Kansas has a lot of jobs, but not enough people to fill them

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas officials are trumpeting the state’s growing economy while also worrying about how to find enough employees to fill new jobs, especially in high-demand careers like health care.

The state’s recent monthly economic report showed Kansas created 14,000 jobs in the last year, and unemployment is 3.3%.

The Kansas News Service reports the state’s total labor force dropped from a high of 1.521 million in 2009 to 1.479 million in July.

Kansas Labor Secretary Delía García says the state is in good shape economically, but leaders need to think ahead to attract more workers. She hopes state officials will work more closely with education and business groups to train workers. And she wants state lawmakers and other officials to support economic development programs that would attract workers to Kansas.

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