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August Labor Report Shows Slightly Increased Unemployment Rate for August

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 2.5% in August. This was an increase from 2.4% in July and a decrease from 3.2% in August 2021.

“The Kansas unemployment rate in August was 2.5%,” said Secretary Amber Shultz. “Estimates for the unemployment rate remain below pre-pandemic levels and near historic lows.”

Seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 3,400 from July. Total nonfarm includes private sector and government employers. Private sector jobs decreased by 2,100 over the month, while government decreased by 1,300.

“August estimates indicate that average nominal weekly earnings for the private sector in Kansas increased by 3.5% over the year even as the average number of hours worked showed a small decrease to

34.5,” said Labor Economist Nathan Kessler. “While real wages do remain under pressure, over the year comparisons for inflation indicate some improvement from recent highs.”

Since August 2021 Kansas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 15,100. This change is due to an increase of 18,200 private sector jobs and a decrease of 3,100 government jobs.

Complete Kansas labor market information for August is available here.

The September 2022 Labor Report will be released on Friday, October 21.