- 1,818 more businesses
- 63,262 more employees
- 26.1% increase in total wages
- $7,329 in additional annual wages per employee
- 19.0% increase in wages per employee
Since 2009, the number of businesses in Kansas has grown by 2.2% (7.3% less than the national average of 9.5%). Employment in Kansas has grown by 5.9% (8.5% less than the national average of 14.4%). Wages have grown by 19.0% since the end of the Great Recession. This wage growth is 3.5% less than the national average of 22.5%.
The average weekly wage in Kansas of $882 is 17.1% below the national average of $1,064. The gap between the national average has widened from 14.6% a widening of 2.5% since the end of the recession.
The Professional services sector has the most businesses in the state of Kansas. Since the end of the recession, the number of businesses has grown from 9,105 to 10,392, a gain of 14.1%. The table below illustrates the change in number of businesses in each sector:
|Accommodation and food services||5,944||5,477||8.5%|
|Finance and insurance||5,924||5,940||-0.3%|
|Real estate and rental||2,934||3,015||-2.7%|
|Transport and warehousing||2,666||2,671||-0.2%|
|Agriculture and forestry||1,650||1,172||40.8%|
|Mining and oil extraction||1,036||1,082||-4.3%|
|Arts and entertainment||894||901||-0.8%|
Half of the 6 sectors with the most businesses declined in number since 2009. Retail trade declined 5.0%, Construction declined 6.2% and Other services declined 27.0% since the end of the recession. Strong growth (33.0%) in the Healthcare sector moved it from the sector with the fifth most businesses to the sector with the third most.
The Healthcare sector employs the most workers in the state of Kansas . The number of jobs has increased 10.0% since the end of the recession from 161,917 to 178,045. The table below illustrates the change in employment in each sector:
|Accommodation and food services||111,547||101,010||10.4%|
|Finance and insurance||59,003||55,860||5.6%|
|Transport and warehousing||49,845||39,066||27.6%|
|Arts and entertainment||16,902||13,168||28.4%|
|Real estate and rental||15,319||14,490||5.7%|
|Agriculture and forestry||12,289||9,743||26.1%|
|Mining and oil extraction||6,734||8,167||-17.5%|
The sector with the second most employees, Manufacturing declined by 3.3% losing over 5500 jobs since 2009. The hardest hit sector is the Information sector which lost 44.5% or 15,480 jobs.
The sector with the highest wages is the Company management sector at $1,935. Prior to the recession, the sector’s average weekly wage was $1,487. This is an increase of $448 per week or 30.1%. The table below illustrates the change in average weekly wages in each sector:
|Finance and insurance||$1,392||$1,035||34.5%|
|Mining and oil extraction||$1,043||$926||12.6%|
|Transport and warehousing||$850||$721||17.9%|
|Real estate and rental||$783||$617||26.9%|
|Agriculture and forestry||$771||$637||21.0%|
|Arts and entertainment||$356||$289||23.2%|
|Accommodation and food services||$306||$245||24.9%|
Wage growth was around average with the exception of the Information sector which has a small 0.1% decline since 2009, the only sector with a drop. Wage growth was 6% below average in the Healthcare sector with a 13% increase. Since the Healthcare sector is the largest employer, this kept wage growth 3.5% below the national average.
Each of the sectors in the previous section are made up of a number of detailed industries. The top industry that has experienced the most growth (as a percent) since the recession is Services for the elderly and disabled which has grown 807.1%. The top industry that has contracted the most is Residential building construction which has contracted by 13.8% in the years since the recession. The table below illustrates the 10 largest industries and their change in the number of businesses since the recession:
|Wholesale trade agents and brokers||3,849||3,549||8.5%|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||2,821||311||807.1%|
|Computer systems design and related services||2,668||1,758||51.8%|
|Insurance agencies and brokerages||2,091||1,959||6.7%|
|Management consulting services||1,510||1,276||18.3%|
|Residential building construction||1,430||1,658||-13.8%|
|Accounting and bookkeeping services||1,369||1,337||2.4%|
|Offices of lawyers||1,295||1,418||-8.7%|
|Offices of physicians||1,282||1,438||-10.8%|
The industry that has experienced the most growth in number of employees (as a percent) since the recession is Services for the elderly and disabled which has grown 134.7%. The industry that has lost the most employees is Aerospace product and parts manufacturing which has contracted by 20.5% in the years since the recession. The table below illustrates the 10 largest industries and their change in the number of employees since the recession:
|General medical and surgical hospitals||47,508||42,733||11.2%|
|Aerospace product and parts manufacturing||29,795||37,464||-20.5%|
|Management of companies and enterprises||24,928||13,536||84.2%|
|Temporary help services||24,764||15,787||56.9%|
|Supermarkets and other grocery stores||23,311||22,251||4.8%|
|Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing||18,442||20,771||-11.2%|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||18,438||7,857||134.7%|
|Animal slaughtering and processing||18,322||17,882||2.5%|
|Computer systems design and related services||18,000||9,611||87.3%|
|Offices of physicians||17,514||20,751||-15.6%|
Since the recession ended, the industry that has experienced the greatest increase in average weekly pay per employee (as a percent) is Financial transaction processing and clearing which has grown 103.9%. The average weekly wage in the Petroleum refineries industry has grown by 21.6% since the recession. This is the industry with the lowest wage growth among top industries in Kansas . The table below illustrates the 10 largest industries and their change in the average weekly wages since the recession:
|Investment banking and securities dealing||$5,533||$2,828||95.7%|
|Computer and software merchant wholesalers||$2,613||$1,328||96.8%|
|Commodity contracts dealing||$2,344||$1,161||101.9%|
|Druggists’ goods merchant wholesalers||$2,246||$1,656||35.6%|
|Financial transaction processing and clearing||$2,192||$1,075||103.9%|
Please note, during the comparison period the NAICS coding has had changes made to it. For proper comparisons we are only including industries that have NOT been affected by these changes.
The biggest percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 500 to 999 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has grown from 74 to 93, which is an increase of 25.7%.
The worst percentage change in the number of businesses has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of businesses with this number of employees has declined from 13,857 to 13,743, which is a decrease of 0.8%.
Table: Change in the number of Businesses by Size of Business, since the Recession:
|Company Size||Q1 2018||Q1 2010||% Change|
|Fewer than 5 Employees||49,165||48,623||1.1%|
|More Than 1,000 Employees||51||48||6.3%|
The biggest percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 500 to 999 employees. The number of employees in companies this size has grown from 48,429 to 63,367, which is an increase of 30.8%.
The worst percentage change in the number of employees has been in businesses with 5 to 9 employees. The number of employees with this number of employees has declined from 90,720 to 89,996, which is a decrease of 0.8%.
Table: Change in the number of Employees by Size of Business, since the Recession:
|Company Size||Q1 2018||Q1 2010||% Change|
|Fewer than 5 Employees||78,506||76,030||3.3%|
|More Than 1,000 Employees||110,450||105,988||4.2%|
The biggest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 100 to 249 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $723 to $983, which is an increase of 36.0%.
The smallest percentage change in the average weekly wage has been in businesses with 10 to 19 employees. The average weekly wage in companies this size has grown from $638 to $766, which is an increase of 20.1%.
Table: Change Average Weekly Wage by Size Since the Recession:
|Company Size||Q1 2018||Q1 2010||% Change|
|Fewer than 5 Employees||$958||$726||32.0%|
|More Than 1,000 Employees||$1,272||$995||27.8%|
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