The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 6.6 percent, up from 6.5 percent in May, as more people entered the labor force.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the area’s labor force — its workers and would-be workers — grew by an estimated 11,200 people from May to June. At the same time, the area gained a net 3,600 employees on non-farm payrolls.
Compared to June 2012, the area’s jobless rate was better than the year-ago figure of 6.8 percent. The area’s non-seasonally adjusted rate in June also compared favorably to the national average of 7.8 percent, also non-seasonally adjusted.
Total nonfarm employment in the Kansas City metro area was 1,017,600 in June, or 10,800 more than a year earlier, non-seasonally adjusted. That was a 1.1 percent gain over the year. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.7 percent over the 12 months.
The bureau said the Kansas side of the metro area, with 45 percent of the area’s workforce, had gained a net 8,400 jobs since June 2012. The Missouri side, with 55 percent of the area’s workforce, added a net 2,400 jobs over the year.
The professional and business services sector added 6,900 jobs over the 12 months, mostly on the Kansas side. The leisure and hospitality sector added 6,600 jobs, nearly all on the Missouri side.
The bureau said employment in education and health services and in government declined 1,700 and 1,400, respectively, from June 2012 to June 2013.
Seasonally adjusted, total nonfarm employment decreased 1,300 (-0.1 percent) in the Kansas City statistical area from May 2013 to June 2013.