On the bright side, the 'worst' isn't as worse as it was last year, but just barely.
From the Kansas City (red) Star:
"Kansas and Missouri ranked the worst among all states on employment losses in February, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.TY JC
The report, issued Friday, said Kansas had a net decrease of 12,800 nonfarm payroll jobs, and Missouri lost 10,100 from January to February. Kansas also ranked worst in over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, losing 1 percent, the bureau said.
On the upside, the jobless rate in Kansas last month was 6.8 percent, considerably lower than the 9.4 percent in Missouri and the 8.9 percent that was the national average in February.
The bureau said there were about 108,600 jobless workers in Kansas in February, down from 111,800 in February 2010. In Missouri there were 297,600 unemployed workers in February, down from 315,700 a year earlier."