Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in October. This was down from 3.2 percent in September and down from 3.3 percent in October 2018.

“Kansans can recognize two important milestones this month. The unemployment rate fell to 3.1percent in October, the lowest rate in 40 years. April 1979 was the last month the unemployment
rate was 3.1 percent,” said Secretary Delía García. “Additionally, October established a record high level in the number of Kansans working.”

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 500 from September. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 700 from the previous month.

“Total nonfarm jobs in Kansas have increased by 1.3 percent compared to last October. The state is continuing to show growth over the year, despite job declines over the month,” said Labor Economist, Emilie Doerksen. “The largest losses were concentrated in the manufacturing industry which was impacted by national strike activity.”

Since October 2018, Kansas gained 18,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 13,600 private sector jobs.