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    April 2017

KC's employment continues to soar

The Kansas City MSA’s employment climbed to 1,087,400 in February, up 28,000 from one year earlier. This is the second highest year-over-year figure since 2000. It is also worth noting that this gain ranks 22nd among all metros, ahead of some growing metros like San Diego and Austin. It has taken a while, but the Kansas City region has put together a solid couple of years in employment growth.

This growth is coming from across the economy. All industries except Information saw employment gains. Professional business services led the way with 8,200 new jobs, followed by trade-transportation-utilities and education-health.

The unemployment rate dipped slightly, from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent. This rate keeps us firmly in the middle of our peer group on this measure.

For the second consecutive month, job postings also increased. There were unique ads for 22,000 new jobs in February.

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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 grew to 1,087,400. This is up by almost 30,000 from one year ago.

Chart comparing employment totals to prior years

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

The unemployment rate dropped slightly, from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent.

Chart comparing unemployment rate to prior years

Kansas City's unemployment rate of 4.4 places us in the middle of our peers.

Chart comparing peer metros

Monthly job postings rose for the second consecutive month to 22,000.

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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