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Wichita, Kansas Job Growth

There were 296,500 jobs in Wichita, Kansas in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 298,219 employed persons for the month. Wichita lost 900 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 436 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Wichita job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 296,500 -900 +2,200
CPS 298,219 +436 +3,654

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 15,600 jobs have been lost in Wichita according to the employer survey. From a trough of 282,300 in June 2011, Wichita has gained 14,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 309,623 for Wichita in January 2009. 11,404 jobs have been lost in Wichita since then according to the household survey. From a June 2011 low of 288,909, Wichita has added 9,310 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Wichita, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 296,500 -900 298,219 436
September 2018 297,400 -1,800 297,783 986
August 2018 299,200 1,300 296,797 987
July 2018 297,900 2,200 295,810 78
June 2018 295,700 -2,900 295,732 -33
May 2018 298,600 3,100 295,765 2,169
April 2018 295,500 200 293,596 556
March 2018 295,300 500 293,040 127
February 2018 294,800 -200 292,913 -937
January 2018 295,000 700 293,850 267
December 2017 294,300 1,500 293,583 -240
November 2017 292,800 -1,500 293,823 -742