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State trails region in most economic indicators


Kansas trailed the region last year in nearly all key economic indicators, according to a February 2015 report from the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors that was obtained by the Kansas Economic Progress Council. Kansas compared unfavorably with the six-state region in measures including population growth, gross state product, personal income, building permits, nonfarm employment and private-sector employment. Among the few measures on which Kansas beat the regional average were private-industry wage levels and unemployment rate. Three years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback said that the array of indicators would help the state “monitor in a timely manner if our policies and initiatives are having the desired economic effect.” Now the Kansas Department of Commerce no longer publishes the reports on its website. – Phillip Brownlee