Kansas in 2009: Slight Job Growth

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WICHITA - A new Wichita State University forecast predicts that Kansas will see slight job growth in 2009.

The university's Center for Economic Development and Business Research Center projects that Kansas will add 12,000 jobs. That's employment growth of 0.9 percent. The center plans to release its forecast next week at an annual regional economic conference in Wichita.

The economists told The Wichita Eagle that Kansas should fare better than other states during the current economic downturn. But they also said three important sectors of the state's economy should slow down after hitting highs this year. They are oil, agriculture and aircraft manufacturing.