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    January 2018

Employment holds steady

With one month’s worth of data left to go before we can close the book on 2017, it is looking more and more like Kansas City’s employment is content to just hold its own. While the metro saw a sharp increase in employment in the second half of 2016, 2017 is looking remarkably flat.

The region has just under 1,090,000 jobs, which is up by 13,000 from one year ago. In the early part of 2017, we had annual employment gains well into the 20,000s. The unemployment rate leveled off at 3.2 percent for the second straight month. This is the lowest rate since 2000 and it places us well in the middle of the pack relative to our peers.

In October, we saw a sharp spike in job postings. That spike was erased by an equal drop in November. There were 18,131 unique jobs postings in November, which is in the normal range for this year.

While overall job growth remains tepid, it remains strong in the right sectors. Professional business services added almost 10,000 jobs in the past year. We also saw strong growth in trade-transportation-utilities. Unfortunately, we saw employment drop by 2,000 in both construction and manufacturing.

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

Employment continues to remain fairly flat for the year, with 1,088,700 jobs in November.

Chart comparing employment totals to prior years

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

The metro unemployment rate held steady at 3.2 percent.

Chart comparing unemployment rate to prior years

The Kansas City metro's unemployment rate remains near the middle of the pack compared to peer metros.

Chart comparing peer metros

Job postings fell sharply in November, to 18,131.

Chart comparing job postings to prior years

Most recent Employment by Industry infographic

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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