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October 2019 (August 2019 data)

Life Science Employment

(8th among 31 peers)

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Independence Chamber of Commerce Job Fair
Friday, Oct. 4
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Independence Center
18801 E. 39th Street
Independence, Missouri 64050
More info

Equity in Missouri Higher Education Summit
Wednesday, Oct. 30
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Executive Center
2200 I-70 Drive S.W.
Columbia, Missouri 65203
More info

Workforce and Education Summit: Pathways to Inclusive Regional Prosperity
Wednesday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center


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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.

AUGUST 2019 1,116,700 75,191 3.3% 1.7%
JULY 2019 1,113,000 73,988 4% 1.5%
Month-to-Month Change +3,700 +1.6% -0.7 +0.2

Kansas City Economy adds nearly 19,000 jobs in past year

Metro employment took a leap forward in August according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An increase of 18,800 jobs over the past year brings Kansas City’s total employment to 1,116,700.

This surge in employment was led by 10,000 new jobs in the education and health industry, 5,000 new jobs in professional-scientific and technical services, and 4,200 jobs in local government. On the negative side, we did see significant job losses in manufacturing (-1,200) and retail (-3,600).

All in all, we saw a 1.7 percent increase in employment over the past year, a very solid number for us. It was also a good year for most of our peers as well. Our 1.7 percent growth rate still puts us in the bottom half of our peer group.

The employment surge dropped our metro unemployment rate to 3.3 percent, so an already tight labor market got even tighter.


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

Metro employment in August jumped to 1,116,700.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment chart


Legal — Past 90 Days

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

Company Ads
Stange Law Firm, PC 17
Honeywell 8
National General Insurance 8
Johnson County Kansas 7
Legal Aid of Western Missouri 7
Leidos 7
Fisher Patterson Sayler & Smith, LLP 6
H&R Block 5
Black & Veatch 4
Shook Hardy & Bacon 4

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Paralegals and legal assistants 251
Lawyers 207
Judicial law clerks 30
Title examiners, abstractors and searchers 17
Court reporters 4
All other legal support workers 4
Administrative law judges, adjudicators and hearing officers 2
Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators 1
Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates 1


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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 3.3%.


Unemployment chart


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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.7% in the year ending in August.

Peer Metro Rank Employment Growth Rate chart