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Another bad month, year for job growth in Kansas

The state lost 3,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last month, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. That follows a loss of 5,100 jobs in July. During the past 12 months, Kansas gained only 1,000 nonfarm jobs, an increase of only 0.1 percent – the fourth worst growth rate in the nation. And keep in mind that states with higher growth rates didn’t dramatically cut their income taxes. Missouri, for example, had a job-growth rate of 1.1 percent. Kansas fared better with private-sector jobs, adding 4,400 during the past 12 months. However, that’s far less than the 25,000 average annual increase needed to fulfill Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign promise to add 100,000 private-sector jobs during his second term. – Phillip Brownlee