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May 2018 (March Data)
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.
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.
KC area employment is flat in early 2018
The Kansas City Metro held steady in terms of employment in the first quarter of 2018. Employment stands at 1,093,600 in March, which is up just 100 from January.
We are up 1.4 percent (15,600 jobs) from one year ago. This rate places us in the bottom half of our 14 peers. Four of our peers (Cincinnati, Omaha, St. Louis and Milwaukee) did not even see their employment growth reach 1 percent over the last year. However, three of our peers (Austin, Charlotte and Dallas-Ft. Worth) had growth rates that more than doubled ours.
The labor market remains tight as the metro unemployment rate dropped again to 3.6 percent. One year ago, it was 4.2 percent.
We are introducing new want ad data this month. According to our data provider (JobsEQ) the region had over 69,545 unique job postings in March. JobsEQ also allows us to identify the occupations that are most intensely sought by local employers and the most common skills in demand. Nursing and vehicle operating occupations appear to be most in demand by local employers over the last 30 days. In terms of hard skills, technical skills like Microsoft Excel and Word are in deman,d as are sales related skills. This is a new dataset and we will continually review it do bring you the best available want ad data.