Work Force Development


The 2020 Ingram’s 250

Time for some Ingram’s 250 math: What’s i250 x 5? If you came up with 1,250, hats off to your grade-school math teachers—their lessons clearly took hold. But with this being the fifth year of our recognition of the 250… more

Simon Property Group to close Missouri mall locations, others for Thanksgiving

Simon Property Group, Inc., an American commercial real estate company and the largest shopping mall operator in the U.S., announced on Monday that it will close its mall locations this year for the Thanksgiving holiday. The closures include three of… more

New tech training program launched for laid off Missouri workers

A new partnership between Missouri and Illinois-based CompTIA, a nonprofit technology trade association, aims to help train Missouri workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19. Launched through funding provided by federal CARES Act dollars given to Missouri, the… more

Proposed Urban Outfitters distribution center in Kansas draws closer to construction

Urban Outfitters is seeking industrial revenue bonds – about $403 million – to build a new distribution center on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan. met on Monday to further… more

Lenexa Logistics Centre could see second Amazon facility

In an effort to increase operations in Kansas City, Amazon.com Inc. hopes to soon add a second facility to an existing one located in Lenexa Logistics Centre. Outside of the Lenexa industrial park, Amazon has fulfillment center operations in five… more

Kansas labor report for July 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (Kansas Department of Labor) – Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) division of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 7.2… more

Unemployment claims below 1 million since March

Recently the U.S. saw a drop in new applications for unemployment benefits. This month, the number of applicants fell below 1 million for the first time since March. Initial jobless claims totaled 963,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis last week,… more

Four more job centers open in Missouri

Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development - Missouri Job Centers across the state continue to reopen to help displaced workers find meaningful employment. The Lebanon, Florissant, Hannibal, and Joplin Job Centers opened to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 12.… more

Whataburger announces expansion into Kansas, Missouri

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KSN 3 News) – In an anniversary statement, the popular Southern fast-food burger chain announced that it will be expanding into three new states in 2021, including Kansas and Missouri. The company had already confirmed they were… more

New Jobless Claims Dip, but Still Top 1 Million

New figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that in the week ending August 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,186,000, a decrease of 249,000 from the previous week's revised level. The report includes information… more