The last U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report on the states before the Nov. 4 election showed good news for voters in Missouri and Kansas who are weighing labor market health as they go to the polls.
The size of the labor force grew from September 2013 to September 2014 in both states, according to the bureau’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted tally. Also, the number of employees on establishment payrolls grew in both states. And both states reflected a decline in the number of workers who were unemployed.
On a year-to-year basis, the federal report said:
▪ The Kansas labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — grew by 16,000, and the Missouri labor force grew by 29,100.
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▪ Employers reported that the number of employees drawing paychecks grew by 9,200 in Kansas and by 53,700 in Missouri.
▪ The household survey indicated the number of unemployed workers in Kansas shrank by 7,600 and in Missouri shrank by 2,500.
The unemployment rate in Kansas was 4.8 percent in September, compared to 5.3 percent a year earlier. The jobless rate in Missouri was 6.3 percent in September, compared to 6.4 percent a year earlier.