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Wichita, Kansas Job Growth

There were 298,000 jobs in Wichita, Kansas in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 294,623 employed persons for the month. Wichita added 1,400 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,937 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Wichita job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 298,000 +1,400 +200
CPS 294,623 +1,937 -1,522

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Wichita, Kansas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Wichita as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Wichita, Kansas

CES employment for Wichita peaked in July 2008 at 312,100. Since then 14,100 jobs have been lost in Wichita according to the employer survey. From a trough of 282,300 in June 2011, Wichita has gained 15,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 309,623 for Wichita in January 2009. 15,000 jobs have been lost in Wichita since then according to the household survey. From a June 2011 low of 289,102, Wichita has added 5,521 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Wichita, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 298,000 1,400 294,623 1,937
February 2017 296,600 1,800 292,686 543
January 2017 294,800 -2,200 292,143 -893
December 2016 297,000 500 293,036 -46
November 2016 296,500 100 293,082 87
October 2016 296,400 -2,400 292,995 -407
September 2016 298,800 500 293,402 -960
August 2016 298,300 300 294,362 -709
July 2016 298,000 2,300 295,071 -141
June 2016 295,700 -1,600 295,212 -31
May 2016 297,300 -500 295,243 -370
April 2016 297,800 0 295,613 -532