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Manufacturing Jobs In Kansas Declined Over The Past Year

 
 
 
 
Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at] mni.net




EVANSTON, Ill, July 25th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Kansas inched down over the past year, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), publisher of industrial databases for all fifty states. MNI reports Kansas lost 1,484 manufacturing jobs from May 2016 to May 2017, a 1% decline.

Kansas is now home to 4,116 manufacturers employing 208,988. The state has struggled to return to pre-recession manufacturing employment levels, recovering just 12% of the 18,835 jobs lost between 2008 and 2010.

Kansas faces multiple challenges as it tries to pave the way to growth in its manufacturing sector, including a budget crisis that has severely limited capital funding, and higher business costs compared to its neighbors. The decline in the aviation industry has also affected its all-important transportation equipment sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s solid infrastructure and educated workforce has helped draw new manufacturers to its borders, and its thriving food processing industry continues to add jobs.”

Industrial job losses in Kansas were largely led by the transportation equipment sector, which shed 2.8% of its workforce. Transportation equipment remains the state’s top industry by number of jobs, employing 39,180.

Additional losses were reported in primary metals, down 12%; furniture/fixtures, down 8%; electronics, down 4.8%; oil/gas extraction, down 4.3%; and industrial machinery, down 2.9%.

Layoffs at Bombardier and Spirit Aerosystems contributed to the state’s industrial employment decline as well as plant closings announced by Northwest Pipe, ARVOS, Inc., and LSI Industries.

These were offset, however, by notable employment gains in Kansas’ textile industry, which grew by 6.9%; stone/clay/glass, which rose 6%; and chemical processing, which increased 5.4%.

In addition, a sharp 4% gain in food processing employment helped the state recover some of those lost jobs. Kansas’ food processing industry ranks as its second-largest sector with 34,516 workers. That sector gained some ground when Mars opened its large candy factory in Topeka a few years ago, and recently expanded hiring to produce its famous “Twix” bar.

MNI reports industrial employment losses were most severe in Northwest Kansas, which fell by 7.2% to 16,452 jobs. Southeast Kansas shed 1% of its manufacturing workforce to 97,242 jobs, while employment was virtually unchanged in both Northeast and Southwest Kansas, home to 88,717 and 16,452 jobs, respectively.

City data collected by MNI shows Wichita remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 53,485 jobs, down 1.1% over the past year. Employment in second-ranked Kansas City remained unchanged at 12,721, while jobs were up 2.9% in third-ranked Lenexa to 11,467. Topeka is home to 7,815 workers, with no significant change reported over the past year, while fifth-ranked Olathe accounts for 7,710, down 1.3%.

Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: http://www.industrynet.com is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: http://www.ezselect.com provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit http://www.mni.net
 
 
 
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