Kansas City area jobs grew in July, but so did joblessness

08/27/2014 10:22 AM

08/27/2014 3:10 PM

The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.3 percent in June. At the same time, area employers added 4,100 jobs, according to data released Wednesday.

Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said 10,400 workers or would-be workers entered the area’s labor force in July, causing the jobless rate to rise even as employment grew.

The local unemployment rate is published on a nonseasonally adjusted basis. The area’s 6.6 percent rate for July would compare with the national rate of 6.5 percent figured on the same basis. (The national rate usually is published on a seasonally adjusted basis, which put it at 6.2 percent in July.)

The statistics bureau said total nonfarm employment in the Kansas City metro was 1,015,900 in July 2014, up 13,700, or 1.4 percent, from July 2013. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.9 percent from a year ago, the bureau said.

The Missouri side of the Kansas City area, which has 55 percent of the area’s workforce, added 9,400 jobs in the last 12 months. The Kansas side, with 45 percent of the area’s workforce, gained 4,300 jobs in the period.

Among area job sectors, professional and business services had the biggest employment gain, adding 6,100 since July 2013. Manufacturing gained 3,700, education and health services added 3,500, leisure and hospitality grew by 5,400, and the construction, mining and logging sector went up by 1,700.

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

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