Income, Spending and Prices Are on the Rise, Says Commerce Department

The likelihood of an interest-rate increase from the Federal Reserve grew today with the release of October’s consumer spending and personal income numbers from the United States Commerce Department. The Commerce Department also said that consumer spending in October increased… more

Kauffman Foundation Stresses the Importance of “Main Street” Entrepreneurs

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shared some information today from its report on what it calls “Main Street” entrepreneurs, owners and founders of companies more than five years old and with 50 or fewer employees—companies that account for 63 percent… more

Study Says Entrepreneurship Is Alive and Well

The 2016 Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship, released today by Kansas City’s Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, indicates an increase of small business activity across the country. A particularly good sign, the report says, is a consistent rise in the survival… more

Record Number of Jobs for Missouri

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said today that, according to seasonally adjusted data, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 9,300 jobs in October, reaching a new state record of 2,838,500 jobs. That increase is on top of jobs gained… more

Government Says Slightly More Jobs Offered in September

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today, in its Job Openings and Labor Turnover report—that employers posted slightly more job openings in September—5.49 million, up from 5.45 million openings in August, which was an eight-month low. Hires dropped 3.5… more

Missouri Added Jobs in September

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development released seasonally adjusted data today, saying the state’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 6,700 jobs in September.  The largest private-industry employment growth for the month occurred in health care & social assistance (+2,400 jobs), followed… more

Unemployment Up Slightly in September

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, America’s economy added 156,000 nonfarm jobs in September while the unemployment rate, up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in August, hovered in the same range it has been in for the… more

Report Measures Growth in American Cities

The personal finance website, WalletHub, has released its Fastest Growing Cities report for 2016. The fastest growing city in the U.S. was Frisco, Texas (part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro) and the slowest was Jacksonville, North Carolina. How did Kansas… more

Missouri’s Private Employers Up More Than 8,700

The Missouri Department of Economic Development says the state added 8, 742 private sector employers between 2014 and 2015. Over that same period, 18,342 new businesses were formed in the state “Our low taxes, competitive business incentives, top-notch talent, access… more

KC Corporations See Potential in Minority Entrepreneurs

Today is graduation day for 30 Kansas City-area participants in a program called Strategy and Business Development for Minority Business Entrepreneurs—a 2½ -day intensive education program for executives, brought to Kansas City by the Ivy League staff of Dartmouth College's  Tuck School… more