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December 2019 (October 2019 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.


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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
OCTOBER 2019 1,115,900 75,649 2.7% 1.2%
SEPTEMBER 2019 1,114,800 76,353 2.5% 1.4%
Month-to-Month Change +1,100 -0.9% +0.2 -0.3

October data shows slight rebound in KC employment

After dipping in September, employment rose in the Kansas City metro in October. The metro is now home to 1,115,900 jobs, up by 13,700 compared to one year ago using seasonally adjusted data. This is a modest increase of 1.2 percent which places us well to the back of the pack when compared to our peer group.

The year-over-year employment growth was largely due to increases in government (both federal and local), education and health services, and construction.

The metro’s unemployment rate also slightly increased from 2.5% to 2.7%, but the rate is relatively close to where we were in 2018 at 2.8%.

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 October rose to 1,115,900.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment chart

HIRING TRENDS

Construction and extraction — Past 90 Days

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

Company Ads
Tradesmen International, Inc. 128
GPAC 29
Handyman Matters 25
Ultimate LLC 24
Aeortek 22
Express Employment Professionals 14
CRH 12
Handyman Connection of Johnson County, Kansas 11
Concrete Strategies 10
ARS 9
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Construction laborers 272
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 260
Construction carpenters 147
Electricians 97
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 86
Plumbers 83
Construction and building inspectors 72
Cement masons and concrete finishers 68
Painters, construction and maintenance 49
Roofers 33

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 2.7%.

 

Unemployment chart

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.2% in the year ending in October.

Peer Metro Rank Employment Growth Rate chart