Kansas unemployment rate drops slightly in April

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says the Kansas unemployment rate dipped to 5.5 percent last month while the number of people filing initial claims for jobless benefits also fell.

But Friday’s full report from the Department of Labor also says April’s job growth was less robust than expected.

The report says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged lower from 5.6 percent in March. The rate for April 2012 was 6.1 percent.

The agency says about 13,200 people filed their initial claims for benefits in April, compared to about 15,000 claims in March and 14,700 in April of last year.

Kansas had about 1.1 million people working in private-sector, nonfarm jobs in April, about 12,300 more than in April 2012, or growth of 1.1 percent.

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