jobs http://kcur.org en Burns & McDonnell Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion http://kcur.org/post/burns-mcdonnell-breaks-ground-headquarters-expansion <p>Missouri politicians – including Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James — were joined by more than 100 Burns &amp; McDonnell employees in the engineering firm’s parking lot Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s headquarter expansion.</p><p>The firm’s plans call for two building near its current Ward Parkway world headquarter site, adding an additional 450,000 square feet of office space.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:02:24 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58038 at http://kcur.org You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love http://kcur.org/post/you-came-kansas-city-job-you-stayed-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You like Kansas City’s cost of living.</span></p><p>And many of you came to enjoy the arts and entrepreneurship scenes after relocating here for a job.</p><p>But when we took to social media and <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-what-brought-you-kansas-city">asked you what brought you to Kansas City and why you stayed</a>, we were inundated with love stories that led to KC roots.</p><p>Such was the case for Dave Shuck, who moved to Kansas City in 2002 from San Jose, Calif., after tracking down a former friend from high school.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:24:56 +0000 Alyson Raletz 49867 at http://kcur.org You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love The Practicality Of Personality Tests http://kcur.org/post/practicality-personality-tests <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are multiple tests out there that reduce your personality to a number, a one-word description, or a series of letters. Some say they’ve helped match the right person to the right job—maybe even to the right colleagues or romantic partners. But is personality simple enough to fit in such a box, or could a personality label&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lead people to change it, or live into it?</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:08:21 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44134 at http://kcur.org The Practicality Of Personality Tests Job Market Slightly More Rosy At Home Than Around U.S. http://kcur.org/post/job-market-slightly-more-rosy-home-around-us <p>The Kansas City labor market deviates from the federal jobs picture in significant ways. That’s according to local and national reports released on August 2. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Unemployment locally stayed stuck at 6.6 percent, where it’s been for some months, according to the Workforce Report by the Mid-America Regional Council.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Labor reported a slight drop in unemployment in July, but analysts were quick to point out most of the new jobs were either low paying or part-time.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:21:36 +0000 Laura Ziegler 41523 at http://kcur.org Job Market Slightly More Rosy At Home Than Around U.S. Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant http://kcur.org/post/third-shift-workers-start-claycomo-ford-plant <p>As promised in May, Ford Motor Company began a third assembly line shift Monday at the Claycomo Plant.</p><p>The 900-worker expansion brings the total of rank and file UAW jobs to some 4,500. The emphasis of the additional team will be making the F-150 pickup.</p><p>Plant manager Dan Jowiski said potential workers went through pre-interview testing to see if they were qualified to do the job. That was in late April, just before Ford started beefing up the force.</p><p>Jowiski cited strong company ties to the area when the jobs were announced this spring.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:15:27 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41478 at http://kcur.org Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-lauds-missouri-college-cost-cut-program <p></p><p>Speeches on the economy and the middle class in Illinois and Warrensburg, Mo. Wednesday were parts of a plan by President Obama.</p><p>President Obama said in Warrensburg he will take his message to a series of American towns in coming weeks.</p><p>In total, it was not a new theme.&nbsp;</p><p>At University of Central Missouri the President talked of making a college education more affordable.</p><p>He also spoke of building more ladders for people to climb to the middle class, if willing to work for it. He said he would make early childhood education a priority.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:53:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40803 at http://kcur.org President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program Street naming Dispute Ends As IKEA Construction Begins In Merriam http://kcur.org/post/street-naming-dispute-ends-ikea-construction-begins-merriam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The world’s largest furniture business group IKEA has started construction at its newest site, along the I-35 corridor in Merriam, Kan.</span></p><p>The Swedish retailer is billing itself as a destination attraction and promises 300 permanent jobs.</p><p>Five hundred construction jobs are expected in the 18 months to build the complex.</p><p></p><p>Company officials say further that retail employees working over 20 hours a week get full-time benefits, 401(k) matching and paid vacation.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:06:12 +0000 Dan Verbeck 39867 at http://kcur.org Street naming Dispute Ends As IKEA Construction Begins In Merriam Missouri-Kansas Jobs Poaching On The Rise http://kcur.org/post/missouri-kansas-jobs-poaching-rise <p>Missouri and Kansas are using eight- and nine-figure economic development subsidy packages to steal jobs from each other. A new study finds no abatement. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:02:21 +0000 Dan Verbeck 30906 at http://kcur.org Job Market Predictions For 2013 http://kcur.org/post/job-market-predictions-2013 <p>What will the job market hold for 2013? Nobody has a crystal ball, but certain trends are giving us a hint.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 29895 at http://kcur.org Job Market Predictions For 2013 Unemployment In Missouri At Four-Year Low http://kcur.org/post/unemployment-missouri-four-year-low <p>Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years. </p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:53:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29224 at http://kcur.org Unemployment In Missouri At Four-Year Low Policy Change Brings 800 New Immigration Service Jobs To Region http://kcur.org/post/policy-change-brings-800-new-immigration-service-jobs-region <p>A change in U.S. immigration policy last summer has translated into 800 new jobs for metro Kansas City.&nbsp; The work will be both sides of state line and pay no less than $27,000 a year. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:04:59 +0000 Dan Verbeck 27543 at http://kcur.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment http://kcur.org/post/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-federal-investment <em>In the next two installments of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 John Ydstie 25688 at http://kcur.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment Closed Steel Plant Holds Attention In Presidential Campaign http://kcur.org/post/closed-steel-plant-holds-attention-presidential-campaign <p>About two dozen union men and women, supporters of President Obama&rsquo;s reelection, went to the gates of a closed Kansas City steel plant to attack economic policies of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney. Thu, 17 May 2012 22:08:48 +0000 Dan Verbeck 17874 at http://kcur.org Closed Steel Plant Holds Attention In Presidential Campaign Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/unemployment-down-jobs-missouri-0 <p>At 7.3 percent, unemployment in Missouri has dropped to its lowest level in 40 months.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s according to the latest monthly report from the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ded.mo.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Economic Development</a>. Wed, 16 May 2012 05:47:33 +0000 Elana Gordon 17731 at http://kcur.org Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri Hiring Slowed In April, Report Signals http://kcur.org/post/hiring-slowed-april-report-signals Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, <a href="http://adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_April_12.pdf" target="_blank">according to the latest ADP National Employment Report</a>.<p>The private group's report is "a troubling sign" two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its figures on April employment growth and unemployment, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151839096/reports-points-to-weaker-growth-in-jobs" target="_blank">The Associated Press says</a>.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/arti Wed, 02 May 2012 13:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16965 at http://kcur.org Bottled Water Helps Lead Town To Casino Dollar Freedom http://kcur.org/post/bottled-water-helps-lead-town-casino-dollar-freedom <p>One hundred more jobs are expected to result from construction of a private-label bottled water plant in suburban Riverside. The town mayor says the development could lead to independence from casino income.</p><p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:07:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 16594 at http://kcur.org Bottled Water Helps Lead Town To Casino Dollar Freedom AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed http://kcur.org/post/ap-analysis-half-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed It's hard out there for a college grad.<p>The AP analyzed government data and <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47141463/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/#.T5WOgDJSTkE">came up with this stunning figure</a>: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."<p>The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:<p><blockquote><p>"About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:54:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 16424 at http://kcur.org AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry http://kcur.org/post/continued-job-growth-will-help-housing-industry Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:35:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 16391 at http://kcur.org For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out http://kcur.org/post/long-term-unemployed-help-running-out Diane Turner can't find work. She spent 30 years managing dental practices in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, but lost her last job in that field a couple of years ago.<p>She worked for a while greeting customers at an auto body shop, but lost that job a year ago. "It was very depressing," Turner says. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 17:49:00 +0000 editor 15572 at http://kcur.org For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out March Jobs Report Offers Mixed Messages http://kcur.org/post/march-jobs-report-offers-mixed-messages Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, city and state leaders in Michigan have reached a deal they hope will help Detroit stave off a financial meltdown. We'll get the latest from The Motor City in just a few minutes. But first, we want to talk about the national employment picture. The Labor Department is reporting weaker-than-expected job growth figures nationally for the month of March. Fri, 06 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 editor 15556 at http://kcur.org Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent http://kcur.org/post/just-120000-jobs-added-jobless-rate-dips-82-percent The nation's unemployment rate edged down to 8.2 percent in March from 8.3 percent in February, but only 120,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics said</a> this morning in a report that was less positive about the labor market's health than economists had expected.<p>Prior to the news, forecasters had predicted BLS would say about 200,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month.<p>And while the March figure could be revised upward in coming months, as February's increase was, the Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15546 at http://kcur.org Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent Just How Strong Is The Job Market? http://kcur.org/post/just-how-strong-job-market The monthly employment report Friday could help answer a key question about the economy: Will the recently strong job growth slow once employers finish replacing the people they fired during the depths of the recession?<p>Over the past three months, job growth has averaged close to 250,000 a month. There are some signs that strong growth could continue. For instance, first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week fell to 357,000 — their lowest level in four years. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:50:00 +0000 John Ydstie 15488 at http://kcur.org Just How Strong Is The Job Market? Jobless Claims Stay Around Four-Year Low http://kcur.org/post/jobless-claims-stay-around-four-year-low The number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance stayed around a four-year low last week, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration just reported</a>.<p>It says there were 357,000 such applications, down 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 363,000.<p>Claims have been running at the lowest rate since March and April 2008 for several weeks now.<p>We'll learn much more about the labor market on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15469 at http://kcur.org Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report http://kcur.org/post/private-hiring-signals-another-strong-jobs-report Jobs at U.S. businesses increased by 209,000 in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the payroll processing firm ADP. That's in line with expectations for the monthly jobs report due out Friday.<p>Analysts expect Friday's official employment report from the Labor Department to show that employers added 215,000 in March and that the unemployment rate remained at 8.3 percent, according to Bloomberg News.<p>The <a href="http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_March_12.pdf">ADP report</a> counts only jobs at private employers. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:37:00 +0000 editor 15418 at http://kcur.org Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo http://kcur.org/post/good-news-jobs-front-except-yahoo On the plus side, <a href="http://www.adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_March_12.pdf" target="_blank">the ADP National Employment Report issued this morning</a> estimates there were 209,000 jobs added to private employers' payrolls in March. And ADP's data often are something of a predictor for what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will have to say when it issues its monthly numbers. Those March figures are due on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15409 at http://kcur.org Something Troubling In Your Background? http://kcur.org/post/something-troubling-your-background <p>It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found. It’s not quite so simple anymore.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:07:14 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Kathleen Pointer 13207 at http://kcur.org Something Troubling In Your Background? The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita http://kcur.org/post/future-aerospace-wichita <p>Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once <strong>Boeing closes its plant next year?</strong></p><p>Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/uptodate"><strong><em>Up to Date</em></strong></a>: Steve Kraske talks with <a href="http://www.wichita.gov/Government/CityCouncil/Mayor/" target="_blank"><strong>Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer</strong></a> about Wednesday&#39;s big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:25:46 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 10240 at http://kcur.org The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita Tech Jobs: The Ticket to the Easy Life? http://kcur.org/post/tech-jobs-ticket-easy-life <p>In this episode of Central Standard, we ask if all IT jobs are handsomely paid and future-proof.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:00:59 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 8844 at http://kcur.org Tech Jobs: The Ticket to the Easy Life? New Summer Job Opportunities For Some KC Teens http://kcur.org/post/new-summer-job-opportunities-some-kc-teens <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d71da416f5a-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d71da416f5a-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d71da416f5a-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-908826.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – About 4800 young people whose families are on public assistance will get jobs throughout Missouri this summer. Governor Jay Nixon and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver kicked off a federally-funded jobs program this afternoon, while fresh concrete was laid in front of a house for a walkway.</p> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:10:06 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6748 at http://kcur.org A Thousand More Show-Me State Jobs Will Go http://kcur.org/post/thousand-more-show-me-state-jobs-will-go <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d6ef9dd838f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d6ef9dd838f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d6ef9dd838f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-894739.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Another 1,000 Missouri state employees are going to lose their jobs in the coming weeks. Governor Jay Nixon spoke of the cuts as he met with UMKC faculty and students.</p> Tue, 06 Apr 2010 23:14:17 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6492 at http://kcur.org A Thousand More Show-Me State Jobs Will Go