Kansas employment remained flat in January

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Due to rounding, though, the January unemployment rate remained unchanged from December, according to the labor department.

The state's nonfarm employment increased by 9,200 overall with job gains led by durable goods manufacturing, up 2,100 and wholesale trade, up 3,200. Comparatively, the national unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent from 4.8 percent.

With the exception of October 2014, when it was equal to the national rate, the state's unemployment rate has been below the USA rate for more than four years. Nondurable goods manufacturing lost an estimated 100 jobs statewide, the information sector was down 400 jobs and the education sector was down 600.

Although the total number of nonfarm payroll jobs continues to increase, the rate of growth is slowing, increasing 2.2 percent in 2017 compared to a recent high of 3.5 percent in 2014, according to data from the labor department. St. Johns County was the lowest at 3.3 percent, with Okaloosa County at 3.5 percent and Orange, Seminole and Wakulla counties at 3.6 percent. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the labour force participation rate is 1.7 percentage points higher. Another 3,500 jobs were added in education and health services.

North Carolina's unemployment rate in January didn't move from the 4.5 percent mark where it's been for three previous months. That was up four-tenths of a point from December.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,625,300 in January - 300 lower than in December and 800 lower than a year ago.

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