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June 2019 (April 2019 data)


Percent of adults (25+) with an associate degree or higher

44.2%
(15th among 31 peers)



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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

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June 14, 2019
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Kansas City, Missouri 64108
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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
APRIL 2019 1,107,100 66,743 3% 1.3%
MARCH 2019 1,100,800 62,717 3.8% 0.9%
Month-to-Month Change +6,300 +6.4% -0.8 +0.4

Employment jumps in April

After a lackluster start to 2019, Kansas City’s employment showed signs of vibrancy in April jumping to 1,107,100. This is up 14,100 from one year ago and is a 1.3% growth rate — still modest relative to several of our peer metros, but an improvement from recent months.

Much of the growth is coming from the government sector (especially local government) and from healthcare; these industries added 5,800 and 6,400 jobs respectively during the past year. We have also seen strong year-over-year growth in construction, which comes as no surprise given the amount of construction activity we are seeing throughout the metro.

The metro’s unemployment rate dropped from 3.8 percent to 3 percent between March and April.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Metro employment in April jumped to 1,107,100.

HIRING TRENDS

KC Global Design (Engineering & Architecture) - PAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
Black & Veatch 155
Burns & McDonnell 133
Kiewit 93
Honeywell 92
NORTHROP GRUMMAN 57
Student Transportation of America 32
Garmin International 30
HNTB Corporation 27
Henderson Engineers 24
HOK 9
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Electrical Engineers 400
Industrial Engineers 210
Mechanical Engineers 197
Civil Engineers 185
Architects, except Landscape and Naval 108
Mechanical Drafters 98
Electronics Engineers, except Computer 68
Manufacturing Engineers 62
Industrial Safety and Health Engineers 47
Civil Engineering Technicians 44

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate dropped to 3%.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.3% in the year ending in April. This growth rate places us toward the bottom of our peer group.