The unemployment figures for April have been released, and the number of people working in the state of Kansas is not holding pace with the national average. Linda Nickisch of the U-S Department of Labor Statistics office in Kansas City says while the employment rate grew nationwide, Kansas saw a decline.
Nickisch says there wasn't one particular industry that suffered a huge loss. Instead, she says job losses were spread throughout the state's workforce in each sector of employment. While fewer Kansans are working than a year ago, the unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent. That's lower than the national average of 8.7 percent.