The Center for Economic Development and Business Research, with funding from the Kansas Health Foundation , forecasted population growth for the regions in Kansas by race, ethnic group, age, and gender over the fifty year period from 2016 to 2066. These projections were forecast utilizing statewide and regional population, birth, mortality and migration data by race, ethnic group, age, and gender. The total Kansas population is projected to grow by more than 700,000 people from 2016 to 2066, growing 25.1 percent in total, to 3.63 million residents by 2066. Population growth is expected to be concentrated in the urban areas of the state, and there is expected to be substantial variation in population growth along the lines of both age and race within the state.
Educational services were a consistent growth industry in Kansas from 2001 to 2014, with average annual employment growth of 2.9 percent over that time. Since 2014, Kansas employment has remained relatively flat in the industry, adding fewer than 200 jobs in 2017. Colleges and universities comprise the largest portion of employment in educational services in Kansas, but that share was still about six percentage points lower than the national average in 2017. Private elementary and secondary schools employed approximately 20 percent of educational service employees in Kansas, which was almost nine percentage points lower than the 2017 national average. The smaller subsectors of educational services, such as trade schools, business training and junior colleges, each make up two to three percentage points more in Kansas of educational services employment than the national average.
Employment in Kansas’ construction sector declined by approximately 1,000 jobs in 2017 to 60,200 after five years of employment increases from 2011 to 2016. The decline affected all of the major construction subsectors, with the largest job loss in building construction. Even after adding more than 8,000 jobs from 2011 to 2016, the sector remains below its 2007 peak of 65,800 jobs. Building equipment contractors were the single largest subsector in Kansas in 2017, employing 18,000 workers, and also the fastest growing since 2011, adding approximately 3,000 jobs through 2016. Heavy and civil engineering construction began to decline earlier than the other construction subsectors, suffering employment losses every year since 2014.
From July 2018 to August 2018, the WSU Current and Leading Indices both increased
The U.S. inflation rate increased from August to September 2018 while the Midwest rate also increased over the same period.
The unemployment rate for Kansas, as a whole, decreased from July to August 2018. Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan unemployment rates all decreased.
Current Unemployment Rate
Both in small counties with a large university and in large counties with multiple universities, the presence of college students who live off campus raises the community’s poverty rate.
Previous research showed smaller communities were more likely to have poverty rates affected by students who live off campus. But new findings show a similar impact in some of the largest counties in the United States that are home to multiple colleges and universities.