2019 Kansas Employment Forecast Predicts More Growth

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 5:52 PM CST
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Kansans should expect more employment growth in 2019 after a steady decline in the state’s unemployment rate last year, according to the 2019 Employment Forecast.

The forecast predicts Kansas will add more than 15,000 new jobs statewide in 2019, expecting a strong increase in the production sector and a slower growth in the government sector.

The report says the Kansas economy experienced a substantial upturn in 2018.

The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent, the lowest level Kansas has experienced since May 1999, and lower than the national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent.

Kansas added 20,000 workers to it’s nonfarm labor force from November 2017 to November 2018.

This substantial growth in the state’s economy comes after a period of stagnation in 2016 and 2017. Kansas experienced only 0.2 percent increase between 2016 and 2017 combined.