Kansas continues to suffer from job growth deficit

This press release from the Kansas Chapter of Americans For Prosperity calls attention to the poor growth in jobs under the leadership of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, contrary to what her television advertisements claim.

We should not construe that Kansas State Senator and Republican challenger Jim Barnett would do much better. Although he earned a legislative vote rating of 100% from the Kansas Taxpayers Network this year, his voting in 2006 was very different from his past behavior. Before this year, Sen. Barnett had a lifetime ranking of only 28%.

Kansas Continues to Suffer from Job Growth Deficit

Kansas is #50 in private sector job growth this year
Kansas is #1 in government job growth this year

TOPEKA – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity today released the results of an analysis of recent employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Just in case our Governor and policy makers don’t get it by now, hopefully this data makes it crystal clear and our economy is struggling. In order to address this problem, we have to recognize that we have a problem, and unfortunately, too many of our elected leaders respond to this challenge with misleading information, meaningless anecdotes and defensiveness.”

  • From January 2006 to August 2006, Kansas ranks #50 in private job growth, losing 3,800 jobs (.35%)
  • Kansas is only one of three states to have an actual loss of jobs in this calendar year.
  • From January 2006 to August 2006, Kansas ranks #1 in government job growth, gaining 15,800, an increase of more than 6%
  • Kansas employment peaked in March 2001 and has since lost jobs.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, data seasonally adjusted)

Americans For Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFPF believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFPF educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit www.afpks.org

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