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Great news for KC area jobs

The Kansas City metropolitan area had the biggest unemployment rate decline from January 2011 to January 2012 among all 372 metro areas tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In a report released Friday, the government said the area’s jobless rate dropped 2.1 percentage points — to 7.2 percent from 9.3 percent — over the year.

As of January, there were about 75,100 unemployed job hunters in the metro area, compared with 97,000 a year earlier.

Kansas City was among 345 metro areas that had lower unemployment rates in January this year than in January 2011, the bureau said.

The bureau also reported that 270 metro areas had over-the-year increases in payroll jobs.

In the Kansas City market, the bureau recorded a gain of 13,300 payroll jobs, a 1.4 percent increase over the year.

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Tags: Economic Development, Jobs
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