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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.

JANUARY 2020 1,102,500 80,143 3.6% 0.6%
DECEMBER 2019 1,103,700 73,217 3.1% 1.5%
Month-to-Month Change -1,200 +9.5% +0.5 -0.9

January data released but all eyes on impact of COVID-19

Through this newsletter, we seek to provide the latest regional workforce data to help you and your organizations. In times like this, it becomes clear this information (which lags by three months) can be inadequate when things are changing by the hour.

In the near-term, all attention is rightly focused on the COVID-19 virus and its immediate health concerns but the immediate and profound impact on workforce cannot be overstated.

The charts below highlight the latest data release with information through January. We will continue to track this information but it will not begin reflect the impacts of COVID-19 until the March data is released in June. In the meantime, this Brookings report makes an early attempt to identify metros that will be the hardest hit in term of job loss. This is based on the share of jobs in the most vulnerable sectors (hospitality-tourism, transportation, employment services and mining). Kansas City is in the middle of the pack in this regard with 163,054 jobs, 15.6% of total jobs, in these highly vulnerable sectors.


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

Metro employment in January dropped to 1,102,500.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment chart


Management — past 90 days

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

Company Ads
GPAC 113
Oracle 98
University of Kansas 68
HCA 65
Commerce Bank 64
Humana 64
Kansas University Medical Center 57
Anthem, Inc 56
Burns & McDonnell 56
Sprint 55

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Medical and Health Services Managers 1,458
Sales Managers 889
Financial Managers, Branch or Department 851
Food Service Managers 634
Marketing Managers 594
Managers, All Other 576
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 479
General and Operations Managers 475
Architectural and Engineering Managers 385
Construction Managers 254


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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 3.6%.


Unemployment chart


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

Kansas City saw employment grow 0.6%.

Peer Metro Rank Employment Growth Rate chart