After years of growth, manufacturing employment in Kansas has been slow to recover from the 2008 recession. Employment dropped to 167,057 from 187,151 in 2008, representing a 10.7 percent decline. Employment decreased another 4.4 percent in 2010. Since recovery started in 2011, employment has moderately fluctuated.

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Kansas construction was slightly impacted by the recession in 2008, when industry employment declined only one percent. The following year, the recession had a larger impact on industry employment with a 10.9 percent drop from the 2008 level. The construction employment level continued to decrease until 2011, going from 65,211 in 2008 to 52,888 in 2011. Nonetheless, industry employment started to recover in 2012.

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Wholesale Trade


Wholesale trade employment in Kansas has moderately fluctuated in the last ten years. In fact, between 2005 and 2015, employment in the industry grew 1.2 percent going from 59,590 in 2005 to 60,283 in 2015. Similarly, durable and non-durable goods wholesale trade employment has experienced little variation in the last decade.

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