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Topeka Employment Forecast

Released May 12, 2022 (See previous version)

In 2021, unemployment in Topeka fell dramatically, from an estimated 6.07% down to 3.73%. Indicative of continuing labor market adaptation and recovery from the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, these trends are expected to continue throughout 2022 and 2023, halving the number of Topekans left unemployed in 2020. There remains a degree of uncertainty as mutations of the virus, such as the Omicron variant, continue to place strain on the population, workforce, and economy through surges in infection rates. Still, this strain is dampened by the now robust access to and availability of vaccines and treatments, and the outlook appears increasingly optimistic. Vaccination rates in Kansas have mostly plateaued for both full and partial vaccinations. Other international issues such as the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine and the associated concern over the trade of commodities such as petrochemical products, food, etc. are expected to impact the Kansas economy through increased demand for those same goods.

Personal income grew 2.54% in 2021, and growth is forecasted to continue throughout 2022, 2023, and 2024. This same trend is observed in personal income per-capita, which saw 2.16% growth in 2021, with higher rates forecasted for coming years. It is expected to exceed $52,000 in 2022.

 

By sectors, employment growth is expected to be felt unevenly. Trade occupation employment in Topeka contracted considerably, by 11.5% in 2021, but it is expected to grow in 2022 by 2.5%. The service sector, the largest component of Topeka's labor market, grew by 1.2% in 2021, a gain of 675 jobs, and is expected to grow up through 2023, with a net addition of 1,206 jobs since 2020.

The most significant component of job growth in the service sector comes from leisure and hospitality occupations, which have rebounded dramatically in 2021 (7.0% growth from 2020) alongside increasing vaccine availability and an ever-adapting labor force and job market. Concurrent with the recovery and expansion of leisure and hospitality, retail sales similarly bounced back in 2021, growing 8.8% relative to 2020, and are forecasted to continue growing even after adjusting for inflation. As a result, average monthly retail sales in 2022 and 2023 are both expected to exceed $125 million.

 

Production sector employment grew by 825 jobs in 2021. The sector is expected to grow in 2022 and then contract slightly by 0.2% in 2023. The government sector lost 300 jobs in 2021 and is expected to rebound in 2022 by 1.4%.

 

 

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Kansas City Employment Forecast

Released  May 12, 2022 (See previous version)

In 2021, unemployment in Kansas City fell dramatically, from 6.56% down to 4.22%. Indicative of continuing labor market adaptation and recovery from the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, these trends are expected to continue throughout 2022 and 2023, halving the number of Kansas-Citians left unemployed in 2020. There remains a degree of uncertainty as mutations of the virus, such as the Omicron variant, continue to place strain on the population, workforce, and economy through surges in infection rates. Still, this strain is dampened by the now robust access to and availability of vaccines and treatments, and the outlook appears increasingly optimistic. Vaccination rates in Kansas have mostly plateaued for both full and partial vaccinations. Other international issues such as the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine and the associated concern over the trade of commodities such as petrochemical products, food, etc. are expected to impact the Kansas economy through increased demand for those same goods.

Personal income grew 2.89% in 2021, and growth is forecasted to continue throughout 2022, 2023, and 2024. This same trend is observed in personal income per-capita, which saw 2.11% growth in 2021 with higher rates forecasted for coming years. It is expected to exceed $60,000 in 2022.

 

Employment growth is expected to be distributed unevenly across different sectors. Trade occupations in Kansas City saw solid growth, adding 2,850 jobs in 2021, with growth also forecasted in 2022 and 2023. The addition of 1,282 (1.2%) and 1,992 (1.9%) jobs are expected for these respective years.  The largest component of Kansas City's labor market, the service sector, grew by 0.9% in 2021, adding 2,250 jobs, and is expected to continue growth throughout 2023, making a net addition of 6,978 jobs since 2020.

The most significant component of job growth in the service sector comes from leisure and hospitality occupations, which have rebounded dramatically in 2021 (8.6% growth from 2020) alongside increasing vaccine availability and an ever-adapting labor force and job market. Concurrent with this expansion, retail sales similarly bounced back in 2021, growing 8.1% relative to 2020, and are forecasted to continue growing, even after adjusting for inflation. As a result, retail sales in 2022 are expected almost to reach, and in 2023 exceed, $550 million.

Growth was more modest in the production sector throughout 2021, which gained 583 jobs. However, growth rates are forecasted to increase in 2022, adding 1,387 jobs, with another 1,534 in 2023. Similarly, the government sector gained 208 jobs in 2021 and is expected to continue growing in 2022 by 0.7%. In 2023, government is estimated to rise slightly, by 0.1%, resulting in a net increase of 674 jobs since 2020.

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Released May 12 2022 (See previous version)

 

In 2021, unemployment in Wichita fell dramatically, from 9.01% down to an estimated 5.30%. Indicative of continuing labor market adaptation and recovery from the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, these trends are expected to continue throughout 2022 and 2023, more than halving the number of Wichitans left unemployed in 2020. There remains a degree of uncertainty as mutations of the virus, such as the Omicron variant, continue to place strain on the population, workforce, and economy through surges in infection rates. Still, this strain is dampened by the now robust access to and availability of vaccines and treatments, and the outlook appears increasingly optimistic. Vaccination rates in Kansas have mostly plateaued for both full and partial vaccinations. Other international issues such as the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine and the associated concern over the trade of commodities such as petrochemical products, food, etc. are expected to impact the Kansas economy through increased demand for those same goods.

Personal income grew 2.20% in 2021, and growth is forecasted to continue throughout 2022, 2023, and 2024. This same trend is observed in personal income per-capita, which saw 1.11% growth in 2021 with higher rates forecast for coming years, expected to exceed $56,000 per-capita in 2022.

 

Employment growth is expected to be distributed unevenly across different sectors. Wichita's trade occupations grew by 2.4% in 2021 and are expected to continue growing in 2022 and 2023 by 1.7% then 0.9%. The service sector, the largest component of Wichita's labor market, grew by 2.7% in 2021, adding 3,667 jobs, and is expected to continue to grow through 2023, netting 5,519 jobs since 2020.

 

The most significant component of job growth in the service sector comes from leisure and hospitality occupations, which rebounded dramatically in 2021 (10.9% growth from 2020) alongside increasing vaccine availability and an ever-adapting labor force and job market. Concurrent with this expansion, retail sales similarly bounced back in 2021, growing 5.9% relative to 2020, and are forecasted to continue growth, even after adjusting for inflation. As a result, retail sales in 2022 and 2023 are expected to each total over $360 million.

Production sector employment fell throughout 2021, a loss of 467 jobs, but growth rates are forecasted to be positive in 2022 and 2023, gaining 1,595 jobs followed by another 592, a net gain of 1,720. The government sector gained 550 jobs in 2021, a trend expected to continue in 2022 by 1.1%.

 

* The Wichita metropolitan consists of Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Kingman, and Sumner counties.


 

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Released May 12, 2022  (See previous version)

In 2021, overall state-level unemployment was estimated to have fallen dramatically from 6.01% to 3.34%. Indicative of continuing labor market adaptation and recovery from the ongoing novel Coronavirus pandemic, these trends are expected to continue throughout 2022 and 2023, halving the number of Kansans left unemployed in 2020. There remains a degree of uncertainty as mutations of the virus, such as the Omicron variant, continue to place strain on the population, workforce, and economy through surges in infection rates. Still, this strain is dampened by the now robust access to and availability of vaccines and treatments, and the outlook appears increasingly optimistic. Vaccination rates in Kansas have mostly plateaued for both full and partial vaccinations. Other international issues such as the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine and the associated concern over the trade of commodities such as petrochemical products, food, etc. are expected to impact the Kansas economy through increased demand for those same goods.

By sectors, employment growth is expected to be felt unevenly. Trade occupations saw strong growth in 2021, where they added 5,092 jobs. Solid growth is forecasted for 2022 and 2023, where the respective addition of 2,143 (0.8%%) and 2,491 (0.9%%) jobs are expected.  The largest component of Kansas' labor market, the service sector, grew by 1.4% in 2021, adding 8,575 jobs, and is expected to continue growing through 2023, making a net addition of 17,913 jobs since 2020.

The most significant component of job growth in the service sector comes from leisure and hospitality occupations, which have rebounded dramatically in 2021 (8.6% growth from 2020) alongside increasing vaccine availability and an ever-adapting labor force and job market. Concurrent with this expansion, retail sales have similarly bounced back in 2021, growing 11.1% relative to 2020, and are forecasted to continue to grow, even after adjusting for inflation. As a result, monthly retail sales in 2022 and 2023 are both expected to exceed $1.7 billion.

 In the production sector, growth was moderate in 2021, where it gained 2,008 jobs. However, this growth is forecasted to hasten in 2022 and 2023, respectively, adding 4,084 jobs and then another 2,820 jobs. The government sector lost 383 jobs in 2021 but is expected to recover somewhat in 2022 with 0.5% growth. In 2023, government is estimated to remain around its 2022 level, netting an increase of 1,102 jobs since 2020.

 

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