New employment numbers released last week showed that 2014 was not a good year for job growth in Kansas. The state added only 12,800 nonfarm jobs last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here is how Kansas compared with surrounding states in job growth rate last year: Colorado, 2.6 percent; Oklahoma, 2.2 percent; Missouri, 1.6 percent; Kansas, 0.9 percent; Nebraska, 0.8 percent. – Phillip Brownlee
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