BY ANDY TAYLOR
If the latest unemployment record from the State of Kansas is any indication of the economy, then Montgomery County appears to have survived the economy’s brutal sucker punches over the past several years.
The Kansas Department of Labor on Friday announced its November unemployment report, which shows Montgomery County with a jobless rate of 6.6 percent. That marks the lowest unemployment rate in Montgomery County since December 2008, where the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.
In between December 2008 and November 2012, Montgomery County’s jobless rate has ranged anywhere from 9.0 to a high of 14.0 percent. The county also has been among the top two or three counties in unemployment during the economic turbulence. The November jobs report shows Montgomery County having the fifth-highest unemployment in Kansas, however the actual rate itself is far better in November than one year earlier, when the jobless rate was 8.8 percent. The jobless rate in October 2012 was 6.7 percent.
Montgomery County mirrored the rest of the state by posting strong employment numbers. The statewide jobless rate in November was 5.2 percent, down from 6.1 percent one year ago.
Montgomery County had 17,888 employed workers in November and 1,254 unemployed workers during the same month — giving the county the distinction of having a total civilian labor force (total number of employed and unemployed workers) of more than 19,100 workers.
For more details of this story, read the Dec. 27 edition of the Montgomery County Chronicle.