TOPEKA — Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2% in December.

That was an increase from 3.1% in November and a decrease from 3.3% in December 2018.

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state in December was 2.9%, up slightly from 2.8% but down from 3.1% in December 2018.

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other seasonal events from an economic time series. KDOL uses the adjustment to try to more accurately report the economic picture of the state.

“Kansas maintained a low unemployment rate in December, edging up to 3.2% following the 40-year low of 3.1% in October and November,” Labor Secretary Delía García said in a prepared statement.

In Labette County the KDOL estimated a workforce of 10,120 workers, 342 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 3.4% in December, down from 3.5% in November and 3.8% in December 2018. The state does not calculate seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for individual counties.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs increased by 3,400 from November. Private-sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, increased by 3,600 from the previous month.

“Kansas ended 2019 with job growth, adding 3,400 nonfarm jobs in December,” Emilie Doerksen, labor economist, said in the statement. “This increase was due to growth in the private sector, led by the health care and social assistance industry, which added 1,000 jobs.”

Since December 2018, Kansas gained 20,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs and 15,300 private-sector jobs.

The five Kansas counties surrounding Labette showed mixed results on the employment front in December, according to the KDOL report.

In Cherokee County the workforce was estimated at 10,186 workers, 289 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 2.8% in December, down from 2.9% in November and 3.2% in December 2018.

In Crawford County the workforce was estimated at 18,857 workers, 645 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 3.4% in December, down from 3.6% in November and in December 2018.

In Montgomery County the workforce was estimated at 14,907 workers, 609 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 4.1% in December, up from 4% in November and 3.9% in December 2018.

In Neosho County the workforce was estimated at 6,092 workers, 259 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 4.3% in December, the same rate as in November but down from 4.6% in December 2018.

In Wilson County the workforce was estimated at 3,960 workers, 158 without jobs, for an unemployment rate of 4% in December, up from 3.8% in November and 3.7% in December 2018.

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