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    May 2016

Metro employment is still growing, but more slowly

March employment numbers show Kansas City's employment growth is still up, but that growth appears to be slowing. Metro employment stands at 1,050,300, up by 13,700 from one year ago.

While this is not as great a year-over-year increase as we have seen in recent months, it is noteworthy that the growth is spread among a broad range of industries. The only sectors to see employment decline over the past year were Transportation and Utilities (down by 100 jobs), Information ( which lost 1,800 jobs) and State Government (with 300 fewer jobs). All other sectors saw modest growth.

The metro unemployment rate dipped slightly in March, to 4.4 percent, which keeps us firmly in the middle of our peers. Help wanted ads continue to trend upwards. In March, there were 23,000 unduplicated new jobs posted in the region. This is up by about 2,500 postings from one year ago. The occupations most in demand in March were Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, Computer Occupations, Motor Vehicle Operators, Sales Representatives, Retail Sales and Business Operation Specialists.

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[The current number of jobs in the Kansas City metro as determined by the monthly Current Employment Statistics survey.]

Metro employment continues a downward trend in 2016, but is still well above March 2015 levels.

Chart comparing employment totals to prior years

[The number of unemployed as a percent of the total labor force, not seasonally adjusted.]

Kansas City's unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent. One year ago the regional unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

Chart comparing unemployment rate to prior years

The metro is still near the middle of the pack compared to its peers.

Chart comparing peer metros

New job postings continue to trend upwards. NOTE: We are now using unduplicated new want ads to more accurately capture the volume of potential new jobs. Previous versions included duplicated job postings.

Chart comparing job postings to prior years

Most recent Employment by Industry infographic

Employment by Industry Infographic
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Data sources: Kansas Department of Labor, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), The Conference Board and EMSI.
Regional data includes Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson,
Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

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