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September 2019 (July 2019 data)


Patents

675
(16th among 31 peers)



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EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY

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18801 E. 39th Street
Independence, Missouri 64050


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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
JULY 2019 1,115,300 73,988 4% 1.5%
JUNE 2019 1,112,300 74,386 3.3% 1.6%
Month-to-Month Change +3,000 -0.5% +0.7 -0.1

Kansas City employment levels keep reaching new heights

We are beginning to sound like a broken record, but at least it's a good record! Employment growth in Kansas City continued in July, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kansas City employment stands at 1,115,300, up over 16,000 jobs from a year ago. This is the fifth consecutive month with employment growth.

This growth is coming from numerous sectors, especially health care, professional and business services, and local government. Our recent construction boom is still evident as construction employment is up 1,700 from July 2018 while manufacturing employment grew by 1,100. Losses were in retail, information and finance.

This is good growth, but relative to most peers, our year-over-year growth rate lags. Metros like Dallas, Charlotte, Austin and Nashville all saw employment growth rates of more than 2 percent.

The metro unemployment rate also rose, despite the employment growth. It stands at an even 4 percent.

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 July jumped to 1,115,300.

HIRING TRENDS

Education, training and library — Past 90 Days

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

Company Ads
University of Kansas 274
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools 252
Blue Valley School District 247
The Metropolitan Community College 182
Unified School District No. 232 155
Kansas City Public Schools 154
North Kansas City Schools 144
Kansas University Medical Center 95
Procare Therapy 81
Johnson County Community College 75
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Preschool teachers 676
Secondary school teachers 450
Middle school teachers 395
Elementary school teachers 370
Postsecondary vocational education teachers, 341
Tutors 252
Postsecondary health specialties teachers 211
Kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers 207
Graduate teaching assistants 157
Secondary school special education teachers 144

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate is 4%.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City saw employment grow 1.5% in the year ending in July.