WSU: Employment to grow next year

The remainder of 2010 will continue to see a sluggish rebound in economic activity in Kansas, with limited growth next year, according to a forecast by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University.

In 2011, the center projects Kansas employment to grow 0.8 percent, or about 10,780 jobs.

Full employment recovery is not expected until after 2012.

Growing segments forecast for 2011 are:

* Education and health services, up 2.2 percent, or 3,985 jobs.

* Natural resources, mining and construction, up 5 percent, or 3,350 jobs.

* Leisure and hospitality services, up 2.2 percent, or 2,530 jobs

* Manufacturing up 0.9 percent, or 1,475 jobs.

Industry segments expected to shrink in 2011 include:

* Retail trade, down 0.3 percent for a loss of 490 jobs

* Government, down 1.1 percent, as temporary Census employees and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded employees are shed.