Govt. Growth Keeps Kan. Employment from Shrinking

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ New state figures show that growth in government kept employment in Kansas from shrinking in October.

The Department of Labor reports that the number of Kansans holding nonfarm jobs grew by about 8,600 compared with October 2007. That's an increase of six-tenths of 1 percent.

And that would seem to be good news, especially with the nation's economy struggling.

But employment and state and local government agencies accounted for 7,900 of the new jobs. Professional and health services also saw growth.

Hiring by manufacturing firms was slightly lower.

The jobless rate dipped in October to 4.5 percent, from 4.8 percent in September. However, the rate was only 3.6 percent in October 2007.

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