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December 2018 (October Data)


LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT

39,543
(8th among 31 peers)



The Life Sciences are a key sector for Kansas City that provide a wide variety of occupations. Kansas City does quite well in this measure ranking 10th out of 31 peers.

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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

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The Workforce Indicators Newsletter is published monthly by the Mid-America Regional Council. MARC is the nonprofit association of local governments and metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region.


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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.

LATEST DATA EMPLOYMENT JOB POSTINGS UNEMPLOYMENT EMP GROWTH
OCTOBER 2018 1,108,200 65,517 2.7% 1.6%
SEPTEMBER 2018 1,107,000 65,663 2.8% 1.8%
Month-to-Month Change +1,200 -0.2% -0.1% -0.2%

Employment growth stays steady, unemployment continues to decrease

The Kansas City metro is home to 1,108,200 jobs, nearly 18,000 more than one year ago. Professional-Technical Services, Construction and Local Government were the fastest growing industries. This employment increase led to another drop in the region’s unemployment rate, which now sits at 2.7 percent. One year ago, the metro rate was 3.4 percent.

Kansas City is enjoying a good stretch of employment growth, but it is important to note that growth is even more robust in several of our peer metros. Our 1.6 percent growth rate is well towards the bottom of the list relative to our peers.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's employment continues to level out at 1,108,200 in October. This is up 17,800 from one year ago.

HIRING TRENDS

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND LIBRARY OCCUPATIONS - PAST 90 DAYS

Top 10 Employers Advertising Openings
(By total number of ads)

Company Ads
Blue Valley School District 471
University of Kansas 203
The Metropolitan Community College 180
La Petite Academy 124
North Kansas City Schools 87
Unified School District No. 232 (De Soto, Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe) 79
Kansas City Public Schools 73
Park Hill School District 65
KU Medical Center 61
Johnson County Community College 58
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Preschool teachers 588
Tutors 402
Postsecondary vocational education teachers 279
Secondary school teachers 271
Teacher assistants 265
Elementary school teachers 211
Middle school teachers 189
Self-enrichment education teachers 155
Health specialties teachers 144
Teachers and instructors, all other 111

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate dropped to 2.7 percent in October. One year ago, the metro unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

[Percent change in employment year-over-year among 14 metropolitan areas.]

As of October, Kansas City added 17,800 jobs for the year, a growth rate of 1.6 percent. This puts Kansas City well towards the bottom of the list of peer metros.