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Another month, another bad jobs report

The latest job report was more bad news for the state and Gov. Sam Brownback. The number of nonfarm jobs in Kansas dropped by 3,700 in April, according to a preliminary report released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s tied for the fifth worst job-growth rate in the nation. What’s more, Kansas had 600 fewer nonfarm jobs at the end of April than it had in April 2015. So not only is Kansas not adding 25,000 jobs per year – the goal that Brownback set during his re-election campaign – we’re going in the opposite direction. – Phillip Brownlee