Kansas jobless rate down slightly in October

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The November jobless rate in 2.5% in Omaha and Grand Island, up half a point from October and 4-10ths of a point lower than past year for both.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs, and any reading below 300,000 is low by historical standards. The number of unemployed was down 3,600 over the year to 23,100.

The Kansas Department of Labor reports the state's jobless rate at 3.5 percent in November. down from 3.6 perecnt in October and 4.3 percent in November past year.

Payroll Survey Estimates - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 2,100 from one year ago to 619,200 for November.

But a closer look shows the drop is not because more jobless Delawareans are finding work, but rather more people have simply stopped looking.

Professional and business services gained the most jobs, while government lost jobs.

The rate for the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area fell to 2.1 percent last month, down from a revised 2.2 percent in October and 2.4 percent in November 2016. A year ago, it was 6.7 percent.

US initial claims for unemployment benefits rose to a five-week high last week, but remained low by historical standards, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

The state and local unemployment rates continued to be well below the national unemployment rate, which was 4.1 percent in November.