UPDATE: Kansas jobless rate declined in November

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, its lowest mark in nearly five years.

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that November's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined from 5.6 percent in October. The jobless rate in November 2012 was 5.5 percent.

The department said that unemployment was last so low in December 2008.

Department spokeswoman Barbara Hersh said about 6,000 Kansans who had been receiving unemployment benefits found jobs in November.

Also, the department said about 19,900 more Kansans were employed in private-sector, non-farm jobs in November than in November 2012. The over-the-year growth was 1.8 percent.

Gov. Sam Brownback said in a statement that the numbers show that 2013 was a good year for the state's economy.

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Kansas labor officials are scheduled to release the latest snapshot of the state's economy with the announcement of the November unemployment rate.

The report due Thursday is the final to be released in 2013. The next report will be announced in late January.

Kansas had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in October, down slightly from September's 5.7 percent but unchanged from October 2012.

The state has seen its jobless rate fluctuate in 2013 from a low of 5.5 percent in January and February to a high of 5.9 percent in July and August.

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