Kansas set another private sector employment record in 2016 according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 1.157 million jobs. The adjacent chart reflects average annual employment on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Kansas added 9,100 jobs in 2016 despite challenges in oil & gas extraction and agriculture.
Total private sector employment will likely be even higher when the Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes its 2016 data. BEA tracks all employment but BLS does not include proprietors or farm workers. Farm worker employment may be soft but Kansas has seen proprietor employment increase by about 8,000 jobs annually between 2012 and 2015.