Area jobless rate was 6.9 percent in February

04/09/2014 10:20 AM

04/09/2014 9:17 PM

The Kansas City area had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday.

The rate, not seasonally adjusted, is just under the 7 percent national rate for that month, also not seasonally adjusted. The official seasonally adjusted U.S. rate for February was 6.7 percent.

Total nonfarm employment in the metropolitan area stood at 987,600 in February 2014. The labor bureau said that number was unchanged from February 2013. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.6 percent from February to February.

The Missouri side of the Kansas City area accounted for 55 percent of the area’s workforce and the Kansas side 45 percent. Both sides registered little change in employment since February 2013, the bureau said.

Year-to-year highlights in the report:

• Professional and business services gained 2,200 jobs, all on the Kansas side.

• Education and health services added 2,200 jobs, and employment in trade, transportation and utilities grew by 2,000.

• Employment in financial activities declined by 1,900. Mining and logging shed 1,600 jobs, as did construction. Leisure and hospitality lost 1,200 jobs, as did government.

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