The unemployment rate in Leavenworth County remained unchanged in March from the month before, according to a report released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Kansas City office.
Wednesday's report detailed job gains in March 2013 for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The BLS's metropolitan area reports lag a month behind the organization's national releases.
According to the document, there were 23 more unemployed individuals in the reported in the county for March 2013 than the month before, which was not enough to change the percent of unemployed.
Between March 2012 and 2013, the unemployed rate has declined in Leavenworth County from 8 percent to 7.3.
Over the same period, the unemployment rate for the entire state of Kansas fell from 6.2 percent to 5.8, where it was measured for March 2013. The percent for the state was also unchanged between February and March this year. The statewide rate for Missouri was 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.4 percent in February and 7.5 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate was reportedly 7.6 percent in March 2013.
Despite the larger difference in the two states' respective percentages this month, the BLS reported that the job gains in the Kansas City metro area that includes Leavenworth County have been on the Kansas side, which reportedly added 6,900 jobs since March 2012. The Missouri side has shed 5,100 jobs over the same period.
The largest gains on the Kansas side have been in the areas of professional and business services, followed by leisure and hospitality. Both sides of the state line lost jobs in the government and trade, transportation and utility sectors over the year.