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Wichita employment to grow in 2019

Wichita employment to grow in 2019

Jobs are forecasted to grow in Wichita in 2019, but the forecasted rate is low. The forecast for Wichita metro area employment in 2019 calls for modest growth of 0.9 percent, according to the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. [1. Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. Wichita Employment Forecast. January 8, 2019. Available at http://www.cedbr.org/forecast-blog/forecasts-wichita/1558-economic-outlook-wichita-2019-january-revision.] This follows growth of 0.8 percent in 2018. [1. Employment figures are not available for December 2018, so I use a crude estimate for that month.] Nationally, the economy is expected to continue strong…
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Sedgwick County income and poverty

Sedgwick County income and poverty

Census data show Sedgwick County continuing to fall behind the nation in two key measures. Data released today from the United States Census Bureau through the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program shows Sedgwick County median household income continues to fall farther behind the nation. In 1989, median household income in Sedgwick County was greater than that for Kansas and the nation. In 2017, however, Sedgwick County has fallen behind both. In 1989, the all-age poverty rate in Sedgwick County was less than the national rate, but now it is higher. As can be seen in the nearby…
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Wichita employment, October 2018

Wichita employment, October 2018

For the Wichita metropolitan area in October 2018, jobs are up, the labor force is up, and the unemployment rate is down, compared to the same month one year ago. Seasonal data shows a slowdown in the rate of job growth. Data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows a mostly improving employment situation for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. Total nonfarm employment rose from 296,900 last October to 299,000 this October. That's an increase of 2,100 jobs, or 0.7 percent. (This data is not seasonally adjusted, so month-to-month comparisons…
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Wichita employment, September 2018

Wichita employment, September 2018

For the Wichita metropolitan area in September 2018, jobs are up, the labor force is up, and the unemployment rate is down, compared to the same month one year ago. Data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows an improving employment situation for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. The best numbers for Wichita are the total nonfarm employment series, which rose from 294,400 last September to 299,600 this September. That's an increase of 5,200 jobs, or 1.8 percent. (This data is not seasonally adjusted, so month-to-month comparisons are not valid.)…
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Wichita employment, August 2018

Wichita employment, August 2018

For the Wichita metropolitan area in August 2018, jobs are up, the unemployment rate is down, and the labor force is smaller, compared to the same month one year ago. Data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows an improving employment situation for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. The best numbers for Wichita are the total nonfarm employment series, which rose from 291,300 last August to 296,000 this July. That's an increase of 4,700 jobs, or 1.6 percent. (This data is not seasonally adjusted, so month-to-month comparisons are not valid.)…
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Wichita, not that different

Wichita, not that different

We have a lot of neat stuff in Wichita. Other cities do, too. In New York Magazine, Oriana Schwindt writes in "The Unbearable Sameness of Cities: What my journey across the United States taught me about indie cafés and Ikea lights." I couldn’t stop noticing. I’d go on to see the same in Colorado Springs, in Fresno, in Indianapolis, in Oklahoma City, in Nashville. And it wasn’t just the coffee shops -- bars, restaurants, even the architecture of all the new housing going up in these cities looked and felt eerily familiar. Every time I walked into one of these…
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Taxers prefer Hugh Nicks for Sedgwick County Commission

Taxers prefer Hugh Nicks for Sedgwick County Commission

Those who supported higher sales taxes in Wichita also support one Sedgwick County Commission District 4 Republican candidate exclusively. In 2014 the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, managed a campaign to persuade voters to institute a sales tax in the City of Wichita. The sales tax was to be one cent per dollar for five years, estimated to raise about $400 million in total. Of that, $250 million was to pay for enhancing the ASR water supply project, $80 million for job creation, and lesser amounts for bus transit and street…
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Wichita Chamber PAC spends heavily for Hugh Nicks

Wichita Chamber PAC spends heavily for Hugh Nicks

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC dedicates a large portion of its spending on placing its crony in office. In the contest for Sedgwick County Commission District 4, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce is spending heavily on one candidate. Through its political action committee, the Chamber has spent $45,148 on political candidates through August 1 of this year. (There could be more spending before the August 7 primary. We don't know.) Of that, $36,665 was spent in favor of one candidate, Hugh Nicks. (The Chamber PAC's finance report designates these expenditures as in favor of Nicks.) That's 81.2 percent…
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Wichita employment, June 2018

Wichita employment, June 2018

For the Wichita metropolitan area in June 2018, jobs are up, the unemployment rate is down, and the labor force is smaller, compared to the same month one year ago. Data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows an improving employment situation for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. The best numbers for Wichita are the total nonfarm employment series, which rose from 294,900 last June to 297,900 this June. That's an increase of 3,000 jobs, or 1.0 percent. (This data is not seasonally adjusted, so month-to-month comparisons are not…
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Wichita Chamber PAC spending on Hugh Nicks

Wichita Chamber PAC spending on Hugh Nicks

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce PAC dedicates a large portion of its spending on placing its crony in office. There is an updated version of this containing data from new reports. Click here. In the contest for Sedgwick County Commission District 4, the Wichita Chamber of Commerce is spending heavily on one candidate. Through its political action committee, the Chamber has spent $39,925 on political candidates through July 26 of this year. (There could be more spending before the August 7 primary. We don't know.) Of that, $31,442 was spent in favor of one candidate, Hugh Nicks. (The Chamber…
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