As drivers cross from Oklahoma into Kansas on I-35, they see a sign touting the Web site HaysHasJobs.com, suggesting that parts of western Kansas want for workers rather than jobs. A new SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, further suggests that the recession is being unevenly felt in Kansas. Asked about the economy’s impact on their lives over the past year, 29 percent of respondents in western Kansas said it had been major, compared with 39 percent statewide and 43 percent in northeast Kansas; 24 percent out west said there had been no impact at all (16 percent statewide). Asked whether they or someone they knew had lost a job in the past year, 77 percent of those polled statewide said “yes,” compared with 69 percent in western Kansas. And 44 percent of those polled statewide said they were in debt, compared with 33 percent in western Kansas.
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