Work Force Development

Jobless claims tick up, remain below Dow Jones estimate

In the week ending February 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 745,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 6,000 from 730,000 to 736,000. The… more

Staffing sector projected to grow 12 percent in 2021

The staffing sector is projected to make a strong turnaround in 2021, according to a report from Bridgepoint. As COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues, its rollout is expected to help stabilize regulation and work security for various industries across the U.S.… more

Partnership delivers educational opportunities to area workforce

A new partnership in the Kansas City metro is delivering higher education opportunities to hundreds of local business men and women in the area workforce. Columbia College and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce have launched an innovative partnership designed… more

Workforce employment website launches to connect Kansas job seekers, employers

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Monday the launch of a newly redesigned website, The website is designed and open to residents to provide a more user-friendly experience for the Kansas job seekers and employers. Featured on the website… more

Women leaving U.S. workforce in numbers well ahead of men

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the U.S. female workforce, with 2.5 million women leaving the job market since the beginning of the public health crisis, compared to 1.8 million men, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The… more

JE Dunn expands to Wichita

Based in Kansas City, Mo. since 1924 and with office locations all across the U.S., JE Dunn announced this week that it has opened its first office in Wichita, Kan. The company has been doing work in Wichita for over… more

Business Conditions Index drops in Mo., rises in Kan.

The Kansas Business Conditions Index for January rose to 62.0 from 55.3 in December. Components of the leading economic indicator from the monthly survey of supply managers were new orders at 72.8, production or sales at 81.3, delivery lead time… more

Success of virtual services noted on Kansas workforce report

The top three workforce accomplishments noted in an annual Kansas report listed expanding virtual services at the top, followed by the launch of a new mobile workforce center and the launch of new registered apprenticeships. Expanding Virtual Services: The pandemic… more

Retail most competitive job sector in Missouri

A new study from CareerCloud shows that “retail salesperson” is the most common and competitive job in Missouri, at 1,359 jobs per 100,000 people.  Neighboring Kansas also shows retail as the most competitive job. The study uses recent data from the… more

Small businesses unsure of survival without more aid

Around a third of the surviving U.S. small businesses say they won't be able to survive without another round of COVID-19 aid, according to a report published by the Federal Reserve. The report found that sales for 88 percent of… more