Kansas unemployment rate drops

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TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas reports that its unemployment rate is 3.8 percent in September.

This is a slight decrease from August's reported 3.9 percent of unemployment, and a larger decrease from 4.3 percent in September 2016.

The state saw a small decline in the number of private-sector jobs in the last 12 months. the Department of Labor reports that the number of private-sector, non-farm jobs was 5,000 lower in September than in September 2016. The decrease was 0.4 percent.

It was the sixth consecutive month with lower private-sector job numbers than in 2016.

But Department of Labor officials said Friday that the state is maintaining a healthy labor market that was stronger in September than in August.