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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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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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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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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 populations

Zip code populations

An interactive visualization of population by zip codes shows the parts of Wichita that are growing. As part of its American Community Survey program, the United States Census Bureau produces estimates of population in zip codes. I've gathered this data for ten years 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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Wichita jobs and employment, October 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, October 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in October 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 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 October 2020. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment fell from 307,600 last October to 295,800 in…
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End this now. Nominate Sarah Lopez.

End this now. Nominate Sarah Lopez.

Sedgwick County Republicans have a chance to do the decent thing and avoid the spectacle of a rump county commissioner. Rump: a small or inferior remnant or offshoot especially: a group (such as a parliament) carrying on in the name of the original body after the departure or expulsion of a large number of its members (from Oxford languages) Now that the vote canvass is complete in Sedgwick County, Sarah Lopez has won the seat for Sedgwick County Commissioner, District 2. The vote count is 17,041 for Lopez and 16,777 for the incumbent Michael O'Donnell, a margin of 264 votes.…
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Wichita jobs and employment, September 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, September 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in September 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 positive, although Wichita is recovering slower than the nation. 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 September 2020. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment…
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Intrust Bank Arena loss for 2019 nears $5 million

Intrust Bank Arena loss for 2019 nears $5 million

A truthful accounting of the finances of Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita shows a large loss. The true state of the finances of the Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita are not often a subject of public discussion. Arena boosters cite a revenue-sharing arrangement between the county and the arena operator, referring to this as profit or loss. But this arrangement is not an accurate and complete accounting, and it hides the true economics of the arena. What's missing is depreciation expense. There are at least two ways of looking at the finance of the arena. Nearly all attention…
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Wichita jobs and employment, August 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, August 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in August 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 positive, although Wichita is recovering slower than the nation. 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 August 2020. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment…
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Wichita jobs and employment, July 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, July 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in July 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 positive, and the effects of the pandemic have been less severe for Wichita than for the nation. 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 July 2020. Click charts…
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Wichita aerospace manufacturing concentration

Wichita aerospace manufacturing concentration

Wichita leaders want to diversify the area economy. Has there been progress? In the wake of layoffs at Textron Aviation and Spirit Aerosystems, Wichita's leaders shifted their attention to the need to diversify the Wichita metropolitan area economy. This has been a recognized need for a long time. [1. See, for example: Roe, John. Where To From Here? Surviving The Coming Bad Times Will Require A Direction, Wichita Eagle, February 7, 1993.] Recently the Wichita Eagle published an article addressing this matter. [2. Stringer, Megan. Aviation is key to Wichita. For workers, what does a diversified economy mean? Wichita Eagle,…
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Wichita jobs and employment, May 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, May 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in May 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, but improving from April. Data released yesterday 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 May 2020. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment fell from 307,500 last May to 285,000 in May 2020,…
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From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From Pachyderm: Kansas House candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Kansas House of Representatives District 85. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 85 is parts of northeast Wichita, the city of Benton, and parts of Bel Aire and Kechi. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are Michael Capps and Patrick Penn. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 26, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 85. Michael Capps on Facebook Patrick Penn on Facebook
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From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Sedgwick County Commissioner District 3. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 3 is Wichita and Sedgwick County extending beyond, including the towns of Mount Hope, Andale, Goddard, Garden Plain, Cheney, and Viola. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are David Dennis and Hunter Larkin. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 19, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 3. David Dennis campaign website: vote4daviddennis.com Hunter Larkin campaign website:…
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From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From Pachyderm: Sedgwick County Commission Candidates

From the Wichita Pachyderm Club: Republican Party Candidates for Sedgwick County Commissioner District 2. The primary election is August 4, 2020. The winner will run against the Democratic Party nominee, with the general election on November 3, 2020. District 2 is south and southwest Wichita, and Sedgwick County extending beyond. Here is a link to a map. The candidates are Kathleen Garrison, Cindy Miles, and Michael O'Donnell. This audio presentation or podcast was recorded on June 12, 2020. Shownotes: Map of district 2. Kathleen Garrison campaign website: kathleen4commissioner.com Cindy Miles campaign website: electcindymiles.com Michael O'Donnell campaign website: www.michaelforkansas.com
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Wichita jobs and employment, April 2020

Wichita jobs and employment, April 2020

For the Wichita metropolitan area in April 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. Seasonal data shows the same trend. 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 April 2020. Click charts and tables for larger versions. Total nonfarm employment fell from 306,700 last April to 274,400 in…
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Wichita metro population for 2019

Wichita metro population for 2019

For 2019, the estimated population for the Wichita metropolitan area is up -- and also down. Each year the United States Census Bureau produces new population estimates through its Population and Housing Unit Estimates program. For the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area, the estimated population on July 1, 2019, is 640,218. That is an increase of 2,699 (0.4 percent) from the previous year. The largest component of this growth is Natural Increase, which grew by 2,325. This is composed of 8,057 births and 5,732 deaths. International Migration contributed 688 to population growth, while Domestic Migration subtracted 291. A nearby table summarizes.…
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