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Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., continued to have the highest unemployment rate in the state of Kansas during July 2014.

According to statistics released this week from the Kansas Department of Labor, the Wyandotte County unemployment rate for July was 8.8 percent, as compared to 7.8 percent in June and 9.2 percent one year ago.

The Kansas City, Kan., unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in July, compared to 7.9 percent in June and 9.4 percent one year ago.

The number of unemployed persons reported in Wyandotte County during July by the Kansas Department of Labor was 6,343.

The state of Kansas had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.9 percent during July. It was down from 5.6 percent one year ago, according to state Labor Department officials.

According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the state gained 13,500 private sector jobs, seasonally adjusted, since last year, and 13,800 nonfarm jobs.

Since last month, the state gained 900 seasonally adjusted private sector jobs and 2,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, a slight increase over last month, according to the state Department of Labor.

“Several signs demonstrate continuing strength in the Kansas economy. We continue to see private sector job growth and low unemployment with the number of Kansans working at one of the highest levels in state history,” said Lana Gordon, Kansas secretary of labor, in a news release.

An injury-accident was reported around 9 a.m. Aug. 18 on K-32 eastbound under I-435 in Kansas City, Kan.

According to the trooper’s report, a Scion TC made a turn in front of a Chevrolet truck, causing the truck to hit the Scion in the side.

The driver of the Scion, a 55-year-old Basehor, Kan., man, was injured and taken to a hospital.

The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old man from Edwardsville, Kan., also was injured and taken to a hospital.

Northbound I-435 left two lanes over the Swartz Road bridge (between K-32 and Kansas Avenue) will be closed for bridge deck repair work on Tuesday, Aug. 19, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Kansas City, Kan.

There will be one northbound I-435 through lane open to traffic during this double left lane closure.

Traffic control set up will begin around 8:30 a.m., so traffic may start slowing at this time due to activity taking place on the highway shoulders and right of way.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage, cones and arrow boards. Drivers should expect some delays during the daily peak time commutes and may wish to adjust their travel times accordingly.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and the entire Kansas City metro area can be viewed online anytime at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.