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    October 2017

KC economy posts a solid rebound in August

After declining in July, Kansas City’s employment bounced back in August and now stands at 1,089,100. This is up by 17,900 jobs over one year ago.

The metro again saw solid gains in professional, scientific and technical jobs as well as education and health. We saw smaller declines in manufacturing and information.

Kansas City’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.4 percent. This puts us well in the back of the pack among our peers, but still essentially at full employment.

Perhaps the most positive indicator was unique job postings, which grew strongly. There were 20,629 unique help-wanted ads posted in August. This increase ends a four month decline.

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

Employment rebounded in August to 1,089,100.

Chart comparing employment totals to prior years

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4 percent.

Chart comparing unemployment rate to prior years

Our 4.4 percent unemployment rate placed us toward the back of the pack relative to our peers.

Chart comparing peer metros

After declining for four straight months, job postings increase by 3,000 in August.

Chart comparing job postings to prior years

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Employment by Industry Infographic
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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.

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