November Jobs Update

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Job growth throughout the country may be slow, but positive, longer-term job growth trends in Kansas are getting ignored in favor of preliminary, month-to-month comparisons of how many private-sector jobs exist or existed in the state at two single points in time. These comparisons give disproportionate weight to short-term, potentially anomalous industry-level spikes or declines when arriving at Kansas’ overall … Read More

October Jobs Update

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You wouldn’t know it from frequent media reports citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers for Kansas, but the number of private-sector jobs in the Sunflower State has actually GROWN by 4.7% in the almost three years post-tax reform in 2012. This pace trails only that of Colorado (8.8%) in the region. The 4.7% growth rate since December 2012 is … Read More

September Jobs Update

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Kansas remains tied with Missouri for the second highest seasonally-adjusted private-sector job growth rate (1.1%) among regional peer states when comparing the first nine months of 2015 to those same nine months in 2014. Only Colorado performs better—at a 2.6% growth rate—in the region over the period according to the latest, September 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases. Kansas … Read More

August Jobs Update

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Bureau of Labor Statistics releases for August show Kansas maintaining its tie with Missouri for the second highest seasonally-adjusted private-sector job growth rate (1.1%) among regional peer states when comparing the first eight months of 2015 with the same period of time in 2014. Kansas performs even better regionally when looking at the period starting in December 2012—when Kansas implemented … Read More

July Jobs Update

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Bureau of Labor Statistics releases for July show Kansas achieving seasonally-adjusted private-sector job growth that is tied for second place among its regional peers. As the table below shows, Kansas posted 1.2% growth when comparing the first seven months of 2015 with those same seven months in 2014. This tied Missouri (also 1.2%) bested Oklahoma and Nebraska (1.1% and 0.8% … Read More

June Jobs Update

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Bureau of Labor Statistics releases of June’s seasonally-adjusted private-sector jobs numbers show Kansas performing favorably with its regional peers through the first half of 2015 relative to the same period of time in 2014. Specifically, Kansas’ year-to-date growth rate of 1.23% achieves parity with Missouri (1.26%) and Oklahoma (1.27%) while besting Nebraska (0.89%) and trailing only Colorado (3.09%). Beyond the … Read More

May jobs report – a lesson in ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed private sector jobs in Kansas declined by 1,500 in May, to 1.144 million.  Kansas was not the only regional state, however, that lost jobs between April and May; Nebraska and Oklahoma also had declines and their declines were worse.  The May numbers are preliminary and will be revised next … Read More

April Jobs Update

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Much has been made of newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers pointing to a slight decline in private-sector job growth in Kansas from March to April. Kansas did experience a 0.3% decline, but the small decline is not unique to Kansas.  Regional neighbors Missouri and Nebraska faced similar monthly declines of 0.2%, and ten other states across the nation … Read More

KCEG misleads on job growth – again

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

The latest misleading claim on job growth from the Kansas Center for Economic Growth is loaded with misleading and irrelevant information; they don’t fully disclose their methodology and at this writing they have ignored our request to explain it.  Sadly, this is not the first, second or even third time that KCEG has published misleading information and declined to produce documentation. Here are the questions we posed … Read More

Q1 2015 Jobs Update

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Bureau of Labor Statistics private-sector jobs numbers through Q1 2015 show Kansas continuing to become increasingly competitive with its income-taxing peers post-tax reform of 2012. First quarter job growth was a little less than the full year of 2014 (1.9%) but still more competitive than before tax reform.  Kansas’ job growth was at 67% (1.52% vs. 2.27%) of the rate of … Read More