Kansas economy

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
10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Economic Factors Could Affect Kansas Job Growth

Jeremy Hill is the director of Wichita State University Center for Economic Development and Business Research.
www.wichita.edu

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.

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.

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