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June 2018 (April Data)

LATEST DATA EMPLOYMENT JOB POSTINGS UNEMPLOYMENT EMP GROWTH
APRIL 2018 1,092,300 67,330 3.3% 1.4%
MARCH 2018 1,092,200 69,545 3.6% 1.4%
Month-to-Month Change + 100 - 3.2% - 0.3% -0.0%



MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

$61,385
(14th among 31 peers)

The median household income in Kansas City has grown consistently, but not as fast as many peers. Kansas City's rank dropped from 12th to 14th between 2015 and 2016.

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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.

 

Employment growth in Kansas City remains stable

Kansas City’s employment levels remained flat in April. There are 1,092,300 jobs in the metro, up 100 from one month ago and 14,700 from a year ago. Our slow and steady employment growth rate (1.4 percent since last April) has been our typical pattern. We do not generally experience rapid growth like some of our peers — for example, Austin and Dallas grew by 3.3 percent — but we have consistently outperformed others peers like Cincinnati (0.7 percent) and St. Louis (0.8 percent).

We saw the most employment growth in the Transportation, Local Government and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industries.

This modest growth was still enough to lower our already low unemployment rate from 3.6 percent to 3.3 percent. Economists consider a rate this low to be full employment.

 

Year-over-year comparisons

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

The Kansas City region's employment remained steady at 1,092,300 jobs in April.

WANT AD TRENDS - LAST 30 DAYS

Top 10 Hard Skills Sought
(Number of ads seeking skill)

Skill Ads
MS Office 4,311
MS Excel 2,446
Retail Sales 2,185
Sales 1,937
Mathematics 1,623
MS Word 1,622
Cash Handling 1,584
Teaching/Training 1,412
Computer Program/Coding 1,328
Presentation 1,240

Top 10 Hiring Intensity by Location Quotient
(LQ 1.00 = National Average)

Occupation KC LQ
Home Health Aides 2.67
Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses 2.30
Maids/Housekeepers 2.16
Preschool Teachers 2.05
Laborers & Material Movers (Hand) 1,88
Stock Clerks 1,86
Bartenders 1.86
Personal Care Aides 1,80
Food Preparation & Serving 1.69
Security Guards 1.68
UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent in April. One year ago the unemployment rate stood at 3.4 percent.

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City added 14,700 jobs in the year ending in April, a growth rate of 1.4 percent. This keeps Kansas City in the bottom half among peer metros.