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Wichita, Kansas Job Growth

There were 281,300 jobs in Wichita, Kansas in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 283,562 employed persons for the month. Wichita added 7,200 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 9,736 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Wichita job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 281,300 +7,200 -23,900
CPS 283,562 +9,736 -20,828

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 312,700. Since then 31,400 jobs have been lost in Wichita according to the employer survey. From a trough of 274,100 in April 2020, Wichita has gained 7,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 309,990 for Wichita in January 2009. 26,428 jobs have been lost in Wichita since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 273,826, Wichita has added 9,736 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Wichita, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 281,300 7,200 283,562 9,736
April 2020 274,100 -33,700 273,826 -33,512
March 2020 307,800 -2,000 307,338 676
February 2020 309,800 3,000 306,662 750
January 2020 306,800 500 305,912 199
December 2019 306,300 1,200 305,713 -18
November 2019 305,100 -200 305,731 45
October 2019 305,300 -1,000 305,686 73
September 2019 306,300 0 305,613 108
August 2019 306,300 600 305,505 171
July 2019 305,700 100 305,334 331
June 2019 305,600 400 305,003 613