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Wichita Cost of Living Grocery Index, Annual Average
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 4.7 percent below the national average when weighted by population.
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Kansas Manufacturing: Machinery Manufacturing
Industries 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.
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.
January 2017 to February 2017, Current & Leading Indices increased.
The U.S. & Midwest inflation rates both increased from February to March 2017.
The 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.
Current Unemployment Rate
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