The Kansas economy grew 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted terms in 2010, a partial rebound from the 3.1 percent drop in 2009, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The state economy produced $127.2 billion in goods and services in 2010.
The recession is clearly over and the economy is growing reasonably well — but that's not what it feels like for many people, said Jeremy Hill, director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University.
There has been little hiring since mid-2009, unemployment remains high and many Kansas consumers remain cautious, he said.
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"That is the dark side of productivity," Hill said. "We've gotten so efficient that the economy can grow with fewer people actually working."
The sectors that contributed the most to the state's growth in 2010 were durable goods manufacturing, such as construction machinery and aircraft; wholesale trade, such as oil transportation and grain brokers; retail trade, such as clothing shops; and government, at federal, state and local levels.
The biggest loser, by far, was the information sector, which includes publishing, broadcasting and data processing. It shrank 9.6 percent in 2010 and 10.2 percent in 2009.
That list won't be repeated next year, Hill said. State and local governments, which have received federal stimulus dollars the last two years, are shrinking.
The growth in 2010 puts Kansas 28th among U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The fastest-growing state economy was North Dakota's at 7.1 percent — driven by a boom in oil shale production. Wyoming performed the worst at minus-0.3 percent.
Kansas has grown slowly over the last decade, averaging nearly 1.5 percent annual growth in inflation adjusted terms. That is about the national average.