Jobs picture improving for Wichita

Job growth is looking better for Wichita.

The numbers for the past year or so haven’t been great, with just 0.1 percent job growth since May 2014.

But hiring is expected to pick up for the balance of the year, delivering about 2,500 new jobs, or an 0.8 percent increase, according to the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University.

Better still, the center says we should see about 18,900 more jobs statewide, which means a 1.4 percent growth in Kansas jobs.

Over the past year, the Kansas economy has added 8,300 jobs, or 0.7 percent, below the national growth rate of 2.2 percent over the same period.

But better news is ahead.

Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, recently announced its 2015 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards, naming Kansas a Silver Shovel recipient. The award recognizes a significant number of high-value-added new jobs and investment in the state in 2014.

“Area Development has once again recognized Kansas as a leader in economic development,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said in a news release. “With a great business environment, world class workforce and outstanding infrastructure, our state is an ideal place to invest and create jobs, and we will continue to work with businesses to help them grow and expand in Kansas.”

The annual Shovel Awards recognize states for their achievements in attracting high value investment projects that will create a significant number of new jobs in their communities.

At Apprentice Personnel, our temporary-to-hire program gives employers the opportunity to work with a quality worker before making a permanent hiring decision.

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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