Downtown Kansas City at twilight
For workers without a four-year degree, Kansas City offers a fairly favorable job market, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia, Cleveland and Atlanta.
Kansas City ranks as the nation’s top metropolitan area for employment opportunities for workers without bachelor’s degrees to earn at least the median wage for the area. About one-third of the area’s jobs are accessible to these workers who comprise about 70 percent of the adult population.
One reason for the city’s high share of employment could be the area’s relatively strong community college systems, which work with employers to train workers who require two-year, rather than four-year, degrees. Two automotive assembly plants and a growing information technology sector in the area also contribute to the strong employment.
St. Louis also ranks among the best markets for workers without a college education, according to the report.