As the nation gained jobs during the month of July, Kansas lost them. And, as KPR's J. Schafer reports, the state's unemployment rate also moved higher.
The number of jobs in Kansas fell by 5,600 in the month of July. The state labor department says most of those job -- 4,600 -- were in the private-sector. The job losses helped push the Kansas unemployment rate from 3.8 percent in June... up to 4.1 percent. That unemployment rate is still lower than the national average (of 4.9 percent), but the loss of more than 4,000 private-sector jobs in one month could be of concern to Governor Sam Brownback. His administration views private sector job growth as a key indicator of the health of the Kansas economy. And the state has been losing those kinds of jobs. I'm J. Schafer.