Though the unemployment rate increased in October, the rate continued a familiar trend of decreasing in November.
Statistics released Friday from the Kansas Department of Labor indicate that Geary County's unemployment rate in November was 5.1 percent. That's down from the 5.6-percent mark the county posted in October.
It's also a decrease from the 5.3-percent mark the county posted in November 2015.
Out of the 12,408 members of the civilian labor force, 638 were reported as being unemployed. The latter is a decrease from October.
The state's unemployment rate also decreased, though not as noticeably. The non-seasonally-adjusted rate for Kansas was 3.8 percent in November, down from the 4 percent mark the state posted in October. The seasonally-adjusted rate, meanwhile, dropped from 4.4 percent in October to 4.3 percent in November. Both rates, however, are increases from at this time last year.
State officials say several factors play into the slow decrease.
“Employers in the Retail Trade industry continued to add jobs in November, but at a slower rate than expected,” said Emilie Doerksen, Labor Economist, Kansas Department of Labor. “This contributed to a seasonally adjusted decrease in private sector jobs over the month.”
The rate in the Manhattan-Junction City Combined Statistical Area, which includes the Manhattan MSA and the Junction City Micropolitan Area, stated constant at 3.5 percent in November. That's an increase from the 3.1 percent mark the area posted in November 2015. In the Junction City Micro-Area, the rate decreased from 5.6 percent in November to 5.1 percent in November.
In surrounding counties, several different trends were present. Dickinson County's rate decreased from 4.2 percent in October to 4 percent in November; Riley County's rate stayed constant at 3 percent; Morris County's rate increased from 3.6 percent in October to 3.9 percent in November; and Pottawatomie County's rate increased from 3.1 percent in October to 3.3 percent in November.