Good news on the jobs front for Kansas, Missouri

Want to hear some good news for a change?

Kansas has just ranked 15th on a study of the best and worst states for jobs.

According to the study, released last month by WalletHub, the Sunflower State ranked No. 9 in terms of economic environment.

That score was based on a number of factors including median annual income adjusted by cost of living, average starting salary, average commute time and taxes.

In a separate report, Forbes ranked Kansas City No. 2 in its analysis of U.S. cities that create the most high-wage jobs.

In the meantime, a survey of purchasing managers found that manufacturing in Missouri and Kansas, among other Midwest states, jumped to its highest level in more than six years in June.

The survey by Creighton University found confidence and continued optimism in the employment outlook.

An index generated from the survey results reached 62.3 in June compared to 55.5 in May. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion in economic activity.

Forbes said the City of Fountains’ low taxes and pro-business regulatory environment helped launch it into the top five cities for high-wage jobs.

“KC, better known in the rest of the country for barbecue and its music scene (though not quite Nashville), has grown a vibrant economy based in good part on service businesses in architecture and innovative administrative support models (especially for health care providers), accounting for some 100,000 jobs in professional and business services,” Forbes’ Joel Kotkin wrote.

The study analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data from the 70 largest labor markets in the country. It evaluated employment in the business services sector over time, looking at short-, medium- and long-term job trends.

Kansas City boasts 469,200 jobs in the business services sector, netting a 9.3 percent growth between 2011 to 2016, according to the report. Its growth in business service jobs outpaces tech hotbeds such as San Francisco and San Jose.

About the Author

Lon Matejczyk

Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group.  Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.

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