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Business
11:02 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Burns & McDonnell Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion

Missouri politicians – including Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James — were joined by more than 100 Burns & McDonnell employees in the engineering firm’s parking lot Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s headquarter expansion.

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.

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Tell KCUR
4:24 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

You Came To Kansas City For A Job, But You Stayed For Love

Kansas City's attractions include low cost of living, jobs and love, according to social media feedback we received this week.
Credit Lasse Fuss / WikiCommons

You like Kansas City’s cost of living.

And many of you came to enjoy the arts and entrepreneurship scenes after relocating here for a job.

But when we took to social media and asked you what brought you to Kansas City and why you stayed, we were inundated with love stories that led to KC roots.

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.

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Central Standard
6:08 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Practicality Of Personality Tests

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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 lead people to change it, or live into it?

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Business & Tech
4:21 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Job Market Slightly More Rosy At Home Than Around U.S.

Credit Photo Credit Purdue University

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.     

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.

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.

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Business
8:15 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant

Ford F-150s roll out of an assembly line at the Claycomo Plant in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

As promised in May, Ford Motor Company began a third assembly line shift Monday at the Claycomo Plant.

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.

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.

Jowiski cited strong company ties to the area when the jobs were announced this spring. 

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Government
9:53 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program

Warrensburg, MO restaurant offers greeting.
Dan Verbeck kcur

Speeches on the economy and the middle class in Illinois and Warrensburg, Mo. Wednesday were parts of a plan by President Obama.

President Obama said in Warrensburg he will take his message to a series of American towns in coming weeks.

In total, it was not a new theme. 

At University of Central Missouri the President talked of making a college education more affordable.

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.

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Business & Tech
4:06 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Street naming Dispute Ends As IKEA Construction Begins In Merriam

Earth-moving equipment was more than window dressing at IKEA's newest job site in Merriam, KS.
Credit Dan Verbeck / kcur

The world’s largest furniture business group IKEA has started construction at its newest site, along the I-35 corridor in Merriam, Kan.

The Swedish retailer is billing itself as a destination attraction and promises 300 permanent jobs.

Five hundred construction jobs are expected in the 18 months to build the complex.

Company officials say further that retail employees working over 20 hours a week get full-time benefits, 401(k) matching and paid vacation.

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Business & Tech
5:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Missouri-Kansas Jobs Poaching On The Rise

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.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Job Market Predictions For 2013

Diane Stafford

What will the job market hold for 2013? Nobody has a crystal ball, but certain trends are giving us a hint.

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Government
3:53 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Unemployment In Missouri At Four-Year Low

In November, unemployment in Missouri was a full percentage point below the national average.
courtesy of Missouri Economic Research and Information Center

Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

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Government
5:04 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Policy Change Brings 800 New Immigration Service Jobs To Region

A change in U.S. immigration policy last summer has translated into 800 new jobs for metro Kansas City.  The work will be both sides of state line and pay no less than $27,000 a year.

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Solve This
3:41 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment

President Obama speaks during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 6:48 am

In the next two installments of Solve This, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. First, President Obama's strategy, then Mitt Romney's.

Job creation is the centerpiece of President Obama's campaign speeches.

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Election 2012
5:08 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Closed Steel Plant Holds Attention In Presidential Campaign

Former steelworker and Democratic Committeeman Jeff Jones outside plant where he worked.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

About two dozen union men and women, supporters of President Obama’s reelection, went to the gates of a closed Kansas City steel plant to attack economic policies of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

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Government
12:47 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri

Mary Slaughter, an employee of Southwest Technologies for 19 years, says this time of year is usually slower for business. But that hasn't been the case in the last few years. Southwest recently signed three new contracts and wants to expand its facility.
Elana Gordon KCUR

At 7.3 percent, unemployment in Missouri has dropped to its lowest level in 40 months.  That’s according to the latest monthly report from the state’s Department of Economic Development.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Hiring Slowed In 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, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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, The Associated Press says.

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Business & Tech
5:07 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Bottled Water Helps Lead Town To Casino Dollar Freedom

Thirst quenchers at groundbreaking of new Riverside bottled water plant include appropriate brand.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

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.

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

AP Analysis: Half Of Recent College Grads Are Jobless Or Underemployed

Students from John Moores' University celebrate graduation.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

It's hard out there for a college grad.

The AP analyzed government data and came up with this stunning figure: "Half of young college graduates [are] either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge."

The whole story is worth a read, so we encourage you to click over, but here is the meat of the AP's analysis:

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Business
3:35 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:36 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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.

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. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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Economy
12:49 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

For Long-Term Unemployed, Help Is Running Out

Job seekers line up to enter a career fair in Los Angeles. Both Congress and states are cutting back on unemployment benefits.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

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.

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. "I always worked, and I was always able to get a job."

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Economy
11:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

March Jobs Report Offers Mixed Messages

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 10:44 am

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The Two-Way
7:34 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Just 120,000 Jobs Added, But Jobless Rate Dips To 8.2 Percent

The changes in payroll employment over the past two years.
NPR

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 9:37 am

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 the Bureau of Labor Statistics said this morning in a report that was less positive about the labor market's health than economists had expected.

Prior to the news, forecasters had predicted BLS would say about 200,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month.

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Economy
12:50 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Just How Strong Is The Job Market?

Job seekers attend a career fair in New York City. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the quick drop in unemployment might have been a reversal of overzealous cutbacks during the financial crisis.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 4:44 am

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?

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Thu April 5, 2012

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, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It says there were 357,000 such applications, down 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 363,000.

Claims have been running at the lowest rate since March and April 2008 for several weeks now.

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Economy
11:37 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report

Joanely Carrero restocks shelves at a Target store in Miami. Two reports Wednesday indicated that private hiring grew in March.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

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.

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.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 8:56 am

On the plus side, the ADP National Employment Report issued this morning 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. ET.

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Something Troubling In Your Background?

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.

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Up to Date
10:25 am
Thu January 5, 2012

The Future Of Aerospace In Wichita

The first Boeing KC-767 aerial refueling tanker for Italy awaits production modifications at the Boeing-Wichita Modification Center.
Boeing

Will 2,100 aerospace workers find other jobs in Wichita once Boeing closes its plant next year?

Thursday at 11:40 a.m. on Up to Date: Steve Kraske talks with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer about Wednesday's big news that Boeing is pulling out of city after nearly 85 years.

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Business & Tech
10:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Tech Jobs: The Ticket to the Easy Life?

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In this episode of Central Standard, we ask if all IT jobs are handsomely paid and future-proof.

Let's take a look at some common myths and important realities of the IT industry with the Computer Guys. Plus, we'll hear from local IT recruiters about where growth is happening here in Kansas City.

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KCUR News
10:10 am
Tue June 22, 2010

New Summer Job Opportunities For Some KC Teens

Kansas City, MO – About 4,800 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.

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KCUR News
6:14 pm
Tue April 6, 2010

A Thousand More Show-Me State Jobs Will Go

Governor Jay Nixon ( center) with UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton (R) and staff, faculty.
photo by dan verbeck

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.

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