Kansas employment declined 1.5 percent in 2010. Although the rate is higher than the U.S., Kansas entered the recession six months later than the U.S. The unemployment rate has declined a full percentage point since its peak rate of 8.2 percent in July 2009. In March 2011, the unemployment rate in Kansas was 7.1 percent. That being said, the unemployment rate has increased 0.7 percentage point since December 2010. A weak expansion is expected to continue throughout 2011 for a modest net employment gain of about 0.4 percent.
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