The Kansas Department of Labor just announced the September unemployment rate was 5.9%. Nearly a full percentage point below the September 2011 rate of 6.7%.
A closer look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey shows that the drop did not come from higher employment. 7,819 fewer Kansans were employed in September 2012 than in September 2011. The unemployment rate is lower because over 12,000 unemployed Kansans dropped out of the labor force over the last year.