Kansas jobless rate unchanged at 4.8 percent in May; state reports record employment

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TOPEKA, Kansas — A new report says the Kansas jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent in May while the state saw record employment.

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that nearly 1.43 million Kansas residents were employed in May, up from both April of this year and May 2013.

The agency also said that last month's unemployment rate was significantly better than the 5.6 percent seen in May 2013.

Labor Market information services director Justin McFarland said the figures show rising demand for workers from employers and greater confidence in the state's economy.

The department said nearly 1.13 million people held private-sector, nonfarm jobs in May, an increase of 1.3 percent from the same month last year.

The most robust over-the-year growth was in construction, which saw payrolls expand nearly 9 percent.

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