KC-area jobless rate ends March at 6.7 percent

The Kansas City area’s unemployment rate, which has been fairly static in recent months, ended March at 6.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday.

That non-seasonally adjusted rate compared with a national rate of 6.8 percent.

The bureau said there were 7,600 more employees on the area’s non-farm payrolls in March 2014 than March 2013. That 0.8 percent growth rate was less than the national employment growth of 1.6 percent over the 12 months.

The Missouri side of the area added 4,700 jobs in the year and the Kansas side added 2,900, the bureau said.

Missouri-side growth was fueled by education and health services. Kansas-side growth was in business and professional services.

Leisure and hospitality gains on the Missouri side offset losses on the Kansas side in those industries.