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July 2018 (May 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.
2018 employment is holding steady
Metro employment remains stubbornly steady at 1,093,500 in May — the exact same figure we had in January. While we have not seen much change so far in 2018, employment is up by 16,700 from one year ago. This is a solid year-over-year growth number, as it translates into a 1.6 percent annual growth rate, but several of our peer metros have had stronger employment growth. Dallas and Austin saw growth rates over 3 percent.
The metro’s unemployment rate ticked up to 3.6 percent, up from 3.3 percent in April. Employers still appear to be looking for workers. There were 66,242 unique want ads posted in the metro in May. This is down slightly from April.
We are trying something new regarding want ad data. We will highlight a particular sector and identifying the top occupations sought and the employers who are posting the most ads. This month, we look at engineering and architecture occupations.
This employment data is seasonally adjusted; however, we can see that in recent years, employment growth has been flat until the middle of the year. If this pattern holds, we should expect to see real employment growth show up in the data starting next month.