Yael T. Abouhalkah

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Ugly jobs report exposes recent deceit of Gov. Sam Brownback

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his tax-cut boosters got some more bad jobs news on Friday.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his tax-cut boosters got some more bad jobs news on Friday. The Associated Press

Ugly news on the jobs front struck again Friday in Kansas.

So much for Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent assurances that his tax cuts are creating employment in the Sunflower State. Instead, the governor is trying to deceive Kansans.

▪ The state lost 2,600 total nonfarm jobs in November from October, according to state and federal officials.

▪ Kansas had fewer jobs in November than it did in February of this year.

▪ One more thing: Kansas has added only 7,000 total nonfarm jobs since November 2014. That’s a puny growth rate of .5 percent. That is the eighth worst rate in the nation over the last 12 months.

The actual facts contradict the fantasy that the governor is trying to sell Kansans.

Brownback told The Associated Press just days ago, “There hasn’t been the coverage of, well, is the tax plan working or not to create jobs? I would think that the public would be interested in that.”

Alas, the news has been dismal for many months. As in August: “Kansas jobs plummet in latest disaster for Gov. Sam Brownback.”

Then there’s Brownback’s long-held contention that the tax cuts he helped usher through in 2013 are wooing jobs in the Kansas City area to the Kansas-side suburbs, decimating the Missouri side of the state line.

Wrong, as recent figures showed.

The November statistics continued a recent abysmal trend for Kansas when looking at how the state has done in gaining employment year over year.

Looking at job figures for the 50 states, Kansas tied for the 10th worst annual growth rate from October 2014 to October 2015, tied for the eighth worst annual rate in September, tied for fourth worst in August, tied for sixth worst in July, was 11th worst in June and was third worst in May.

Yes, as Kansas officials correctly noted, the state unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent in November. But that’s misleading, as I recently wrote.

In Missouri, the state grew by 1 percent year over year, adding 27,100 jobs since last November. Still, that was only 14th worst in the nation.

The best state for gaining employment year over year was Idaho at 3.8 percent.