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February 2019 (December Data)


GDP PER JOB (PRODUCTIVITY)

$82,603
(19th among 31 peers)

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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.

LATEST DATA EMPLOYMENT JOB POSTINGS UNEMPLOYMENT EMP GROWTH
DECEMBER 2018 1,108,300 58,749 3.1% 1.5%
NOVEMBER 2018 1,108,900 62,298 2.7% 1.5%
Month-to-Month Change -600 -5.7% +0.4% 0

KC continues to add jobs, but not quite on pace with peers

2018 ends with Kansas City’s employment level at 1,108,300, up 16,200 from one year ago. Metro employment growth was more robust in the spring and summer months but it has leveled off since August. This data is seasonally adjusted so the month-to-month changes are not just usual seasonal fluctuations.

We can be happy with the direction — we are adding jobs after all — but we have to be concerned about our pace. Most of our peer metros saw their employment numbers grow quite a bit faster than ours.

This slower pace of job creation coincides with an increase in the metro unemployment rate from 2.7 to 3.1 percent. Even with this increase, the unemployment rate remains quite low.

The impact of the government shutdown is not reflected in these numbers, but will show up in January’s data.

While you ponder the significance of these modest numbers, keep in mind that they will be revised for the January release, which will come in March. Every year the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses other datasets that are more reliable (but less timely) to update the figures we use in this newsletter. The revisions have been significant in the past, so we may very well revisit 2018 and see that employment growth was a bit more robust than we originally thought.

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 stalls at 1,108,300 in December. This is up 16,200 from one year ago.

 

HIRING TRENDS

TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIAL MOVING OCCUPATIONS - PAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
Navajo 187
C.R. England 167
Postmates 154
Uber Eats 109
UPS 96
Advance Auto Parts 65
USA Truck 63
Schneider 59
Saia 49
Amazon Flex 42
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,987
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers 968
Driver/Sales Workers 555
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 303
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 235
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 162
Parking Lot Attendants 128
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 107
Packers and Packagers 81
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 65

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate increased to 3.1 percent in December, but it is still lower than one year ago when the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percent.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City added 16,200 jobs in the year ending December, a growth rate of 1.5 percent. This puts Kansas City well towards the bottom of the list of peer metros.