Kansas had the fifth-worst job growth rate in the nation over the course of the past year, according to a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kansas had 9,300 fewer jobs in December 2016 than it had the previous December. That’s a growth rate of negative 0.7 percent. Topping the worst list were Wyoming (-2.8 percent), North Dakota (-1.8 percent), Alaska (-1.4 percent) and Mississippi (-1 percent). The national average was 1.5 percent. Here are the job growth rates for surrounding states: Oklahoma, -0.3 percent; Nebraska, 0.7 percent; Colorado, 1.9 percent; and Missouri, 2.3 percent. – Phillip Brownlee
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