The latest analysis by state and federal officials Friday pegged the unemployment rate in Kansas increased to 3.3 percent in December.
The Kansas Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the seasonally adjusted rate for Kansas went up 0.1 percentage points from November. The jobless figure in December 2017 was 3.5 percent.
Estimates for last month weren't influenced by the partial federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22. The reference period for the state's unemployment rate was the Dec. 9-15 calendar week.
The new monthly survey said total Kansas nonfarm jobs were up 1,100 in December. Private-sector employment, a subset of total nonfarm jobs, was 900 more than the previous month.
Since December 2017, Kansas added 20,100 nonfarm jobs and 17,200 private-sector positions.
"Employers in the state have demonstrated a growing demand for labor as evidenced by upward trends in average weekly hours worked and real hourly earnings in the last 12 months," said Emilie Doerksen, an economist at the state Department of Labor.
In terms of the trend in Kansas, the unemployment rate held at 3.3 percent in August, September and October before dipping to 3.2 percent in November. Through that period, the state's jobless number ran 0.4 percent to 0.5 percentage points lower than the national average.