Good news for the Kansas economy: jobless rates are heading down.
Emporia's jobless rate dipped from 7 percent in October to 6.2 percent in November. Lyon County's drop was similar, from 5.9 percent to 5.2 percent. The Emporia micro-area, which includes Lyon and Chase counties, dropped from 5.8 to an even 5 percent.
All area counties had declines, with Chase County having the largest -- from 4.3 to 3.1 percent. Chase County now has the lowest unemployment rate in the area, while Morris County has the highest at 5.3 percent.
Statewide, the unadjusted rate went from 5.6 percent in October to 5.1 percent in November.