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Wichita, Kansas Job Growth

There were 288,000 jobs in Wichita, Kansas in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 303,635 employed persons for the month. Wichita added 1,000 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 472 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Wichita job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 288,000 +1,000 +15,200
CPS 303,635 +472 +25,653

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 24,600 jobs have been lost in Wichita according to the employer survey. From a trough of 264,700 in April 2020, Wichita has gained 23,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 309,489 for Wichita in December 2019. 5,854 jobs have been lost in Wichita since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 266,814, Wichita has added 36,821 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Wichita, Kansas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 288,000 1,000 303,635 472
April 2021 287,000 -2,300 303,163 96
March 2021 289,300 2,600 303,067 597
February 2021 286,700 0 302,470 -110
January 2021 286,700 1,000 302,580 -73
December 2020 285,700 0 302,653 1,063
November 2020 285,700 -1,000 301,590 1,313
October 2020 286,700 -1,000 300,277 10,170
September 2020 287,700 900 290,107 -5,790
August 2020 286,800 4,800 295,897 3,984
July 2020 282,000 8,100 291,913 9,664
June 2020 273,900 1,100 282,249 4,267