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November 2019 (September 2019 data)


Export Industry Employment Growth Since 2014

9%
(12th among 31 peers)



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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MCC Apprenticeship Week
Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Community College
1775 Universal Ave.
BT200
Kansas City, Missouri 64120
More information

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


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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
SEPTEMBER 2019 1,115,100 76,353 2.5% 1.4%
AUGUST 2019 1,118,800 75,191 3.6% 1.7%
Month-to-Month Change -3,700 +1.5% -1.1 -0.3

Kansas City employment growth run ends in September

After a strong six-month run, Kansas City’s employment number declined in September to 1,115,100. This is still 15,000 more jobs than one year ago.

Year-over-year growth was strongest in professional and business services, education and health services, and government, especially local government. Construction was also up significantly as several major construction projects, including KCI, are underway.

Relative to some peer metros, our annual growth rate is modest. Our 1.4% growth rate is well towards the back of the pack.

Despite the small drop in employment, our unemployment rate dropped to 2.5%. As the chart below shows, a September drop is typical as people, including students, leave the workforce.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Metro employment in September fell to 1,115,100.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment chart

HIRING TRENDS

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical + Healthcare Support — Past 90 Days

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

Company Ads
HCA 1,323
St. Luke's Health System 445
Kansas Health Systems 331
Phoenix Home Care 326
Children's Mercy 190
Department of Veterans Affairs 115
Saint Luke's 115
Liberty Hospital 98
Olathe Medical Center 97
Truman Medical Centers 91
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Registered nurses 3,614
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 776
Medical records and health information technicians 508
Pharmacy technicians 460
Radiologic technologists 396
Speech-language pathologists 330
Surgical technologists 300
Nurse practitioners 243
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians 229
Physical therapists 223

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 2.5%.

 

Unemployment chart

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.4% in the year ending in September.

Peer Metro Rank Employment Growth Rate chart