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September 2018 (July Data)


LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT

39,543 Total Jobs
(8th among 31 peers)



The Kansas City region has a strong Life Sciences sector, ranking 8th among 31 peer metros. This sector has a wide range of occupations, including jobs in research and development, manufacturing and bioinformatics.

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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
JULY 2018 1,101,100 69,793 3.9% 1.5%
JUNE 2018 1,101,100 66,242 3.5% 2.1%
Month-to-Month Change no change + 5.4% + 0.4% - 0.6%

KC metro employment levels off at 1.1 million

The Kansas City MSA added 16,700 jobs in the year ending July. Our 1,101,100 jobs total remains unchanged from one month ago. This is a solid number, although a bit of a letdown after we saw a year-over-year increase of 20,000 in June.

This rate of growth (1.5 percent) places us ninth out of 14 peer metros. High-growth metros like Dallas, Denver and Austin saw employment growth greater than 2.5 percent over last year. Even some of the more moderate growth metros like Oklahoma City, Indianapolis and Omaha had stronger growth rates than Kansas City.

The metro unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent, up from 3.5 percent in June.

Employers still appear confident as want ad activity remains strong. There were 69,793 unique jobs posted in July.

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's employment leveled out at 1,101,100 in July. This is up 16,700 from one year ago.

HIRING TRENDS

HEALTH CARE SUPPORT OCCUPATIONS - LAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
HCA 307
Phoenix Home Care 135
Brookdale Senior Living 78
Five Star Senior Living 64
Massage Envy 57
Midwest Health 52
St. Luke's Health System 45
Quest Diagnostics 41
Medix 39
Children's Mercy 38
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Nursing Assistants 1,008
Medical Assistants 476
Home Health Aides 351
Dental Assistants 161
Phlebotomists 156
Occupational Therapy Assistants 129
Vet Assistants & Lab Animal Caretakers 93
Physical Therapist Assistants 81
Medical Equipment Preparers 75
Massage Therapists 74

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent in July. One year ago, the metro unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City added 16,700 jobs in the year ending July, a growth rate of 1.5 percent. This puts Kansas City in the bottom half among peer metros.