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Job growth rate ninth worst in nation last year

The sun was definitely not shining on Kansas job growth last year. All total, the state added only 6,900 nonfarm jobs (9,400 private sector) – not even close to the 25,000-a-year goal Gov. Sam Brownback set during his re-election campaign. The state’s 0.5 percent job growth rate was the ninth worst in the nation and far less than the 1.9 percent national average. Brownback has blamed the weak job growth in part on the state’s low 3.9 percent unemployment rate. However, nearly every state with a lower unemployment rate than Kansas – including Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa – had a much higher job growth rate last year. – Phillip Brownlee