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State moving in wrong direction on jobs

Instead of adding 25,000 jobs a year – the goal Gov. Sam Brownback set during his 2014 re-election campaign – Kansas is headed in the opposite direction. Over the past 12 months, Kansas lost 5,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to a report released last week by the Kansas Department of Labor. The past two months have been particularly bad. The state had 1,900 fewer seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February than in January, and it had 4,000 fewer nonfarm jobs in January than in December. – Phillip Brownlee