The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Kansas climbed to 3.5 percent in May, a 0.2 percent rise from one year ago.
The jobless rate across the state was steady from April to May at 3.5 percent, but above the 3.3 percent mark reported in May 2018.
Average monthly job growth in Kansas during the past three months stands at 2,100, based on analysis by the Kansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Kansas added 600 jobs in May with contributions from both the public and private sectors,” said Delia Garcia, secretary of the Kansas Department of Labor. "Additionally, the previous month's estimate for April was revised upward by 500 jobs."
Tyler Tenbrink, a senior labor economist with the state labor department, said Kansas created jobs in May despite above-average rainfall that undermined construction. The climb was possible, in part, by expansion in retail trade, he said.
During the year since May 2018, Kansas added 12,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs and produced 10,300 new private-sector jobs.