The number of nonfarm jobs in Kansas increased by a whopping 9,500 in February, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was the 14th highest increase in the nation and the second highest in the region (Colorado added 12,000 jobs last month). Also, newly revised statistics show that Kansas was second in the region last year for private-sector job growth, trailing only Colorado. Preliminary numbers had placed Kansas next to last in the region. Kansas’ jobs outlook still is unclear, as the state lost 4,100 in January, the fifth worst in the country. In comparison, Missouri added 9,200 nonfarm jobs in January and 9,400 in February. Still, here is hoping the February growth trend continues. – Phillip Brownlee
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