It’s a good time for Kansas City job hunters, but tough for employers

The Kansas City metropolitan area is a better-than-average place to be a job hunter right now, but it’s a difficult place for employers to get the talent they want to hire.

A new report issued Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the area registered a low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in December, compared to a national average of 4.5 percent on the same non-seasonally adjusted basis.

A second report, also released Wednesday, said there were 1.15 job hunters for every one job opening advertised online in the metro area. That November rate (the most recent available) put Kansas City among the nation’s favorable markets for job seekers, according to The Conference Board.

That ratio means there may be little competition for a job in the Kansas City area compared to a market that has two or more unemployed job seekers for every posted job.

While both sets of numbers indicate that people who want to work are likely to land some kind of job — though admittedly not at the pay or location they prefer — the reports also indicate headaches for employers who want well-qualified or experienced candidates to fill openings.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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