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The unemployment rate for Kansas, as a whole, increased from May 2017 to June 2017. The Wichita and Lawrence MSAs noticed an increase of 0.4 percentage points, while the Manhattan and Topeka MSAs saw a smaller increase of 0.3 percentage points.
A slide presentation is available with additional employment and unemployment data for Kansas and its four metro areas.
The nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing subsector transforms mined or quarried nonmetallic minerals, such as sand, gravel, stone, clay, and refractory materials, into products for intermediate or final consumption. This subsector includes establishments that manufacture bricks, refractories, ceramic products, and glass and glass products, such as plate glass and containers.
In Kansas, nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing is a low-wage industry with generally declining employment. There are 173 establishments in the state in this industry, the majority have fewer than 20 employees.
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services, excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures, for professional and managerial households in the top income quintile.
The three Kansas metropolitan areas included in the index, averaged 3.5 percent below the national average when weighted by population.
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The Consumer Price Index is used to calculate inflation, or the change in price of a basket of goods and services, as it impacts consumers; whereas, the Producer Price Index measures changes in selling prices, thereby expressing price changes from the perspective of the seller who produces a particular commodity.
A slide presentation updated with June 2017 data shows the Midwest inflation rate dropped slightly from May to June. While the urban metropolitan areas noticed a 0.36% increase, the non-metropolitan urban areas saw a smaller increase of 0.04%.
The Producer Price Index data shows that prices in the United States have increased from June 2016 to June 2017 for aircraft (0.6 percent), natural gas (60.8 percent), slaughter livestock (4.3%), and wheat (2.2 percent).. During that same time period, the index decreased crude petroleum (-0.5 percent) and sorghum (-13.1 percent).
Industries in the plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector make goods by processing plastic materials and raw rubber. This subsector is restricted to the production of products made of just one material, either solely plastic or rubber. There are many production processes that include plastics or rubber in combination with other materials. Those production processes are not included in this subsector.
In Kansas, plastics and rubber product manufacturing is a low-wage industry with generally flat employment growth. There are about 130 establishments in the state in this subsector, 12 of which have more than 250 employees. Over the past decade employment in this industry has averaged around 9,000 workers, with employment contracting an average of 0.3 percent annually.
From April to May, the WSU Current Conditions Index decreased by 0.3 percent. The Current Conditions Index increased year-to-year by 0.1 percent from May 2016 to May 2017. In addition, the Leading Index is forecasting a 0.04 percent decrease in economic activity over the next six months.
Between the fourth quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017, the general level of misery experienced by people in the United States and Kansas increased but remained below the 2016 level. This can be attributed to a small decrease in housing prices, increased inflation, and an increase in the unemployment rate.
Within each of the metropolitan areas in Kansas, the level of misery is mixed.
The Misery Index, as calculated by the Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), includes the following components:
There was an average of 13,872 unemployed people in the Wichita metropolitan area in the first quarter of 2017, approximately 41 percent of whom collected unemployment insurance benefits. In the first quarter of 2017, there were approximately 5,692 people, age 16 and over, who collected unemployment insurance benefits. That is a decrease of approximately 16 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.
In the first quarter of 2017, there were approximately 5,692 people, age 16 and over, who collected unemployment insurance benefits. That is a decrease of approximately 16 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.
In both Kansas and the United States, both the employment-population ratio and labor force participation rate have declined sharply during the recession in 2008, and the ratio has remained well below pre-recession levels for both geographies.
The U.S. Census Bureau has published their population projections for the entire United States from 2015 to 2060 , and they project that the United States population will grow from 321.4 million to 416.8 million in that period. This represents 29.6 percent growth for the U.S. population, which is projected to expand more rapidly than the Kansas population.
Both the Kansas and the U.S. populations are projected to have positive growth rates throughout this period, with growth generally slowing over much of this period as well.