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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Kansas City Area Employment – February 2014

Total nonfarm employment for the Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) stood at 987,600 in February 2014, unchanged from February 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, nonfarm employment nationwide rose 1.6 percent. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that this followed 40 consecutive months of over-the-year job gains in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Chart 1. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year net change in the Kansas City metropolitan area and its components, February 2011-February 2014

The Kansas City metropolitan area is comprised of two separately identifiable employment centers—the Missouri portion and the Kansas portion of the MSA. The Missouri portion, which accounted for 55 percent of the area’s workforce, and the Kansas portion, with 45 percent of the area’s workforce, each registered little change in employment over the year. (See chart 1 and table 1; the Technical Note at the end of the release contains metropolitan area definitions. Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, analysis is based on over-the-year comparisons.)

Three supersectors in the Kansas City metropolitan area added 2,000 or more jobs from February 2013 to February 2014. Professional and business services gained 2,200 jobs with all of the expansion occurring on the Kansas side of the MSA (2,600). Employment in this supersector grew at a slower pace locally than it did nationally (1.4 versus 3.7 percent). Education and health services also added 2,200 local jobs led by growth on the Kansas side. This supersector’s 1.6-percent rate of job growth locally compared to a rate of 1.5 percent for the nation. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities rose by 2,000 with the job growth concentrated in the Kansas portion of the area (1,300). The 1.0-percent rate of local job growth compared to the 1.9-percent pace nationally.

In contrast, four supersectors in the Kansas City area experienced employment losses of more than 1,000 jobs over the year. Financial activities lost 1,900 jobs with most of the decrease occurring in the Missouri portion (-1,500) of the metropolitan area. Employment in financial activities declined 2.6 percent in the Kansas City MSA; nationwide, employment in this industry expanded at a 0.8-percent rate since February 2013. Mining, logging, and construction shed 1,600 jobs, led by losses in the Missouri portion (-1,400) of the metropolitan area. Leisure and hospitality and government each lost 1,200 jobs from February a year ago. A gain of 2,700 jobs in leisure and hospitality on the Missouri side was more than offset by job losses of 3,900 on the Kansas side. Locally, leisure and hospitality employment was down 1.3 percent while nationally it was up 3.0 percent. All of the decline in government employment occurred in the Missouri portion of the MSA with a loss of 1,700 jobs over the year. Government employment decreased 0.8 percent in the metropolitan area compared to a 0.4-percent rate of decline nationally.


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the 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 2007 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. The employment data are estimated using a "link relative" technique in which a ratio (link relative) of current-month employment to that of the previous month is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are obtained by multiplying the estimates for the previous month by these ratios. Small-domain models are used as the official estimators for approximately 39 percent of CES published series which have insufficient sample for direct sample-based estimates.

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.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample survey, 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 are also 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 special estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal the totals shown in the same tables because of rounding.

Employment estimates. Measures of sampling error for state CES data at the supersector level are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on December 1, 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri; Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.


Additional information

More complete information on the technical procedures used to develop these estimates and additional data appear in Employment and Earnings, which is available on line at www.bls.gov/opub/ee/home.htm. Industry employment data for states and metropolitan areas from the Current Employment Statistics program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the Internet at www.bls.gov/sae/.

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

February
2013
December
2013
January
2014
February
2014 (P)
Change from Feb. 2013
to Feb. 2014
Number Percent

United States

Total nonfarm

134,112 138,269 135,451 136,194 2,082 1.6

Mining and logging

844 879 873 874 30 3.6

Construction

5,386 5,774 5,533 5,527 141 2.6

Manufacturing

11,901 12,050 11,949 11,981 80 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,297 26,884 26,014 25,783 486 1.9

Information

2,699 2,682 2,634 2,646 -53 -2.0

Financial activities

7,799 7,911 7,846 7,862 63 0.8

Professional and business services

18,025 18,906 18,560 18,696 671 3.7

Education and health services

21,070 21,419 21,132 21,388 318 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

13,470 14,095 13,783 13,868 398 3.0

Other services

5,404 5,461 5,416 5,430 26 0.5

Government

22,217 22,208 21,711 22,139 -78 -0.4

Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., MSA

Total nonfarm

987.6 1,011.2 985.7 987.6 0.0 0.0

Mining, logging, and construction

37.6 39.3 37.5 36.0 -1.6 -4.3

Manufacturing

70.7 72.5 70.0 70.1 -0.6 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

197.0 205.9 200.0 199.0 2.0 1.0

Information

29.6 30.1 29.7 29.7 0.1 0.3

Financial activities

74.5 74.4 72.2 72.6 -1.9 -2.6

Professional and business services

155.9 162.5 157.0 158.1 2.2 1.4

Education and health services

136.8 139.3 138.7 139.0 2.2 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

93.0 94.4 91.7 91.8 -1.2 -1.3

Other services

42.3 42.8 42.3 42.3 0.0 0.0

Government

150.2 150.0 146.6 149.0 -1.2 -0.8

Kansas City, Mo., portion

Total nonfarm

547.7 557.9 545.6 547.1 -0.6 -0.1

Mining, logging, and construction

21.7 22.3 20.6 20.3 -1.4 -6.5

Manufacturing

38.6 39.3 39.2 39.2 0.6 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

102.7 107.5 104.3 103.4 0.7 0.7

Information

14.9 14.8 14.5 14.5 -0.4 -2.7

Financial activities

41.0 39.9 39.2 39.5 -1.5 -3.7

Professional and business services

78.3 79.7 76.7 77.9 -0.4 -0.5

Education and health services

76.3 77.4 77.3 77.2 0.9 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

56.4 60.0 58.9 59.1 2.7 4.8

Other services

26.3 26.5 26.2 26.2 -0.1 -0.4

Government

91.5 90.5 88.7 89.8 -1.7 -1.9

Kansas City, Kan., portion

Total nonfarm

439.9 453.3 440.1 440.5 0.6 0.1

Mining, logging, and construction

15.9 17.0 16.9 15.7 -0.2 -1.3

Manufacturing

32.1 33.2 30.8 30.9 -1.2 -3.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

94.3 98.4 95.7 95.6 1.3 1.4

Information

14.7 15.3 15.2 15.2 0.5 3.4

Financial activities

33.5 34.5 33.0 33.1 -0.4 -1.2

Professional and business services

77.6 82.8 80.3 80.2 2.6 3.4

Education and health services

60.5 61.9 61.4 61.8 1.3 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

36.6 34.4 32.8 32.7 -3.9 -10.7

Other services

16.0 16.3 16.1 16.1 0.1 0.6

Government

58.7 59.5 57.9 59.2 0.5 0.9

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary