- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas lost more than 2,000 private-sector jobs in September as the state’s unemployment rate ticked up for the fourth month in a row.

The Kansas Department of Labor attributes the rise in the jobless rate to a combination of fewer people in the workforce and a decline in the number of nonfarm jobs.

September’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, up from 4.3 percent in August and 4 percent in September 2015. The Labor Department says the state had 600 fewer nonfarm jobs than in August and 2,100 private-sector jobs overall.

The report issued Friday says Kansas has lost 6,300 jobs since last September, including 5,900 since the start of the year.

Officials say the state’s labor force has fallen by roughly 18,800 people in 2016, including 1,763 in September.

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