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Cloud County's Unemployment Rate Went Up Slightly in October

October 2022 County Unemployment Rates
October 2022 County Unemployment Rates

Cloud County's unemployment rate went up slightly in October.

According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Cloud County stood at 2.6 percent last month -- up from 2.4 percent in September.

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 2.8 percent in October.  Secretary Amber Shultz says this was an increase from 2.6 percent in September and a decrease from 2.9 percent in October 2021.

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The preliminary estimates released by the Department of Labor this month indicate Cloud County had a total of 100 people listed as unemployed in October.

Elsewhere in North Central Kansas, Mitchell County and Washington County had the lowest unemployment rates in the region at 1.9 percent.  Republic County had an unemployment rate of 2.0 percent.  Ottawa County had an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent.  Clay County had an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent, while Jewell County had the highest unemployment rate in the region of 2.8 percent.

Labor Economist Nathan Kessler says seasonally adjusted job estimates for Kansas indicate total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 8,500 from September.  Total nonfarm includes private sector and government employers. Private sector jobs increased by 8,000 over the month, while government increased by 500.

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Since October 2021 Kansas’ seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs have increased by 40,500.  This change is due to an increase of 38,700 private sector jobs and an increase of 1,800 government jobs.