Report: Job growth in Kansas continues to lag nation

A new report says employment growth in Kansas has been lagging behind the rest of the nation.

Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research updated its employment forecast Monday. It shows that while employment grew by 2.1 percent nationally in the last 12 months, in Kansas it grew by just 1.1 percent.

The center’s updated employment also anticipates Kansas employers will add 18,868 jobs this year.

That represents a job growth of 1.4 percent this year in Kansas with a fraction of a percent growth in Wichita.

The updated 2015 forecast anticipates service sectors in the state will have the most growth, led by the professional and business sectors and the leisure and hospitality industry.

Federal and state government jobs are expected to decline.

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