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Kansas still trailing nation, region in job growth

Kansas continues to trail the nation and nearly all its neighbors in job growth. Here are the total nonfarm, seasonally adjusted job-growth rates from January 2014 to January 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Colorado, 2.9 percent; Arkansas, 2.3 percent; U.S. average, 2.3 percent; Missouri, 1.6 percent; Iowa, 1.6 percent; Oklahoma, 1.5 percent; Kansas, 1.3 percent; Nebraska, 1.2 percent. Kansas also comes in next to last on private-sector job growth. “Kansas did add jobs in 2014, and that’s a good thing,” wrote Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah. “But the income tax cuts that took effect in 2013 certainly didn’t propel the state ahead of many others, especially in our region.” – Phillip Brownlee