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February 2020 (December 2019 data)


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Greater Kansas City
Veterans Career Fair

Tuesday, Feb. 11
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
More information

Missouri College Advising Corps is seeking recent college graduates (bachelor's degree obtained anytime in 2019 or 2020) to serve as college advisers in 2020-2021. MCAC hires recent graduates to work in nearly 50 partner high schools across Missouri to empower students to go to college and succeed. The advisers help students understand that they can complete a college degree, find their “best fit” post secondary institution, and navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application by March 1 for priority consideration. MCAC leadership will be travelling across the state throughout March to conduct interviews. More information

Go Green to Get Green Training
El Centro is offering a free four-week certification training for envionrmentally-focused careers in the Kansas City area. Available certifications include OSHA, HAZWOPER, Lead Renovation Repair and Paining, Lead Abatement Worker/Handler, Asbestos Worker. More information | View jobs at El Centro

KC Degrees is seeking a College Success Navigator. They will assist organizations and institutions to help them reach adult postsecondary education attainment goals. This includes providing advision, community referrals, and outreach and marketing. More information


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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.

DECEMBER 2019 1,120,000 73,217 3.1% 1.5%
NOVEMBER 2019 1,119,700 75,423 2.8% 1.3%
Month-to-Month Change +300 -2.9% +0.3 +0.2

Metro closes out 2019 with slower employment growth

Kansas City is home to 1,120,00 jobs as of December. This is up 16,100 jobs from one year earlier (1.5%). This data is subject to revision, but it is likely that 2019 will be a year of consistent, but not spectacular employment growth.

Kansas City does not appear to be alone in this. Employment growth has slowed in our peer metros relative to 3 or 4 years ago.

The sectors driving our employment number are local government and administrative and support. The area’s construction boom is still evident in strong construction numbers as well.

The metro’s unemployment rate rose a bit but remains at a low 3.1 percent.

So, there are your latest numbers for Kansas City, even though we know the only KC numbers you care about are 31-20. Go Chiefs!


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

Metro employment in December rose to 1,120,000.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment chart


Production — past 90 days

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

Company Ads
Save-A-Lot 78
Hy-Vee 64
Blount International 53
Henkel 39
Panera Bread 34
Balls Foods 30
Costco 30
Honeywell 30
Cosentino's Price Chopper & Cosentino's 22
Panera Bread 22

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers 727
All other production workers 452
Bakers 259
Butchers and meat cutters 238
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers 105
Printing press operators 66
Welders, cutters and welder fitters 62
Assemblers and fabricators 56
Machinists 54
Tool and die makers 17


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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 3.1%.


Unemployment chart


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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.5% in the year ending in November.

Peer Metro Rank Employment Growth Rate chart