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Jobless rates held steady in October

By The Mercury

The October unemployment rates for Manhattan and its metro area didn’t change at all from September’s rates, according to figures released by the Kansas Department of Labor.

The rates remain among the lowest in the state with the unemployment rate for Manhattan at 3.8 percent and the rate for the city’s metro area at 4.6 percent. The unemployment rates for the metro’s counties were 6.5 percent in Geary, 4 percent in Pottawatomie and 3.9 percent in Riley.

The metro area’s rate is the lowest among the state’s five metro areas, and the city’s rate is the third lowest among the 16 cities measured.

Overall, the city’s unemployment rate is down 0.8 percentage points since January and down 0.1 percentage points since October of last year. The metro area’s unemployment rate is down 0.9 percentage points since January and down 0.3 percentage points since October of last year.

As for the state, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from last month and 1 percentage point fromOctober 2011.

“The continued decrease in the unemployment rate is a positive sign for Kansas,” Lana Gordon, Interim Secretary of Labor, said in a press release. “It is encouraging to see the number of employed Kansans increasing the past two months.”

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