TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas labor officials say the state's job market is showing more positive signs of growth, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 6.1 percent in June.
The rate announced Friday was the same seasonally adjusted figure as in April and May, but better than the 6.8 percent rate of June 2011.
Over the past year, Kansas has added 19,400 private-sector jobs, a 1.8-percent rate of growth. The state added 7,300 jobs since May. Leading the growth were professional and business services, with 10,000 new hires, and manufacturing, with 5,800 new jobs.
An economist described the growth as slow but noted that there are encouraging signs, including an increase in the number of advertised job openings and weekly hours worked.