Kansas unemployment increases to 3.9 percent in August

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

The Maine Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in the state rose slightly from July to August, but remained below last year's mark. There also were more than 980,000 people employed, which was up more than 2,000 from a year ago and was an all-time high.

Indiana's unemployment rate jumped to 3.5 percent in August, up from 3.1 percent the previous month. The national unemployment rate stood at 4.4 percent.

The movement in the jobless rate mirrors the trend seen at the national level.

Officials say Kansas has lost 9,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, including 6,300 private-sector jobs.

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Five industry sectors reported monthly job declines - 30,400 in all.

For the year, Pennsylvania's rate is down six-tenths of a percent. Accommodation and food services posted most of the decline (-800). If you are a job seeker, the Scripps Media Career and Job Fair will be held Tuesday at Abode Venue from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m at 1330 East Douglas in Wichita. Expansions occurred in local (+1,600) and state (+1,500) government, as public educational facilities begin the new school year. Employment is down in four industry sectors.

The heaviest demand for workers is in health care, retail, education and technology. Most of the expansion occurred in administrative and support services (+5,200), a subsector which includes employment agencies. Nondurable goods accounted for all of those gains.

The highest growth sectors for IN in August were trade, transportation and utilities, as well as financial activities.

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