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Mixed News For Kansas Jobs In Latest Labor Report

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There's mixed news for the Kansas jobs picture in the latest U.S. Department of Labor report, released Monday.

One thing is clear in the report. Kansas lost jobs this past January when compared to a year ago: 2400, to be exact, about a two-tenths of 1 percent loss.

When you compare January 2016 to this Janaury, Kansas had the seventh-worst job performance of any state.

Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado all did better. Oklahoma did worse.

However, Gov. Sam Brownback's office points to a different report, covering the previous year, calendar 2015.

In it, the Governor’s spokesman says the state gained 8300 jobs and shows the state’s economy is “strong and growing”.

Sam Zeff covers education for KCUR and the Kansas News Service and is co-host of the political podcast Statehouse Blend Kansas. Follow him on Twitter @SamZeff.