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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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Metropolitan employment and labor force

Metropolitan employment and labor force

A visualization of employment, labor force, and the unemployment rate for metropolitan areas, now with data through May 2020. How does the Wichita metropolitan area compare with others regarding employment, labor force, and unemployment rate? The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, has data that provides the answer. I've gathered data from BLS and present it in an interactive visualization with tables, charts, and a map. This monthly data is from 1990 to May 2020, which is the last month for which BLS has produced data for metropolitan areas. Click here to learn more…
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Metropolitan employment and labor force

Metropolitan employment and labor force

A visualization of employment, labor force, and unemployment rate for metropolitan areas, now with data through February 2020. How does the Wichita metropolitan area compare with others regarding employment, labor force, and unemployment rate? The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, has data that provides the answer. I've gathered data from BLS and present it in an interactive visualization with tables, charts, and a map. Click here to learn more and use the visualization. Below is an example from the visualization.
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Sedgwick County talent attraction

Sedgwick County talent attraction

In an index ranking counties in talent attraction, Sedgwick County has not performed well. Emsi, a labor market advisor, has released its fourth annual talent attraction scorecard. Data considered by the index includes net migration, overall job growth, skilled job growth, educational attainment, regional competitiveness, and annual openings per capita. These are weighted equally. Among the 600 largest counties, Sedgwick County ranked 540, 543, and 537 from 2017 to 2019. The interactive map and more information may be found at The Fourth Annual Talent Attraction Scorecard.
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Wichita personal income grows

Wichita personal income grows

Wichita personal income grew at a faster rate in 2018. Statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, show personal income in the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area growing at an increasing rate. The figures released today are through calendar year 2018. For that year, personal income in the Wichita MSA was $33,060.9 million, up 6.2 percent from $31,128.2 million the previous year. These are current dollars. The figure for 2017 was adjusted from $30,801.3 million to $31,128.2 million. In the nation's metropolitan areas, personal income grew by 5.7 percent. Per…
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Visualization: Quarterly Real Gross Domestic Product by state and industry

Visualization: Quarterly Real Gross Domestic Product by state and industry

An interactive visualization of state Gross Domestic Product by industry, reported quarterly. The Bureau of Economic Analysis is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce. BEA describes its role as “Along with the Census Bureau, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration. BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.” One series BEA produces is…
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The cause of the low unemployment rate in Wichita

The cause of the low unemployment rate in Wichita

The unemployment rate for Wichita and the nation is nearly equal over the last eight years. Job growth for Wichita, however, has been much slower than the nation, and the labor force for Wichita is actually smaller than in January 2011. This is what has led to a low unemployment rate in Wichita: Slow job growth paired with a declining labor force. How does the Wichita metropolitan area compare with others regarding employment, labor force, and unemployment rate? A nearby example shows data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor. It compares the…
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Wichita jobs and momentum

Wichita jobs and momentum

Given recent data and the CEDBR forecasts, Wichita's momentum is a slowly growing economy, with the rate of growth declining. The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University provides forecasts for the Wichita economy. In October, CEDBR wrote, "Total nonfarm employment in the Wichita metropolitan area grew 1.2 percent in 2018, with 3,500 new jobs created to bring the area’s employment to 298,600 workers. This was a turnaround after Wichita’s total employment declined by 2,200 jobs in 2017." [1. Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. Wichita Employment Forecast. October 3, 2019.…
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Wichita metro employment by industry

Wichita metro employment by industry

An interactive visualization of Wichita-area employment by industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor, makes monthly employment statistics available. I've gathered them for the Wichita metropolitan statistical area and present them in an interactive visualization. This visualization is updated with data through July 2019. To learn more about the data and access the visualization, click here.
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Metropolitan employment and labor force

Metropolitan employment and labor force

A visualization of employment, labor force, and unemployment rate for metropolitan areas, now with data through May 2019. How does the Wichita metropolitan area compare with others regarding employment, labor force, and unemployment rate? A nearby example shows data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor. Considering growth of employment since the start of the decade, the answer is Wichita has not performed well. This illustration came from an interactive visualization I created from BLS data. Click here to learn more and use the visualization.
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Wichita population, 2018

Wichita population, 2018

The City of Wichita lost 1,052 in population from 2017 to 2018, a decline of 0.27 percent. Data released today by the United States Census Bureau shows the City of Wichita losing population from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. [1. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places of 50,000 or More, Ranked by July 1, 2018 Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division Release Date: May 2019] The bureau's estimate of city population on July 1, 2018 is 389,255. This is a decline of 1,052 (0.27 percent) from the…
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Wichita personal income growing, but slowly

Wichita personal income growing, but slowly

Among the nation's 383 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 347th for personal income growth. Statistics released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, show personal income in the Wichita metro area growing at a slow rate. The figures released today are through calendar year 2017. For that year, personal income in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area was $30,801 million, up 2.3 percent from $30,103 million the previous year. These are current dollars. Using inflation-adjusted dollars, income growth was 0.7 percent. Of 383 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 347 for growth from 2016 to…
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More Wichita planning on tap

More Wichita planning on tap

We should be wary of government planning in general. But when those who have been managing and planning the foundering Wichita-area economy want to step up their management of resources, we risk compounding our problems. As announced by the City of Wichita, "In response to recent recommendations from Project Wichita and the Century II Citizens Advisory Committee, community organizations and their leadership are stepping forward to take the next step to create a comprehensive master plan and vision that connects projects and both banks of the Arkansas River." The city says these organizations will be involved: Downtown Wichita Greater Wichita…
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State of the City, Wichita: The bright future

State of the City, Wichita: The bright future

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell's State of the City video doesn't seem to be based on reality. Recently Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell delivered the State of the City video. It was posted to YouTube on March 28, 2019, and may be viewed here. Not long into the address, the mayor says, "... we must embrace the challenges we face and forge ahead into the bright future that is just around the corner." On that bright future: Since the mayor spoke, learned that the Wichita metropolitan area lost population during the year ending July 1, 2018. [1. Weeks, Bob. Wichita population falls;…
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Wichita population falls; outmigration continues

Wichita population falls; outmigration continues

The population of the Wichita MSA fell from 2017 to 2018, and net domestic migration continues at a high level. New data from the United States Census Bureau shows the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area losing population from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. The population estimate for 2017 was 645,628, and for 2018, 644,888. This is a decline of 740 persons, or -0.11 percent. Population changes in the seven years before 2018 averaged 0.30 percent each year. The Wichita MSA ranked 89th largest among 383 metro areas, falling from rank 82 as recently as 2011. Net domestic migration for…
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Wichita mayor promotes inaccurate picture of local economy

Wichita mayor promotes inaccurate picture of local economy

Wichita city leaders will latch onto any good news, no matter from how flimsy the source. But they ignore the news they don't like, even though it may come from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In his media briefing today, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell cited an article promoting the purportedly recession-proof and growing Wichita-area economy. [1. City of Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell's Media Briefing January 31, 2019.] Based on the article [1. Handy, Emily. The 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the US. Livability. January 22, 2019. Available at https://livability.com/topics/careers-opportunities/the-7-most-recession-proof-cities-in-the-us.] Longwell…
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Wichita, a recession-proof city

Wichita, a recession-proof city

Wichita city officials promote an article that presents an unrealistic portrayal of the local economy. An article promoting the Wichita economy [1. Handy, Emily. The 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the US. Livability. January 22, 2019. Available at https://livability.com/topics/careers-opportunities/the-7-most-recession-proof-cities-in-the-us.] was noticed and promoted by official City of Wichita sources. A tweet came from the official @CityofWichita Twitter account and reads "We have been named one of the top two recession-proof cities in the nation by @Livability. Wichita was praised for its ability to withstand turbulence in the national economy, steady job growth and the state's low income-to-debt ratio." [1. Twitter,…
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Wichita migration not improving

Wichita migration not improving

Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that the Wichita metropolitan area has lost many people to domestic migration, and the situation is not improving. The Wichita metropolitan area population is growing, but at a rate slower than most metro areas. From 2010 to 2017, the Wichita metro area grew in population by 2.3 percent. For all U.S. metro areas, the population growth was 6.5 percent. Of the 382 metropolitan areas, Wichita ranked 245. Considering just the change from 2016 to 2017, Wichita's population grew by 0.1 percent, ranking 268 of the 382 metro areas. All U.S. metro areas…
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Wichita employment to grow in 2019

Wichita employment to grow in 2019

Jobs are forecasted to grow in Wichita in 2019, but the forecasted rate is low. The forecast for Wichita metro area employment in 2019 calls for modest growth of 0.9 percent, according to the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. [1. Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. Wichita Employment Forecast. January 8, 2019. Available at http://www.cedbr.org/forecast-blog/forecasts-wichita/1558-economic-outlook-wichita-2019-january-revision.] This follows growth of 0.8 percent in 2018. [1. Employment figures are not available for December 2018, so I use a crude estimate for that month.] Nationally, the economy is expected to continue strong…
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