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June 2018 (April 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.
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.
Employment growth in Kansas City remains stable
Kansas City’s employment levels remained flat in April. There are 1,092,300 jobs in the metro, up 100 from one month ago and 14,700 from a year ago. Our slow and steady employment growth rate (1.4 percent since last April) has been our typical pattern. We do not generally experience rapid growth like some of our peers — for example, Austin and Dallas grew by 3.3 percent — but we have consistently outperformed others peers like Cincinnati (0.7 percent) and St. Louis (0.8 percent).
We saw the most employment growth in the Transportation, Local Government and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services industries.
This modest growth was still enough to lower our already low unemployment rate from 3.6 percent to 3.3 percent. Economists consider a rate this low to be full employment.