Employment Situation Summary data reveals positive numbers for June

Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June and the unemployment rate declined to 11.1 percent, according to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption… more

Job centers continue to open in Missouri

Several Missouri Job Centers are now open to the public after four openings this week, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. On Monday, June 29, the Branson Job Center opened as… more

Large U.S. franchisee faces bankruptcy

Months of speculation that NPC International was in untenable financial peril proved correct this morning, as the largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the world filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court. One of the Kansas City region’s biggest private companies,… more

Future work remains remote for many

Remote work environments are now the status quo following closures across the U.S. due to COVID-19. A survey conducted by S&P Market Intelligence finds that most companies will not be returning to standard offices as they reopen Whether permanently or… more

Comparing COVID-19 and the Great Recession

The economic downturn the U.S. is seeing today as a result of COVID-19 is beginning to pan out for many much like the Great Recession in 2008 did. Although many comparisons can be made, one difference shown in the data… more

New discussion arises to assigning KCPD in KCIA

On Wednesday morning the Kansas City Council’s Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations met to discuss a resolution that would assign policing operations to the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in the Kansas City International Airport. Those in the meeting… more

Jobless claims continue their decrease

Data for seasonally adjusted unemployment insurance claims show that in the week ending June 20, the advance figure for adjusted initial claims had lowered over the course of a week. Claim figures showed 1,480,000, a decrease of 60,000 from the… more

Resignation of Kansas Department of Labor Secretary

This week the KDOL Secretary Delía García resigned from her position. The Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff, Ryan Wright, will now serve as acting Secretary of Labor until a permanent replacement is found, according to KWCH 12 News. García’s resignation… more

Layoffs at Overland Park T-Mobile after merger in April

After a federally approved merger of T-Mobile and Sprint back in February, the former headquarters of Sprint has released more than 200 employees, just two short months after the merger was officially closed in April, according to the AP. A… more

Increase in U.S. job hiring still shows high unemployment rate

In May, employers in 46 states added jobs following a promising addition of 2.5 million jobs in April nationwide, according to the AP. The surprisingly gain gave hope that the job market bottomed out in April, however recent numbers show… more