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August 2019 (June 2019 data)

High-tech Employment

61,487 jobs
(9th among 31 peers)

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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.

JUNE 2019 1,113,600 74,386 3.3% 1.6%
MAY 2019 1,110,300 79,313 3.1% 1.3%
Month-to-Month Change +3,300 -6.2% +0.2 -0.3

Labor market continues to enjoy a hot summer

2019 continues to be a strong year for Kansas City’s workforce, but there is a large newsworthy workforce issue that appears to be coming to a head — the long-anticipated merger between Sprint (headquartered in Overland Park) and T-Mobile. At this time, we do not know what will come of Sprint’s local workforce. T-Mobile and Sprint officials have stated that the Kansas City area will remain an important part of the new company. We believe this could ultimately be a positive development for Kansas City’s workforce. The telecommunications industry has been a source of massive job loss in the metro since the early 2000s. If a stronger company emerges from the merger, perhaps we will see an end to the telecommunications job losses we have grown accustomed to. Check out our KCEconomy blog for more information.

Kansas City metro employment grew to 1,113,600 in June. This is up almost 18,000 jobs from one year ago, a very solid figure.

Our employment growth rate of 1.6 percent is in the middle of our peer group. The metro unemployment rate rise slightly to 3.3 percent.


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

Metro employment in June jumped to 1,113,600.


Community and Social Service — Past 90 Days

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

Company Ads
KVC Health Systems 55
University of Kansas 53
HCA 39
Life Unlimited 37
Cornerstones of Care 36
ReDiscover 31
St. Luke's Health System 26
The Salvation Army USA Central Territory 25
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools 24
Kansas City Public Schools 24

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Social and human service assistants 1,592
Mental health counselors 261
Child, family and school social workers 208
Mental health and substance abuse social workers 169
Educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors 145
Healthcare social workers 97
Clergy 56
All other community and social service specialists 28
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 20
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 13


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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 3.3%.



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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.6% in the year ending in June. This growth rate places us solidly in the middle of our peer group.