Kansas had 2,400 fewer nonfarm jobs in January than it had the previous year, according to seasonally adjusted jobs numbers issued last week by the Kansas Department of Labor. The -0.2 percent job growth rate for those 12 months was the seventh worst in the nation. Kansas also had 3,500 fewer nonfarm jobs in January than it did in December – the sixth worst rate change in the nation. Nearly all the job reductions over the 12 months – 2,300 – were in the private sector. The biggest losses were in manufacturing, while the biggest gains were in financial services and education and health services. When he campaigned for re-election, Gov. Sam Brownback set a goal of adding 25,000 jobs each year of his second term. – Phillip Brownlee
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