Unemployment Picture Looking Good For South Central Kansas

Posted 1 year ago

By Fred Gough

Good news on the local unemployment front. According to the numbers released this morning from the Kansas Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Hutchinson dropped 12-points going from 6.8% in August to 5.6% in September.

The rate for Reno County dropped 10-points going from 5.6% in August to 4.6% in September and considerably better then the rate in September of last year where the rate was at 5.9%.

In the city of Hutchinson, there are 1-thousand, 189-residents looking for work, while in the county, 1-thousand, 601 residents are out of work, but most of those are in the city of Hutchinson. This rate doesn’t reflect any layoffs that could be coming from Siemen’s. That could bring rates back up in future months.

Harvey County also saw their rate go down from 5.8% in August to 5% in September. Kingman Counties rate also dropped going from 4.9% to 4.1%.

McPherson County had a drop as well going from 6% to 4.9%. Pratt County saw their rate drop to 3.7% last month, compared to 4.6% in August.

Rice County’s rate also dropping from 4.4% to 3.5%, while Stafford County saw their rate drop to 4.2% in September from 5.3% in August.

Even Sedgwick County saw a pretty good drop in their rate, going from 7.4% to 6.3%.

The seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in September, a decrease from 6.2 percent last month and 6.7 percent in September 2011. This is the first time this rate has been below 6 percent since December 2008. The non-adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, down from 6.2 percent in August and from 6.7 percent one year ago.


  • John

    Ok just one quick question was the fact that some of these people may have gave up on looking for jobs? If this is because of people actually getting permanent jobs that’s awesome, But with it being so close to the start of the holiday season lets just wait and see before everyone gets to excited.

    • sam

      No its because their unemployment ran out! Thats all, nothing more.