TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas received mixed economic news from its July employment figures.
The Kansas Department of Labor reports that the state's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, or a half percentage point higher than it was in June. And the rate for July was higher than the rate for July 2007, which was 4.5 percent.
But the state also saw a slight increase in employment compared to July 2007.
About 1.37 million Kansans held nonfarm jobs in July. That's 5,200 more than in July 2007, a growth rate of four-tenths of 1 percent.
Much of that growth can be attributed to local governments. Overall, government agencies had 3,100 more employees in July than in July 2007.
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