jobless rate, presented on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, represented an estimated 51,056 unemployed job hunters.
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The new metro area numbers put the Kansas City area’s June payroll employment total at 1,068,800. A year earlier, the jobs total was listed at 1,053,100.
The Missouri side of the metro area, which had 56 percent of the area’s workforce, added 11,000 jobs over the year. The Kansas side, with 44 percent of the area’s workforce, gained 4,700 jobs, the bureau reported.
The Kansas City area was among 285 out of 387 U.S. metro areas included in the labor department’s report that showed lower unemployment rates in June 2016 than June 2015.
Around the country, metro area jobless rates ranged from a low of 2.3 percent in Sioux Falls, S.D., to a high of 23.7 percent in El Centro, Calif.