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State, area jobless rates dip from August to September Kansas Department of Labor map

The state jobless rate is now approaching half of what it was when coronavirus began raging across Kansas.

The state's overall jobless rate fell a full percentage point from 6.9 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September. Jobless rates had topped 11 percent in April, near the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas Department of Labor economist Emilie Doerksen says it's good to see the unemployment rate go down, but she also noted an overall slowdown in job growth.

Emporia and Lyon County saw further dips in jobless rates. Emporia went from 5.5 percent in August to 4.2 percent in September. Lyon County went from 5.4 percent to 4.2 percent.

Areawide, area counties saw declines and four of the six neighboring counties had reductions of at least 1.6 percentage points. Wabaunsee County has the area low at 3.6 percent. Chase County has the highest rate at 6.1 percent.

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