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November 2023 Labor Market Report


By the Kansas Department of Labor


IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for November 2023, which are produced using data from two monthly surveys. Data for nonfarm job estimates is collected through a survey of employers while the main input for labor force estimates is a survey of households. Data collected for this report references the week including November 12

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 2.9% in November. This is unchanged from 2.9% in October and unchanged from 2.9% in November 2022.

“The Kansas unemployment rate remains near historic lows at 2.9% as the state’s labor market remains tight,” said labor economist, Nathan Kessler. “The unemployment rate has been very stable and was unchanged from last month and from November 2022.”

Seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 2,700 from October. Total nonfarm includes private sector and government employers. Private sector jobs increased by 2,100 over the month, while government increased by 600.

Since November 2022 Kansas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 14,300. This change is due to an increase of 6,600 private sector jobs and an increase of 7,700 government jobs. Complete Kansas labor market information for November is available here.

The December 2023 Labor Report will be released Friday, January 19.

For more information, view the technical notes from the Kansas Department of Labor.