Employment and the labor force rose, both by small amounts, in Kansas in November 2019 compared to the prior month. Kansas continues to perform well in year-over-year growth when compared to the nation.
Data released this week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows a mostly improving picture for employment in Kansas for November 2019. (Click charts and tables for larger versions.)
Using seasonally adjusted data, from October 2019 to November 2019, nonfarm employment in Kansas rose by 1,200, which is 0.1 percent. Over the year, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs for November 2019 rose by 16,800 or 1.2 percent over last November. This is using seasonally adjusted data. The non-adjusted figure is nearly the same at 17,500, also 1.2 percent.
Over the year (November 2018 to November 2019), the Kansas labor force is up by 6,750 (0.5 percent) using seasonally adjusted data, with an increase of 0.3 percent over the last month. Non-seasonal data shows an increase of 14,325 (1.0 percent) in the labor force over the year.
The number of unemployed persons rose from October 2019 to November 2019 by 250, or 0.5 percent. The unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in November, down 0.2 percentage points from one year ago, and unchanged from October.
Comparing Kansas to the nation: Using seasonal data, Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 1.18 percent over the past 12 months, while national jobs grew by 1.47 percent. Non seasonal data shows Kansas nonfarm jobs rising by 1.22 percent over the past 12 months, while national jobs grew by 1.49 percent.
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In the following chart of showing job changes from the same month one year ago, Kansas is always below the national rate, although for September 2019 Kansas nearly met the national rate. The recent trend shows Kansas doing well compared to the nation, just slightly below the national rate.
In the following chart showing job changes from the previous month, Kansas has outperformed the nation in some months, but has fallen behind recently.