Area jobless rate down from March

By Jelani Yancey

The unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in Manhattan during April, according to figures released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor.

That figure represented a decline from the 5.1 percent rate listed during March, and it was slightly lower than the 4.4 percent rate in April of 2011. The city’s jobless rate at the start of the year was 4.0 percent.

The jobless rate for Riley County was 4.4 percent. In Pottawatomie County, the rate was 4.6 per cent during April. The rate for the Manhattan Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5.0 percent. The Manhattan MSA includes Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley Counties. In Geary County, the April jobless rate was 6.7 percent.

Unemployment in the Manhattan MSA ranked lowest among the state’s five MSAs.

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