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Kansas Top Employers

Kansas companies recruit from some of the nation's best universities and technical schools and benefit from pro-business legislation and low taxes. Most importantly, Kansas encourages business leaders to grow, innovate and think big. The Kansas economy has expanded from its original base in agribusiness into an economy with a diverse mix of professions. The largest employment sectors are services, wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing and government. The top employers in Kansas are ...


Top Employers
Employer Number of Employees Type of Business
Spirit AeroSystems 10,900 Aviation Manufacturer
Sprint 7,500 Telecommunications
Cessna Aircraft 6,200 Aviation Manufacturing
General Motors - Fairfax Plant
4,000 Auto Manufacturing
Garmin International
3,417 GPS Device Design & Manufacturing
Black & Veatch
3,500
Engineering Consulting
Koch Industries
3,300 Chemical Technologies
Tyson Fresh Meats 3,200 Meat Product Manufacturing
Performance Contracting
2,900 Roofing, Siding, & Insulation Material Merchant Wholesalers
United Parcel Service
2,871 Package Delivery and Logistics
Bombardier Aerospace
2,855 Aerospace Manufacturing
Farmers Insurance
2,507 Insurance Customer Support
BNSF Railway
2,500 Freight Railroad
Honeywell Aerospace
2,500 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
National Beef Packing (Dodge City)
2,500 Meat Packers Manufacturing
National Beef Packing (Liberal) 2,500 Meat Packers Manufacturing
UnitedHealth Group
2,100 Direct Insurance Carriers
Quest Diagnostics
2,014 Testing Laboratories 
Hawker Beechcraft
2,000 Aircraft Manufacturing
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
1,700 Rubber Product Manufacturing
AGCO Corp. 1,590 Farm Machinery Manufacturing
General Dynamics Information Technology 1,500 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
CenturyLink 1,400 Telecommunications
Waddell & Reed 1,192 Securities Brokerage
Coleman Company
1,100 Sporting and Athletic Goods Manufacturing
Source: Dun & Bradstreet/Hoover’s (2014) along with Kansas City and Wichita Book of Lists, and Community websites



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KANSAS ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Looking for a great place to grow your business? A place with low operating costs, talented workers and business-friendly policies? A place where innovation is the norm, not the exception? If this sounds like the perfect place for your business, then Kansas is where you need to be. The Kansas Economic Indicators are . . . 

Job Trends, Wages and Market Data

Regional Population and Employment Data




Economic Indicators KS CA OK IL MO NY U.S.
Average
Employment to Population Ratio 65.2 57.7 57.8 60.3 60.8 56.9 59.0
Unemployment Rate 4.5 7.5 4.5 7.1 6.1 6.3 6.2
Cost of Living Index 93.2 127.7 90.8 96.0 93.3 133.3 100.0
Per Capita Personal Income 45,546 50,109 43,138 48,120 41,613 56,231 46,129
State and Local Tax as a 
Percentage of Personal Income
9.99 10.17 8.41 11.23 8.48 14.33 10.01
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Council for Community and Economic Research, U.S. Department of Commerce,
Bureau of Economic Analysis, Tax Policy Center.

 Cost of Doing Business 2015
 State  Rank
(1=lowest; 50=highest)
Overall Competitiveness
Kansas

30

24

California

49 27

 Illinois

29 19

 Missouri

11 26

 Oklahoma

9 31

 New York

44 35
 Source: CNBC, Cost of Doing Business 2015



Cost of Living Index
Individual Kansas Communities
Dodge City, KS  95.0
Hutchinson, KS 90.8
Kansas City, MO-KS 100.0
Manhattan, KS 93.8
Salina, KS 88.4
Topeka, KS (MSA) 92.9
Wichita, KS 91.3
U.S. Average 100.0
Source: The Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER), Cost of Living Index, 2014 Annual Average


Unemployment Insurance for Selected States
State Taxable Wages Average
Unemployment
Insurance Rate on
Taxable Wages
Kansas $8,000 2.34%
California $7,000 5.02%
New York $10,300 4.49%
Illinois $12,900 3,90%
Missouri $13,000 2.15%
Oklahoma $18,700 1.42%
Source: U.S. Department of Labor


Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking
2014 
Ranking
2012 
Ranking
2010
Ranking
State Index
Rate
39 41 43 Kansas 1.55
1 3 5 California 3.48
4 5 13 New York 2.75
21 36 33 Missouri 1.98
7 4 3 Illinois 2.35
6 6 4 Oklahoma 2.55
Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Information Management Division, October 2014

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Kansas Labor Summary

One of the positive factors in the expansion of the Kansas economy is the Kansas worker. A highly motivated and well-educated workforce is ready to assist your firm. Though much of the state's population is concentrated in its metropolitan areas, firms locating in any region of the state will find a high-quality workforce ready to put its talents to work. If your company would like estimates of the potential labor supply for a particular community, please contact us. The Kansas Workforce Summary includes ...


Kansas Labor Summary 2014 Actual   2013 Actual
2012 Actual 2011 Actual 2010 Actual Percent Change
2010-2014
Population (in thousands)  2,904.0 2,895.8
2,886.0 2,870.0 2,858.9 1.6%
Labor Force (in thousands)  1,500.4  1,486.8 1,484.0 1,491.3 1,500.8 0.0%
Employment (in thousands)  1,432.4  1,407.6 1,398.7 1,394.2 1,395.0 2.7%
Unemployment (%)  4.5%  5.3% 5.8% 6.5% 7.1% -36.6%
Non-Farm Wage & Salary Employment (in thousands)  1,392.6  1,372.2 1,356.4 1,338.3 1,328.4 4.8%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics



Kansas Employment by Sector
(Thousands of Jobs)
2014 2013 2012 Percent of Change
2012 - 2014
Total 1,392.6 1,372.2 1,356.4 2.7%
Mining and Logging 10.5 10.5 10.0 5.0%
Construction 59.9 56.8 55.0 8.9%
Manufacturing 162.2 160.7 160.5 1.1%
Durable Goods 97.6 98.1 98.5 0.9%
Non-Durable Goods 63.8 62.6 63.0 1.8%
Wholesale Trade 61.5 59.9 58.8 4.6%
Retail Trade 145.8 144.1 142.8 2.1%
Transportation and Utilities 56.4 55.8 55.7 1.3%
Information 27.9 27.6 27.7 0.7%
Finance and Insurance 65.3 64.2 61.9 5.5%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 14.5 19.9 13.8 5.1%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 67.4 65.9 62.5 7.8%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 18.5 17.7 16.2 14.2%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management
and Remediation Services
83.8 80.2 77.4 8.3%
Educational Services 19.9 19.1 18.9 5.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 170.0 168.7 167.6 1.4%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 16.0 15.9 15.4 4.0%
Accommodation and Food Services 107.1 105.4 104.2 2.8%
Other Services 49.2 48.7 49.7 -1.0%
Government 256.8 257.2 258.5 -0.7%
Federal Government 24.9 25.4 26.4 -5.7%
State Government 51.3 51.5 52.1 -1.5%
Local Government 180.6 180.3 180.1 0.3%
Source: Kansas Department of Labor; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, State and Area Employment, Hours and Earnings (July 2015)


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Kansas Education Facts

The state's education system is one of the best in the nation ad a powerful factor contributing to the success of many businesses. The high school graduation rate and percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree are both well above the national average. A progressive business climate, coupled with a top-notch education system, has resulted in an adept, well-skilled and highly trainable workforce. A study by the Kansas Board of Regents shows tuition and fees at the state's six universities compare favorably with colleges in five neighboring states, falling as much as 23 percent below the regional average. Kansas' Education Highlights include ...


Education Comparisons
State Percent of Adults with
High School Diploma
(National Ranking)
Percent of Adults with
College Degree
(National Ranking)
State and Local Education
Spending as a percent of
general spending
(National Ranking)
Kansas 90.21(16)
31.1 (17)
32.7 (15)
California 81.7 (51)
31.0 (18)
27.7 (43)
New York 85.36(38)
34.1 (10)
27.2 (45)
Illinois 87.8 (31)
32.1 (14)
31.7 (20)
Missouri 88.8 (27)
27.0 (33)
30.9 (26)
Oklahoma 86.7 (34)
23.8 (43)
32.2 (19)
U.S. Average 86.6 29.6 30.3
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2012; 2011 State & Local Government Finances.



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Kansas Energy Stats

Kansas possesses a built-in advantage over other states when it comes to meeting your energy needs. With one of the largest natural gas fields in the world, Kansas is among the nation's leading producers of natural gas. Our statewide power costs are typically less than the national average. Kansas Energy Statistics are ...

Average Electric Prices Industrial Customers



Residential
Commercial Industrial Transportation All Sectors

2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013
Kansas 12.13 11.62 10.02 9.68 7.47 7.39 - - 10.04 9.72
New York 20.05 18.79 16.11 15.35 6.50 6.59 13.70 13.65 16.25 15.44
Illinois 11.41 10.68 8.73 8.16 6.35 6.00 5.71 5.32 8.87 8.30
Missouri 10.59 11.23 8.82 8.98 6.29 6.19 7.81 7.58 9.06 9.37
California 16.29 16.19 15.67 14.23 11.93 10.96 8.76 8.54 15.23 14.29
Oklahoma
9.96
9.68 8.02 7.77 5.61 5.49 - - 8.10 7.87
U.S. Total 12.50 12.22 10.75 10.32 7.01
6.84 10.27 10.55 10.45 10.12
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electricity Data Browser



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Kansas Transportation Detail

For years, companies have taken advantage of the state's central location and access to major transportation corridors. Whether by highway, rail or air, Kansas offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Because we're central and because we've focused on building and maintaining an outstanding infrastructure, it's easier and cheaper to ship to and from Kansas. We're home to numerous production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers that have found that shipping raw materials and finished goods is more profitable when you're located in the nation's heartland. Transportation and Access to Markets from Kansas include ...

Hub


Freight Times


Major Delivery Zone Cities

Truck load
Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4
Chicago New Orleans Miami Los Angeles
Memphis Atlanta Boston Seattle
Kansas City New York Phoenix Portland
Omaha Salt Lake City Billings San Francisco
Denver Houston Montreal, PQ Vancouver, BC
Des Moines Cincinnati Toronto, ON
Minneapolis/St. Paul Washington, D.C.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Baltimore

Indianapolis


Source: Survey of Buying Power, SBP-Online Report

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