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CORONAVIRUS: Jobless rates down for area, state Kansas Department of Labor map

Good economic news is in from the Kansas Department of Labor.


The state's unemployment rate continues to fall after peaking above 10 percent in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. October's jobless rate was 5.3 percent, below the 5.9 percent mark for September and below the 11.2 percent peak in April. Acting Secretary Ryan Wright welcomed the news.

Areawide, there has been a reduction as well, although the dip wasn't as pronounced locally. Emporia and Lyon County both went from 4.3 percent in September to 4.2 percent in October.

The decline was more noticeable in area counties, which -- aside from Wabaunsee County -- all had dips of at least 0.6 percentage points and Chase County was down nearly 2 percent month-to-month. Wabaunsee County has the lowest area jobless rate at 3.5 percent, but Coffey and Morris counties are now also below 4 percent. Chase County has the highest unemployment rate areawide at 4.9 percent.

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Last modified on Sunday, 22 November 2020 08:03