11:40 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Report: Nation Outpaces Kansas In Job Growth

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The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State has just released the 2015 economic forecast for Kansas and Wichita. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more...

Kansas employment growth numbers fell behind the national numbers for the last 12 months, gaining 1.1 percent to the nation's 2.1 percent.

However, employment in the Wichita metropolitan area grew by 0.1 percent.

The projections for 2015 are for service sector jobs in both Kansas and Wichita.

The report indicates that the city's biggest gains will be in education and health.

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5:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State Exports Reach Third Highest Level in Kansas History

While exports declined by about 4 percent last year--from the $12.46 billion number in 2013--the state still posted the third highest annual export value in Kansas history.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce who released the report says that several key industries experienced strong growth in exporting last year, particularly manufacturing.

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1:07 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Brownback Calls on Buisness Owners To Expand

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Governor Sam Brownback is encouraging Kansas business owners to expand their enterprises and create new ones.

Governor Brownback met with entrepreneurs from around the state yesterday at the annual Small Business Day event organized by National Federation of Independent Business. The association includes 4,000 Kansas companies.

Brownback says the state's economy is still recovering from downturns in small aircraft manufacturing but is on a strong footing for growth.

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12:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bombardier Cuts 620 Jobs In Wichita

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Bombardier Inc. announced Thursday that it laid off 620 people in Wichita. The layoffs took effect that same morning. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Bombardier says it's going to layoff about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, including the 620 in Wichita. The Montreal-based company said the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet, despite a predicted rebound in the small- and medium-sized business jet market this year.

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12:00 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Lower Gas Prices Mean Lower Kansas Tax Collections

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The recent drop in oil prices is translating into fewer tax dollars collected by the state of Kansas.

State lawmakers are already facing budget deficits reaching hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stephen Koranda reports on the "severance tax" that oil producers pay based on the price of crude oil.

When economists met in November to create a new revenue estimate for Kansas, they used a crude oil price of $80 per barrel.

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4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Low Gas Prices Affect Kansas Oil Producers

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Gas prices are lower than they have been for years. On Jan.7th, you can pay $1.70 a gallon at several Wichita stations. There is hope that low prices will be a boom to the economy, but as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, the oil industry in Kansas is treading water.

"Kansas operators are price takers, not price makers," Jon Callen, Edmiston Oil Company President, says. "We just have to accept whatever the world price is going to be. If we lost total Kansas (oil) production, the world would never even notice it."

How does that compare globally?

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12:09 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Kansas Expected To Add More Than 24k Jobs In 2015

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Wichita State University economists expect Kansas to add more than 24,000 jobs in 2015, most of them in service positions.

The university's Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts slightly more than 1.4 million people will be employed in nonfarm sectors this year.

The expected new jobs represent a 1.8 percent increase over 2014. Employment growth in Kansas is close to the nationwide average.

Last year, employment increased by 1.5 percent across the U.S. and 1 percent in Kansas.

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11:25 am
Mon January 5, 2015

As Oil and Gas Prices Fall, Kansas Could Face Another Budgetary Challenge

Kansas and other states that receive taxes from the production of oil and natural gas, could face budgetary challenges as prices fall.

Two taxes are tied to oil and gas prices and production: severance and property taxes.

The severance tax is a state levy on minerals extracted from the ground in Kansas, while property taxes are also collected by the state and most local governments on oil and gas wells.

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2:35 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Lower Fuel Prices Could Mean Economic Boost For Kansas

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A recent report from Creighton University indicates that a nine state Midwestern region will see a boost to their economies in the first half of 2015. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, Kansas is leading the pack…


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4:42 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Rates Of Homeless Kansas Public School Students Still On The Rise

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The number of homeless students in Kansas public schools continued an upward trend during the 2013-2014 school year, according to a report issued by the Kansas Department of Education. The problem is seen in 155 school districts. 

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