The legal services sector includes offices of lawyers, attorneys, and notaries, as well as title abstract offices and other specialized legal and paralegal services, except arbitration services. CEDBR, as part of research on Kansas’ retail and service sector gaps, has analyzed sales in the legal services sector in every county throughout Kansas.

  • Total legal services employment in Kansas was approximately 13,300 in 2013, with employment of 19 in the median county in the state in this sector.  Johnson County, Sedgwick County, and Shawnee County had the highest total employment and sales in the sector in the state.
     
  • Only one Kansas county, Lane County, was identified as not having any establishments classified as legal services establishments in the dataset, which could indicate either a lack of legal services in those areas, or establishments classified in another service sector could also be providing legal services.  The county has a population of less than 5,000 people.

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Current and Leading Indices Rising, May 2017

Current & Leading Indices From February to March, the WSU Current Conditions Index increased by 0.5 percent. The Current Conditions Index increased year-to-year by 0.5 percent from March 2016 to March 2017. In addition, the Leading Index is forecasting a 0.45 percent increase in economic activity over the next six months.

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Midwest Annual Inflation Update, April 2017

InflationThe 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 April 2017 data shows the Midwest inflation rate changed slightly from March to April. While the urban metropolitan areas noticed a -0.02% decrease, the non-metropolitan urban areas saw an increase of .03%. 

The Producer Price Index data shows that prices in the United States have increased from April 2016 to April 2017 for aircraft (0.7 percent), crude petroleum (33.9 percent), and natural gas (62.7 percent). During that same time period, the index decreased slaughter livestock (-6.2 percent), sorghum (-4.4 percent) and wheat (-4.4 percent).

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Profile of Unemployment Insurance Beneficiaries in Wichita, 1st Quarter 2017

Unemployment Insurance Wichita KansasThere 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.

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Kansas Gap Analysis: Lawn & Garden Store Sales

The lawn and garden store sector includes stores that primarily sell nursery or garden products that are grown elsewhere and stores that primarily sell outdoor lawn and garden power equipment.

  • Total lawn and garden store employment in Kansas was approximately 2,300 in 2013, with employment of five in the median county in the state in this sector. Johnson County, Sedgwick County, and Riley County had the highest total employment and sales in the sector in the state.
     
  • Thirty-one Kansas counties were identified as not having any establishments classified as lawn and garden store establishments in the dataset, which could indicate either a lack of these stores in those areas, or establishments classified in another retail sector could also be providing lawn and garden products. Twenty-six of these counties had a population less than 5,000 people.

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Wichita Cost of Living Grocery Index, Annual Average

Cost of Living Less in WichitaThe 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 4.7 percent below the national average when weighted by population.

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Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall in Kansas

EmploymentThe unemployment rate for Kansas, as a whole, decreased from February 2017 to March 2017. The Wichita and Topeka MSAs noticed the largest decrease with 0.6 and 0.5 percentage points respectively, while the Lawrence and Manhattan MSAs both saw a drop of 0.3 percentage points.

A slide presentation is available with additional employment and unemployment data for Kansas and its four metro areas.

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Kansas Manufacturing: Machinery Manufacturing

Misery Index in KansasIndustries in the Machinery Manufacturing subsector create end products that apply mechanical force. Establishments specializing in making machinery intended for particular applications define the industries within this subsector.

In Kansas, machinery manufacturing is a moderate wage industry with growing employment. Over the past decade, employment in this industry has averaged about 17,500 employees and grew at an average annual rate of 1.3 percent between 2005 and 2015.

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2016 Wichita Cost of Living, Annual Average

Cost of Living Less in WichitaThe Council for Community and Economic Research released its annual Cost of Living Index for 273 urban areas. Wichita’s overall Index value was nearly 8.2 percent below the national average of 100. The most expensive urban area in which to live was New York (Manhattan), N.Y., with an Index value more than twice that of the national average. The least expensive urban area was McAllen, Texas, which was nearly 24 percent below the national average.

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Kansas Age-Reweighted Employment - Population Ratio

Misery Index in KansasIn 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 age-reweighted employment-population ratio for Kansas fell by 1.9 percent from 2005 to 2015.
  • Almost all of the decline in the U.S. employment-population ratio from 2005 to 2015 can be explained by changing age demographics, while changing age demographics can only explain half of the decline in Kansas’ employment-population ratio.
  • The reweighted employment-population ratio of other Midwestern states such as Iowa and Nebraska tended to outperform the national average from 2005 to 2015, while Kansas’ did not.

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Misery Index Decreases in U.S.

Misery Index in KansasBetween the third and fourth quarters of 2016, the general level of misery experienced by people in the United States decreased and remained below the 2015 level. This can be attributed to a decrease in the unemployment rate, that was partially offset by increases in inflation and a decrease in housing prices. The level of misery also decreased in Kansas in the fourth quarter but was above the 2015 level at the end of the year.

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:

  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • The House Price Index (HPI) from the Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Unemployment Rates (UR) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Kansas Population Forecast: U.S. Comparison

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.

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