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Missouri side of the Kansas City area accounts for more job growth

About two-thirds of Kansas City area job growth from May 2014 to May 2015 occurred on the Missouri side of the state line. Meanwhile, the area recorded a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in May.
About two-thirds of Kansas City area job growth from May 2014 to May 2015 occurred on the Missouri side of the state line. Meanwhile, the area recorded a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in May.

The newest jobs report for the Kansas City area indicates that 10,800 jobs were added on the Missouri side of the metropolitan area from May 2014 to May 2015, compared with 6,100 on the Kansas side.

The report also said the area’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in May 2015, compared with 5.8 percent in May 2014.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Kansas City area’s nonseasonally adjusted jobless rate of 5.3 percent was the same as the national nonseasonally adjusted rate for that month.

The bureau said the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro accounts for 56 percent of the area’s jobs and the Kansas side 44 percent.

As a whole, the metro area gained 16,900 jobs over the 12-month period. That represented a 1.6 percent growth in the net gain in establishment payroll positions, a gain that paled compared with the 2.2 percent national average.

Job growth amounted to 1.9 percent on the Missouri side of the metro area and 1.3 percent on the Kansas side.

The Kansas City area’s job gains were relatively small but steady over the May-to-May time frame — at least 1.5 percent or more each month.

Among job categories, professional and business services scored the biggest growth, adding 5,700 jobs over the 12 months, with 4,900 of them occurring on the Missouri side of the metro area.

The job sectors of trade, transportation and utilities; financial activities; government; manufacturing; mining, logging and construction; education and health services sectors each recorded gains of at least 1,000 jobs over the 12 months.

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