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July 2019 (May 2019 data)

Total Productivity
(real GDP per job)

(15th among 31 peers)

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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.

MAY 2019 1,110,500 79,313 3.1% 1.3%
APRIL 2019 1,106,700 66,743 2.9% 0.9%
Month-to-Month Change +3,800 18.8% +0.2 +0.4

Kansas City employment surge continues in May

The Kansas City MSA added 18,300 jobs in the year ending May. This is the biggest year-over-year increase since the end of 2017. This brings total employment in the metro to 1,110,500 jobs, an all-time high.

The growth continues to be well balanced with government (mostly local), health care, professional business services and manufacturing all showing significant growth. There were declines in retail, financial services and information.

All told, this 1.7 percent growth places Kansas City firmly in the middle of the pack among our peers. In previous months, we were well towards the bottom.

The unemployment rate ticked up a bit from 2.9 to 3.1 percent.

This is all certainly good news as it is, and there is real reason to believe this level of growth will continue. Demolition has begun on the old terminal at KCI and there will be more demand in construction when the new terminal work starts. Additionally, Kansas City was recently announced as the site for relocation of more than 500 high paying jobs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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

Metro employment in May jumped to 1,110,500.


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

Company Ads
Kansas University Medical Center 81
University of Kansas 54
Aerotek 43
Quest Diagnostics 35
Children's Mercy 20
Procare Therapy 19
Catalent Pharma Solutions 14
Medix 13
Bayer 11
Cardinal Health 10

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 195
Biological technicians 87
Quality control analysts 76
Food science technicians 50
School psychologists 49
Chemists 44
Clinical psychologists 37
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health 34
Forensic science technicians 29
Chemical technicians 24


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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 3.1%.



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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.7% in the year ending in May. This growth rate places us solidly in the middle of our peer group.