Area’s unemployment rate is best in state

By The Mercury

Manhattan and Riley County are once again one of the best areas to find work according to the Kansas Department of Labor’s most recent labor report. In the November 2011 labor report, which was released Wednesday, the Manhattan Metropolitan Statistical Area had an unemployment rate of 5 percent. That is down half a percentage point from a year ago, although it is one-tenth of a percentage point higher than in October.

The Manhattan MSA includes Geary, Pottawatomie, and Riley Counties. Its 5 percent jobless rate is the lowest among MSAs in the state. The Lawrence MSA, which includes Douglas County, has an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent. The highest rate comes out of the Wichita MSA with a 7.1 percent unemployment rate.

Kansas has a statewide rate of 6 percent.

Riley County has an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent with 39,016 of the 40,730 civilian workforce employed. That is about a percentage point lower than any county of comparable population. Pottawatomie County has an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, Geary County has a rate of 7.3 percent and Clay County has a rate of 4.2 percent.

With an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent, Manhattan has the second-lowest unemployment rate among cities, higher only than Leawood, which has an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. The highest rate among cities is Leavenworth with 9.7 percent unemployment.

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