Kansas City, Kan., has the highest unemployment rate of all the major cities of Kansas, according to unemployment figures released today by the Kansas Department of Labor.
Unemployment was 9.6 percent in July in Kansas City, Kan., up 11.4 percent over June 2013. In June, unemployment was 8.5 percent.
Wyandotte County also had the highest unemployment of all counties in the state, according to Kansas Department of Labor figures.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in July, up from 5.8 last month.
Economists reported statewide, government jobs were down 7.5 percent with a loss of 18,900 jobs; manufacturing was down 1.1 percent with a loss of 1,900 jobs; and education and health services jobs declined .4 percent, losing 800 jobs statewide.
Some of the job losses were seasonal, according to the Department of Labor. Officials said there had been more people entering the labor force.
Also, a state labor economist said the 23,000 jobs created over the year was encouraging, Over the last month, there were about 800 job gains but the private sector did not perform as well as expected, an economist said.