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Jobs up last month but still trail nation

Kansas received a nice boost in jobs last month, though the year-to-date growth still badly trails the nation. The state gained 4,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in September. That helps make up for August, when the state lost 3,000 nonfarm jobs. Since the start of the year, Kansas has added only 6,400 jobs. During the past 12 months, the state has added only 8,700 nonfarm jobs, a growth rate of 0.6 percent – the eighth worst rate in the country and less than a third of the 2 percent national growth rate. – Phillip Brownlee