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18 November, 2017

The unemployment rate in Grand Island edged up a tenth of a percent to 2.4% last month.

And it's three-tenths of a percent better than that rate of 4.1 percent, which was the lowest in nearly 17 years. The national rate was 4.1 percent in October.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for October was little changed from 4.2 percent for September and down from 4.8 percent one year ago.

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The brightest spot in Friday's report was in the five-county Wichita metropolitan area, where the local jobless rate fell to 3.4 percent, the lowest level recorded there since April 2001.

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State and local unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in almost two decades.

Unemployment also remains low in other states throughout the New England region, ranging from a low of 2.7 percent in New Hampshire to a high of 4.5 in CT.

Professional and business services had shown the most growth this year, adding more than 4,000 jobs.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas nonfarm jobs decreased by 1,700 from September. Those gains exceeded losses in the information sector. The bulk of the increase in leisure and hospitality was attributed to employment increases in food services and drinking places.

"For the fourth consecutive month, both resident employment and unemployment declined", a news release from the department said.


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