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February’s job growth was not a trend

Turns out the recent surge in jobs in Kansas was not a trend, unfortunately. News that the number of nonfarm jobs in Kansas increased by a whopping 9,500 in February raised hopes that the state’s economy was finally taking off. But a new report released by the Kansas Labor Information Center shows that total seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment fell by 2,400 in March. What’s more, revised numbers lowered the February jobs increase to 8,400. So, counting the sharp drop in jobs in January, Kansas has added only 1,900 nonfarm jobs during the first three months of this year, significantly less than the 2,000-a-month growth rate that Gov. Sam Brownback projected for his second term. – Phillip Brownlee