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Wichita, Kansas Job Growth

There were 285,500 jobs in Wichita, Kansas in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 301,295 employed persons for the month. Wichita lost 1,200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 74 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Wichita job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 285,500 -1,200 -22,300
CPS 301,295 +74 -5,367

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 312,600. Since then 27,100 jobs have been lost in Wichita according to the employer survey. From a trough of 264,700 in April 2020, Wichita has gained 20,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 309,990 for Wichita in January 2009. 8,695 jobs have been lost in Wichita since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 273,826, Wichita has added 27,469 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Wichita, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 285,500 -1,200 301,295 74
January 2021 286,700 1,000 301,221 339
December 2020 285,700 0 300,882 851
November 2020 285,700 -1,000 300,031 835
October 2020 286,700 -1,000 299,196 10,960
September 2020 287,700 900 288,236 893
August 2020 286,800 4,800 287,343 743
July 2020 282,000 8,100 286,600 3,291
June 2020 273,900 1,100 283,309 851
May 2020 272,800 8,100 282,458 8,632
April 2020 264,700 -42,700 273,826 -33,512
March 2020 307,400 -400 307,338 676