The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Kansas and Missouri have some of the worst rates of job growth in the nation.
The very bad news:
▪ Kansas finished 7th worst with an employment gain of 0.1 percent from January 2015 to January 2016.
That’s an addition of a puny 1,400 jobs in the entire 12-month period.
This is yet another big fail for Gov. Sam Brownback and his claim that his 2012 income tax cuts would lead to a bonanza of new jobs.
▪ Missouri finished 9th worst for that period, adding only 0.5 percent in growth, or 14,000 total new jobs.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon likes to boast about his job creation record as well, but it’s mostly empty rhetoric, at least for the last year or so.
Who comes out the worst in this?
The Kansas City area sure is a prime contender. The region is stuck in the middle of two states that are not gaining jobs nearly as quickly as the rest of America.
Indeed, U.S. employment was up 1.9 percent for the year from January 2015 to January 2016.
As noted, Brownback and Kansas are big losers as well.
Brownback’s continued claim that low income taxes will lead to a surge of jobs is knocked down further by the new federal report.
All nine states with the highest income tax rates in the nation added employment faster than the Sunflower State over the last year.
Oregon was third best at 3.4 percent growth and California was 10th best at 2.8 percent.
The other high-income tax states that beat Kansas were Maine, Minnesota, Vermont, New York, Iowa, Hawaii and New Jersey.
It’s also notable that two of the states with no income taxes — Alaska and Wyoming — were actually worse than Kansas in job growth.