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Cost of Living Transportation Index, 2016 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 3.5 percent below the national average when weighted by population.
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Kansas Manufacturing: Plastics and Rubber Product Manufacturing
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.
Kansas Manufacturing: Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
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.
From April to May 2017 the Current & Leading Indices decreased.
The U.S. & Midwest inflation rates both increased from May to June 2017.
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.
Current Unemployment Rate
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