In 2017, retail trade employment in Kansas contracted by 2,700 jobs, the first decline in retail trade employment in the state since 2010. The decline in 2017 was broad-based, with job losses in every major metropolitan area and in the non-metropolitan areas of the state. From 2010 to 2016, the sector expanded by approximately 10,000 jobs statewide, concentrated primarily in the Wichita and Kansas City metro areas. In that time, the Wichita metropolitan area gained 3,000 jobs and the Kansas City, Kansas, metropolitan area gained 5,000 jobs

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