In the region, the June unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points, coming in at 3.3 percent. It was 3.8 percent one year ago.
The labor force decreased in April by 2,210 to reach 348,146 total members. The number has climbed by 2,201 over the past 12 months.
Kirby, who has served dual roles as Assistant District Engineer and the head of preconstruction unit takes the place of retiring Brent Cook.
At the same time, the 13-county area saw its unemployment rate tumble and the labor force grow. All indicators remain positive for the year.