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Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from Thumbtack.com's Small Business Survey. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

The survey bases its grades on data gathered from a nationwide group of more than 7,000 small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. The rankings were released in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.

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Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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Wichita will once again be host to the nation’s top female bowlers.

In 2019 the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will be held in the city. It will run April-June and is expected to generate around $14 million in economic impact for south-central Kansas.

The event was last held in Wichita in 2004.

The bid to bring the championship to Wichita was a collaboration between the city of Wichita, the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Wichita Sports Commission, and the Great Plains USBC Association.

Department of Labor Expects Continued Job Growth in KS

Jan 9, 2013

The unemployment rate in Kansas continues to beat the national average.

In Kansas, the unemployment rate stands at 5.4 percent. That's well below the U.S. average of 7.8 percent.

Tyler Tenbrink is with the Kansas Department of Labor. He says the state is expecting continued improvement in 2013.

"Currently we are at 5.4 percent, we project that to continue to come down - not quite at that rapid pace, but a more moderated pace," he says.

More Kansas Families Struggle As Assistance Shrinks

Nov 15, 2012

A new report says more Kansas families are sinking into poverty, but recent changes in state policy will make it more difficult from them to qualify for government assistance. 

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

Sep 11, 2012

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

Sep 6, 2012

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

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Kansas officials and Airbus Americas Chair Allan McArtor Tuesday announced a partnership intended to grow the state’s aviation industry by increasing contact with local aircraft suppliers.

In a conference call with reporters Airbus’ Allan McArtor along with Senator Jerry Moran and representatives from the City of Wichita announced the Air Capital Supplier Summit will be held in the city later this summer.

McArtor said Airbus currently supports about 210,000 manufacturing jobs in the US and spends about $12 billion dollars a year on components and services.

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