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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 12,000 Aviation Manufacturer
Sprint 7,600 Telecommunications
Cessna Aircraft 4,979 Aviation Manufacturing
General Motors - Fairfax Plant
4,000 Auto Manufacturing
Bombardier
3,500 Aerospace Manufacturing
Black & Veatch
3,500
Engineering Consulting
National Beef Packing (Liberal)
3,500 Meat Packers Manufacturing
Tyson Fresh Meats 3,200 Meat Product Manufacturing
Performance Contracting
2,900 Roofing, Siding, & Insulation Material Merchant Wholesalers
National Beef Packing (Dodge City)
2,500 Meat Packers Manufacturing
Koch Industries
2,100 Chemical Technologies
United Parcel Service
2,000 Package Delivery & Logistics
Hawker Beechcraft
1,833 Aircraft Manufacturing
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
1,550 Rubber Product Manufacturing
Quest Diagnostics
1,500 Testing Laboratories
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas
1,450 Insurance Agencies & Brokerages
Honeywell Aerospace
1,200 Aerospace Product & Parts Manufacturing
Waddell & Reed
1,166 Securities Brokerage
Associated Wholesale Grocers
1,100 Wholesale Grocers
Coleman Company
1,100 Sporting & Athletic Goods Manufacturing
Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Plant
1,003 Nuclear Electric Power Generation
Cargill Meat Solutions
1,000 Food Products
Swiss RE Solutions
1,000 Direct Insurance Carriers
Conspec Marketing & Manufacturing
1,000 Industrial Chemical Manufacturing
Garmin International
950 GPS Device Design & Manufacturing.
Source: Kansas City and Wichita Book of Lists, LocationOne 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 64.3 57.0 58.8 59.4 60.1 56.8 58.6
Unemployment Rate 5.4 8.9 5.4 9.2 6.5 7.7 7.4
Cost of Living Index 93.0 128.1 90.4 95.6 92.8 136.4 100.0
Per Capita Personal Income 43,916 47,401 41,586 46,780 39,897 54,063 44,543
State and Local Tax as a
Percentage of Personal Income, 2008
10.02 11.26 8.41 10.58 8.61 14.54 10.34
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 2013
 State  Rank
(1=lowest; 50=highest)
Overall Competitiveness
Kansas

26

15

California

48 32

 Illinois

40 27

 Missouri

11 23

 Oklahoma

1 28

 New York

50 40
 Source: CNBC, Cost of Doing Business 2014



Cost of Living Index
Individual Kansas Communities
Dodge City, KS  95.2
Hutchinson, KS 89.3
Kansas City, MO-KS 99.2
Manhattan, KS 92.8
Salina, KS 88.8
Topeka, KS (MSA) 93.8
Wichita, KS 92.0
U.S. Average 100.0
Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index


Unemployment Insurance for Selected States
State Taxable Wages Average
Unemployment
Insurance Rate on
Taxable Wages
Kansas $8,000 4.25%
California $7,000 5.25%
New York $8,500 4.54%
Illinois $12,900 4.54%
Missouri $13,000 2.21%
Oklahoma $20,100 2.49%
Source: U.S. Department of Labor


Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking
2012
Ranking
2010
Ranking
2008
Ranking
State Index
Rate
41 43 42 Kansas 1.54
3 5 13 California 2.92
5 13 19 New York 2.82
36 33 28 Missouri 1.62
4 3 10 Illinois 2.83
6 4 9 Oklahoma 2.77
Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Information Management Division, June 2013

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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  2013 Actual
2012 Actual 2011 Actual 2010 Actual Percent Change
2010-2012
Population (in thousands) 2,894.0
2,885.9 2,870.4 2,858.8 1.2%
Labor Force (in thousands)  1,483.7 1,489.3 1,498.9 1,504.5 -1.3%
Employment (in thousands)  1,403.3 1,403.9 1,401.1 1.398.0 0.4%
Unemployment (%)  5.4% 5.7% 6.5% 7.1% -23.9%
Non-Farm Wage & Salary Employment (in thousands)  1,372.9 1,357.8 1,339.7 1,328.6 3.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics



Kansas Employment by Sector
(Thousands of Jobs)
2013 2012 2011 Percent of Change
2011 - 2013
Total 1,372.9 1,357.1 1,339.3 2.5%
Mining and Logging 10.4 10.0 9.1 14.3%
Construction 56.7 55.0 53.1 6.8%
Manufacturing 162.8 162.8 161.0 1.1%
Durable Goods 100.2 99.9 98.0 2.2%
Non-Durable Goods 62.5 63.0 63.0 -0.8%
Wholesale Trade 60.0 58.8 58.5 2.6%
Retail Trade 144.1 142.8 141.7 1.7%
Transportation and Utilities 56.3 55.7 54.7 2.9%
Information 27.5 27.7 28.2 -2.5%
Finance and Insurance 61.8 60.8 59.5 3.9%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 13.9 13.8 13.6 2.2%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 66.1 62.5 60.2 9.8%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 15.2 13.9 13.5 12.6%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management
and Remediation Services
80.6 77.4 74.7 7.9%
Educational Services 19.2 18.9 18.4 4.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 168.6 167.6 166.7 1.1%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 15.5 15.4 13.8 12.3%
Accommodation and Food Services 105.5 104.2 101.3 4.1%
Other Services 51.5 51.5 51.6 -0.2%
Government 257.3 258.8 259.9 -1.0%
Federal Government 25.4 26.4 27.3 -7.0%
State Government 51.5 52.1 52.9 -2.6%
Local Government 180.4 180.1 179.6 0.4%
Source: Kansas Department of Labor; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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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 90.2 (17)
30.4 (17)
31.4 (24)
California 81.5 (50)
30.9 (15)
26.0 (46)
New York 85.3 (37)
33.4 (10)
27.2 (45)
Illinois 87.6 (31)
31.6 (13)
30.8 (25)
Missouri 88.0 (29)
26.4 (33)
30.3 (27)
Oklahoma 86.7 (33)
23.8 (43)
32.5 (17)
U.S. Average 86.4 29.1 30.0
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2012; 2011 State & Local Government Finances.



2011-2012 Graduates



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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

2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012 2013 2012
Kansas 11.56 11.24 9.54 9.24 7.07 7.09 - - 9.57 9.33
New York 18.84 17.62 15.23 15.06 6.29 6.70 13.63 14.20 15.62 15.15
Illinois 10.25 11.37 7.88 7.99 5.73 5.80 5.44 6.15 7.99 8.40
Missouri 10.52 10.17 7.72 8.20 6.14 5.89 7.90 6.97 8.96 8.53
California 16.39 15.32 14.57 13.41 11.17 10.49 7.68 7.17 14.57 13.53
Oklahoma
9.62
9.51 7.71 7.32 5.34 5.09 - - 7.81 7.54
U.S. Total 12.12 11.88 10.29 10.09 6.82
6.67 10.28 10.21 10.08 9.84
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 ...

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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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