TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Department of Labor says the state lost 36,500 nonfarm jobs in April compared with the same month last year.
The decline in nonfarm employment was 2.6 percent.
That's another sign that the economy remained soft last month. Unemployment was 6.1 percent, compared with only 3.5 percent in
The unemployment rate dipped from March's figure of 6.4 percent. But the department attributes that change to seasonal trends.
About 1.36 million Kansans had nonfarm jobs in April.
Construction and manufacturing were the hardest-hit segments of the economy in April, compared with April 2008.
Construction firms shed 8,600 jobs over the year - 13.3 percent of their total employment. Manufacturing firms lost more than 14,000 jobs, or 7.6 percent.
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