Kansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in
August, but state officials still saw some positive economic news.
The state Department of Labor reported Tuesday that the
seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent last month,
compared with 6.5 percent in July. The rate was 7.2 percent in
The adjusted rate takes seasonal fluctuations in employment into
account. For example, Kansas lost about 1,100 jobs in August, but
state officials say some losses are normal.
State officials instead focused on a gain of 6,900 jobs in
August, compared with August 2009. The employment growth was about
one half of 1 percent.
Gov. Mark Parkinson said the figure shows Kansas continues to