Joblessness in the Kansas City area labor force rose to 7.1 percent in February from 6.9 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated Wednesday.
Meanwhile, area employers added about 2,200 payroll jobs, the bureau said.
Metropolitan job numbers lag the national report by a month. The national unemployment rate was reported at 8.1 percent in February, not seasonally adjusted, which is the way metropolitan statistics are presented.
The size of the Kansas City area labor force remained constant on a month-to-month basis, but the unemployment rate rose because about 1,200 more workers were estimated to have become unemployed.
The preliminary counts said the area’s labor force stood at 1,031,00. The bureau said 72,700 people were looking for work in February, up from 71,500 in January.
On a year-to-year basis, the report said, the Kansas City area had 3,700 fewer persons counted as unemployed than it did in February 2012.
Also over the 12-month period, the area’s employers added a net 4,900 jobs, for a growth rate of .05 percent.