WSU forecast predicts modest job growth for Kansas in 2014

Kansas will gain about 19,000 jobs in 2014, an increase of 1.4 percent, according to a forecast by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University.

The top hiring sectors will be business services and health care, at more than 4,000 jobs each, and manufacturing and natural resources sectors, which are expected to gain nearly 2,500 jobs.

All sectors will see jobs gains, according to the forecast. Even federal, state and local governments in Kansas are expected to add jobs, but the gain is forecast is for about 500 jobs.

Kansas is growing slower than the national average. For 2013, Kansas employment is expected to grow by 1.1 percent, with much of the growth in the second half.