Economics

Counting jobs in Wichita

Counting jobs in Wichita

Since the start of the pandemic, has the employment situation in Wichita bounced back? There is more than one way to evaluate jobs and employment. Depending on the method, the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area has either nearly recovered from the pandemic or is still behind. (more…)
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Wichita employment situation, May 2021

Wichita employment situation, May 2021

For the Wichita metropolitan area in May 2021, the number of unemployed persons is down, the unemployment rate is down, and the number of people working is up when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend is exhibiting only small changes. (more…)
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Wichita employment situation, April 2021

Wichita employment situation, April 2021

For the Wichita metropolitan area in April 2021, the number of unemployed persons is down, the unemployment rate is down, and the number of people working is up when compared to the same month one year ago. The recent trend is exhibiting only small changes. (more…)
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Airport traffic statistics, 2020

Airport traffic statistics, 2020

Airport traffic data presented in an interactive visualization, updated through 2020. This visualization holds data from TranStats, a service of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), which is the independent statistical agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). (more…)
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National employment, April 2021

National employment, April 2021

The national jobs report for April underperformed expectations and the unemployment rate rose slightly. The March jobs figure was revised downward significantly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, reported the closely-followed jobs number rose in April 2021 by 266,000 jobs from the prior month. The unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent. (more…)
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Kansas since the start of the pandemic

Kansas since the start of the pandemic

How has Kansas fared since the start of the pandemic compared to other states and the nation? (These examples are taken from my interactive visualization which holds data on all states and the nation. See Employment and unemployment in the states. It is updated through March 2021.) The first chart shows levels: The number of people in the labor force, the number of employed people, and the number of unemployed people. This data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey (CPS). This survey counts the number of people in each state for each category. In particular, a person…
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Wichita since the start of the pandemic

Wichita since the start of the pandemic

How has Wichita fared since the start of the pandemic compared to other metropolitan areas? (These examples are taken from my interactive visualization which holds data on all metropolitan areas in the nation. See Metro area employment and unemployment. It is updated through March 2021.) The first chart shows Wichita and other Kansas metropolitan areas, as well as the total for all metropolitan areas. It shows changes in the number of jobs and the number of people in the labor force since the first month shown. It also shows the unemployment rate. Click charts for larger versions. As we can…
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