Economics

Wichita jobs and employment, February 2021

Wichita jobs and employment, February 2021

For the Wichita metropolitan area in February 2021, the number of unemployed persons is up, the unemployment rate is up, and the number of people working is down when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend is more positive. Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows the effects of the response to the pandemic in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area for February 2021. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment fell from 306,700 in February 2020 to 282,300 in February 2021, a loss…
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Quarterly tax collections

Quarterly tax collections

Tax collections by state and local governments fell by about one percent during calendar year 2020 when compared to the year before. Tax collection data from the United States Census Bureau shows state and local government tax collections falling only slightly during 2020, despite the effects of the pandemic. (more…)
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Updated: Presidential data explorer

Updated: Presidential data explorer

Explore the economic record of presidents through the lens of data, with new views and updates. To examine the record of presidents regarding economics, I gathered data from several sources and present it in an interactive visualization. Today the interactive visualization has been updated with current data and several new views. (more…)
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Unemployment by president

Unemployment by president

An interactive visualization of unemployment by presidential terms. Here is your animated chart of the unemployment rate for presidents. The time scale is the number of months into each presidential term. View below, or click here to open in a new window.
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Wichita jobs and employment, January 2021

Wichita jobs and employment, January 2021

For the Wichita metropolitan area in January 2021, the number of unemployed persons is down, the unemployment rate is up, and the number of people working is down when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend is positive. Data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, shows the effects of the response to the pandemic in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area for January 2021. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment fell from 306,200 in January 2020 to 283,100 in January 2021, a loss…
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National employment, February 2021

National employment, February 2021

The unemployment changed little in February 2021, but job growth was stronger than any month since October. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, reported the closely-followed jobs number rose in February 2021 by 379,000 jobs from the prior month. The unemployment rate was "little changed at 6.2 percent." Compared to the economy before the onset of the pandemic, BLS wrote: "Both the unemployment rate, at 6.2 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 10.0 million, changed little in February. Although both measures are much lower than their April 2020 highs, they remain…
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GDP by metropolitan area and component

GDP by metropolitan area and component

An interactive visualization of gross domestic product by metropolitan area and industry. The Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, gathers data about economic output, known as gross domestic product. The visualization I have created presents this data in tabular and graphic form. (more…)
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National employment, January 2021

National employment, January 2021

The unemployment rate fell in January 2021, but job growth was weak, and the December value was revised. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, reported the closely-followed jobs number rose in January 2021 by 49,000 jobs from the prior month. The unemployment rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent. BLS notes that the total nonfarm employment level is "below its February 2020 level by 9.9 million, or 6.5 percent." The summary report from BLS may be found here. Of note: BLS revised recent figures, which it does as more data becomes available.…
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Wichita jobs and employment, December 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, December 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in December 2020, the number of unemployed persons is up, the unemployment rate is up, and the number of people working is down when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend, however, is mixed. (more…)
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Zip code business patterns

Zip code business patterns

Employment, establishment count, and annual payroll presented in an interactive visualization. In the program County Business Patterns (CBP), the United States Census Bureau produces estimates of business activity. Data regarding employment, establishment count, and annual payroll is available for several geographies, including zip codes. I've gathered this data and present it in an interactive visualization. (more…)
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Wichita jobs and employment, November 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, November 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in November 2020, the number of unemployed persons is up, the unemployment rate is up, and the number of people working is down, all by large amounts, when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend, however, is mixed. (more…)
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Quarterly state government tax collections

Quarterly state government tax collections

State government tax revenue has generally recovered since the second quarter. Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that state government tax revenue has largely rebounded since the pandemic. The data, which is from the Quarterly Summary of State & Local Tax Revenue program, is now available for the third quarter of 2020, which is the months of July, August, and September. In this article and the accompanying charts and visualizations, I present state collections only. Considering Kansas, total state tax collections in the first quarter were $2,730 million. That dipped to $2,452 million in the second quarter (April,…
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Kansas GDP

Kansas GDP

In the third quarter of 2020, the Kansas economy grew at the annual rate of 34.3 percent, compared to contraction of 30.6 percent in the previous quarter. GDP grew in all states, with Kansas performing in the middle. In the third quarter of 2020, the Kansas economy grew at the annual rate of 34.3 percent in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars, according to statistics released today by Bureau of Economic Analysis, a division of the United States Department of Commerce. This large growth overcomes the contraction of 30.3 percent in the second quarter. This pattern of large growth in the third quarter…
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State population estimates for 2020

State population estimates for 2020

Compared to the nation and surrounding states, Kansas is growing slowly. An interactive visualization. Each year the United States Census Bureau releases population estimates for the United States. Today, the Bureau released estimates for state populations as of July 1, 2020. I present this data, along with associated computations of my own, in an interactive visualization. The nearby example shows data for Kansas as of July 1, 2020. While Kansas is approaching three million in population, it will take many years to reach that benchmark. The estimated population of Kansas is 2,913,805 persons, growing by 1,170 persons (0.04 percent) from…
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