So when the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the May employment numbers for all 50 states on Friday, Brownback tweeted:
However, Brownback left out a very inconvenient fact.
In the last 12 months, Kansas actually lost 700 jobs, for a “growth” rate of minus 0.1 percent, the sixth worst rate in the nation.
People were not amused on Twitter.
Basically, most people who want jobs in Kansas have one — but not enough people are looking for employment in the Sunflower State.
I then checked other states with low unemployment rates. They fared much better. Of the 15 states with May unemployment rates under 4.0 percent, 13 had gained jobs over the last 12 months.
Critics of the governor quickly pointed out what a miserable job he’s done leading the state, which has spent all its cash reserves and is limping from month to month to balance its budget.
The public schools funding problem, which forced Brownback to call a special session that starts Thursday, was also on people’s minds. The Kansas Supreme Court has threatened to close the K-12 schools after June 30 if they are not constitutionally funded.
And of course, for the grand finale: