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The number of unemployed has fallen in Geary Co. and throughout the region

TOPEKA, Kan. – Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.7% in March. This is unchanged from 2.7% in February and unchanged from 2.7% in March 2023, according to a KDOL press release.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 6,400 from February. The total non-farm sector includes private and government employers. Private sector jobs increased by 5,500 this month, while government jobs increased by 900.

The unemployment rate in Geary County fell from 4.4 percent in February to 4.1 percent in March. The rate in Riley County also dropped from 3 percent to 2.7 percent. The numbers also fell in Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties.

Since March 2023, seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in Kansas have increased by 21,800. This change is due to an increase of 16,400 private sector jobs and an increase of 5,400 government jobs.

“Preliminary estimates for March 2024 indicate strong job growth in Kansas, with total nonfarm jobs increasing 1.5% over the year, a gain of 21,800,” said labor economist Nathan Kessler. “Private education and health services have added 9,000 jobs, while government jobs have increased by 5,400 since March 2023.”