The new jobs report for Kansas released Friday just wiped the smile off Gov. Sam Brownback’s face.
The Kansas Labor Information Center reported that total nonfarm employment fell by 2,400 in March.
Overall, Kansas has now gained only 1,900 jobs in the first three months of 2015.
That’s far below the growth rate of 2,000 jobs a month that Brownback has hoped for during his second four-year term.
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It’s all part of the governor’s plan to claim victory for his excessive income tax cuts, which took effect in January 2013. Instead of bringing a jobs bonanza, the tax cuts have sliced hundreds of millions of dollars from state revenues.
About this time last month, Brownback was doing a victory dance. That was because total nonfarm jobs in the Sunflower State had jumped by 9,500, one of the best marks in the nation and easily the highest since the tax cuts took effect.
State figures released Friday show that — while total employment dropped 2,400 in March — the other piece of bad news was that the gain of 9,500 in February was revised downward to 8,400.
The jobs numbers have been on a bit of a roller coaster in recent months.
▪ Kansas reported 1,398,900 total nonfarm jobs in November 2014.
▪ The number rose strongly to 1,401,900 in December.
▪ It fell steeply to 1,397,800 in January.
▪ It soared to 1,407,300 in February.
▪ After adjustments, it dropped to 1,403,800 in March.
The new numbers indicate the tax cuts are not bringing a surge of jobs to the Sunflower State.