Kansas unemployment rate rises again

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas was 5.9 percent in July. That’s the third straight month that the unemployment rate has increased. The Kansas Department of Labor attributed the increase to more people entering the job market and noted that the number of private-sector jobs continued to grow. Others question the impact of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. “Though advocates of substantial tax cuts promised a shot of adrenaline to the Kansas economy, so far it’s more like a shot of Valium,” said Annie McKay of the Kansas Center for Economic Growth and Amy Blouin of the Missouri Budget Project, writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week.