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April 2019 (February 2019 data)


Quality Jobs

541,174
(13th among 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
FEBRUARY 2019 1,100,500 60,628 3.7% 0.68%
JANUARY 2019 1,103,600 60,232 3.8% 1.24%
Month-to-Month Change -3,100 +0.7% -0.1 -0.56

Kansas City employment growth has cooled

The Kansas City metro saw its employment level shrink a bit in February to 1,100,500. We are up 7,400 jobs from one year ago. This is growth, but it slower growth than what we have seen in recent years. Going back to 2016, the metro was adding jobs at faster clip than the nation as a whole. In 2017, our growth rates kept pace with the nation’s, but since early 2018, our growth rates have fallen behind.

When we look at employment change by industry, we can see declines in the Information sector, which is nothing new. We also see a decline in construction, which could be attributed to stingy winter-weather conditions. We also had a sharp decline in Leisure and Hospitality. Additionally, we had slower than usual growth in Professional Business Services. In short, the slower pace is not attributable to just one or two sectors.

This slower growth rate (0.68 percent) places us well towards the back of our peers, many of whom saw employment growth top 2 percent over the last year.

Our unemployment rate dropped slightly from 3.8 percent to 3.7 percent.

While the employment growth numbers are not great this month, it is worth monitoring. Kansas City has several large construction jobs currently going on. The new terminal at KCI is now officially on this list, but so too is the convention center hotel, which will eventually need new leisure and hospitality employees. And on the professional business service front, the latest phase at Cerner’s Innovation Campus is nearing completion. It will help accommodate their continued growth.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Employment dipped to 1,100,500 in February, up 7,400 from one year ago.

HIRING TRENDS

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL OPERATIONS - PAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
H&R Block 254
Black & Veatch 111
U.S. Bank 102
Commerce Bank 98
Oracle 83
Sprint 77
Cerner Corporation 63
DST 44
Honeywell 41
Burns & McDonnell 37
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Human resources specialists 958
Management analysts 918
All other business operations specialists 881
Accountants 589
Financial analysts 404
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 355
Training and development specialists 259
Loan officers 227
Auditors 220
Insurance adjusters, examiners and investigators 196

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Our unemployment rate dropped slightly from 3.8 percent to 3.7 percent.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

At .68 percent, Kansas City’s employment growth rate lags most of our peers.