For the past few months, area jobless rates have generally trended along with the state's direction. That's not the case in December.
The Kansas unemployment rate went from 5.1 to 4.9 percent from November to December, but Lyon and all surrounding counties had their jobless rates increase.
Lyon County's jobless rate went from 5.2 percent to 5.6 percent from November to December. Emporia's jobless rate climbed half a percent, from 6.2 to 6.7 percent, and the Emporia micro-area -- Lyon and Chase counties -- went from 5 percent to 5.5 percent.
Chase County still has the area's lowest unemployment rate, but that climbed from 3.1 percent to 3.3 percent. Morris County now has the highest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent and also had the area's largest monthly increase at seven-tenths of a percent.