New jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector jobs grew at a much faster pace in the Kansas City, KS metro than the Kansas City, Missouri metro. The Kansas side of the metro area gained 3.0% private sector jobs, which was better than any year since 1998. The Missouri side of the metro grew by 1.7%.
Private sector job growth was also better in Kansas in 2013. Over the last two years – post tax reform – private sector jobs increased by 5.6% on the Kansas side of the metro and only 2.2% on the Missouri side.
Comparisons reflect the change in the average annual number of jobs.
Coming Monday – statewide comparisons of private sector job growth for Kansas and neighboring states.