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KC's employment continues to soar
The Kansas City MSA’s employment climbed to 1,087,400 in February, up 28,000 from one year earlier. This is the second highest year-over-year figure since 2000. It is also worth noting that this gain ranks 22nd among all metros, ahead of some growing metros like San Diego and Austin. It has taken a while, but the Kansas City region has put together a solid couple of years in employment growth.
This growth is coming from across the economy. All industries except Information saw employment gains. Professional business services led the way with 8,200 new jobs, followed by trade-transportation-utilities and education-health.
The unemployment rate dipped slightly, from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent. This rate keeps us firmly in the middle of our peer group on this measure.
For the second consecutive month, job postings also increased. There were unique ads for 22,000 new jobs in February.
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SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT
Metro employment grew to 1,087,400. This is up by almost 30,000 from one year ago.
The unemployment rate dropped slightly, from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent.
COMPARISON TO PEER METROS
Most recent Employment by Industry infographic
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RWIN is a collaboration of economic development professionals, one-stop centers, workforce centers, community colleges and universities that meets on a monthly basis.
For more information, visit kcworkforce.com.
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