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Job growth up last month, still measly for year

Kansas received a small ray of sunshine last week amid a gloomy year of job growth. A preliminary report indicated that seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs increased by 4,800 from May to June, or 0.3 percent growth. Over the past 12 months, Kansas has added only 2,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs. That’s a measly 0.2 percent job growth rate – the seventh worst in the nation. Wichita is the best-performing metropolitan area in the state, with a 1.6 percent job growth rate over the past 12 months. The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June from 3.7 to 3.8 percent but is still very low (and down from 4.2 percent a year ago). – Phillip Brownlee