Kansas economy http://kcur.org en 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 Economic Factors Could Affect Kansas Job Growth http://kcur.org/post/economic-factors-could-affect-kansas-job-growth <p></p><p>A new report projects an increase in the rate of job growth in Kansas this year. There are some economic forces that could temper that growth in the future.</p><p>The report from Wichita State University Center for Economic Development and Business Research projects modest job growth in Kansas this year. It’s driven partially by the energy, construction and services sectors.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 15:00:05 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36003 at http://kcur.org Economic Factors Could Affect Kansas Job Growth