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July 2018 (May Data)

LATEST DATA EMPLOYMENT JOB POSTINGS UNEMPLOYMENT EMP GROWTH
MAY 2018 1,093,500 66,242 3.6% 1.6%
APRIL 2018 1,094,200 67,330 3.3% 1.4%
Month-to-Month Change - 700 - 1.6% + 0.3% + 0.2%



ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE EMPLOYMENT

18,280 Total Jobs
(7th among 31 peers)


The Kansas City region continues to be a leader in engineering and architecture industry employment. With over 18,000 employees, KC ranks 7th among peer metros.

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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

Click the image above to download the latest employment-by-industry infographic.


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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.

 

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.

Looking ahead

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.

 

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.]

Kansas City's employment has been steady so far in 2018. May's total comes in at 1,093,500.

HIRING TRENDS

ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE INDUSTRY - LAST 90 DAYS

Top 10 Employers Advertising Openings
(By total number of ads)

Company Ads
Black & Veatch 125
Burns & McDonnell 108
Aerotek 74
Honeywell 63
Kiewit 28
Garmin International 26
Orbital ATK 21
Dept. of Transportation 17
Randstad 15
Olsson & Associates 14

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Electrical Engineers 230
Mechanical Engineers 177
Civil Engineers 137
Mechanical Drafters 99
Surveying Technicians 86
Civil Engineering Technicians 81
Industrial Engineers 81
Architects 79
Manufacturing Engineers 65
Industrial Safety & Health Engineers 38
UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate rose to 3.6 percent in May, matching the mark one year ago.

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City added 16,700 jobs in the year ending May, a growth rate of 1.6 percent. This keeps Kansas City in the bottom half among peer metros.