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Mixed news on jobs, unemployment

It’s good news that Kansas gained an impressive 5,700 non-farm jobs in June, reversing a job-loss trend in recent months. But even with the increase, the state netted only 1,700 new jobs during the first six months of this year – one of the worst job-growth rates in the nation. Also of concern is that the state’s unemployment rate, though low compared with other states, has been increasing. June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, up from 4.4 percent in May and 4.2 percent earlier this year. – Phillip Brownlee