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    February 2018

Year ends on a flat note

Kansas City’s employment picture remained stubbornly consistent as we closed out 2017, at least according to the current data. We stress this because this year-end employment data is revised (and often significantly) with the release of January data. In the past, these revisions have shown that our employment situation was better than originally reported. We will have to wait and see if that is the case this time around.

As we write this, Kansas City is dealing with two major closures in the manufacturing sector (the Harley Davidson and Procter & Gamble plants). These closures will take place over the next few years, so they have not yet had an impact on the data. It is worth noting that on the same day Procter and Gamble announced the loss of 200+ manufacturing jobs, Cerner announced it would hire 600 local employees to meet growing demand for services. These two announcements (a manufacturing decline and an IT expansion) give a good micro example of the macro economy.

Kansas City’s unemployment rate remains low at 3.3 percent. This keeps us in the middle of our peer metros, all of whom have now achieved near full employment.

Want ads have stabilized at 18,342. This suggests that employers are still looking for talent and, given the low unemployment rate, may be having a difficult time finding it.

In next month's issue (mid-March), we will report the new January and revised 2017 data.

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

Employment leveled off at 1,088,300 jobs.

Chart comparing employment totals to prior years

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

The metro unemployment ticked up in December to 3.3 percent.

Chart comparing unemployment rate to prior years

The Kansas City metro's unemployment rate went up slightly, but remained the sixth highest compared to peer metros.

Chart comparing peer metros

Job postings rose slightly in December, to 18,342.

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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