Let this sink in for a moment: Kansas gained more total nonfarm jobs in February than Texas did, according to new data released Friday.
Gov. Sam Brownback can commence his victory dance right ... now.
Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show that Kansas added 9,500 jobs in the month, and Texas just 7,100. The oil-rich state has traditionally been one of the fastest growing in the United States when it comes to employment.
Overall, Kansas added the 14th highest total number of jobs in the nation; California led with an extra 29,400 jobs.
Of neighboring states, only Colorado gained more employment than Kansas, up 12,000 jobs.
However, Missouri added 9,400 jobs, following strong growth of 9,200 in January.
Summed up, for a state its size, Kansas was one of the fastest growing in employment in February.
Now for the sobering side of the numbers.
The new federal data show that the Sunflower State also lost 4,100 jobs in January — which was the fifth worst total in the country.
That means Kansas employment has gone up 5,400 in the first two months of 2015.
For Brownback, that means he is ahead of his goal of adding about 2,000 jobs a month during his second, four-year term.
Here’s another piece of bad news for Kansas: Through January, Kansas had the 32nd lowest rate of job growth in the nation for the last 12 months.
But let’s end on a high point: Brownback is likely to be celebrating this news at least for the next few weeks.