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Job numbers improve, but not Brownback’s approval rating

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Kansas received some welcome job news Friday. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 in October, down from 4.4 percent in September and 4.2 percent in October 2014, the Kansas Department of Labor announced. The state also added 2,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last month, a 0.2 percent increase. However, the state still lags the nation and the region, with a job growth rate of only 0.8 percent over the past year, the 10th worst rate in the nation. The poor economic growth likely is one factor in why Gov. Sam Brownback has the lowest approval rating of any governor in the nation. Only 26 percent of Kansans approve of Brownback’s job performance, according to a survey released Friday by Morning Consult. The average governor approval rating nationwide was 54 percent. – Phillip Brownlee

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