Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.8 percent in December.
This was a decrease from 5.1 percent in November and an increase from 3.1 percent in December 2019. Job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 2,300 from November. Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 4,500 from the previous month, while government decreased by 2,200.
The Wichita area unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in December, down from 6.5 in November … compared to 3.2 percent in December of 2019. The civilian workforce numbered just over 315-thousand.
The Wichita area reporting counties are Sedgwick, Sumner, Butler, Harvey, and Kingman.