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Kansas unemployment rate hits five-year low, but 2013 job growth lags behind Missouri

Updated: 2014-01-28T17:53:58Z

By DAVE HELLING

We can now examine the results of a full year of the Gov. Sam Brownback tax cuts on the Kansas job market.

Here, without comment, are the Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally-adjusted numbers (based on the more generous Current Employment Statistics, not the Current Population Survey).

The Brownback tax cuts became effective in January 2013.

KANSAS (with tax cuts)

Total non-farm employment:

12/12: 1,365,900

12/13: 1,375,900

One-year job growth: 10,000

One-year job growth rate: .7 percent

Unemployment rate:

12/12: 5.5 percent

12/13: 4.9 percent

MISSOURI (without tax cuts)

Total non-farm employment

12/12: 2,687,900

12/13: 2,721,800

One-year job growth: 33,900

One-year job growth rate: 1.3 percent

Unemployment rate:

12/12: 6.6 percent

12/13: 5.9 percent

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