Kansas Employment Forecast

Last Updated October 2016 

In the last twelve months, Kansas employment has declined by 0.6 percent, a decrease of approximately 7,700 jobs. In 2017, Kansas total nonfarm employment is forecast to increase by 12,572 jobs, with an anticipated growth rate of 0.9 percent.

  • The production sectors are projected to expand 0.1 percent in Kansas, adding 179 jobs in 2017. The strongest growth is expected to be in the natural resources and construction sector, which is forecast to expand 0.3 percent.

  • Trade, transportation and utilities sector employment is expected to grow 0.6 percent, adding approximately 1,600 new jobs. The trade and transportation subsector is projected to have the fastest growth at 1.1 percent.

  • The service sectors are anticipated to be the fastest growing segment of the Kansas economy in 2017, adding over 10,000 jobs for 1.6 percent employment growth. The professional and business services sector is expected to lead service sector growth with 3.6 percent growth, adding over 6,000 jobs. The financial activities sector is also projected to have solid growth, growing at 1.7 percent.

  • The government sector is expected to remain approximately flat in 2017, adding less than 100 jobs. The federal and state government sectors are forecast to decline slightly in employment, while the local government sector is anticipated experience a small amount of growth statewide.

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