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Sedgwick County talent attraction

Sedgwick County talent attraction

In an index ranking counties in talent attraction, Sedgwick County has not performed well. Emsi, a labor market advisor, has released its fourth annual talent attraction scorecard. Data considered by the index includes net migration, overall job growth, skilled job growth, educational attainment, regional competitiveness, and annual openings per capita. These are weighted equally. Among the 600 largest counties, Sedgwick County ranked 540, 543, and 537 from 2017 to 2019. The interactive map and more information may be found at The Fourth Annual Talent Attraction Scorecard.
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Wichita personal income grows

Wichita personal income grows

Wichita personal income grew at a faster rate in 2018. Statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, show personal income in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area growing at an increasing rate. The figures released today are through calendar year 2018. For that year, personal income in the Wichita MSA was $33,060.9 million, up 6.2 percent from $31,128.2 million the previous year. These are current dollars. The figure for 2017 was adjusted from $30,801.3 million to $31,128.2 million. In the nation's metropolitan areas, personal income grew by 5.7 percent. Per…
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The cause of the low unemployment rate in Wichita

The cause of the low unemployment rate in Wichita

The unemployment rate for Wichita and the nation is nearly equal over the last eight years. Job growth for Wichita, however, has been much slower than the nation, and the labor force for Wichita is actually smaller than in January 2011. This is what has led to a low unemployment rate in Wichita: Slow job growth paired with a declining labor force. How does the Wichita metropolitan area compare with others regarding employment, labor force, and unemployment rate? A nearby example shows data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor. It compares the…
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Wichita jobs and momentum

Wichita jobs and momentum

Given recent data and the CEDBR forecasts, Wichita's momentum is a slowly growing economy, with the rate of growth declining. The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University provides forecasts for the Wichita economy. In October, CEDBR wrote, "Total nonfarm employment in the Wichita metropolitan area grew 1.2 percent in 2018, with 3,500 new jobs created to bring the area’s employment to 298,600 workers. This was a turnaround after Wichita’s total employment declined by 2,200 jobs in 2017." [1. Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. Wichita Employment Forecast. October 3, 2019.…
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Wichita metro employment by industry

Wichita metro employment by industry

An interactive visualization of Wichita-area employment by industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, makes monthly employment statistics available. I've gathered them for the Wichita metropolitan statistical area and present them in an interactive visualization. This visualization is updated with data through July 2019. To learn more about the data and access the visualization, click here.
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