Workplace

Job postings shrink for Kansas City metro

Updated: 2013-08-01T03:08:37Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

There were about 2,600 fewer job openings posted online for the Kansas City area in July this year than in the same month a year ago.

The Conference Board’s monthly index of online labor demand said Wednesday that the total number of online help-wanted ads for the metro area shrank compared to a year ago — 34,600 versus 37,200.

The number of new ads posted for the month also was smaller than a year earlier. According to the report, there were 14,900 new help-wanted ads posted for the Kansas City area in July 2013, compared to 19,100 in July 2012.

The smaller numbers were consistent with slowdowns charted in metropolitan areas around the country, the report indicated.

“In July, labor demand continued to be flat,” said June Shelp, a Conference Board vice president.

Shelp said the data showed a “healthy churn in the labor market for job changers,” but that there hasn’t been enough new job creation to reduce the number of unemployed persons.

Nationally, the report found hiring strength in construction, maintenance, installation and repair, and transportation jobs. It described “lackluster” hiring in management, sales and office help.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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