Professional Business Services and Hospitality Industries see greatest local job growth
by Jeff Pinkerton
The Kansas City region added nearly 11,000 jobs from June 2012 to June 2013. This may seem to be a lackluster overall performance, but a closer look shows some industries with solid growth.
For starters, the Professional Business Services industry grew by 6,900 over the year, a rate of 4.4 percent. Of these jobs, the majority were in the Professional, Scientific and Technical services subsector — such as engineering, legal and accounting — and the Administrative, Support and Waste Management subsector — such as office administration, clerical and cleaning services.
The Leisure and Hospitality industry also showed significant growth in the past year adding over 6,600 jobs — a 6.4 percent increase — and has shown steady growth locally and nationally since 2010.
A loss of 1,700 jobs was reported in Education and Health Services which was somewhat surprising considering the health care industry has been such a strong job creator. Closer analysis shows these losses are mainly on the Education Services side, not including public education which is under local government. However, growth in Health Services appears to have slowed over the past year.
The government sector also saw a loss of 1,400, though those continue to be mostly at the federal level.