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.

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 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