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Unemployment rate rises to 8.4 percent in January

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The January unemployment rate in Wyandotte County rose to 8.4 percent, as compared to December’s 6.9 percent.
Compared to one year ago, the Wyandotte County unemployment rate improved from 9.2 percent in January 2013 to 8.4 percent in January 2014, according to the Kansas Department of Labor statistics.
According to a state unemployment map, the only Kansas county with a higher unemployment rate in January 2014 was Linn County, with 8.7 percent unemployment. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.
A spokesman for the KDOL stated that the figures are not seasonally adjusted and most of the unemployment rate increase in Wyandotte County is due to season factors such as retail and construction.
While the change from December to January is larger than seen in the last few years, it is not uncommon for Wyandotte County, as in January 2011 the unemployment rate change was an increase of 1.6 percent from December to January, the spokesman stated.
January 2014 saw an increase of 1,026 unemployed people from the previous month, while the percentage change in the labor force and employment was a much smaller number.
In January 2013, Wyandotte County had a much smaller increase in unemployed people, at 473 more over the previous month, according to state statistics.


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