The Kansas unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in July 2011. This continues the general decline in unemployment rates that began after reaching a peak of 8.2 percent in July 2009. Much of the decline was due to a decrease in the number of active participants in the labor force, not from gains in employment. As of this writing, Kansas employment is on track to decrease 0.5 percent in 2011, after declining 1.5 percent in 2010.

In 2012, Kansas employment is projected to increase 1.1 percent, gaining approximately 15,000 jobs.

To read the complete 2012 forecast for Kansas, click here.