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Still more bad job news for Kansas

The promised “shot of adrenaline” still hasn’t kicked in. Kansas lost 3,800 seasonally adjusted jobs in May, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This drop follows a loss of 1,600 jobs in April. During the past 12 months, from May 2014 through May 2015, the state gained only 6,500 jobs, a growth rate of only 0.5 percent. That’s well behind the job-growth rate of the nation and each of Kansas’ neighboring states (which didn’t drastically cut their taxes). The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also edged up slightly to 4.4 percent. – Phillip Brownlee