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Kansas unemployment rate up slightly in February

Associated Press

Kansas unemployment rate up slightly in February

By Associated Press. CREATED Mar 27, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate increased in February to a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in January. That's the third consecutive month the rate has been below 5 percent.

The Kansas Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state lost a seasonally adjusted 2,300 jobs in February, but had gained 12,200 private sector jobs since February 2013.

A labor economist says Kansas has seen growth in each of the last five months in the number of people employed in the state, creating a positive outlook for future economic growth. As a result, the labor force has grown over the last three months as individuals look for potential employment opportunities.