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K A N S A S
Job Vacancy Survey
Includes job vacancy information for the State of Kansas and five Local Workforce Planning Areas

Labor Market Information Services

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the employers who took the time to respond to the Job

Vacancy Survey. Without their help, this study would not have been possible. We hope to continue to partner with Kansas employers to produce and provide useful and timely workforce information that will benefit employers, job seekers and the state’s workforce development efforts.

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius Governor State of Kansas Jim Garner, Secretary Kansas Department of Labor For further information, please contact Dorothy D. Stites, Director Labor Market Information Services Kansas Department of Labor 401 SW Topeka Blvd Topeka, KS 66603-3182 Phone: 785-296-5058 Fax: 785-296-5286 Web site: www.dol.ks.gov E-mail: dorothy.stites@dol.ks.gov

Survey forms for the 2006 Kansas Job Vacancy Study will be mailed in April of 2006.
If you are an employer that receives a survey, we want to hear from you. Your assistance in completing and returning the survey will be greatly appreciated and will allow us to produce accurate and timely workforce information that will provide comparability over the years.

Table of Contents
Survey Background . Publication Overview Local Area Counties . Table Footnotes . Statewide Results . About the Survey . Job Vacancy Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 6 7 8

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Job Vacancies by Occupation . Starting Wage Offer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Job Vacancies by Industry & Size . Duration of Job Vacancies . Education & Experience. Benefits Offered . Area Comparison . Local Area I . . . . . . Local Area II . Local Area III . Local Area IV . Local Area V . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Survey Background
An examination of the currently available labor market information reveals a gap in information concerning labor demand. Statistics are available under programs funded by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that provide information about the civilian labor force. Additional employment statistics also are available from the Kansas Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), providing data about the number of employers and those employed in each industry and size. Another BLS program, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), provides information regarding employment estimates and average wages by occupations. This same BLS program also provides occupational projections that assist analysts with forecasting future occupational needs. All of this information is essential to providing labor supply data, in addition to providing some elements for future planning. However, information about labor demand is limited. Labor Market Information Services (LMIS), the statistical branch of the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), moved to fill this data gap by conducting an annual Job Vacancy Survey (JVS). The results from this survey can be an effective tool to paint a picture of current labor demands. The data is useful to workforce development personnel, educators and job seekers. This is the second year that LMIS has conducted a statewide Job Vacancy Survey. Funding for the statewide study was secured from grant money received under the Workforce Investment Act.

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Publication Overview
This publication includes the results for the state and each of the five Local Areas. The first section of this publication includes the results for the State of Kansas, in addition to some detailed explanation about the survey and how to use the information. The remainder of the publication is divided into five sections, one for each of the five Local Areas. The counties in each area are listed below. A complete report of the Kansas Job Vacancy Survey methodology and a printable copy of this report are available on the KDOL Web site at www.dol.ks.gov.

Local Area I
Barber Barton Chase Cheyenne Clark Cloud Comanche Decatur Dickinson Edwards Ellis Ellsworth Finney Ford Gove Graham Grant Gray Greeley Hamilton Harvey Haskell Hodgeman Jewell Kearny Kiowa Lane Lincoln Logan McPherson Marion Meade Mitchell Morris Morton Ness Norton Osborne Ottawa Pawnee Phillips Pratt Rawlins Reno Republic Rice Rooks Rush Russell Saline Scott Seward Sheridan Sherman Smith Stafford Stanton Stevens Thomas Trego Wallace Wichita

Local Area II
Atchison Brown Clay Doniphan Douglas Franklin Geary Jackson Jefferson Marshall Nemaha Osage Pottawatomie Riley Shawnee Wabaunsee Washington

Local Area III
Johnson Leavenworth Wyandotte

Local Area IV
Butler Cowley Harper Kingman Sedgwick Sumner

Local Area V
Allen Anderson Bourbon Chautauqua Cherokee Coffey Crawford Elk Greenwood Labette Linn Lyon Miami Montgomery Neosho Wilson Woodson

Table Footnotes
The average wage offer represents the average hourly wage calculated from wages reported by employers who responded. NA: Not available – Data were not available or not reportable due to failure to meet reliability standards.
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STATEWIDE
About the Survey

Statewide, usable responses were received from 3,104 employers, a
during the second quarter of 2005.

participation rate of 68 percent, resulting in statistically reliable data.

This survey revealed there were an estimated 36,378 job vacancies in Kansas
Information from the 2005 Kansas Job Vacancy Survey comes from a survey of 4,681 Kansas employers conducted over a three-month period from April 5, 2005 to June 30, 2005, representing the second quarter of 2005. The sample was stratified by major industry and size class to represent the universe of employers in the five Local Areas throughout the State of Kansas. The sample was drawn using software produced by BLS. Each unit in the sample was assigned a weight that represented others in each Local Area in the same industry and of the same size. After the data collection was complete, this weight was used to determine the estimate of the number of job vacancies. Employers surveyed were asked to provide information on current job vacancies at the time of the survey, therefore these estimates are considered as point-in-time estimates. Survey respondents were requested to report job titles, including the number of job vacancies for which they were recruiting. For each job title, they also were asked to provide education and experience requirements, wages and benefits offered and the length of time job vacancies had been open. The job titles were coded into 821 detailed occupations, within 22 major occupational groups, using the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System.

Job Vacancy Rate

One measure of the workforce demand included in this analysis is the job vacancy rate. This rate is a computation of the number of job vacancies as a percent of all filled positions. The number of job vacancies alone does not provide any information about demand relative to the size of the industry or occupation. To better analyze this data, the job vacancy rate must be taken into consideration. For example, the occupation of general office clerks, with 325 estimated openings statewide, is one of the top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies in Kansas (Table 2). The estimated employment for this occupation is 26,830, resulting in a job vacancy rate of only 1.2 percent. This means that for every 100 filled positions there is more than one vacancy in the state.

The average job vacancy rate across all occupations statewide for the second
quarter of 2005 is 2.8 percent, or almost three job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.

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Statewide

Job Vacancies by Occupation
Table 1 Table 1.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Statewide State of Kansas
Number of Major Occupational Group Vacancies All Job Vacancies 36,378 Transportation & Material Moving 3,937 Food Preparation & Serving-Related 3,898 Sales & Related 3,868 Office & Administrative Support 3,733 2,784 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Production 2,069 Construction & Extraction 1,981 Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance 1,902 Healthcare Support 1,852 Installation, Maintenance, & Repair 1,658 Education, Training & Library 1,423 Management 1,261 Business & Financial Operations 1,077 Personal Care & Service 995 Computer & Mathematical 895 Community & Social Services 863 Protective Service 700 Architecture & Engineering 586 Life, Physical & Social Science 415 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media 368 Farming, Fishing, & Forestry 96 17 Legal Job Vacancy Rate 2.8% 4.2% 3.7% 2.9% 1.7% 4.2% 1.7% 3.1% 4.5% 4.5% 2.9% 1.7% 2.2% 2.2% 3.2% 3.3% 5.3% 2.9% 2.2% 4.5% 2.5% 3.2% 0.2% Average Wage Percent Percent Full-Time Permanent Offer $10.93 72% 90% $11.02 76% 86% $ 6.09 36% 96% $ 9.61 58% 95% $ 9.47 71% 93% $18.45 77% 99% $10.50 90% 97% $11.26 98% 99% $ 8.09 57% 69% $ 8.99 87% 65% $14.29 98% 91% $15.03 88% 77% $22.92 98% 98% 96% $17.61 99% $ 8.25 82% 38% 97% $14.32 83% 91% $10.05 76% 53% $ 9.00 57% 96% $20.10 98% $11.71 89% 80% $ 9.93 75% 57% 48% $ 9.05 58% $17.59 100% 100%

The occupational groups with a large number of job vacancies and the highest job vacancy rates include Transportation and Material Moving (3,937 openings and 4.2 percent rate), Healthcare Practitioners and Technical (2,784 openings and 4.2 percent), Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance (1,902 openings and 4.5 percent) and Healthcare Support (1,852 openings and 4.5 percent). Although the Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance occupational group has a higher job vacancy rate, only 57 percent of the openings were reported as being permanent positions.

During the months of April, May and June of 2005, the civilian

labor force estimates indicated that the number of people across the state who were unemployed totaled 71,875, 72,631 and 79,152 respectively. This translates into an average of more than two unemployed people for every job vacancy.

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Table 2 Table 2 Top 25 Occupations Occupations Job Vacancies Job Vacancies Top 25 with the Most with the Most State of Kansas Statewide
Job Number of Vacancy Vacancies Rate Job Title Waiters & Waitresses 1,623 7.8% Registered Nurses 1,457 5.6% Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 1,450 7.7% Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 1,287 6.7% Retail Salespersons 1,273 3.3% Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 1,226 5.5% Cashiers 1,175 3.4% Customer Service Representatives 1,093 6.2% Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 897 9.8% Janitors & Cleaners, Except Maids & Housekeeping 626 3.0% Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers 466 22.8% Tellers 446 6.1% Food Preparation Workers 399 4.2% First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales 373 3.1% 358 Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics 5.6% Personal & Home Care Aides 336 3.7% Home Health Aides 334 6.6% Office Clerks, General 325 1.2% 323 All Other Production Workers 13.7% Cooks, Restaurant 317 4.9% Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers 317 6.3% Recreational Protective Service Workers 308 25.7% Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 308 1.8% Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equip. Operators 284 4.4% Teacher Assistants 282 1.7% Requires Average Education Requires Open License or Always More than Wage Beyond Offer High School Certificate Open 60 days $ 5.53 2% 0% 67% 0% $ 19.07 100% 100% 32% 7% $ 15.52 8% 100% 47% 3% 0% 1% 40% 5% $ 9.25 $ 7.78 2% 3% 42% 4% 80% 82% 51% 9% $ 8.62 $ 6.48 2% 1% 48% 0% 15% 4% 42% 3% $ 9.17 $ 7.66 5% 3% 61% 5% 0% 0% $ 7.05 38% 0% 6% 6% $ 12.46 32% 50% 0% 0% 0% 0% $ 7.68 0% 0% 73% 3% $ 5.78 4% 0% 23% 6% $ 10.64 42% 21% 36% 12% $ 13.30 12% 0% 72% 0% $ 8.03 13% 8% 24% 2% $ 8.12 3% 0% 22% 2% $ 8.56 2% 17% $ 10.08 35% 0% 4% 0% 33% 0% $ 6.80 63% 4% $ 10.77 70% 0% 23% 57% $ 5.74 42% 17% 5% 0% 29% 10% $ 7.26 0% 5% $ 11.97 0% 85% 22% 1% $ 8.45 64% 12%

The top 25 occupations listed in Table 2 account for almost one-half of all
job vacancies in Kansas.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Kansas is waiters and waitresses, with an estimate of 1,623 job openings and a job vacancy rate of 7.8 percent. Sixty-seven percent of the openings in this occupation were reported as being jobs for which employers are constantly recruiting. The occupations of registered nurses and truck driver, heavy and tractor-trailer are not far behind on the list. Some of the occupations in this list may be reflecting a higher number of vacancies or a high job vacancy rate due to the timing of this survey. Many recreation departments are filling lifeguard positions during the months of April and May, resulting in a seasonal demand for recreational protective service workers. The number of job openings for construction occupations, such as cement masons and concrete finishers and operating engineers and other construction equipment operators, may also appear higher than normal during the second quarter of the year as the construction industry hires for spring and summer projects. This may be the same situation for landscaping and groundskeeping workers as the lawn and garden season gets underway during this time. Occupations in the healthcare industry are in high demand across the country, therefore, it is not surprising that registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants and home health aides appear among the top 25 occupations.
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Job Vacancies by Industry & Size
Table 3 Job Vacancies by Industry Statewide
Job Vacancy Rate Average Wage Offer

Industry All Job Vacancies Health Care & Social Assistance Accommodation & Food Services Retail Trade Manufacturing Construction Transportation & Warehousing Administrative & Waste Services Educational Services Government Information Professional & Technical Services Finance & Insurance Wholesale Trade Other Services, except Public Administration Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Real Estate & Rental & Leasing Management of Companies & Enterprises Mining Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Utilities

Number of Vacancies

36,378 6,932 4,247 3,940 3,362 2,194 2,191 2,023 1,925 1,553 1,550 1,532 1,426 1,301 546 446 385 371 232 166 56

2.8% 4.2% 4.4% 2.6% 1.9% 3.4% 4.4% 3.1% 1.6% 1.8% 3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2.2% 1.4% 2.6% 2.5% 4.0% 3.3% 1.8% 0.6%

$10.93 $12.43 $ 6.16 $ 7.97 $12.35 $11.46 $12.94 $ 9.15 $14.67 $10.12 $13.79 $16.51 $11.83 $15.74 $12.31 $ 9.23 $11.56 $10.48 $ 9.82 $11.93 $20.86

Other ways to analyze the number of job openings and the job vacancy rate are comparison by industry and by size. Since many of the occupations showing the most job openings in Table 2 are healthcare related, it is not surprising to see that the industry group with the largest number of job vacancies and a high job vacancy rate is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 6,932 estimated job openings across the state and a 4.2 percent job vacancy rate. The highest job vacancy rate is found among small firms with five to 49 employees. This size class represents 38 percent of the employers in the State of Kansas. The 3.5 percent job vacancy rate indicates that these firms may be having a more difficult time than larger firms finding qualified job applicants.
Table 4 Job Vacancies by Size Statewide
Size All Job Vacancies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (50-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees) Table 1.4 Job Vacancies by Size State of Kansas

Number of Vacancies 36,378 2,162 14,555 10,501 9,160

Job Vacancy Rate 2.8% 2.8% 3.5% 2.8% 2.2%

Average Wage Offer $10.93 $11.10 $10.68 $10.68 $11.84

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job vacancies in the State of Kansas is $10.93
an hour. Twenty-six percent of the job vacancies reported in the state pay at least $12.00 an hour.
Figure 1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Statewide Percent of Job Vacancies 30% 20% 10% 0%
Less than $6.00 $6.00$7.99 $8.00$9.99 $10.00- $12.00- $14.00- $16.00- $18.00- $20.00 $11.99 $13.99 $15.99 $17.99 $19.99 & over

20% 9%

17% 9% 7% 6% 4% 3% 6%

The average hourly wage offer is based upon the responses employers provided to the wage offer question on the survey and does not reflect information from other sources or wages paid for currently filled positions. Some survey participants did not respond to the expected wage question. This average does not include wage information for any occupations paid by special pay arrangements. For example, some truck drivers are paid a certain amount per load. In addition, this figure does not include all monies received from tips for certain occupations such as waiters and waitresses. The occupational groups with the highest average wage offer are Management occupations at $22.92 an hour and Architecture and Engineering occupations at $20.10 an hour (Table 1). The highest average wage offer among the top 25 occupations listed on Table 2 is found in registered nurses at $19.07 an hour, followed by truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer, at $15.52 an hour. Eight of the top 25 occupations offer an average starting wage of more than $10.00 an hour. The average wage offer for full-time positions is $12.45 an hour, while those that are considered permanent positions is $11.23 an hour.

Figure 2 Full-time/Part-time Statewide

Part-time 28% $7.39

Figure 3 Permanent/ Seasonal Statewide

Seasonal 10% $8.45

Full-time 72% $12.45

Permanent 90% $11.23

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Duration of Job Vacancies
Figure 4 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Statewide 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Another measure of labor market dynamics is the duration of a job vacancy. To better understand the length of the recruiting process for certain occupations, survey respondents were asked how long current job vacancies have remained unfilled.

$25.00 Average Wage Offer $20.00 $11.16 $12.68 $14.77 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Results indicated that nine percent of

$9.37

the job vacancies across the state have been open 60 days or more. The average wage offer for occupations open for this length of time is $14.77 an hour.
Positions that are reported as being open 60 days or more could be an indication of the positions that are more difficult to fill. The type of work or adverse environment could be a factor in some occupations. Job vacancies in professional, high skilled or technical fields, that remain unfilled for a considerable time, may be considered hard to fill because of the specialized education or training required. One occupation listed among those that have been open for this length of time is health specialties teachers. Results indicate that 95 percent of the openings for this occupation require a bachelor or advanced degree, 85 percent require a special license or certificate and 93 percent require experience related to the position. In addition, the average wage offer for this occupation is reported to be $20.93 an hour, marking this occupation as one that may be more difficult to fill.

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Table 5 Occupations Open Table 1.5 More than 60 Days Occupations Open More than 60 Days Statewide State of Kansas

Requires Bachelor or Requires Requires Average Advanced License or Related Wage Degree Certificate Exprience Offer Job Title Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equip. Operators 0% 5% 16% $ 11.97 Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers $ 12.46 0% 6% 50% Machinists 0% $ 13.73 14% 93% $ 8.62 3% 82% 12% Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants Registered Nurses 57% $19.07 100% 41% Training & Development Specialists 1% 91% $ 17.43 8% Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses 100% 27% $13.36 17% Health Specialties Teachers $ 20.93 93% 95% 85% Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 21% $ 9.25 0% 1% Executive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 51% 19% $ 15.32 1%

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Thirty-four percent of the job vacancies in Kansas were reported as

being open less than 30 days. The average wage offer for these vacancies is $11.16 an hour.
Occupations reported as being open less than 30 days may have shorter hiring cycles, indicating there is no shortage of workers. These vacancies may also represent seasonal positions that need to be filled quickly, such as the occupation of landscaping and groundskeeping workers. Eight of the occupations listed in Table 6 that Table 1.6 were among those open less than thirty days are also listed in Table 7 among those reported to be always open, Occupations jobs Less be in high-turnover fields. indicating that some of theOpen may than 30 Days
State of Kansas

Table 6 Occupations Open Less than 30 Days Statewide

No Requires No Seasonal Education Experience Position Beyond HS Required Job Title Cashiers 7% 98% 63% Retail Salespersons 93% 53% 7% 92% 14% 6% Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 91% 64% 1% Waiters & Waitresses Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 26% 97% 48% Customer Service Representatives 79% 17% 13% 0% 12% 1% Registered Nurses 14% 42% 18% Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants 95% 76% 74% Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 72% 23% 10% Office Clerks, General

Thirty-six percent of the job openings were reported as being positions

that are always open where these employers are continuously recruiting. The average wage offered for positions always open is $9.37 an hour.
Jobs in high-turnover fields may need to be refilled multiple times in a single year. The average wage offer, in addition to the education and experience requirements, are found to be lower in some cases. Also, the type of work expected could be a factor for jobs in high-turnover fields. On the other hand, some positions are always Table 1.7 open due to a lack of qualified applicants, which may be the case for occupations such as truck drivers and Occupations Always Open registered nurses.
State of Kansas

Table 7 Occupations Always Open Statewide

Requires Requires Requires No License or Related Education Average Certificate Experience Beyond HS Wage Offer Job Title Waiters & Waitresses 0% 18% 91% $ 5.53 Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 100% 60% 92% $15.52 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants $ 8.62 82% 12% 14% $ 6.48 3% 98% 1% Cashiers Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers $ 7.66 2% 95% 3% Retail Salespersons $ 7.78 10% 93% 3% Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 21% 97% $ 9.25 1% Registered Nurses $19.07 41% 0% 100% Customer Service Representatives 23% 79% $ 9.17 4% Food Preparation Workers 6% 99% $ 5.78 0%

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Education & Experience

Figure 5 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Education Statewide

50% $24.14 40% $18.76 30% 20% 10% 0%
No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Percent of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

$30.00 Average Wage Offer Average Wage Offer $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

$7.84

$9.66

$12.34

$14.56

Thirty percent of the positions open-for-hire across the state, require education
beyond high school.
The average wage offer ranges from $12.34 an hour, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $24.14 an hour, for positions that require an advanced degree. It is evident from the data of this study that the more education the position requires, the higher the wage offer will be.

Figure 6 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Experience Statewide

50% 40% 30% 20% $7.96 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 $14.09 $10.87 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

Sixty-two percent of the job vacancies in the
state require some work experience.
Positions that require work experience directly related to the position have an average wage offer of $14.09 an hour. Seventeen percent of the job openings reported across the state do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions is $6.64 an hour.

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Figure 7 Job Vacancies by License Required Statewide License Required 24% $14.75 No response 6%

Twenty-four percent of the job

vacancies across the state require a special license or certificate.
Vacancies that require a license or certificate include occupations such as registered nurses, truck drivers, nursing aides, licensed practical nurses, teachers, bus drivers, plumbers and other health-related occupations. Occupations in the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupational group appear to have the most requirements with 90 percent requiring education beyond high school and 87 percent requiring a license or certificate. Other occupational groups reflecting the most requirements include Legal, with 82 percent requiring education beyond high school and 76 percent requiring experience related to the position, followed by Architecture and Engineering where 80 percent of the positions require experience related to the position.

No License Required 70% $9.80

Table 8 Major Occupational Groups by Percent Requiring Education, Experience or License Statewide

Table 1.8 Job Vacancies by Percent Requiring Education, Experience or License State of Kansas Requires Requires Experience Requires Related License or Average Education Beyond HS to Position Certificate Wage Offer Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies 30% 36% 24% $10.93 Management 65% 74% 19% $22.92 Architecture & Engineering 67% 80% 26% $20.10 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $18.45 87% 90% 36% 8% $17.61 43% 60% Business & Financial Operations Legal 65% $17.59 82% 76% Education, Training & Library 53% $15.03 74% 48% Computer & Mathematical 4% $14.32 50% 61% Installation, Maintenance & Repair 14% $14.29 52% 58% Life, Physical & Social Science 21% $11.71 62% 57% Construction & Extraction 15% $11.26 12% 39% Transportation & Material Moving $11.02 52% 4% 35% Production 5% 23% 48% $10.50 Community & Social Services 24% 40% 26% $10.05 8% $ 9.93 57% Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media 46% Sales & Related 5% $ 9.61 13% 23% Office & Administrative Support 3% $ 9.47 16% 34% Farming, Fishing & Forestry 0% $ 9.05 0% 21% Protective Service 42% $ 9.00 17% 22% Healthcare Support 68% $ 8.99 64% 15% Personal Care & Service 16% $ 8.25 17% 24% Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance 3% 18% 7% $ 8.09 Food Preparation & Serving-Related 1% 17% 0% $ 6.09

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Benefits Offered

Seventy-seven percent of full-time job openings include health insurance
benefits.
Seventy-five percent of full-time openings include paid vacation leave, 68 percent include a retirement savings plan and only 54 percent include paid sick leave. Only 12 percent of the full-time openings in the state do not provide any benefit package. Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. More than one-half of the part-time openings do not include any benefit package. The ones that do offer benefits tend to offer only one or two types.
Figure 9 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Statewide 100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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Area Comparison

The number of job openings across the state remained consistent with findings
in 2004.
Overall, results reflected an eight percent increase, a total of 2,785 more openings in the 2005 survey than one year ago. Two occupational groups, Computer and Mathematical and Community and Social Services, did experience a significant percent increase in the number of openings since last year. The Legal occupational group showed the most significant percent decrease. The number of job openings decreased in Area I, Area IV and Area V from 2004 to 2005. Local Areas II and III experienced an increase in the number of job openings. Table 1.9
Table 9 Change 2004-2005 by Major Occupational Group Statewide
Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group, includes Comparison fro 2004 Study State of Kansas Comparison Numeric Percent Number of Change Change from 2Q Vacancies 2Q from 2Q Major Occupational Group 2004 2004 2005 All Job Vacancies 36,378 2,785 8% Transportation & Material Moving 3,937 -399 -9% Food Preparation & Serving-Related -62 -2% 3,898 Sales & Related 1,246 48% 3,868 177 5% 3,733 Office & Administrative Support Healthcare Practitioners & Technical 723 35% 2,784 Production -542 -21% 2,069 Construction & Extraction -21 -1% 1,981 Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance 1,902 832 78% Healthcare Support 1,852 -14 -1% Installation, Maintenance & Repair 525 46% 1,658 Education, Training & Library -26% 1,423 -501 Management -3% -36 1,261 Business & Financial Operations -39 -3% 1,077 -24 -2% 995 Personal Care & Service Computer & Mathematical 530 145% 895 Community & Social Services 444 106% 863 Protective Service -9 -1% 700 Architecture & Engineering -57 -9% 586 Life, Physical & Social Science 155 60% 415 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media -65 -15% 368 Farming, Fishing & Forestry -16 96 -14% Legal -62 17 -78%

Comparison 2004-2005 Statewide & Local Areas

Number of Job Vacancies

Figure 9

40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0
Statewide 33,593 36,378 Local Area I Local Area II Local Area III Local Area IV Local Area V 6,381 5,913 5,473 7,222 9,766 13,162 8,505 6,354 3,264 3,225

2Q 2004 2Q 2005

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The job vacancy rate across all occupations
in the state was 2.6 percent in 2004, compared to this year’s job vacancy rate of 2.8 percent.
Figure 10 Percent of Job Vacancies by Local Area Unassigned 1% Local Area V Local Area I 9% 16% Local Area IV 17% Local Area II 20% Local Area III 37%

Thirty-seven percent of the job vacancies across the state are in Local Area III. Local Area V has the smallest number of positions open-for-hire with nine percent. The total number of job openings in the state is 36,378. This includes 502 openings that are not assigned to a specific area.

Figure 11 Comparison of Job Vacancy Rate & Wage Offer by Local Area Job Vacancy Rate

3.5% 3.0% 2.5% 2.0% 1.5% 1.0% 0.5% 0.0% 2.4% 3.0%
Job Vacancy Rate

$14.00 $11.68 $10.83 $10.40 $10.08 $10.01 Average Wage Offer $12.00 $10.00 $8.00 $6.00 $4.00 $2.00 3.3% 2.2% 2.7%
Local Area V Local Area III Local Area IV

Local Area I Local Area II

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Average Wage Offer

The job vacancy rate in Local Area III, at 3.3 percent, is the highest among all five areas. This computation represents the number of job vacancies as a percent of all positions in that area. Openings in Local Area IV produced the smallest job vacancy rate, at 2.2 percent. The average wage offer for all job openings was found to be the highest in Local Area III, at $11.68 an hour, and the lowest in Local Area V, at $10.01 an hour.

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LOCAL AREA I

This survey revealed there were an estimated 5,913 job vacancies in Local

Area I during the second quarter of 2005. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 2.4 percent or almost two and one half job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
The statewide sample included 940 establishments for Local Area I. There were 662 usable responses received from Local Area I, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 71.6 percent.

Job Vacancies by Occupation

In Local Area I, the occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies and a high job vacancy rate is Transportation and Material Moving, with an estimated 889 openings and a 4.8 percent job vacancy rate. The occupational groups with the highest job vacancy rate in this area are Computer and Mathematical with a 6.4 percent job vacancy rate, followed by Community and Social Services at 6.3 percent.
Table 1.1 Table 1.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Local Area 1 Local Area I

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Local Area I

Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies Transportation & Material Moving Sales and Related Food Preparation & Serving-Related Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Office and Administrative Support Healthcare Support Building & Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Production Installation, Maintenance & Repair Education, Training & Library Community & Social Services Protective Service Construction & Extraction Personal Care & Service Management Computer & Mathematical Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Business & Financial Operations Architecture & Engineering Farming, Fishing & Forestry Life, Physical & Social Science Legal

Job Number of Vacancy Rate Vacancies 5.913 2.4% 889 4.8% 599 2.5% 537 2.4% 3.5% 488 471 1.3% 465 4.1% 423 3.9% 420 1.5% 331 3.0% 305 1.5% 184 6.3% 156 4.7% 141 1.2% 129 3.2% 113 1.3% 108 6.4% 2.1% 49 37 0.7% 34 2.3% 2.0% 26 8 0.7% 0 0.0%

Average Wage Offer $10.83 $12.93 $ 9.78 $ 5.70 $16.58 $10.01 $ 8.11 $ 7.04 $10.75 $14.44 $15.15 $ 9.79 $ 8.15 $11.41 $ 7.71 $23.91 $ 9.33 $12.50 $15.65 $17.95 NA $18.10 NA

The top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 61 percent
of total job vacancies in this area.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area I is truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer, with an estimated 453 job openings and a job vacancy rate of 8.1 percent. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry reported the most job openings across the state (Table 1.3), therefore, it is not surprising to see occupations such as registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, home health aides and rehabilitation counselors appear among the top 25 occupations (Table 1.2). In addition, occupations such as janitors and cleaners, maids and housekeeping cleaners, receptionists and information clerks and food preparation workers also are prominent in the healthcare industry.
Table 1.2 Table1.2 Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies Local Area 1 Local Area I Number of Vacancies Job Title Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 453 Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants 313 Registered Nurses 280 Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 247 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales 187 Janitors & Cleaners, Except Maids & Houskeeping Cleaners 176 Cashiers 176 Cooks, Short Order 154 Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 145 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers 139 Waiters & Waitresses 128 Retail Salespersons 128 Home Health Aides 116 Cooks, Fast Food 102 Rehabilitation Counselors 90 Food Preparation Workers 89 Receptionists & Information Clerks 87 Recreational Protective Service Workers 82 80 All Other Production Workers Cleaners of Vehicles & Equipment 79 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Vocational 77 76 Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians, FAA Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 74 Bill & Account Collectors 74 Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 65

Job Vacancy Average Rate Wage Offer 8.1% $ 17.75 4.2% $ 8.19 5.2% $ 18.66 9.1% $ 10.25 8.2% $ 10.40 3.8% $ 6.66 2.3% $ 5.75 NA $ 5.75 4.6% $ 7.25 10.0% $ 9.78 3.3% $ 5.62 1.6% $ 8.03 7.5% $ 7.47 3.4% $ 5.20 45.0% $ 9.02 4.5% $ 4.98 5.2% $ 8.29 30.4% $ 5.45 34.8% $ 8.62 11.3% $ 7.00 2.3% $ 18.10 NA $ 15.00 2.0% $ 17.57 11.6% $ 9.08 3.0% $ 6.29

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Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

The industry group with the largest number of job vacancies and a high job

vacancy rate in Local Area I is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 1,300 estimated openings and a 3.5 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry groups with the highest job vacancy rates are Transportation and Warehousing with a rate of 4.9 percent and 399 openings; Mining, with a 4.9 percent rate and 211 openings; and Administrative and Waste Services, with a 4.7 percent rate and 254 openings. The total job vacancy rate by industry and size is 2.3 percent. This rate differs slightly from the 2.4 percent job vacancy rate by occupation. This difference is due to the fact that the employment estimates are produced by a different methodology.
Table 1.3 Job Vacancies by Industry Local Area I
Number of Industry Vacancies All Job Vacancies 5,913 Health Care & Social Assistance 1,300 Retail Trade 815 Accommodation & Food Services 620 Manufacturing 553 Educational Services 449 Public Administration 415 Transportation & Warehousing 399 Wholesale Trade 265 Administrative & Waste Services 254 Mining 211 Finance & Insurance 192 Information 133 Construction 74 Management of Companies & Enterprises 60 Other Services, except Public Administration 59 Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 50 Professional & Technical Services 50 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 10 Utilities 4 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 0 Table 1.4 Table 1.4 Job Vacancies by Size Job Vacancies by Size Local Area I Local Area I Size All Job Vacancies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (50-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees) Number of Vacancies 5.913 251 3,008 1,775 879 Job Vacancy Rate 2.3% 3.5% 2.7% 3.3% 1.4% 1.5% 2.0% 4.9% 2.2% 4.7% 4.9% 2.2% 3.1% 0.7% 3.1% 0.9% 3.2% 0.9% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% Average Wage Offer $10.83 $11.23 $ 7.96 $ 5.72 $12.28 $14.93 $ 8.38 $18.85 $16.25 $ 7.85 $ 9.10 $18.96 $10.03 $ 9.70 $10.08 $13.65 $ 6.92 $13.20 $ 8.65 $21.63 NA

Job Vacancy Rate 2.3% 1.2% 3.0% 2.2% 1.5%

Average Wage Offer $10.83 $22.00 $ 9.73 $10.55 $11.95

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job openings in Local Area I is $10.83 an hour.
Twenty-eight percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area I offer a starting wage of at least $12.00 an hour. The largest percentage of job openings in this area (25 percent) is found in the pay range of $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.

Figure 1.1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Local Area I Percent of Job Vacancies 30% 20% 10% 0% 11% 21% 25%

8%
$6.00 $7.99 $8.00 $9.99 $10.00 $11.99

10% 6%
$12.00 $13.99

5%
$14.00 $15.99

4%
$16.00 $17.99

3%
$18.00 $19.99 $20.00 and over

Less than $6.00

Seventy-four percent of the job vacancies in Local Area I are considered to be full-time positions. The average wage offer for a full-time position in this area is $12.12 an hour and the average for a part-time position is $7.28 an hour. Ninety-four percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area are considered permanent positions. The average wage offer for a permanent position in this area is $11.09 an hour and the average wage offer for a seasonal or temporary position is $6.88 an hour.

Figure 1.2 Full-time/Part-time Local Area I Part-time 26% $7.28

Figure 1.3 Permanent/Seasonal Local Area I Seasonal 6% $6.88

Full-time 74% $12.12

Permanent 94% $11.09

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Education & Experience
Figure 1.4 Job Vacancies by Required Education Local Area I 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% $9.21 10% 0%
No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Percent of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

$30.00 $21.90 $17.48 $14.27 $9.10 $10.95 $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00 Average Wage Offer Average Wage Offer

Thirty-three percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate. The average hourly wage offer for these positions range from $10.95, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $21.90, for positions that require an advanced degree.

Figure 1.5 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Experience Local Area I

50% 40% 30% 20% $7.86 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 $20.00 $12.70 $12.15 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

Sixty-three percent of the job vacancies in this area require work experience. The average hourly wage offer for positions that require some work experience is $12.70, while the average for positions that require work experience related to the position is $12.15.

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Figure 1.6 Job Vacancies by License Requirement Local Area I License Required 33.1% $14.45 No response 0.4%

Thirty-three percent of the job vacancies in Local Area I require a license or certificate. These vacancies include occupations such as truck drivers, teachers, registered nurses and other health related occupations.

Ten percent of the job openings in Local
No License Required 66.5% $9.19

Area I do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions.
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Duration of Job Vacancies
Figure 1.7 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Local Area I 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Thirty-four percent of the job openings
$25.00 $20.00 Average Wage Offer

were reported as being positions that are always open, where these employers are continuously recruiting.

$14.11 $9.54 $11.27 $10.37

$15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Only eight percent of the job vacancies in Local Area I have been open 60 days or more, an indication that these positions are more difficult to fill. The average wage offer for these positions is $14.11 an hour. Twenty percent of the job vacancies in Local Area I were reported as being open 30 days or more. Forty-two percent of the job vacancies in this area were reported as being open less than 30 days.

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Benefits Offered
Eighty-seven percent of full-time job vacancies in Local Area I offer health insurance benefits. Seventy-nine percent offer paid vacation leave and 73 percent offer a retirement savings plan. Only six percent of the fulltime openings do not provide any benefits. Part-time job vacancies are less likely to offer benefits. Fifty-three percent of the part-time job openings in this area do not provide any benefits. The benefit offered the most among part-time openings was paid vacation leave, offered in 40 percent of the part-time openings.

Figure 1.8 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Local Area I

100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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LOCAL AREA II

The survey revealed there were an estimated 7,222 job vacancies in Local
The statewide sample included 931 establishments for Local Area II. There were 648 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 70.6 percent for this area.

Area II during the second quarter of 2005. This translates into a job vacancy rate of three percent or three job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
In Local Area II, the occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies and a high job vacancy rate is Food Preparation and Serving-Related, with an estimated 1,003 openings and a 5.1 percent job vacancy rate. The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Life, Physical and Social Science with a 7.9 percent job vacancy rate and 209 openings.

Table 2.1 Table 2.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Area II LocalVacancies by Major Occupational Group Local Area II Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies Food Preparation & Serving-Related Transportation & Material Moving Office & Administrative Support Sales & Related Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Education, Training & Library Production Construction & Extraction Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Personal Care & Service Healthcare Support Installation, Maintenance & Repair Life, Physical & Social Science Protective Service Management Business & Financial Operations Computer & Mathematical Community & Social Services Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Architecture & Engineering Farming, Fishing & Forestry Legal Number of Vacancies 7,222 1,003 799 786 730 504 479 381 373 356 318 234 225 209 158 156 130 118 105 101 31 20 6

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Job Vacancy Rate 3.0% 5.1% 5.8% 1.7% 3.2% 4.0% 2.4% 2.3% 3.4% 4.5% 4.5% 3.1% 2.1% 7.9% 3.0% 1.3% 1.4% 3.1% 2.7% 2.7% 1.0% 3.2% 0.4%

Average Wage Offer $10.40 $ 5.90 $12.00 $ 8.17 $ 7.65 $18.80 $17.36 $10.23 $11.90 $ 6.92 $ 7.12 $ 9.13 $11.53 $11.52 $ 7.34 $23.88 $16.91 $10.79 $ 9.86 $ 8.12 $19.22 NA $16.92

The top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 58
percent of total job vacancies in this area.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area II is retail salespersons, with an estimated 449 job openings and a six percent job vacancy rate, followed by waiters and waitresses, with 438 job openings and a 11.4 percent job vacancy rate. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry reported the most job openings across the state (Table 2.3), therefore, it is not surprising to see occupations such as registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants and licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses appear among the top 25 occupations (Table 2.2). In addition, occupations such as janitors and cleaners, general office clerks, customer service representatives and food preparation workers also are prominent in the healthcare industry.
Table 2.2 Table 2.2 Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies Local Area II II Local Area
Number of Vacancies Job Title Retail Salespersons 449 Waiters & Waitresses 438 Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 342 Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 245 Registered Nurses 244 Food Preparation Workers 195 Cashiers 192 Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 190 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 162 All Other Helpers, Construction Trades 157 Tellers 151 Customer Service Representatives 146 Cooks, Restaurant 136 Office Clerks, General 119 Recreational Protective Service Workers 111 Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics 99 Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses 98 Maintenance & Repair Workers, General 97 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Vocational 96 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 91 Stock Clerks & Order Fillers 89 Market Research Analysts 87 Janitors & Cleaners, Except Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 85 Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazer 82 Bus Drivers, School 73

Job Vacancy Rate

Average Wage Offer

6.0% 11.4% 14.0% 16.3% 5.2% 13.2% 3.1% 7.3% 5.0% NA 8.3% 4.6% 10.2% 1.9% NA 7.2% 6.8% 4.2% 3.8% 2.6% 2.2% 34.8% 2.1% 7.5% 5.2%

$ 6.65 $ 5.54 $ 15.19 $ 6.82 $ 20.00 $ 5.75 $ 6.23 $ 9.26 $ 8.69 $ 10.72 $ 7.62 $ 8.70 $ 6.13 $ 7.29 $ 5.98 $ 12.77 $ 13.37 $ 9.99 $ 17.16 $ 16.69 $ 5.53 $ 9.99 $ 6.72 $ 10.40 $ 9.92

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Job Vacancies by Industry & Size

The industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area II
is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 1,035 estimated openings and a 3.1 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting with a rate of 11.5 percent and 104 openings. The size group with the highest job vacancy rate is the Very Small size group, with a rate of 4.8 percent.
Table 2.3 Job Vacancies by Industry Local Area II
Industry All Job Vacancies Health Care & Social Assistance Retail Trade Educational Services Accommodation & Food Services Government Manufacturing Transportation & Warehousing Construction Finance & Insurance Information Administrative & Waste Services Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Other Services, except Public Administration Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Wholesale Trade Professional & Technical Services Real Estate & Rental Leasing Utilities Management of Companies & Enterprises Mining
Number of Vacancies 7,222 1,035 989 875 796 726 716 367 351 304 224 219 130 117 104 94 92 56 17 10 0 Job Vacancy Rate 3.0% 3.1% 3.4% 2.9% 4.1% 3.0% 3.4% 4.0% 2.8% 3.0% 3.9% 2.9% 3.2% 1.3% 11.5% 1.3% 0.8% 2.0% 1.0% 1.1% 0.0% Average Wage Offer $10.40 $13.35 $ 7.22 $14.82 $ 5.74 $ 9.50 $12.07 $13.09 $11.84 $ 8.30 $ 8.47 $ 7.77 $10.65 $10.36 $15.91 $13.88 $ 8.27 $ 7.00 $14.22 $14.04 NA

Table 2.4 Table 2.4 Job Vacancies by Size Job Vacancies by Size Local Area II Local Area II Size All Job Vacncies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (50-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees) Number of Vacancies 7,222 659 2,247 1,658 2,658

Job Vacancy Rate 3.0% 4.8% 2.8% 2.4% 3.3%

Average Wage Offer $10.40 $ 7.74 $10.74 $10.52 $10.68

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job openings in Local Area II is $10.40
an hour.
Twenty-six percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area II offer a starting wage of at least $12.00 an hour. The largest percentage of job openings in this area (27 percent) is found in the pay range of $6.00 to $7.99 an hour.

Figure 2.1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Local Area II Percent of Job Vacancies 30% 20% 10% 0% 14% 27% 15%

10% 6%

6%
$14.00 $15.99

4%
$16.00 $17.99

3%
$18.00 $19.99

7%
$20.00 and over

Less than $6.00

$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

$12.00 $13.99

Figure 2.2 Full-time/ Part-time Local Area II

Part-time 36% $7.28

Sixty-four percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II are considered to be full-time positions. The average wage offer for a full-time position in this area is $12.19 an hour and the average for a part-time position is $7.28 an hour.

Full-time 64% $12.19 Figure 2.3 Permanent/ Seasonal Local Area II Seasonal 14% $7.38

Eighty-six percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area are considered permanent positions. The average wage offer for a permanent position in this area is $10.91 an hour and the average wage offer for a seasonal or temporary position is $7.38 an hour.
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Permanent 86% $10.91

Education & Experience
Figure 2.4 Job Vacancies by Required Education Local Area II Percent of Job Vacancies 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Percent of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

$30.00 Average Wage Offer 25 $21.66 $18.91 $14.79 $7.43 $9.13 $11.84 $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Twenty-six percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate. The average hourly wage offer for these positions ranges from $11.84, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $21.66, for positions that require an advanced degree.

Figure 2.5 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Experience Local Area II

50% 40% 30% 20% $7.62 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 Average Wage Offer $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

$14.83 $9.50

Sixty-one percent of the job vacancies in this area require work experience. The average hourly wage offer for positions that require some work experience is $9.50, while the average for positions that require work experience related to the position is $14.83.

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Figure 2.6 Job Vacancies by License Requirement Local Area II License Required 24% $15.28

No response 5%

Twenty-four percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II require a license or certificate. These vacancies include occupations such as truck drivers, teachers, registered nurses and other health related occupations.

Twenty percent of all job openings in Local
No License Required 71% $8.95

Area II do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions.

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Figure 2.7 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Local Area II 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% $14.63 30% 20% $8.36 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Thirty-seven percent of the job
$25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00 Average Wage Offer

$16.49

openings were reported as being positions that are always open, where these employers are continuously recruiting.
Only ten percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II have been open 60 days or more, an indication that these positions are more difficult to fill. The average wage offer for these positions is $16.49 an hour. Twenty percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II were reported as being open 30 days or more. Thirty-eight percent of the job vacancies in this area were reported as being open less than 30 days.

$9.89

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Benefits Offered
Seventy-three percent of the full-time job vacancies in Local Area II offer paid vacation leave and 72 percent offer health insurance benefits. Only 13 percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefits. Part-time job vacancies are less likely to offer benefits. Fifty-eight percent of the part-time job openings in this area do not provide any benefits. Survey results indicate that 24 percent offer paid vacation leave, while 23 percent of the openings offer health insurance.
Figure 2.8 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Local Area II 100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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LOCAL AREA III

The survey revealed there were an estimated 13,162 job vacancies in

Local Area III during the second quarter of 2005. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 3.3 percent or more than three job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
The statewide sample included 1,279 establishments for Local Area III. There were 799 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 65.2 percent for this area.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
In Local Area III, the occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies is Sales and Related, with an estimated 1,460 openings and a three percent job vacancy rate. Not far behind is Office and Administrative Support, with 1,420 openings and a 1.9 percent job vacancy rate, and Transportaion and Material Moving, with 1,370 openings and a 4.2 percent rate. The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance with a 6.4 percent job vacancy rate and 679 openings.
Table 3.1 Table 3.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Local Area III Local Area III

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Local Area III

Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies Sales & Related Office & Administrative Support Transportation & Material Moving Food Preparation & Serving-Related Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Construction & Extraction Management Business & Financial Operations Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Installation, Maintenance & Repair Computer & Mathematical Production Healthcare Support Education, Training & Library Personal Care & Service Architechture & Engineering Protective Service Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Community & Social Services Life, Physical & Social Science Legal Farming, Fishing & Forestry

Job Number of Vacancy Vacancies Rate 13,162 3.3% 1,460 3.0% 1,420 1.9% 1,370 4.2% 1,266 4.3% 951 4.6% 882 4.8% 753 4.0% 687 3.3% 679 6.4% 572 3.8% 557 3.6% 515 2.0% 480 4.9% 395 2.1% 286 3.3% 267 2.5% 192 2.7% 166 3.7% 141 4.1% 114 3.3% 9 0.3% 0 NA

Average Wage Offer $11.68 $11.36 $10.91 $10.84 $ 6.02 $17.64 $11.42 $22.08 $16.72 $ 9.00 $14.29 $16.85 $11.02 $10.08 $11.25 $ 9.76 $16.38 $12.38 $10.78 $14.02 $16.46 NA NA

The top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 52 percent
of total job vacancies in this area.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area III is waiters and waitresses, with an estimated 570 job openings and an 8.5 percent job vacancy rate. The high job vacancy rate of 58.9 percent for cement masons and concrete finishers is most likely due to the timing of the survey. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry reported the most job openings across the state (Table 3.3), therefore, it is not surprising to see occupations such as registered nurses and nursing aides, orderlies and attendants appear among the top 25 occupations (Table 3.2). In addition, occupations such as customer service representatives, executive secretaries and administrative assistants, business operations specialists and management analysts also are prominent in the healthcare industry.
Table 3.2 Table Occupations with the most Job Vacancies Top 253.2 Local 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies Top Area III

Local Area III
Number of Job Title Vacancies Waiters & Waitresses 570 Customer Service Representatives 504 Registered Nurses 503 Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 482 Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers, Hand 472 Cashiers 469 Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers 450 Retail Salespersons 399 Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers 371 Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 284 Operating Engineers & Other Construction Equipment Operators 244 All Other Sales Representatives, Services 234 Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers 209 Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics 180 General & Operations Managers 178 Teacher Assistants 167 Executive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 156 All Other Business Operations Specialists 143 Training & Development Specialists 128 Management Analysts 121 Sales Reps., Wholesale & Manufacturing, Except Technical & Scientific Products 118 Computer Support Specialists 113 Construction Laborers 112 Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists 107 Computer Programmers 102

Job Vacancy Rate 8.5% 7.9% 6.1% 8.0% 6.1% 4.9% 17.0% 3.0% 58.9% 5.7% 14.0% 8.8% 4.5% 10.7% 3.3% 4.9% 3.0% 7.5% 18.0% 8.4% 1.8% 5.8% 4.5% 9.6% 4.0%

Average Wage Offer $ 5.21 $ 8.88 $ 19.63 $ 12.89 $ 10.03 $ 7.31 $ 8.28 $ 8.63 $ 12.34 $ 10.35 $ 12.09 $ 18.90 $ 5.92 $ 13.04 $ 18.69 $ 8.62 $ 14.10 $ 12.27 $ 14.58 $ 20.08 $ 14.58 $ 15.10 $ 8.01 $ 15.56 $ 18.83

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Job Vacancies by Industry & Size

The industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area III
is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 2,213 estimated openings and a 5.1 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Management of Companies and Enterprises, with 255 openings, resulting in a 7.6 percent job vacancy rate, followed by Transportation and Warehousing, with 1,133 openings and a six percent rate. The total job vacancy rate by industry is 3.4 percent. This rate differs slightly from the 3.3 percent job vacancy rate by occupation and by size. This difference is due to rounding and the fact that the employment numbers by industry are derived from a different source and timeframe.
Table 3.3 Table 3.3 Job Vacancies by by Industry Job Vacancies by Industry Local Area III Local Area III Number of Vacancies Industry 13,162 All Job Vacancies Health Care & Social Assistance 2,213 Accommodation & Food Services 1,511 Retail Trade 1,261 Professional & Technical Services 1,209 Transportation & Warehousing 1,133 Administrative & Waste Services 974 Information 929 Construction 910 Manufacturing 625 Wholesale Trade 547 Finance & Insurance 447 Government 271 Educational Services 264 Management of Companies & Enterprises 255 Other Services, except Public Administration 252 Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 207 Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 127 Mining 19 Utilities 6 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 2 Table 3.4 Table 3.4 Job Vacancies by Size Job Vacancies by Size Local Area III Local Area III Size All Job Vacancies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (50-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees) Number of Vacancies 13,162 714 4,674 4,226 3,548

Job Vacancy Rate 3.4% 5.1% 5.4% 2.7% 4.5% 6.0% 3.3% 3.9% 4.6% 1.8% 2.4% 1.9% 1.5% 1.0% 7.6% 2.4% 3.3% 2.1% 5.4% 0.2% 0.6%

Average Wage Offer $11.68 $13.28 $ 6.30 $ 8.89 $17.28 $11.02 $10.04 $21.22 $12.15 $13.38 $14.36 $15.43 $13.00 $12.83 $10.54 $12.51 $ 9.94 $18.55 $16.42 $11.57 NA

Job Vacancy Rate 3.3% 3.4% 4.0% 3.6% 2.5%

Average Wage Offer $11.68 $11.67 $11.66 $10.76 $13.75

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job openings in Local Area III is $11.68 an hour.
Thirty percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area III offer a starting wage of at least $12.00 an hour. The largest percentage of job openings in this area (15 percent) is found in the pay range of $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.
Figure 3.1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Local Area III

Percent of Job Vacancies

30% 20% 10% 0% 10% 6%
Less than $6.00 $6.00 $7.99 $8.00 $9.99 $10.00 $11.99 $12.00 $13.99

15%

11%

11% 6%
$14.00 $15.99

4%
$16.00 $17.99

3%
$18.00 $19.99

6%
$20.00 and over

Figure 3.2 Full-time/Part-time Local Area III

Part-time 22% $8.12

Seventy-eight percent of the job vacancies in Local Area III are considered to be full-time positions. The average wage offer for a full-time position in this area is $12.87 an hour and the average for a part-time position is $8.12 an hour.

Full-time 78% $12.87

Seasonal 13% $9.76 Permanent/Seasonal Figure 3.3

Eighty-seven percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area are considered permanent positions. The average wage offer for a permanent position in this area is $12.02 an hour and the average wage offer for a seasonal or temporary position is $9.76 an hour.

Local Area III

Permanent 87% $12.02

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Figure 3.4 Job Vacancies by Required Education Local Area III Percent of Job Vacancies 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Percent of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

$27.79

$30.00 $25.00 Average Wage Offer 31 Average Wage Offer

Thirty percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate. The average hourly wage offer for these positions ranges from $13.70, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $27.79, for positions that require an advanced degree.

$19.14 $11.07 $7.80 $13.70 $15.08

$20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

50% Percent of Job Vacancies Figure 3.5 Job Vacancies by Required Experience Local Area III 40% 30% 20% $8.46 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 $15.26 $11.02 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

Sixty-two percent of the job vacancies in this area require work experience. The average hourly wage offer for positions that require some work experience is $11.02, while the average for positions that require work experience related to the position is $15.26.

$0.00

Figure 3.6 Job Vacancies by License Requirement Local Area III No response 11%

License Required 19% $14.49

Nineteen percent of the job vacancies in Local Area III require a license or certificate. These vacancies include occupations such as truck drivers, teachers, registered nurses and other health related occupations.

Eighteen percent of the job openings in
No License Required 70% $11.07

Local Area III do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions.

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Figure 3.7 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Local Area III 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Thirty-seven percent of the job
$25.00 $20.00 $12.98 $12.98 $14.43 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00 Average Wage Offer

openings were reported as being positions that are always open, where these employers are continuously recruiting.
Only ten percent of the job vacancies in Local Area III have been open 60 days or more, an indication that these positions are more difficult to fill. The average wage offer for these positions is $14.43 an hour. Twenty-two percent of the job vacancies in Local Area III were reported as being open 30 days or more. Twenty-eight percent of the job vacancies in this area were reported as being open less than 30 days.

$9.74

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Benefits Offered
Seventy-one percent of the full-time job vacancies in Local Area III offer health insurance benefits and 69 percent offer paid vacation leave. Only 17 percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefits. Part-time job vacancies are less likely to offer benefits. Fifty-four percent of the part-time job openings in this area do not provide any benefits. Survey results indicate that 26 percent offer health insurance benefits, while 22 percent offer a retirement savings plan.

Figure 3.8 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Local Area III

100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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LOCAL AREA IV

The survey revealed there were an estimated 6,354 job vacancies in Local

Area IV during the second quarter of 2005. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 2.2 percent or more than two job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
The statewide sample included 874 establishments for Local Area IV. There were 594 responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 69.2 percent for this area.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
In Local Area IV, the occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies is Food Preparation and Serving-Related, with an estimated 908 openings and a 3.9 percent job vacancy rate. The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Community and Social Services with a 6.1 percent job vacancy rate and 226 openings, followed by Life, Physical and Social Science, at 5.7 percent and 79 openings.
Table 4.1 Table 4.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Area IV LocalVacancies by Major Occupational Group Local Area IV

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Local Area IV

Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies Food Preparation & Serving-Related Sales & Related Office & Administrative Support Production Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Transportation & Material Moving Construction & Extraction Personal Care & Service Healthcare Support Community & Social Services Installation, Maintenance & Repair Architecture & Engineering Business & Financial Operations Management Protective Service Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Education, Training & Library Computer & Mathematical Life, Physical & Social Science Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Legal Farming, Fishing, & Forestry

Number of Vacancies 6,354 908 802 663 503 472 421 418 245 242 226 212 207 191 167 165 155 121 104 79 51 2 0

Job Vacancy Rate 2.2% 3.9% 2.9% 1.4% 1.6% 3.3% 2.4% 2.7% 3.4% 2.9% 6.1% 1.5% 2.0% 1.7% 1.3% 3.3% 1.9% 0.8% 2.2% 5.7% 1.8% 0.1% NA

Average Wage Offer $10.08 $ 6.74 $ 9.88 $ 8.76 $ 9.75 $17.96 $ 9.03 $11.42 $ 8.27 $ 8.24 $11.10 $13.39 $20.89 $23.95 $22.17 $ 7.71 $ 7.64 $14.66 $23.95 NA $ 8.88 NA NA

The top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 55 percent
of total job vacancies in this area.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area IV is waiters and waitresses, with an estimated 461 job openings and a 9.3 percent job vacancy rate. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry reported the most job openings across the state (Table 4.3), therefore, it is not surprising to see occupations such as registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, child, family and school social workers and personal and home care aides appear among the top 25 occupations (Table 4.2). In addition, occupations such as customer service representatives, general office clerks, janitors and cleaners and food preparation workers also are prominent in the healthcare industry.
Table4.2 Table 4.2 Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies the Most Job Vacancies Local Area IVIV Local Area
Number of Vacancies Job Title Waiters & Waitresses 461 Registered Nurses 344 Customer Service Representatives 292 Retail Salespersons 267 Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants 175 Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand 172 Personal & Home Care Aides 162 Cashiers 161 Child, Family, & School Social Workers 141 Machinists 122 Cooks, Restaurant 105 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales 97 Helpers-Roofers 96 All Other Production Workers 89 Office Clerks, General 86 Janitors & Cleaners, Except Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 85 Driver/Sales Workers 80 Chefs & Head Cooks 76 Real Estate Sales Agents 75 Carpenters 75 Recreational Protective Service Workers 72 Construction Laborers 70 Aerospace Engineers 69 Food Preparation Workers 68 Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters 65

Job Vacancy Rate 9.3% 6.1% 5.9% 3.7% 4.2% 4.7% 7.1% 2.0% 22.7% 7.4% 7.7% 3.8% 73.8% 10.1% 1.5% 2.0% 5.8% 26.2% 75.0% 4.3% 48.0% 3.4% NA 3.6% 7.1%

Average Wage Offer $ 5.97 $ 17.87 $ 8.46 $ 11.94 $ 8.90 $ 7.90 $ 8.12 $ 6.75 $ 12.80 $ 14.35 $ 8.49 $ 12.69 $ 10.81 $ 8.03 $ 10.67 $ 8.30 $ 9.76 $ 17.24 NA $ 15.41 $ 5.25 $ 11.64 $ 28.85 $ 6.55 $ 10.00

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Job Vacancies by Industry & Size

The industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area IV
is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 1,256 estimated openings and a 3.5 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Accommodation and Food Services, with a job vacancy rate of 4.6 percent and 1,056 openings, followed by Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, with a 4.2 percent rate and 152 openings. The total job vacancy rate by industry is 2.3 percent. This rate differs slightly from the 2.2 percent job vacancy rate by occupation and by size. This difference is due to rounding and the fact that the employment estimates are produced by a different methodology.
Table 4.3 Job Vacancies by Industry Local Area IV
Industry All Job Vacancies Health Care & Social Assistance Accommodation & Food Services Manufacturing Retail Trade Construction Finance & Insurance Information Transportation & Warehousing Administrative & Waste Services Professional & Technical Services Wholesale Trade Educational Services Real Estate & Rental & Leasing Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Government Other Services, Except Public Administration Management of Companies & Enterprises Utilities Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Mining
Table 4.4 Table 4.4 Job Vacancies by Size Job Vacancies by Size Local Area 4 Local Area IV Number of Vacancies 6,354 1,256 1,056 1,010 534 525 268 255 232 220 179 177 172 152 98 97 74 46 3 0 0 Job Vacancy Rate 2.3% 3.5% 4.6% 1.7% 1.7% 3.5% 2.9% 4.0% 2.4% 1.4% 2.1% 1.5% 0.7% 4.2% 3.2% 0.7% 1.0% 1.9% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% Average Wage Offer $10.08 $11.37 $ 6.68 $13.19 $ 8.38 $10.40 $ 8.18 NA $10.67 $ 8.24 $19.35 $14.46 $13.21 $ 6.00 $ 5.43 $13.05 $ 9.95 $ 9.98 NA NA NA

Size All Job Vacancies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (5-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees)

Number of Vacancies 6,354 394 2,315 2,175 1,470

Job Vacancy Rate 2.2% 2.9% 2.7% 2.7% 1.3%

Average Wage Offer $10.08 $ 7.88 $ 9.67 $10.22 $12.16

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job openings in Local Area IV is $10.08 an hour.
Nineteen percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area IV offer a starting wage of at least $12.00 an hour. The largest percentage of job openings in this area is found in the pay range of $6.00 to $7.99 an hour and $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.
Figure 4.1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Local Area IV Percent of Job Vacancies 30% 20% 10% 0% 7%
Less than $6.00 $6.00 $7.99 $8.00 $9.99

21%

21% 8%
$10.00 $11.99

5%
$12.00 $13.99

5%
$14.00 $15.99

3%
$16.00 $17.99

2%
$18.00 $19.99

4%
$20.00 and over

Figure 4.2

Sixty-nine percent of the job vacancies in Local Area IV are considered to be full-time positions. The average wage offer for a full-time position in this area is $11.78 an hour and the average for a part-time position is $7.08 an hour.

Full-time/Part-time Local Area IV

Part-time 31% $7.08

Full-time 69% $11.78

Figure 4.3 Permanent/Seasonal Local Area IV

Seasonal 4% $7.20

Ninety-six percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area are considered permanent positions. The average wage offer for a permanent position in this area is $10.21 an hour and the average wage offer for a seasonal or temporary position is $7.20 an hour.
Permanent 96% $10.21

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Education & Experience
Figure 4.4 Job Vacancies by Required Education Local Area IV 50% Percent of Job Vacancies $30.00 $19.89 $12.63 $20.14 Average Wage Offer Average Wage Offer 37 $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Thirty-one percent of the positions open-forhire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate. The average hourly wage offer for these positions ranges from $10.75, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $20.14, for positions that require an advanced degree.

40% 30% 20% $7.26 10% 0% $8.99 $10.75

No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Percent of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

Figure 4.5 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Experience Local Area IV

50% 40% 30% 20% $7.77 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 $20.00 $12.41 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

$9.33

Sixty-two percent of the job vacancies in this area require work experience. The average hourly wage offer for positions that require some work experience is $9.33, while the average for positions that require work experience related to the position is $12.41.

$0.00

Figure 4.6 Job Vacancies by License Requirement Local Area IV License Required 23% $13.28 No response 7%

Twenty-three percent of the job vacancies in Local Area IV require a license or certificate. These vacancies include occupations such as truck drivers, teachers, registered nurses and other health related occupations.
No License Required 70% $9.35

Eight percent of the job openings in

Local Area IV do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions.
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Figure 4.7 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Local Area IV 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Thirty-six percent of the job openings
$25.00 Average Wage Offer $20.00

were reported as being positions that are always open, where these employers are continuously recruiting.
Only seven percent of the job vacancies in Local Area IV have been open 60 days or more, an indication that these positions are more difficult to fill. The average wage offer for these positions is $13.76 an hour. Seventeen percent of the job vacancies in Local Area IV were reported as being open 30 days or more. Thirtyone percent of the job vacancies in this area were reported as being open less than 30 days.

$8.69

$10.36

$12.23

$13.76

$15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Benefits Offered
Eighty-five percent of the full-time job vacancies in Local Area IV offer paid vacation leave, 82 percent offer health insurance benefits and 80 percent offer a retirement savings plan. Only seven percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefits. Part-time job vacancies are less likely to offer benefits. Fifty-two percent of the part-time job openings in this area do not provide any benefits. Survey results indicate that 33 percent offer paid vacation leave, 32 percent offer paid sick leave and 30 percent offer a retirement savings plan.

Figure 4.8 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Local Area IV 100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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LOCAL AREA V

The survey revealed there were an estimated 3,225 job vacancies in Local

Area V during the second quarter of 2005. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 2.7 percent or more than two and one-half job vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
The statewide sample included 474 establishments for Local Area V. Usable reponses were received from 338 employers, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 72.4 percent for this area.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
In Local Area V, the occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies is Transportation and Material Moving, with an estimated 450 openings and a 5.3 percent job vacancy rate. The occupational groups with the highest job vacancy rate in this area are Healthcare Support, with a 9.9 percent job vacancy rate and 368 openings, followed by Community and Social Services, at 9.6 percent and 207 openings.

Table 5.1 Table5.1 Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group Local Area Local Area V V Job Number of Vacancy Vacancies Rate 3,225 2.7% 450 5.3% 388 2.2% 368 9.9% 252 5.8% 251 2.8% 246 1.4% 227 5.2% 207 9.6% 184 1.8% 167 2.6% 164 3.1% 123 1.2% 52 1.2% 50 NA 30 1.1% 22 1.6% 0.5% 18 15 0.4% 5 0.5% 5 0.9% 1 0.1% 0 0.0% Average Wage Offer $10.01 $ 8.19 $ 9.09 $ 7.69 $24.64 $ 6.20 $10.63 $ 7.11 $ 7.21 $ 5.49 $ 8.46 $14.51 $16.15 $20.54 NA $14.86 $19.64 $10.18 $13.19 NA NA NA NA

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Local Area V

Major Occupational Group All Job Vacancies Transportation & Material Moving Office & Administrative Support Healthcare Support Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Sales & Related Production Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Community & Social Services Food Preparation & Serving-Related Construction & Extraction Installation, Maintenance & Repair Education, Training & Library Management Farming, Fishing & Forestry Business & Financial Operations Architecture & Engineering Protective Service Personal Care & Service Computer & Mathematical Life, Physical & Social Science Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media Legal

The top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 72 percent
of total job vacancies in this area.
The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area V is nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, with an estimated 292 job openings and a 13.3 percent job vacancy rate. The occupation with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is driver/sales workers, with a rate of 28.9 percent and 52 openings. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry reported the most job openings across the state (Table 5.3), therefore, it is not surprising to see occupations such as nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, social and human service assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, home health aides and rehabilitation counselors appear among the top 25 occupations (Table 5.2). In addition, occupations such as janitors and cleaners and customer service representatives also are prominent in the healthcare industry.
Table5.2 Table 5.2 Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies with the Most Job Vacancies Local Area V V Local Area
Number of Job Title Vacancies Nursing Aides, Orderlies, & Attendants 292 Janitors & Cleaners, Except Maids & Houskeeping Cleaners 209 Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers 198 Cashiers 177 Tellers 150 Social and Human Service Assistants 141 Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 134 Customer Service Representatives 98 Registered Nurses 86 Automotive Body & Related Repairers 66 All Other Production Workers 62 Construction Laborers 61 Cooks, Fast Food 59 Slaughterers & Meat Packers 58 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Service 55 Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses 53 Telemarketers 53 Home Health Aides 52 Cooks, Short Order 52 Driver/Sales Workers 52 Farmworkers & Laborers, Crop, Nursery, Greenhouse 50 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Vocational 45 Rehabilitation Counselors 40 Brickmasters & Blockmasons 36 All Other Helpers, Construction Trades 36

Job Vacancy Rate 13.3% 9.4% 9.1% 5.4% NA 16.4% 8.6% 10.0% 4.8% NA 20.0% 4.9% 7.1% NA 6.7% 10.8% 13.3% 21.7% NA 28.9% NA 3.1% 23.5% NA NA

Average Wage Offer $ 7.50 $ 7.01 $ 7.56 $ 5.94 $ 7.00 $ 7.07 $ 12.51 $ 10.97 $ 17.27 $ 18.00 $ 13.33 $ 6.39 $ 5.80 $ 9.00 $ 6.00 $ 12.85 $ 6.02 $ 7.91 $ 5.15 NA $ 5.60 $ 17.65 $ 6.82 $ 14.40 $ 5.32

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Job Vacancies by Industry & Size

The industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area V

is Health Care and Social Assistance, with 948 estimated openings and a 5.7 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry groups with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, with a job vacancy rate of 9.2 percent and 50 openings, followed by Administrative and Waste Services, with a 7.3 percent rate and 283 openings. The size group with the highest job vacancy rate is the small size group with employment of five to 49, with a rate of 5.2 percent. The total job vacancy rate by industry and size is 2.8 percent. This rate differs slightly from the 2.7 percent job vacancy rate by occupation. This difference is due to the fact that the employment estimates are produced by a different methodology.
Table 5.3 Job Vacancies by Industry Local Area V
Industry All Job Vacancies Health Care & Social Assistance Manufacturing Retail Trade Construction Administrative & Waste Services Accommodation & Food Services Finance & Insurance Educational Services Transportation & Warehousing Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Other Services, except Public Administration Government Wholesale Trade Utilities Arts, Entertainment & Recreation Information Professional & Technical Services Mining Real Estate & Rental & Leasing Management of Companies & Enterprises Table 5.4 Job Vacancies by Size Table 5.4 Local Area V Job Vacancies by Size
Number of Vacancies 3,225 948 458 329 299 283 264 215 162 60 50 44 44 29 26 9 3 2 0 0 0 Job Vacancy Rate 2.8% 5.7% 2.0% 2.7% 6.3% 7.3% 3.4% 6.7% 1.2% 1.9% 9.2% 1.4% 0.6% 0.8% 1.4% 1.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Average Wage Offer $10.01 $11.43 $10.37 $ 6.74 $ 9.34 $ 7.96 $ 5.51 $ 8.76 $16.93 $ 7.00 $ 5.60 $18.00 $13.50 $ 7.50 $25.41 $11.21 $15.46 $14.00 NA NA NA

Local Area V
Size All Job Vacancies Very Small (0-4 employees) Small (5-49 employees) Medium (50-249 employees) Large (250 or more employees)

Number of Vacancies 3,225 82 1,970 582 591

Job Vacancy Rate 2.8% 1.0% 5.2% 1.7% 1.7%

Average Wage Offer $10.01 $ 7.00 $ 9.64 $10.63 $11.25

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Starting Wage Offer

The average wage offer for all job openings in Local Area V is $10.01 an hour.
Twenty percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area V offer a starting wage of at least $12.00 an hour. The largest percent of job openings in this area (40 percent) are in the wage range of $6.00 to $7.99 an hour.
Figure 5.1 Job Vacancies by Hourly Wage Range Local Area V 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 10% 11% 8% 4%
Less than $6.00 $6.00 $7.99 $8.00 $9.99 $10.00 $11.99 $12.00 $13.99

40%

6%
$14.00 $15.99

2%
$16.00 $17.99

3%
$18.00 $19.99

5%
$20.00 and over

Figure 5.2 Full-time/Part-time Local Area V

Part-time 34% $6.62 Sixty-six percent of the job vacancies in Local Area V are considered

to be full-time positions. The average wage offer for a full-time position in this area is $11.59 an hour and the average for a part-time position is $6.62 an hour.

Full-time 66% $11.59

Figure 5.3 Permanent/Seasonal Local Area V Seasonal 7% $8.33

Ninety-three percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area are considered permanent positions. The average wage offer for a permanent position in this area is $10.16 an hour and the average wage offer for a seasonal or temporary position is $8.33 an hour.
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Education & Experience
Figure 5.4 Job Vacancies by Required Education Local Area V 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% $7.34 $8.43 $11.15 $15.21 $29.31 $35.00 Average Wage Offer Average Wage Offer 43 $30.00 $25.00 $14.66 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Twenty-five percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate. The average hourly wage offer for these positions ranges from $11.15, for positions that require a vocational certificate, to $29.31, for positions that require an advanced degree.

No High School Vocational Associates Bachelor Advanced Education or GED Training Degree Degree Degree Requirement Number of Job Vacancies Average Wage Offer

Figure 5.5 Percent of Job Vacancies Job Vacancies by Required Experience Local Area V

50% 40% 30% 20% $7.70 10% 0%
No Work Some Work Experience Experience Required Percent of Job Vacancies

$25.00 $20.00 $14.53 $11.22 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00
Related Work Experience Average Wage Offer

Forty-six percent of the job vacancies in this area require work experience. The average hourly wage offer for positions that require some work experience is $11.22, while the average for positions that require work experience related to the position is $14.53.

$0.00

Figure 5.6 Job Vacancies by License Requirement Local Area V License Required 27% $15.05

No response 1%

Twenty-seven percent of the job vacancies in Local Area V require a license or certificate. These vacancies include occupations such as truck drivers, teachers, registered nurses and other health related occupations.

Nineteen percent of the job openings in Local
No License Required 72% $8.20

Area V do not require any specific education, work experience or license, labeling them as true entry-level positions.

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Figure 5.7 Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy Local Area V 50% Percent of Job Vacancies 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
Always Open Less than 30 days 30-59 days 60 days or more

Twenty-seven percent of the job
$25.00 $20.00 Average Wage Offer

openings were reported as being positions that are always open, where these employers are continuously recruiting.
Only eight percent of the job vacancies in Local Area V have been open 60 days or more, an indication that these positions are more difficult to fill. The average wage offer for these positions is $13.15 an hour. Twenty-three percent of the job vacancies in Local Area V were reported as being open 30 days or more. Forty-three percent of the job vacancies in this area were reported as being open less than 30 days.

$13.02 $8.39 $9.38

$13.15

$15.00 $10.00 $5.00 $0.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

Average Wage Offer

Benefits Offered
Seventy-nine percent of the full-time job vacancies in Local Area V offer health insurance benefits. Only 10 percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefits. Part-time job vacancies are less likely to offer benefits. Sixty-two percent of the part-time job openings in this area do not provide any benefits. Survey results indicate that 28 percent offer health insurance benefits.
Figure 5.8 Job Vacancies by Type of Benefits Offered Local Area V 100% Percent of Job Vacancies 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%
Health Insurance All Openings Paid Sick Leave Full-time Paid Vacation Leave Part-time Retirement Savings Plan No Benefits Offered

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2005 Kansas Job Vacancy Survey