The July unemployment rate ticked up slightly in Kansas and Missouri, continuing a three-month trend.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the jobless rate in Kansas last month was a fairly healthy 5.9 percent, but that was higher than the 5.8 percent reported in June and higher than May’s 5.7 percent.
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The trend reflected a drop in the size of the state’s civilian labor force and a rise in the number of unemployed workers.
In Missouri, the July unemployment rate rose to 7.1 percent in July, up from 6.9 percent in June and 6.8 percent in May.
The jobless rate in Missouri, like in Kansas, also was better than the national average for July, which was 7.4 percent. All rates were figured on a seasonally adjusted basis that takes into account typical seasonal fluctuations in employment.
The higher jobless rates for July 2013 indicated a labor economy stuck in neutral or perhaps worsening slightly from a year ago. In July 2012, the unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in Kansas and 7.1 percent in Missouri.
Nationally, the labor department said, 28 states had July increases in their unemployment rates. Eight had decreases and 14 had no change.