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Kansas jobs, October 2020

In Kansas for October 2020, the unemployment rate continued to fall, and both the labor force and the number of jobs rose.

Data released today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows an improving employment picture in Kansas for October 2020.

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Using seasonally adjusted data, from September 2020 to October 2020, nonfarm employment in Kansas rose by 7,200 jobs (0.5 percent). Over the year, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs for October 2020 was lower by 53,000 (3.7 percent) over the same month last year. This is using seasonally adjusted data. The non-adjusted figure is 51,200 fewer jobs (3.6 percent).

Over the year (October 2019 to October 2020), the Kansas labor force rose by 25,594 people (1.7 percent) using seasonally adjusted data, with an increase of 47,123 (3.2 percent) over the last month. Non-seasonal data shows a rise of 25,571 (1.7 percent) in the labor force over the year.

The Kansas economy had been adding jobs each month since May, but there was a decline in September. The rise in October overcame September’s loss, and there are now 1,300 more jobs than in August. The national economy added jobs, although a small number, and less than previous months since the pandemic started.

The number of unemployed persons fell from September 2020 to October 2020 by 6,427 (7.4 percent). The unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in October, up 2.2 percentage points from one year ago, and down 0.6 percentage points from last month.

Comparing Kansas to the nation: Using seasonal data, the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs is 3.73 percent lower than 12 months ago, while nationally, the same statistic is 6.06 percent lower. Non-seasonal data shows the number of Kansas nonfarm jobs is 3.57 percent lower than 12 months ago, while nationally, the same statistic is 5.97 percent lower.

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In the following chart showing job changes from the previous month, the magnitude of the changes in April through August overwhelms the other months. Note the loss of jobs for Kansas in September followed by the rise in October.

In the following chart of job levels from the same month one year ago, the October figures show the loss of jobs becoming less pronounced for both Kansas and the nation, but the trend towards recovery is slowing.

In the following chart of unemployment rates, we see that the rate in Kansas is lower than the national rate, both before and after the pandemic.

In the following chart of changes in the labor force for Kansas and the nation, the labor force has both grown and shrank since the pandemic.

The June release contained figures for industry groups. The following chart shows the number of employees in October 2019 and October 2020.

This chart uses the same data, showing the percent change from October 2019. The Leisure and hospitality category is still the lowest, proportionally, followed by Mining and logging and Information. The only industry group to gain employees is Construction, and the gain was small. (Note the horizontal scale is from positive to negative values when moving left to right.)

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