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January 2019 (November Data)


PERCENT OF ADULTS (25+) WITH AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE OR HIGHER

44.2%
(15th among 31 peers)

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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
NOVEMBER 2018 1,109,200 62,298 2.7% 1.5%
OCTOBER 2018 1,109,200 65,517 2.7% 1.6%
Month-to-Month Change 0 -4.9% 0% -0.1%

KC workforce remains stable, but impact of shutdown looms

The Kansas City workforce maintained the status quo in November with no change in our employment level (we are at 1,109,200 jobs) or in our unemployment rate (2.7 percent).

We are up 16,400 jobs from one year ago, a solid but unspectacular number. Construction was the fastest growing industry with a 7.7 percent growth rate during the past year. The professional-scientific-technical and leisure-hospitality industries also showed strong growth.

Although this data is from November, the biggest employment issue throughout the country is the government shutdown. Right now, this is a partial shutdown so not all of the region’s 26,600 federal employees are furloughed, but an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 are. This can put thousands of households in direct, economic hardship as households with furloughed workers begin to adjust their spending to make ends meet. These adjustments will trickle out and affect other segments of the economy as there are fewer discretionary dollars to go around. The longer the shutdown goes on, the greater the negative impact on the local economy will be.

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 stalls at 1,109,200 in November. This is up 16,400 from one year ago.

 

HIRING TRENDS

COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL OCCUPATIONS - PAST 90 DAYS

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

Company Ads
Oracle 159
H&R Block 141
U.S. Bank 104
Commerce Bank 88
Sprint 84
Honeywell 73
Cerner Corporation 73
Garmin International 68
DST 61
Black & Veatch 57
   

Top 10 Occupations Sought
(By total number of ads)

Occupation Ads
Computer user support specialists 2,080
Software developers, applications 1,185
Network and computer systems administrators 825
Computer systems engineers/architects 338
Information security analysts 336
Business intelligence analysts 308
Software quality assurance engineers and testers 307
Information technology project managers 271
Computer systems analysts 269
Operations research analysts 269

UNEMPLOYMENT

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

Kansas City's unemployment stayed at 2.7 percent in November. One year ago, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percent.

 

PEER METRO RANK — EMPLOYMENT GROWTH RATE

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

Kansas City added 16,400 jobs in the year ending November, a growth rate of 1.5 percent. This puts Kansas City well towards the bottom of the list of peer metros.