Wichita Economic Indicators
Unless otherwise stated all data is in relation to the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. Data is current at the time of publication and is subject to future revisions.          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Nonfarm Employment (thousands)          
Wichita Nonfarm Employment Mar-18 294.5 7.9 6.1% 30.6%
Kansas Nonfarm Employment Mar-18 1,418.9 1.5 6.7% 33.6%
WSU Indices          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Wichita Current Index   96.0 -95.98 14.5% 72.5%
Wichita Leading Index   96.0 -96.31 15.8% 79.0%
Inflations Adjusted Retail Sales (millions)          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Kansas Feb-18 $3,540.5 $-83,122,840.00 -27.5% -137.6%
Wichita Feb-18 $812.7 $-17,301,347.90 -25.0% -125.1%
Employment of Three Largest Industries (thousands)          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Manufacturing Mar-18 52.9 -0.20 -4.5% -22.7%
Trade, transportation, utilities Mar-18 49.8 0.60 14.5% 72.3%
Education and Health Services Mar-18 42.2 -0.50 -14.2% -71.1%
Civilian Labor Force          
Civilian labor force data is based upon household surveys, the Wichita MSA employs individuals from outside the metropolitan area which creates a difference between total nonfarm employment and civlian labor force data.          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Labor Force Level Mar-18 313.7 3130.00 12.1% 60.5%
Employment Level Mar-18 300.1 2157.00 8.7% 43.4%
Unemployment Level Mar-18 13.6 973.00 92.6% 462.9%
Unemployment Rate Mar-18 4.3 -4.30 58.5% 292.7%
Inflation and Wages          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Inflation-CPI Midwest Class B/C Mar-18 153.6 -0.04 -0.3% -1.4%
Average Weekly Earnings Wichita MSA Mar-18 $0.00 0.00 -6.3% -31.3%
Building Permits          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Total Building Permits Mar-18 0 -143.00 533.3% 2666.7%
Total Valuation of Building Permits(thousands) Mar-18 $0 -25383.00 414.3% 2071.3%
Misery Index          
This is updated quarterly.          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Wichita 2018Q1 3.8 0.40 44.8% 224.2%
Kansas 2018Q1 3.3 0.42 54.1% 270.7%
United States 2018Q1 3.8 0.43 44.2% 220.8%
Industry Data          
Measure Date Current Value Monthly Change (nominal) Annualized Percent Change 5 year annualized change
Aerospace Current Conditions Mar-18 107.4 0.04 1.8% 5.0%
West Texas Intermediate Mar-18 70.2 2.18 38.4% -247.3%