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October job growth is encouraging

Kansas finally received some good economic news, as the state gained 8,400 jobs in October. That’s more than during the entire first nine months of the year, when Kansas added only 7,900 jobs. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also dropped to 4.4 percent from 4.7 percent in September. The job growth isn’t nearly enough to significantly reduce the state’s budget shortfall. And even with the October surge, Kansas still trails three of its four neighboring states in job growth this year (only Nebraska’s was less). Still, the growth is encouraging and much needed. Here’s hoping it continues and wasn’t an anomaly. – Phillip Brownlee