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March 2019 (January 2019 data)


GDP

$114. 4 billion
(20th among 31 peers)


Percent change over
past five years

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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

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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
JANUARY 2019 1,105,500 61,078 3.8% 1.24%
DECEMBER 2018 1,103,900 62,298 3.1% 1.5%
Month-to-Month Change 1,600 -1.96% +0.7 -0.26

Revision of 2018 data shows slightly slower growth than originally thought

Kansas City starts 2019 at 1,105,500 jobs, up 13,500 from one year ago. The release of January data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics comes with revisions to 2018 as well. If you are a long-time reader of this newsletter, you know these revisions are sometimes significant and they typically show that the previous year’s growth was stronger than we thought. That is not the case this time. According to the revised figures, Kansas City employment grew at a slower pace in 2018. The revision was not too significant however. The new December 2018 value is down about 4,400 jobs from the original estimate.

The 13,500 job increase represents a modest 1.24 percent annual growth rate. This puts us towards the bottom of our peer group. By comparison, Nashville led our group with a 3.6 percent employment growth rate over the past year.

The metro unemployment rate jumped up from 3.1 percent on December to 3.8 percent January. This is still slightly below the 4.0 percent from one year ago.

The education and health sector led the way in employment growth, adding 7,800 new jobs. The government sector added 5,000 (mostly in local government) followed by professional business services with 3,900 new jobs. Despite highly publicized closings at Harley Davidson and Procter and Gamble, manufacturing added 3,800. The metro saw job losses in finance, information, leisure/hospitality and retail.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City starts 2019 at 1,105,500 jobs, up 13,500 from one year ago.

 

HIRING TRENDS

MANAGEMENT - PAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
Oracle 123
Black & Veatch 115
U.S. Bank 90
University of Kansas 82
HCA 75
Commerce Bank 64
Sprint 61
Centers Health Care 60
H&R Block 59
Burns & McDonnell 54
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Medical and health services managers 1,178
Sales managers 689
Branch or department financial managers 625
Marketing managers 514
All other managers 454
General and operations managers 366
Property, real estate and community association managers 354
Postsecondary education administrators 244
Architectural and engineering managers 240
Computer and information systems managers 227

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

The metro unemployment rate jumped to 3.8 percent in January.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Employment grew 1.24 percent over the last year. This places Kansas City well towards the bottom of our peer group.