Start with Friday’s good news: Kansas gained 4,800 jobs in June and now has record employment of 1,403,400 people.
Alas, here’s the more notable figure: Kansas had the seventh worst job growth rate in the country from June 2015 to June of this year at a puny 0.2 percent.
The state has been among the bottom 10 in the nation for adding jobs in much of the last year, along with North Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Alaska and Louisiana, among others.
By the way, that record number of employed is barely 2,100 jobs higher than the Sunflower State had back in February ... of 2015.
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The state also announced Friday that the unemployment rate had ticked up to 3.8 percent in June from 3.7 percent last month.
That’s still among the 15 or so lowest in the country and a point of pride for Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters. Then again, Kansas always has a fairly low unemployment rate.
Summed up, the promises by Brownback that his 2012 tax cuts were going to stimulate a strong surge in employment haven’t come true, even while dozens of other states are doing far, far better than Kansas. The Brownback claim that the national economy is dragging down the Kansas economy looks pretty weak, given the impressive job gains in states such as Utah, Oregon and California.
Over in Missouri, the state didn’t fare much better in the jobs report for June.
It tied for the ninth worst rate of growth in the country for the past year at 0.9 percent, though that was still about four times better than Kansas did.
Missouri’s unemployment rate also went up to 4.5 percent in June from 4.3 percent last month.