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Wichita employment situation, July 2021

Wichita employment situation, July 2021

For the Wichita metropolitan area in July 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 has fewer people working and a rising unemployment rate. (more…)
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Metro Monitor for Wichita, 2019 edition

Metro Monitor for Wichita, 2019 edition

In a report looking at the economics of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, Wichita often ranks near the bottom. Each year Brookings Institution creates an index of major metropolitan areas called Metro Monitor. The report, says Brookings, "explores the local realities of America‚Äôs economic progress, illuminating how metropolitan economies are performing today and over the past decade." The report for 2019 is available here. The report examines the 100 largest metropolitan areas. For 2018, the Wichita MSA ranked as the 89th largest, falling from rank 82 as recently as 2011. [2. Weeks, Bob. Wichita population falls; outmigration continues. Available at…
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Wichita and other airports

Wichita and other airports

How does the Wichita airport compare to others? The nearby chart shows data starting in 2010 for Wichita and selected airports, as well as all U.S. airports. For all measures except load factor, Wichita is at or near the bottom. Often the trend for Wichita underperforms the other airports, too. It is not too surprising that the Wichita airport lags others, as the Wichita economy has been underperforming, even losing jobs in 2017. Now we know that the metropolitan area and city proper have lost population. Local business leaders have formed a campaign to promote using the airport. The statistics…
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New metropolitan rankings regarding knowledge-based industries and entrepreneurship

New metropolitan rankings regarding knowledge-based industries and entrepreneurship

New research provides insight into the Wichita metropolitan area economy and dynamism. The Walton Family Foundation has released a study titled "The Most Dynamic Metropolitans," saying it is new research ranking the economic performance of metropolitan areas in the Heartland and across the country. [1. Walton Family Foundation. New Metropolitan Rankings Show Knowledge-Based Industries and Entrepreneurship Drive Success. June 10, 2019. Press release with links to documents available at https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/about-us/newsroom/new-metropolitan-rankings-show-knowledge-based-industries-and-entrepreneurship-drive-success.] Of the study, the authors write "Our Most Dynamic Metropolitan Index, and the analysis contained in this report provides objective insight into the communities providing economic opportunity for their residents,…
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