Governor Brownback has signed a bill on Tuesday that he says will save Kansas employers about $42 million dollars.
It adjusts employers’ payments to the fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers.
His office says the bill will lower payments for about 44,000 businesses. Employers who’ve paid more into the fund than their workers have received in benefits will see a 15 percent cut in rates.
The bill also provides a discounted rate to non-construction employers who open businesses in Kansas.
The Department of Labor's latest report says the Kansas economy continued to improve at the end of 2013; the state's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.
Labor Secretary Lana Gordon says Kansas gained 10,000 nonfarm jobs in 2013.
Nine of the 11 major industry sectors posted job gains last year, topped by professional and business services.
Declines of 100 jobs were reported in government employment and 800 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.
Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, its lowest mark in nearly five years.