One of the services Workforce Partnership provides as a workforce development board is the collection and distribution of valuable labor market data for our local area. Employers, job seekers and economic development professionals can utilize this data to help make informed hiring, employment and community development decisions. We have provided some of the most frequently requested data and sector information below, as well as direct links to many of the publicly available economic data sources. However, if you need assistance in collecting, reporting and analyzing specific labor market data, please contact any one of our Business Services Staff members.
Workforce Partnership Priority Sectors
Using available labor market information, including current high-demand and future growth occupations, Workforce Partnership has identified the following priority sectors:
Construction and related trades
While Workforce Partnership’s list of eligible training providers spans many industries and sectors, priority will be given to Training Programs that align with these Priority Sectors. Workforce Partnership will consult businesses and business-oriented organizations, such as area Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations, in an effort to remain aware of various local labor market trends which might alter these Priority Sectors. The economic conditions of the area at any given time may also impact the type and length of training services offered.
Workforce Partnership tracks Key Performance Indicators on a quarterly basis. Click the link below to see the latest data.
Local Unemployment Rates and Median Household Income
Unemployment rates (as of September 2019) and median household income (2016) for our three counties:
State of Kansas – 3.2%/$53,571
United States – 3.5%/$59,039
Unemployment data varies by state, region, county and city. Many things affect the rates including the number of people who are actively seeking employment. More in-depth demographic and economic data for each of our counties can be viewed at the links provided above.
Valuable Data Resources for Kansas City Metropolitan Area and State of Kansas
The Mid-America Regional Council is the nonprofit association of local governments and metropolitan planning organization for the bi-state Kansas City region. As such, MARC has a wealth of economic resources available through its website, as well as through the Regional Workforce Intelligence Network, a collaboration of economic development and workforce organizations sponsored and supported by MARC.
For data specific to the State of Kansas, check out the Kansas Department of Labor’s Information Center.