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In spite of a sluggish economy, Wichita home sales are expected to rise for the sixth straight year, according to the latest housing forecast from the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.

The report says Wichita home sales should rise 5.8 percent by the end of this year and another 5 percent in 2017. Director Stan Longhofer says overall, the housing forecast looks very solid.

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The annual Wichita Employment Forecast has been released by the Center for Economic Development and Research at WSU. Non-farm employment is expected to increase by nearly 2500 jobs next year.

Director Jeremy Hill says the forecast for the Wichita area will grow by .8 percent, which is a little bit slow in growth from last year.

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Kansas tax collections came in more than $40 million short of estimates in September. That grows the budget deficit for the current fiscal year to around $60 million.

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A recent study on unemployment in Wichita found that a person receiving unemployment benefits in Wichita is 2.3 times more likely to be white than of a minority race. The study also found a disproportionately higher level of minority workers receiving benefits when compared to the overall workforce.

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Kansas has lost the highest number of construction jobs in the nation over the past 12 months, according to an analysis of United States Department of Labor data.

The report issued by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that Kansas construction jobs dropped 7.3 percent, 4400 jobs, in the last 12 months. In the last month alone the report shows Kansas lost 500 jobs.

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As the nation gained jobs during the month of July, Kansas lost them. At the same time, the state's unemployment rate also moved higher.

The number of jobs in Kansas fell by 5,600 in the month of July. The state labor department says most of those jobs – 4,600 – were in the private sector.

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The ratings agency Moody’s is again giving a negative outlook to Kansas’ ability to pay back millions in debt.

A new website offers comprehensive economic data for Wichita and the state of Kansas.

The website provides trends, economic indicators and the most recent employment and population forecasts. 

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University created the website to compile economic data from across the state in one place. The center’s director, Jeremy Hill, says the information is coming straight from government sources and will automatically update.

Kansas tax collections missed the mark in July and came in below estimates by more than $12 million.

According to the AP, the Department of Revenue reported Monday that the state collected $425 million in taxes last month, compared with the state's official projection of nearly $438 million. The shortfall was 2.9 percent.

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Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislators are waiting to learn whether state tax collections in July fell short of expectations.

The monthly report due Monday afternoon from the state Department of Revenue could complicate the state's financial picture and lead to a fresh round of budget adjustments.

Tax collections have fallen short of expectations for 10 of the past 12 months.

In June, they were $34.5 million below the official state projections made in a fiscal forecast issued by officials and university economists in April. The shortfall was 5.7 percent.