There's been dueling claims and controversy over employment figures in Kansas and our state's performance relative to others. I present the actual data in interactive visualizations that you can use to make up your own mind.
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Following are visualizations of data. Many are interactive and created using Tableau Public. In some cases I’ve recorded myself using the visualization to tell a story, and all you have to do is watch.
When two liberal newspapers in Kansas notice and report the lies told by a Democratic candidate for governor, we know there's a problem.
Primary U.S. energy production by fuel source, an interactive visualization.
The oil and gas boom in America boosts our competitiveness in the world economy while at the same time reducing carbon emissions, says economist Stephen Moore.
Claims made about Kansas schools don't match the state's statistics
When comparing Kansas school test scores to those of other states, it's important to consider disaggregated data. Otherwise, we may form an inaccurate and unfounded impression of Kansas schools.
To understand Kansas school test scores, look at subgroups.
Kansas is right about in the middle of the states for growth in gross domestic product.
Compared to peer areas, Wichita's record of growth in gross domestic product is similar to that of job creation: Wichita performs poorly.
Another newspaper editorialist ignores the facts about Kansas schools. This is starting to be routine.
Compared to a broad group of peer metropolitan areas, Wichita performs very poorly. As Wichita embarks upon a new era of economic development, we need to ask who to trust with this important task.
Critics of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback may not know that Kansas has produced substandard performance in job growth for a long time.
Wichita continues to lag behind its peer cities in job growth, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Data shows that Wichita has not performed well compared to our peer metropolitan areas.
To keep airfares low at the Wichita Airport, the Wichita City Council in partnership with Sedgwick County and the State of Kansas pays a discount air carrier to operate in Wichita. While the program almost certainly has the intended effect on airfares, there is another effect: The trend of flights and seats available in Wichita is declining, and faster than for the nation as a whole.
For each school district (and state totals) you can see the trend in each of the three sources of school funding (state, federal, and local) along with the total
Now that Kansas State Department of Education has released spending figures for the 2012-2013 school year, I've gathered the data and prepared two interactive visualizations.
Here is checkbook data for the Wichita public school district analyzed in several ways.
Here's an interactive visualization of Kansas statewide job levels.
Kansas school employment statistics don't reflect the doom-and-gloom stories you may have heard from Kansas political leaders and newspaper editorialists.