Cloud County's Unemployment Rate Up to 5.6%; Considerably Less than Current State and National Rates

Cloud County's Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.6%; Considerably Less than Current State and National Rates

Cloud County's unemployment rate in April was 5.6%, much lower than both the state and national unemployment rates, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.

Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 11.2% in April.  Secretary of Labor Delía García says this was an increase from 2.8% in March and an increase from 3.2% in April 2019.

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The national unemployment rate for April was 14.7%.

The preliminary estimates released by the Department of Labor on Friday, May 22nd indicate Cloud County's unemployment rate in April 2020 rose to 5.6%, up from 2.6% in March.  A total of 204 people were listed as unemployed in Cloud County.

Elsewhere in North Central Kansas, Mitchell County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.5%.

Republic County and Washington County both had an unemployment rate of 4%.

Jewell County's unemployment rate was at 4.1%.

Clay County and Ottawa County had the highest unemployment rates in the area at 7.9% and 6.2%, respectively.  Clay County's 287 people listed as unemployed was the most for any county in the region.

In central Kansas, Saline County's unemployment rate was 9.6% with 2,943 individuals listed as unemployed.

Labor Economist Emilie Doerksen says seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 130,400 from March.  Private sector jobs, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, decreased by 121,600 from the previous month, while government decreased by 8,800 jobs.

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Data collected for the April 2020 Labor Report references the week including April 12th during a temporary, statewide stay-home order for the State of Kansas in response to COVID-19 that went into effect on March 30th.

Since April 2019, Kansas seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have declined by 133,200.  This change is due to a decrease of 125,500 private sector jobs and 7,700 government jobs.

BLS revised seasonally adjusted preliminary total nonfarm jobs estimates for March down by 5,500 jobs, from 1,428,400 to 1,422,900.  Seasonally adjusted private sector jobs were revised down by 5,900 jobs, from 1,168,000 to 1,162,100.

The May 2020 Labor Report will be released on Friday, June 19th.