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Labor Report Shows Job Losses in Kansas

Job numbers in Kansas dipped last month. (Graph from the Kansas Department of Labor)

A new labor report contains some gloomy numbers, saying Kansas has lost thousands of jobs. KPR's Stephen Koranda has more.

The Kansas Department of Labor survey of employers shows the state lost 1,900 jobs from January to February of this year. Since February of last year, the state lost 5,400 jobs. The labor report says the biggest drops were in the construction sector and oil and gas industry.

Not all the news in the report was bad. Surveys of Kansas households show the labor force is actually growing. When you count farm jobs and self-employed workers, more Kansans say they are working than a year ago. The unemployment rate is also low, holding steady last month at just 4 percent. That’s down slightly from a year ago.

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