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Kansas employment remained flat in January

Job growth in Kansas was flat in January as the state's economy added only 200 net new jobs, even though employers are still looking to fill thousands of positions, the state Department of Labor reported Monday.

Rural population in steep decline amid slow economic recovery, USDA study finds

Rural counties in the United States are shedding population at an unprecedented rate, a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. The rate of job growth in nonmetropolitan counties since the Great Recession has been only about half that of urban counties.

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Kansas jobless rate falls to 3.6 percent while labor market remains flat

The October unemployment rate is the lowest recorded in Kansas since 2000. But there has been little change in the number of jobs or the number of people employed in Kansas

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Kansas tax collections continue to improve

Total tax receipts in Kansas came in nearly $32 million higher than expected in October, raising the total surplus so far this fiscal year to nearly $105 million. The monthly report from the Department of Revenue comes one day before budget officials meet to revise their revenue estimates for the fiscal year.

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In Kansas, Trump fared best in areas most reliant on foreign trade and immigrant labor

President Trump has been described as a "nativist" who campaigned for president by railing against immigration and free trade agreements. Perhaps ironically, though, in Kansas he was most popular in areas of the state that are most dependent on immigrant labor and foreign trade.

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Experts: Kansas dependent on immigrant labor, foreign trade

In an era when free trade agreements and the influx of immigrant labor are highly controversial issues nationally, experts who spoke at the annual Kansas Economic Policy Council on the KU campus said Thursday that the Kansas economy is heavily reliant on both.

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Kansas economy adds jobs in September as unemployment falls to 3.8 percent

Private-sector employment in Kansas grew by 5,500 jobs, or 0.5 percent in September as the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a point, to 3.8 percent. The Lawrence area job market added nearly 3,000 jobs as students and faculty returned to campus, lowering the local unemployment rate to 2.9 percent.

Kansas job growth to be flat in 2018, WSU forecast says

Employment in Kansas is expected to grow a mere 0.1 percent in 2018, according to a forecast from the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. The author of that report says it's the result of full employment and a tight labor market in Kansas that could force wages to go up in the near future.

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September tax revenues come in $57M over estimates

Led by a big increase in individual income tax receipts, the state of Kansas enjoyed a prosperous September, with total tax revenues coming in 10 percent higher than expected and 15 percent higher than the same month last year.

Child poverty rate drops in Kansas; Brownback takes credit

The child poverty rate in Kansas fell 5 percentage points, to 14 percent, from 2012 to 2016, according to a national study on child well-being in the United States. Gov. Sam Brownback attributed the decline to his welfare reform initiatives.