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22-1297-KAN
Friday, July 01, 2022

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Kansas City Area Employment – May 2022

Total nonfarm employment for the Kansas City, MO-KS, metropolitan area had little change over the year in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that local employment was relatively unchanged, compared to the 4.5-percent national increase. (All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

 

Kansas City, MO-KS, is made up of two separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area—the Missouri portion and the Kansas portion. Employment rose over the year in both portions of the metropolitan area. Employment in Kansas City, MO, which accounted for 56 percent of the metropolitan area’s total nonfarm employment, stood at 602,800 in May. Employment in Kansas City, KS, with 44 percent of the metropolitan area’s employment, stood at 482,300 in May.

Industry employment

In Kansas City, MO-KS, leisure and hospitality had the largest gain (+7,900) among the metropolitan area’s private-industry supersectors. The increase was mostly due to an increase of 6,800 jobs in the Missouri portion. (See chart 2.) Within the supersector, the accommodation and food services sector added 7,100 jobs in the metropolitan area. The 7.9-percent increase in the metropolitan area’s leisure and hospitality supersector compared to the 12.7-percent gain on a national level.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment release for June 2022 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 03, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the CES program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Definitions. Employment data refer to persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll. Industries are classified on the basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria. For some employment series, the estimates are produced with a model that uses direct sample estimates (described above) combined with other regressors to decrease volatility in estimation.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under state unemployment insurance (UI) laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/bmrk_article.htm.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample surveys, administrative data, and modeling and, thus, are subject to sampling and other types of errors. Sampling error is a measure of sampling variability—that is, variation that occurs by chance because a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed. Survey data also are subject to nonsampling errors, such as those which can be introduced into the data collection and processing operations. Estimates not directly derived from sample surveys are subject to additional errors resulting from the specific estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal totals shown in the same tables due to rounding.

Employment estimates. Changes in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment are cited in the analysis of this release only if they have been determined to be statistically significant at the 90-percent confidence level. Measures of sampling error for the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this news release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018. The 12 metropolitan areas discussed in this release are the metropolitan areas with the largest population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri; and Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

  • The Kansas City, MO, portion includes Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties.

  • The Kansas City, KS, portion includes Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties. 

Additional information

Employment data from the CES program are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, the United States and the Kansas City metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry

May
2021
Mar
2022
Apr
2022
May
2022(p)
May 2021 to
May 2022(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

145,304 149,905 150,964 151,773 6,469 4.5

Mining and logging

556 601 609 614 58 10.4

Construction

7,432 7,393 7,554 7,715 283 3.8

Manufacturing

12,232 12,651 12,702 12,747 515 4.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,335 28,361 28,357 28,420 1,085 4.0

Information

2,796 2,926 2,944 2,959 163 5.8

Financial activities

8,720 8,855 8,901 8,920 200 2.3

Professional and business services

20,993 21,911 22,100 22,154 1,161 5.5

Education and health services

23,645 24,231 24,314 24,290 645 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

14,006 14,942 15,332 15,782 1,776 12.7

Other services

5,396 5,607 5,650 5,692 296 5.5

Government

22,193 22,427 22,501 22,480 287 1.3

Kansas City, MO-KS, MSA

Total nonfarm

1,070.4 1,073.4 1,081.6 1,085.1 14.7 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

55.5 55.3 58.6 59.7 4.2 7.6

Manufacturing

78.1 76.6 76.4 77.6 -0.5 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

214.2 218.7 218.6 217.5 3.3 1.5

Information

15.8 16.3 16.3 16.1 0.3 1.9

Financial activities

78.7 76.4 77.2 76.6 -2.1 -2.7

Professional and business services

182.7 184.5 186.2 187.1 4.4 2.4

Education and health services

157.1 156.5 156.7 157.1 0.0 0.0

Leisure and hospitality

99.6 102.7 105.9 107.5 7.9 7.9

Other services

40.5 41.0 41.3 40.8 0.3 0.7

Government

148.2 145.4 144.4 145.1 -3.1 -2.1

Kansas City, MO, portion

Total nonfarm

596.4 599.0 601.7 602.8 6.4 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

32.6 32.1 33.5 34.4 1.8 5.5

Manufacturing

44.2 42.2 41.6 42.7 -1.5 -3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

109.4 112.6 111.3 111.0 1.6 1.5

Information

9.1 9.1 9.1 9.0 -0.1 -1.1

Financial activities

41.4 40.7 41.7 42.2 0.8 1.9

Professional and business services

98.6 99.9 101.0 99.7 1.1 1.1

Education and health services

86.9 86.4 86.3 86.1 -0.8 -0.9

Leisure and hospitality

60.5 64.1 66.4 67.3 6.8 11.2

Other services

23.8 24.0 24.2 23.8 0.0 0.0

Government

89.9 87.9 86.6 86.6 -3.3 -3.7

Kansas City, KS, portion

Total nonfarm

474.0 474.4 479.9 482.3 8.3 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

22.9 23.2 25.1 25.3 2.4 10.5

Manufacturing

33.9 34.4 34.8 34.9 1.0 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

104.8 106.1 107.3 106.5 1.7 1.6

Information

6.7 7.2 7.2 7.1 0.4 6.0

Financial activities

37.3 35.7 35.5 34.4 -2.9 -7.8

Professional and business services

84.1 84.6 85.2 87.4 3.3 3.9

Education and health services

70.2 70.1 70.4 71.0 0.8 1.1

Leisure and hospitality

39.1 38.6 39.5 40.2 1.1 2.8

Other services

16.7 17.0 17.1 17.0 0.3 1.8

Government

58.3 57.5 57.8 58.5 0.2 0.3

(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, July 01, 2022