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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 10,800 Aviation Manufacturer
Sprint 8,000 Telecommunications
Cessna Aircraft 5,000 Aviation Manufacturing
General Motors 4,000 Auto Manufacturing
United Parcel Service 3,500 Package Delivery and Logistics
Black & Veatch 3,500 Engineering Consulting
Tyson Fresh Meats 3,000 Meat Product Manufacturing
Farmers Insurance 3,000 Insurance
Garmin 3,000 Designs and Manufactures Navigation Equipment
Koch Industries 3,000 Chemical Technologies
Cargill Meat Solutions 2,700 Food Products
Schwan's Consumer Brands 2,700 Food Distribution
Bombardier Aerospace 2,500 Aerospace Manufacturing
National Beef Packing 2,500 Meat Packer Manufacturing
BNSF Railway 2,500 Freight Railroad
United Health Group 2,000 Health and Prescription Care
Associated Wholesale Grocers 1,900 Food Distribution
Quest Diagnostics 1,900 Diagnostic Testing
Blue Cross & Blue Shield 1,900 Insurance
Good Year Tire & Rubber 1,700 Tire Manufacturing
Century Link 1,500 Telecommunications
Hawker Beechcraft 1,500 Aviation Manufacturing
York Unitary Products 1,300 HVAC Equipment
Coleman 1,300 Consumer Product Distribution
Honeywell Aerospace 1,200 Aerospace Equipment 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 64.5 56.4 59.1 60.2 59.7 56.4 58.6
Unemployment Rate 5.7 10.5 5.2 8.9 6.9 8.5 8.1
Cost of Living Index 93.1 128.5 90.5 96.5 93.0 137.6 100.0
Per Capita Personal Income 41,835 44,980 39,006 44,815 39,049 52,095 42,693
State and Local Tax as a
Percentage of Personal Income, 2008
10.36 11.04 8.53 9.95 8.69 14.3 10.32
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

27

14

California

50

47

 Illinois

44

37

 Missouri

19

26

 Oklahoma

2

25

 New York

49

35

 Source: CNBC, Cost of Doing Business 2013



Cost of Living Index
Individual Kansas Communities
Dodge City, KS  94.3
Hutchinson, KS  91.2
Kansas City, MO-KS  99.5
Manhattan, KS  92.9
Salina, KS  90.1
Topeka, KS (MSA)  92.5
Wichita, KS  91.4
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 4.27%
California $7,000 5.40%
New York $8,500 4.60%
Illinois $13.560 4.00%
Missouri $13,000 2.33%
Oklahoma $19,100 2.04%
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 2012 Actual 2011 Actual 2010 Actual Percent Change
2010-2012
Population (in thousands) 2,885.9 2,870.4 2,858.8 0.9%
Labor Force (in thousands) 1,489.3 1,498.9 1,504.5 -1.0%
Employment (in thousands) 1,403.9 1,401.1 1.398.0 0.4%
Unemployment (%) 5.7% 6.5% 7.1% -19.7%
Non-Farm Wage & Salary Employment (in thousands) 1,357.8 1,339.7 1,328.6 2.2%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics



Kansas Employment by Sector
(Thousands of Jobs)
2012 2011 2010 Percent of Change
2010 - 2012
Total 1,357.8 1,339.7 1,328.6 202%
Mining and Logging 9.9 9.1 8.4 17.9%
Construction 55.1 53.1 54.1 1.8%
Manufacturing 163.1 161.0 160.1 1.9%
Durable Goods 99.9 98.0 97.4 2.6%
Non-Durable Goods 63.2 63.0 62.6 1.0%
Wholesale Trade 59.0 58.5 57.9 1.9%
Retail Trade 142.3 141.7 140.8 1.1%
Transportation and Utilities 55.8 54.7 53.4 4.5%
Information 28.3 28.6 30.6 -7.5%
Finance and Insurance 60.8 59.5 57.9 5.0%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 13.8 13.6 14.0 -1.4%
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 62.4 60.2 60.1 3.8%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 13.6 13.5 13.0 4.6%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management
and Remediation Services
77.3 74.7 70.8 9.2%
Educational Services 18.8 18.4 18.2 3.3%
Health Care and Social Assistance 167.4 166.7 162.1 3.3%
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation 15.2 13.8 13.2 15.2%
Accommodation and Food Services 104.5 101.3 100.1 4.4%
Other Services 51.6 51.6 51.7 -0.2%
Government 259.0 259.0 262.2 -1.2%
Federal Government 26.4 27.3 28.2 -6.4%
State Government 52.1 52.9 53.0 -1.9%
Local Government 180.5 179.6 180.9 -0.2%
Source: Kansas Department of Labor; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Union Membership

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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 90.0 (17) 30.1 (16) 31.0 (25)
California 81.1 (49) 30.3 (15) 26.9 (45)
New York 85.0 (36) 32.9 (10) 27.0 (44)
Illinois 87.2 (30) 31.0 (14) 31.0 (26)
Missouri 87.6 (28) 26.1 (33) 30.8 (27)
Oklahoma 86.3 (33) 23.8 (42) 33.0 (14)
U.S. Average 85.9 28.5 30.2
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2011; 2009 State & Local Government Finances.




HS 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

2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012 2011 2012
Kansas 10.65 11.17 8.78 9.13 6.71 6.88 - - 8.89 9.22
New York 18.26 17.69 15.81 15.08 7.83 6.67 13.45 13.72 15.89 15.20
Illinois 11.78 11.37 8.64 8.19 6.42 5.91 6.81 5.75 8.97 8.50
Missouri 9.75 10.07 8.04 8.16 5.85 5.85 6.90 6.96 8.32 8.46
California 14.78 15.55 13.05 13.60 10.11 10.73 8.14 7.85 13.05 13.75
U.S. Total 11.72 11.88 10.23 10.12 6.82 6.70 10.46 10.05 9.90 9.87
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly, June 2014



Avg Natural Gas Prices

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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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