The unemployment rate jumped 2-tenths of one percent here in Reno County for the month of March. That’s according to figures released by the Kansas Department of Labor. The unemployment rate for the county is at 5.9 percent. That’s also an increase of nearly one half percent over the same period last year.
The numbers were similar for the city with the unemployment rate at 7.2%, also an increase of 2-tenths of 1-percent. It’s also a half percentage point higher then in March of last year.
There were 1-thousand, 996 residents of the county out of work with 1-thousand 482 of those in the city of Hutchinson.
Harvey County saw a 1-percentage point jump going from 5.4 percent in February to 6.4 percent in March.
Kingman County is at 5.3 percent, up from 5.1 percent the previous month. McPherson County is also up slightly at 4.3 percent, the same amount they had in January. Rice County is at its highest level for the year at 4.4 percent.
Pratt County also saw an increase over last month, but still lower then where they were in January. Their rate is at 4.2 percent, up from 4 percent in February.
Stafford County is at 5.1 percent, up one tenth of 1 percent from February and Sedgwick County is at 7.4 percent.
The seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate rose minimally to 5.6 percent, as compared to the February rate of 5.5 percent. In March 2012, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.