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Metropolitan employment and labor force

Metropolitan employment and labor force

A visualization of employment, labor force, and unemployment rate for metropolitan areas, now with data through May 2019. 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. Considering growth of employment since the start of the decade, the answer is Wichita has not performed well. This illustration came from an interactive visualization I created from BLS data. Click here to learn more and use the visualization.
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Wichita population, 2018

Wichita population, 2018

The City of Wichita lost 1,052 in population from 2017 to 2018, a decline of 0.27 percent. Data released today by the United States Census Bureau shows the City of Wichita losing population from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. [1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More, Ranked by July 1, 2018 Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division Release Date: May 2019] The bureau's estimate of city population on July 1, 2018 is 389,255. This is a decline of 1,052 (0.27 percent) from the…
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Wichita personal income growing, but slowly

Wichita personal income growing, but slowly

Among the nation's 383 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 347th for personal income growth. Statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, show personal income in the Wichita metro area growing at a slow rate. The figures released today are through calendar year 2017. For that year, personal income in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area was $30,801 million, up 2.3 percent from $30,103 million the previous year. These are current dollars. Using inflation-adjusted dollars, income growth was 0.7 percent. Of 383 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 347 for growth from 2016 to…
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More Wichita planning on tap

More Wichita planning on tap

We should be wary of government planning in general. But when those who have been managing and planning the foundering Wichita-area economy want to step up their management of resources, we risk compounding our problems. As announced by the City of Wichita, "In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations and their leadership are stepping forward to take the next step to create a comprehensive master plan and vision that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River." The city says these organizations will be involved: Downtown Wichita Greater Wichita…
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State of the City, Wichita: The bright future

State of the City, Wichita: The bright future

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell's State of the City video doesn't seem to be based on reality. Recently Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell delivered the State of the City video. It was posted to YouTube on March 28, 2019, and may be viewed here. Not long into the address, the mayor says, "... we must embrace the challenges we face and forge ahead into the bright future that is just around the corner." On that bright future: Since the mayor spoke, learned that the Wichita metropolitan area lost population during the year ending July 1, 2018. [1. Weeks, Bob. Wichita population falls;…
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Wichita population falls; outmigration continues

Wichita population falls; outmigration continues

The population of the Wichita MSA fell from 2017 to 2018, and net domestic migration continues at a high level. New data from the United States Census Bureau shows the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area losing population from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. The population estimate for 2017 was 645,628, and for 2018, 644,888. This is a decline of 740 persons, or -0.11 percent. Population changes in the seven years before 2018 averaged 0.30 percent each year. The Wichita MSA ranked 89th largest among 383 metro areas, falling from rank 82 as recently as 2011. Net domestic migration for…
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Wichita mayor promotes inaccurate picture of local economy

Wichita mayor promotes inaccurate picture of local economy

Wichita city leaders will latch onto any good news, no matter from how flimsy the source. But they ignore the news they don't like, even though it may come from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In his media briefing today, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell cited an article promoting the purportedly recession-proof and growing Wichita-area economy. [1. City of Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell's Media Briefing January 31, 2019.] Based on the article [1. Handy, Emily. The 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the US. Livability. January 22, 2019. Available at https://livability.com/topics/careers-opportunities/the-7-most-recession-proof-cities-in-the-us.] Longwell…
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Wichita, a recession-proof city

Wichita, a recession-proof city

Wichita city officials promote an article that presents an unrealistic portrayal of the local economy. An article promoting the Wichita economy [1. Handy, Emily. The 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the US. Livability. January 22, 2019. Available at https://livability.com/topics/careers-opportunities/the-7-most-recession-proof-cities-in-the-us.] was noticed and promoted by official City of Wichita sources. A tweet came from the official @CityofWichita Twitter account and reads "We have been named one of the top two recession-proof cities in the nation by @Livability. Wichita was praised for its ability to withstand turbulence in the national economy, steady job growth and the state's low income-to-debt ratio." [1. Twitter,…
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Wichita migration not improving

Wichita migration not improving

Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that the Wichita metropolitan area has lost many people to domestic migration, and the situation is not improving. The Wichita metropolitan area population is growing, but at a rate slower than most metro areas. From 2010 to 2017, the Wichita metro area grew in population by 2.3 percent. For all U.S. metro areas, the population growth was 6.5 percent. Of the 382 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 245. Considering just the change from 2016 to 2017, Wichita's population grew by 0.1 percent, ranking 268 of the 382 metro areas. All U.S. metro areas…
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