Economy of Kansas City

The Economy of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area is anchored by Jackson County, Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas[1]. As of 2019, Missouri accounted for 56% of employment and Kansas accounted for 44% of employment. From 2018 to 2019 Kansas added 13,000 jobs (2.7%) and Missouri added 6,500 jobs (1.1%); The Kansas side growing more than twice as fast as the Missouri side.[2] The Kansas City Metropolitan Area is the 27th largest in the United States, based on the United States Census Bureau's 2004 population estimates.

The Kansas City area's economy is large, influential, and important in its region. It is the third largest beef-producing city in the US (behind Chicago and Cincinnati), and is home to the second largest rail network. The area houses many factories, manufacturing plants, an official international trade zone, and more foreign trade zone space than anywhere else in the nation.[3]

Other major companies and employers

Kansas City is also home to a number of large national and international companies, including:

Other major regional and national non-corporate employers headquartered and/or located in Kansas City include:

Well-known products manufactured in the area

Federal government

The federal government is the largest employer in Kansas City. In the wider metropolitan area, the federal government, either directly or through contracts, employs 41,500 people. The combined annual payroll of these jobs is more than $3 billion.[4]

The largest federal agencies in the Kansas City area by number of permanent employees are:

The U.S. Postal Service employs more than 6,000 in the Kansas City area. Postal jobs are often counted separately from other federal jobs, because these positions are generally in the excepted service. Employees in these positions cannot earn competitive status or reinstatement rights for traditional federal employment.

Business publications

Kansas City has many business publications. Two of the most prominent are the Kansas City Business Journal (weekly),[5] and Ingram's Magazine (monthly).[6] Many of Kansas City's business scions also frequently appear in the Independent, the local society magazine (weekly),[7] and KC Business Magazine (monthly).[8]


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