DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Labor Market Information Services

Job Vacancies
in Kansas
2006
Includes job vacancy information for the State of Kansas
and five Local Areas

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 S.W. Topeka Boulevard
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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements...............................................................1

Executive Summary..............................................................2

Publication Overview............................................................3

Survey Background...............................................................4

About the Survey..................................................................5

Job Vacancy Rate..................................................................6

Starting Wage Offer..............................................................6

Statewide...............................................................................7

Local Area Comparison......................................................19

Local Area I.........................................................................21

Local Area II.......................................................................29

Local Area III......................................................................37

Local Area IV......................................................................45

Local Area V.......................................................................53

Acknowledgements

W

e would like to acknowledge and thank the
employers who took the time to respond to
the 2006 Job Vacancy Survey during the months of
April, May and June. 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.
Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006 

Executive Summary

T

he 2006 Kansas Job Vacancy Survey was designed to find what jobs are open and available for
Kansas workers, where these jobs are located, what they pay and what kind of education and
experience they require.
The 2006 Job Vacancy Survey reported an estimated 47,911 job vacancies in Kansas during the second
quarter of 2006. During the same time, Kansas averaged 64,609 unemployed workers, or more than 1.3
people for every open-for-hire job.
Transportation and Material Moving occupations, including occupations like truck drivers, reported
the largest number of job openings in the state. Five of the top 25 occupations with the most open jobs
are health care-related. Almost 20 percent of job openings are in the Healthcare and Social Assistance
industry.
The 2006 study showed a strong link between education and wages. The average wage offer for all open
positions in Kansas ranges from $9.40 per hour for positions that require only a high school diploma
to $19.31 per hour for positions that require a bachelor’s degree. Of the openings found in the survey,
nearly three-quarters were full-time positions and more than 90 percent were permanent jobs.
Nearly 30 percent of the open jobs found in the survey are located in Local Area III which includes
Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. This area also has the highest average starting wage
offer.
The 2006 Job Vacancies in Kansas is a useful resource for policymakers, educational institutions,
government agencies and anyone interested in Kansas workforce development. 

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Publication Overview
The State of Kansas is divided into five Local Areas for purposes of workforce development. 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 the information can be used. The remainder of the publication is
divided into five sections, one for each of the five Local Areas.

Local Area II

Local Area I

CHEYENNE

RAWLINS

DECATUR

NORTON

PHILLIPS

SMITH

REPUBLIC

JEWELL

Local Area III

WASHINGTON MARSHALL

NEMAHA

BROWN
DONIPHAN

CLOUD
GRAHAM

ROOKS

OSBORNE

ATCHISON
CLAY

MITCHELL

POTTAWATOMIE
RILEY

WALLACE

LOGAN

GOVE

TREGO

ELLIS

RUSSELL

LINCOLN

WICHITA

SCOTT

LANE

NESS

RUSH

KEARNY

FINNEY

HODGEMAN

BARTON

SALINE

DICKINSON

McPHERSON MARION

STANTON

MORTON

GRANT

STEVENS

KIOWA

HASKELL

SEWARD

CHASE

HARVEY

STAFFORD

BUTLER

CLARK

COFFEY

DOUGLAS JOHNSON
FRANKLIN

MIAMI

ANDERSON LINN

COMANCHE

GREENWOOD

WOODSON

ALLEN

WILSON

NEOSHO

BOURBON

SEDGWICK

PRATT
KINGMAN

MEADE

OSAGE

PAWNEE

EDWARDS

FORD

MORRIS
LYON

RENO
GRAY

SHAWNEE

OTTAWA

RICE

HAMILTON

JEFFERSON

GEARY WABAUNSEE

ELLSWORTH
GREELEY

JACKSON

WYANDOTTE

SHERIDAN

THOMAS

LEAVENWORTH

SHERMAN

BARBER

Local Area IV

HARPER

ELK
SUMNER

CRAWFORD

COWLEY
CHAUTAUQUA MONTGOMERY LABETTE CHEROKEE

Local Area V

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006 

Survey Background

I

nformation regarding job vacancies can be used to determine what the current
workforce demands are and can be a reliable indicator of the occupational needs in
Kansas. This data can be useful to workforce development personnel, educators and job
seekers.
This is the third year Labor Market Information Services (LMIS), the statistical branch of the
Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), has conducted an annual statewide Job Vacancy Survey.
Funding for this year’s study was secured from grant money received under the Workforce
Investment Act (WIA).
Statistics are available under programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, 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
Program (QCEW), which provides data about the number of establishments and number of
employees by industry and by size class. Another BLS program, the Occupational Employment
Statistics (OES) survey, collects information to produce employment estimates and average
wages by occupation. Information from the OES survey also is used to assist with the preparation
of occupational projections that forecast future occupational needs. All of this information is
essential to assist with future planning and is complimented by the additional information now
available on current job openings.

A

nother report, the 2006 Kansas Job Vacancy Survey Methodology, is available on
the KDOL Web site. This methodology report includes additional information about
the sample selected, responses and industry and occupational groups. This report also
includes more detailed information about how the occupations were coded and how the
hourly wage offer was calculated. The methodology report, as well as a printable version
of this publication, is available on the KDOL Web site at the following link:
http://laborstats.dol.ks.gov/reports/jvs2006/jvs2006.htm. 

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

About the Survey

I

nformation from the 2006 Kansas Job Vacancy Survey came from a survey of 5,167 Kansas
employers conducted over a three-month period from April 1, 2006 to June 30, 2006, representing
the second quarter of 2006. 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 response in the sample was assigned a weight that represented
other units 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 estimated 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, which include seasonal
variations in the labor market. Survey respondents were requested to report job titles and the number of
job vacancies for which they were recruiting.
The job titles were coded into 821 detailed occupations using the Standard Occupational Classification
(SOC) System. These detailed occupations comprise 22 major occupational groups.
For each job title, survey respondents also were asked to provide education and experience requirements,
wages and benefits offered and the length of time job vacancies had been open. This additional
information provides helpful analysis of education and experience requirements for open positions,
in addition to starting wages and benefits offered. In some cases, this additional information was not
provided, therefore the percents for some data, such as educational requirements, may not add up to 100
percent, due to the non-responses.

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006 

Job Vacancy Rate

O

ne 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 occupation. To better analyze this data, the job vacancy rate must be taken into consideration.
The number employed in the occupation is used to calculate the job vacancy rate by occupation. For
example, the occupation of customer service representatives, with 503 estimated openings statewide, is
one of the top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies in Kansas (Table 2). The average employment
for this occupation is 21,000, resulting in a job vacancy rate of 2.4 percent. This means that for every
100 filled positions, there are nearly two and one-half vacancies in the state.
Job vacancy rates also are calculated by industry and by size class. The employment numbers by
industry and size class are from a different source than the employment by occupation, therefore the
rates by industry and by size class may differ slightly from the job vacancy rate by occupation.

Starting Wage Offer

E

mployers surveyed are asked to provide the expected compensation for each job opening. In many
cases, the starting wage offer may vary depending on the experience of the candidate, therefore,
employers had the option to provide a wage range. This provided the availability of two sets of average
wage offers, minimum and maximum. In most cases, the results in this publication present the average
minimum wage offer.
Some survey participants did not respond to the expected wage question on the survey, therefore, the
average wage offer is only based upon the responses employers provided to the wage offer question.
Additionally, it is important to note that the average wage offer does not reflect information from other
sources or wages paid for currently filled positions.
Annual compensation reported for full-time positions was converted to an hourly rate for the purposes
of this study. In addition, the average wage offer 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.
The average wage offer also does not include all monies received from tips for certain occupations such
as waiters and waitresses. 

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

STATEWIDE

STATEWIDE

T

he survey revealed there were an estimated 47,911 job vacancies in Kansas during
the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 3.6 percent
or more than three and one-half job vacancies for every 100 filled positions. Statewide,
usable responses were received from 3,606 employers, a participation rate of 69.8
percent, resulting in statistically reliable data.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies across the state is the Transportation
and Material Moving occupational group, with 5,477 openings and a 5.6 percent job vacancy rate.
The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate is the Healthcare Support occupational group,
with a 7.3 percent rate, followed by the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupational group, with
a 6 percent rate.
Table 1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Statewide

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies................................................................. 47,911
3.6%
$ 11.31
$ 13.26
Transportation & Material Moving....................................................
5,477
5.6%
$ 10.91
$ 12.46
Food Preparation & Serving-Related.................................................
5,064
4.7%
$ 6.26
$ 6.95
Office & Administrative Support....................................................... 4,870
2.2%
$ 10.29
$ 11.32
Sales & Related............................................................................... 4,522
3.4%
$ 8.07
$ 9.16
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical.................................................. 3,970
6.0%
$ 18.79
$ 22.23
Production...................................................................................... 3,443
2.8%
$ 10.50
$ 13.12
Healthcare Support......................................................................... 3,026
7.3%
$ 8.49
$ 9.31
Construction & Extraction................................................................. 2,307
3.6%
$ 11.53
$ 15.63
Education, Training & Library........................................................... 2,188
2.6%
$ 16.01
$ 19.91
Personal Care & Service.................................................................. 2,024
5.9%
$ 7.88
$ 9.13
Business & Financial Operations....................................................... 1,852
3.6%
$ 18.47
$ 23.04
Installation, Maintenance & Repair................................................... 1,809
3.2%
$ 14.02
$ 16.94
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance................................... 1,311
3.1%
$ 8.28
$ 9.90
Architecture & Engineering.............................................................. 1,310
4.9%
$ 19.07
$ 22.52
Protective Service............................................................................ 1,258
5.0%
$ 10.49
$ 11.22
Management.................................................................................. 1,101
1.9%
$ 24.90
$ 29.10
Community & Social Services...........................................................
756
4.7%
$ 10.38
$ 11.44
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media.....................................
614
4.1%
$ 24.16
$ 26.09
Computer & Mathematical...............................................................
530
2.0%
$ 18.11
$ 21.49
Life, Physical & Social Science..........................................................
320
3.3%
$ 16.49
$ 19.74
Farming, Fishing & Forestry.............................................................
108
4.3%
$ 8.83
$ 9.37
Legal..............................................................................................
51
0.7%
$ 17.31
$ 17.87

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006 

STATEWIDE

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 hand laborers and freight, stock and material
movers, with an estimate of 2,049 job openings and a job vacancy rate of 11.2 percent. The next two
occupations with the most job vacancies are registered nurses and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
In Kansas, registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, personal and home care aides, home
health aides and licensed practical/licensed vocational nurses appear among the top 25 occupations with
the most job vacancies.
Table 2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Statewide


Occupational Title

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand.............................
Registered Nurses.............................................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer.................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants...............................................
Retail Salespersons............................................................................
Cashiers...........................................................................................
Food Preparation Workers.................................................................
Telemarketers....................................................................................
Personal & Home Care Aides.............................................................
Waiters & Waitresses........................................................................
Home Health Aides...........................................................................
Accountants & Auditors.....................................................................
Security Guards................................................................................
Mail Clerks & Mail Machine Operators, except Postal Service..............
Office Clerks, General.......................................................................
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics......................................
Carpenters........................................................................................
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers...........................................
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists..........................................
Customer Service Representatives.......................................................
Tellers...............................................................................................
Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses..................................
Teacher Assistants.............................................................................
Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education.........................
Secondary School Teachers, except Special & Vocational Education......

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2,049
2,012
1,902
1,802
1,385
1,343
1,208
1,083
963
943
865
765
690
627
570
550
550
536
527
503
464
437
420
412
406

11.2%
7.9%
9.4%
8.5%
3.5%
3.9%
11.7%
30.9%
10.5%
4.2%
14.4%
7.9%
12.3%
35.0%
2.5%
9.1%
7.4%
6.3%
13.4%
2.4%
6.6%
6.2%
2.6%
2.4%
3.4%

$ 8.44
$ 19.84
$ 15.17
$ 8.27
$ 7.60
$ 6.43
$ 6.13
$ 8.44
$ 8.23
$ 5.48
$ 8.30
$ 20.88
$ 9.48
$ 12.56
$ 9.63
$ 17.92
$ 10.38
$ 7.89
$ 7.82
$ 10.51
$ 10.39
$ 13.77
$ 8.29
$ 18.68
$ 18.56

$ 9.24
$ 23.87
$ 17.25
$ 9.12
$ 9.54
$ 7.04
$ 6.92
$ 8.63
$ 8.48
$ 5.54
$ 8.71
$ 27.55
$ 10.13
$ 12.57
$ 11.57
$ 19.10
$ 16.51
$ 9.65
$ 12.27
$ 11.33
$ 10.91
$ 15.79
$ 9.54
$ 23.97
$ 22.96

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that the
number of people across the state who were unemployed totaled 62,429 in April,
60,853 in May and 70,545 in June. This translates into an average of 1.3 unemployed
people for every job vacancy. 

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

M

any of the occupations showing the most job openings are health care related.
Therefore, 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
9,574 estimated job openings across the state and a 5.7 percent job vacancy rate.
The industry with the highest job vacancy rate in the state is Management of Companies and Enterprises,
with a 9.1 percent rate, followed by Professional and Technical Services, with a 6.2 percent rate.
Table 3 – Job Vacancies by Industry
Statewide

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum
Maximum

Industry
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer
All Job Vacancies..................................................................... 47,911
Health Care & Social Assistance...................................................... 9,574
Manufacturing............................................................................... 5,235
Retail Trade................................................................................... 4,874
Accommodation & Food Services.................................................... 4,601
Professional & Technical Services..................................................... 3,432
Administrative & Waste Services..................................................... 3,120
Transportation & Warehousing........................................................ 2,788
Wholesale Trade............................................................................ 2,728
Educational Services....................................................................... 2,563
Construction..................................................................................
2,192
Finance & Insurance....................................................................... 1,748
Government................................................................................... 1,475
Other Services, except Public Administration.................................... 1,067
Management of Companies & Enterprises........................................
871
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.....................................................
635
Information....................................................................................
583
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing........................................................
140
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting...........................................
139
Mining..........................................................................................
119
Utilities..........................................................................................
27

3.7%
5.7%
2.9%
3.3%
4.6%
6.2%
4.6%
5.6%
4.6%
2.0%
3.4%
3.2%
1.8%
2.8%
9.1%
4.0%
1.4%
0.9%
1.4%
1.6%
0.3%

$ 11.31
$ 12.17
$ 11.34
$ 9.12
$ 6.26
$ 15.11
$ 9.26
$ 14.28
$ 12.58
$ 15.80
$ 11.61
$ 13.00
$ 12.38
$ 10.82
$ 10.24
$ 8.24
$ 11.62
$ 10.59
$ 10.92
$ 9.73
$ 21.70

$ 13.26
$ 13.80
$ 14.30
$ 10.28
$ 6.93
$ 17.86
$ 10.69
$ 16.49
$ 13.97
$ 19.46
$ 15.27
$ 15.11
$ 14.34
$ 13.77
$ 11.76
$ 8.44
$ 14.35
$ 12.29
$ 11.85
$ 11.64
$ 28.32

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006 

STATEWIDE

Other ways to analyze the number of job openings and the job vacancy rate are by industry and by size
of establishment.

STATEWIDE

Fifty-eight percent of the employers in the State of Kansas employ four employees or less. This size
class has the highest job vacancy rate. The 7.3 percent job vacancy rate indicates that these firms may
have a more difficult time filling open positions than larger firms.
Almost 36 percent of the job vacancies across the state were in firms in the small size class, with five to
49 employees.
Table 4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Statewide

Size of Establishment

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

All Job Vacancies............................................... 100.0%
Very Small (4 employees or less)...............................
12.0%
Small (5-49 employees)............................................
35.8%
Medium (50-249 employees)....................................
28.0%
Large (250 or more employees).................................
24.2%

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47,911
5,764
17,130
13,410
11,607

3.7%
7.3%
4.0%
3.4%
2.7%

$ 11.31
$ 14.98
$ 9.95
$ 11.11
$ 11.75

$ 13.26
$ 17.65
$ 11.41
$ 12.97
$ 14.27

Starting Wage Offer

Approximately 27 percent of the job vacancies reported in the state pay at least $12.00 an hour.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer is $9.17 an hour and the median maximum wage
offer is $11.00 an hour.
Figure 1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Statewide

Percent of Job Vacancies

30%
18%

20%

20%
13%

10%

8%

7%

0%

Less than
$6.00

4%
$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

$12.00 $13.99

$14.00 $15.99

5%

$16.00 $17.99

3%
$18.00 $19.99

7%

$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Seventy-four percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $12.29 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position. Wages being offered to newly hired full-time employees range from an average of
$10.77 an hour for a temporary position to $12.38 an hour for a permanent position.
Overall, 92 percent of the positions open-for-hire are permanent positions. Job vacancies that were
reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average minimum hourly wage
of $11.50 an hour.
Figure 2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Statewide

Number of Vacancies

40,000
Temporary
$10.77
4%

30,000

Temporary
$7.93
4%

20,000
10,000
0
Temporary
Permanent

Permanent
$12.38
70%
Full-time
$12.29
74%

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

Permanent
$8.78
22%
Part-time
$8.63
26%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

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STATEWIDE

T

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in the State of Kansas is $11.31
an hour and the average maximum wage offer is $13.26 an hour.

Figure 3 –
Job Vacancies
by Length of
Vacancy
Statewide

Percent of Job
Vacancies
Average Minimum
Wage Offer

50%

$25.00

40%

$20.00

30%

$14.16
$11.69

$10.91

$10.67

$15.00

20%

$10.00

10%

$5.00

0%

Less than
30 days

60 days
or more

30 - 59
days

Always
open

$0.00

R

Average Minimum Wage Offer

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

Percent of Job Vacancies

STATEWIDE

Duration of Job Vacancies

esults indicated that 11 percent of the job vacancies across the state have been open
60 days or more. The average minimum wage offered for positions open for this
length of time is $14.16 an hour.
Positions that are reported as being open 60 days or more could be an indication of positions that
are more difficult to fill. The type of work or the environment could be a factor in some occupations.
Additionally, in professional, high skill or technical fields, where the average wage is competitive,
this longer duration of job vacancy may indicate a shortage of qualified workers due to the specialized
education or training required. One occupation listed among those that have been open for this length
of time is accountants and auditors, with an average wage offer of $20.88 an hour. Results indicate
that 94 percent of the openings for this occupation require a bachelor’s or advanced degree, 71 percent
require a special license or certificate and 92 percent require experience related to the position. These
requirements perhaps make this occupation more difficult to fill.
Table 5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Statewide

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Accountants & Auditors........................................
Registered Nurses................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer....................
Gas Plant Operators.............................................
Slaughterers & Meat Packers.................................
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians.............
Office Clerks, General..........................................
Retail Salespersons...............................................
Data Entry Keyers................................................
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant.................................

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Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Average
Minimum
Wage Offer









$ 20.88
$ 19.84
$ 15.17
$ 15.12
$ 10.61
$ 10.33
$ 9.63
$ 7.60
$ 7.48
$ 5.15

Requires
Requires
Bachelor’s or
License or
Advanced Degree Certificate
94%
49%
0%
0%
0%
0%
8%
1%
0%
0%

71%
100%
99%
0%
0%
88%
3%
4%
0%
0%

Requires
Related
Experience
92%
33%
24%
100%
0%
9%
39%
10%
4%
0%

Jobs in high-turnover fields may need to be refilled multiple times in a single year, therefore firms may
choose to constantly recruit for the position. The type of work expected and the pay scale is sometimes
a factor. In some cases, the wage offer, in addition to the education and experience requirements, are
lower. On the other hand, some positions may require specialized training, education or certification and
are always open due to a lack of qualified applicants.
Table 6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Statewide

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Registered Nurses......................................................................
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics...............................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer..........................................
Security Guards.........................................................................
Telemarketers.............................................................................
Home Health Aides....................................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants........................................
Personal & Home Care Aides......................................................
Food Preparation Workers..........................................................
Cashiers....................................................................................

Average
Requires
Requires Requires
Minimum HS/GED or License or Related
Wage Offer
Less
Certificate Experience
$ 19.84
$ 17.92
$ 15.17
$ 9.48
$ 8.44
$ 8.30
$ 8.27
$ 8.23
$ 6.44
$ 6.43

0%
10%
93%
99%
100%
79%
21%
97%
98%
95%

100%
11%
99%
90%
0%
23%
100%
0%
0%
9%

33%
91%
24%
3%
0%
5%
25%
13%
1%
3%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

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STATEWIDE

T

hirty-one percent of the job openings across the state were “always open,” where
these employers are continuously recruiting. The average minimum wage offered for
positions always open is $10.67 an hour.

Approximately 43 percent of the positions that require a bachelor’s degree have been open less than 30
days. Furthermore, 12 percent have been open for 30 to 59 days, 14 percent have been open 60 days or
more and 16 percent are always open, indicating that employers may not be having a difficult time filling
positions that require a bachelor’s degree.
Figure 4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement and Length of Vacancy
Statewide
60%

50%

Percent of Job Vacancies

STATEWIDE

Fifty percent of the job openings that require an advanced degree have been open 60 days or more. In
some cases, this might indicate a labor shortage of applicants with an advanced degree or it could signify
that the hiring process is longer for positions that require specialized education.

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

No Education
Requirement
Less than 30 days

14

High School or
GED

Vocational
Training

30 - 59 days

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Associate's
Degree
60 days or more

Bachelor's
Degree
Always open

Advanced
Degree

Education and Experience

A qualified applicant could expect an average of $8.66 an hour for a position with no education
requirement and $9.40 an hour for a position that requires a high school diploma or GED. Thirty-one
percent, or 14,737, of the positions open-for-hire require a post-secondary degree or vocational certificate.
The average wage offer for these positions range from a minimum of $13.12 an hour for positions that
require a vocational certificate to $22.62 an hour for positions that require an advanced degree.

$30.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

50%
$22.62

40%

$17.71

30%
20%

$19.31

$20.00

$13.12

$15.00

$9.40

$8.66

$10.00

10%
0%

$25.00

$5.00
No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Figure 5 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Statewide

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Sixty percent of the job vacancies in the state require some or related work experience. Positions that
require work experience directly related to the position have an average minimum wage offer of $14.60
an hour.

Percent of Job Vacancies

50%

$30.00
$25.00

40%

$20.00

30%
20%

$8.79

$11.46

$14.60

$10.00

10%
0%

$15.00

$5.00
No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

Some Work
Experience

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Figure 6 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Statewide

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

15

STATEWIDE

I

t is evident from the data of this study that the more education the position requires, the
higher the wage offer will be.

STATEWIDE

Eleven of the top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies have an average minimum wage offer of
at least $10.00 an hour. Sixty-nine percent of the accountant and auditor positions require an advanced
degree. Forty-one percent of the vacant registered nurse positions require a bachelor’s degree, while
51 percent require an associate’s degree. The next two occupations listed are both teaching positions,
requiring a bachelor’s degree in most cases. The automotive service technicians and mechanics
occupation follows, with 90 percent of the positions requiring a vocational certificate. In most cases,
there are no education requirements for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Education is required for
licensed practical nurses, with 60 percent of the openings requiring vocational training and 30 percent
requiring an associate’s degree.
Table 7 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with Education Requirements
Statewide

Occupational Title
Average
No
Requires Requires Requires Requires Requires
(Listed in order by Average Minimum
Education HS/GED Vocational Associate’s Bachelor’s Advanced
Minimum Wage Offer)
Wage Offer Requirement or Less Training
Degree
Degree
Degree
Accountants & Auditors......................
Registered Nurses..............................
Elementary School Teachers,
except Special Education.................
Secondary School Teachers, except
Special & Vocational Education.......
Automotive Service Technicians
& Mechanics..................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy &
Tractor-Trailer................................
Licensed Practical & Licensed
Vocational Nurses..........................
Mail Clerks & Mail Machine
Operators, except Postal Service......
Customer Service Representatives........
Tellers...............................................
Carpenters.........................................
Office Clerks, General........................
Security Guards.................................
Laborers & Freight, Stock &
Material Movers, Hand...................
Telemarketers.....................................
Home Health Aides............................
Teacher Assistants..............................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies &
Attendants......................................
Personal & Home Care Aides..............
Landscaping & Groundskeeping
Workers.........................................
Hairdressers, Hairstylists &
Cosmetologists................................
Retail Salespersons.............................
Cashiers............................................
Food Preparation Workers..................
Waiters & Waitresses.........................

16

$ 20.88
$ 19.84

0%
0%

3%
0%

0%
0%

1%
51%

25%
41%

69%
8%

$ 18.68

0%

1%

0%

0%

97%

1%

$ 18.56

0%

0%

0%

1%

99%

0%

$ 17.92

1%

9%

90%

0%

0%

0%

$ 15.17

73%

20%

1%

0%

0%

0%

$ 13.77

0%

0%

60%

30%

6%

4%

$ 12.56
$ 10.51
$ 10.39
$ 10.38
$ 9.63
$ 9.48

0%
37%
14%
12%
5%
6%

100%
44%
60%
88%
42%
93%

0%
0%
8%
0%
5%
0%

0%
12%
0%
0%
38%
0%

0%
4%
5%
0%
7%
0%

0%
0%
0%
0%
1%
0%

$
$
$
$

8.44
8.44
8.30
8.29

29%
8%
31%
10%

69%
92%
49%
78%

2%
0%
21%
0%

0%
0%
0%
12%

0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
0%
0%

$ 8.27
$ 8.23

6%
12%

15%
84%

76%
0%

0%
0%

0%
3%

0%
0%

$ 7.89

68%

31%

0%

0%

1%

0%

$
$
$
$
$

0%
25%
61%
86%
69%

0%
69%
34%
12%
29%

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
2%
0%
0%
0%

0%
1%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

7.82
7.60
6.43
6.13
5.48

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Figure 7 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Statewide

$25.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

80%

$20.00
60%
$14.11
40%

$15.00
$9.87

20%

$10.00
$5.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

100%

$0.00

0%
Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement
Average Minimum Wage Offer

T

welve percent of the job openings reported across the state do not require any specific
education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly entry-level
positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges from a minimum
offer of $6.97 an hour to a maximum offer of $8.25 an hour.

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

17

STATEWIDE

Thirty-three percent of the job vacancies 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 and bus drivers.

Eighty percent of full-time job openings include some kind of health insurance benefit and 80 percent
include paid vacation leave. Only 10 percent of the full-time openings across the state do not provide
any benefit package.
Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Almost one-half of the part-time
openings do not include any benefit package. In addition, 24 percent of the openings in establishments
that employ four employees or less do not include any benefit package.
In all job vacancies, paid vacation leave is the most common benefit, offered in 67 percent of the
openings across the state, followed by health insurance, offered in 66 percent of the openings. Paid sick
leave is least likely of the four benefits to be offered with positions open-for-hire across the state.
The results generally indicate that large employers are more likely to offer benefits. For openings in
establishments that employ four employees or less and five to 49 employees, paid vacation leave is
the most offered benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees, a health
insurance plan is the most offered benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 250 employees or
more, health insurance plans and retirement savings plans are the two benefits most likely to be offered.
Figure 8 – Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Statewide
100%

80%

Percent of Job Vacancies

STATEWIDE

Employee Benefits

60%

40%

20%

0%
Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

18

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more

LOCAL AREA COMPARISON

T

he Local Area with the largest number of job vacancies is Local Area III, with 14,186 openings.
Approximately 30 percent of all employment in Kansas is in this area, which includes Kansas City;
therefore, it is not surprising that almost 30 percent of all job vacancies are in this area.
The Local Area with the smallest number of job vacancies is Local Area V, with 5,370 openings. While
this area has the smallest number of job vacancies, it has the highest job vacancy rate at 4.7 percent.
Some survey units could not be associated with a specific Local Area. Responses from these
establishments, a total of 211 job openings, are included in the Statewide results, but are not included in
any of the Local Area results.
Figure 9 – Job Vacancies by Local Area
Percent of Statewide

Percent of Job Vacancies

100%

Local Area I

9,748

Local Area II

9,567

Local Area III

14,186

Local Area IV

8,829

Local Area V

5,370

80%
60%

40%
20%
0%

Unassigned 211

Local Area
Number of Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

19

While Local Area V has the highest rate, Local Area IV has the lowest job vacancy rate. The job vacancy
rate for the other three Local Areas is consistent with the statewide rate.
The area with the highest average minimum wage offer and the highest average maximum wage offer
is Local Area III. This area’s average minimum wage offer of $12.65 an hour is also higher than the
average maximum wage offer in Local Area I and Local Area II.
Figure 10 – Job Vacancy Rate and Average Wage Offer
Comparison by Local Area & Statewide

$14.87

$16.00
$14.36

7.0%

Job Vacancy Rate

6.0%
5.0%

$12.09

$11.81

$13.26

$11.62
$10.30

$10.51

3.9%

3.9%

$11.19

$11.31

4.7%

$10.00
$8.00

3.6%

3.6%

3.0%

$14.00
$12.00

$12.65

4.0%

3.0%

$6.00

2.0%

$4.00

1.0%

$2.00

0.0%

Local Area I

Local Area II

Job Vacancy Rate

20

$12.98

Local Area III

Local Area IV

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Local Area V

Statewide

Average Maximum Wage Offer

$0.00

Average Wage Offer

8.0%

LOCAL AREA I

T

his survey revealed there were an estimated 9,748 job vacancies in Local Area I
during the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 3.9
percent or almost four vacancies for every 100 filled positions.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area I is Transportation and
Material Moving, with an estimated 1,448 openings and a 7.6 percent job vacancy rate.
The occupational groups with the highest job vacancy rate in this area are Community and Social
Services, with a 9.2 percent job vacancy rate, followed by Architecture and Engineering, at 9.1 percent.
Table 1.1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Local Area I

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies...................................................................... 9,748
3.9%
$ 10.30
$ 11.81
Transportation & Material Moving.................................................... 1,448
7.6%
$ 8.50
$ 8.97
Food Preparation & Serving-Related................................................. 1,358
5.8%
$ 5.97
$ 6.68
Production...................................................................................... 1,012
3.3%
$ 10.31
$ 12.47
Installation, Maintenance & Repair...................................................
876
7.6%
$ 15.48
$ 17.92
Sales & Related...............................................................................
665
2.8%
$ 7.79
$ 8.73
Office & Administrative Support.......................................................
594
1.7%
$ 9.20
$ 10.16
Education, Training & Library...........................................................
576
2.8%
$ 15.31
$ 16.91
Healthcare Support.........................................................................
568
5.4%
$ 8.12
$ 9.57
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical..................................................
483
3.8%
$ 17.56
$ 20.50
Personal Care & Service..................................................................
375
7.1%
$ 8.00
$ 8.00
Construction & Extraction.................................................................
358
2.8%
$ 10.45
$ 15.39
Community & Social Services...........................................................
292
9.2%
$ 9.88
$ 11.43
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance...................................
257
2.2%
$ 8.46
$ 9.59
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media.....................................
187
7.4%
$ 8.58
$ 13.36
Protective Service............................................................................
184
5.1%
$ 13.40
$ 14.13
Business & Financial Operations.......................................................
150
2.8%
$ 13.05
$ 15.34
Architecture & Engineering..............................................................
137
9.1%
$ 18.67
$ 19.96
Management..................................................................................
84
0.9%
$ 22.64
$ 25.38
Farming, Fishing & Forestry.............................................................
67
5.6%
$ 8.84
$ 9.03
Life, Physical & Social Science..........................................................
48
3.7%
$ 14.43
$ 16.88
Legal..............................................................................................
26
2.4%
$ 17.97
$ 17.97
Computer & Mathematical...............................................................
3
0.2%
$ 24.84
$ 24.84

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

21

LOCAL AREA I

In order to obtain data for Local Area I, the statewide sample included 1,038 establishments in this area.
There were 772 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 74.4 percent. Local
Area I is a 62-county area that covers the western and central part of Kansas.

T

he top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies in Local Area I account for 60
percent of total job vacancies in this area.

The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area I is hand laborers and freight, stock and
material movers, with an estimated 967 job openings and a job vacancy rate of 32.8 percent.

LOCAL AREA I

Table 1.2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Local Area I

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Occupational Title
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer




Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand...................................... 967
32.8%
$ 7.31
$ 7.66
Food Preparation Workers.......................................................................... 569
32.3%
$ 5.90
$ 6.79
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics............................................... 434
28.2%
$ 19.39
$ 19.64
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants........................................................ 410
6.3%
$ 8.12
$ 9.48
Cashiers.................................................................................................... 377
5.7%
$ 6.25
$ 6.47
Personal & Home Care Aides...................................................................... 345
38.3%
$ 8.09
$ 8.09
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer.......................................................... 308
5.2%
$ 11.62
$ 12.44
Retail Salespersons..................................................................................... 213
2.8%
$ 9.31
$ 13.11
Registered Nurses...................................................................................... 211
4.2%
$ 16.55
$ 19.83
Rehabilitation Counselors............................................................................ 182
NA
$ 7.19
$ 8.87
Waiters & Waitresses................................................................................. 178
4.0%
$ 5.43
$ 5.43
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation & Serving Workers....... 169
8.0%
$ 5.97
$ 7.78
Secondary School Teachers, except Special & Vocational Education............... 148
4.5%
$ 17.29
$ 18.02
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers.......................................................... 130
7.3%
$ 9.33
$ 12.68
Teacher Assistants...................................................................................... 129
3.0%
$ 7.49
$ 9.07
Cooks, Fast Food........................................................................................ 129
4.4%
$ 6.13
$ 6.24
Cooks, Restaurant...................................................................................... 125
7.1%
$ 6.43
$ 6.43
Home Health Aides.................................................................................... 123
8.5%
$ 7.07
$ 8.44
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General..................................................... 120
4.7%
$ 9.60
$ 11.95
Assemblers & Fabricators, All Other............................................................ 112
48.7%
$ 7.81
$ 10.33
Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education.................................. 104
2.5%
$ 15.97
$ 16.98
Umpires, Referees & Other Sports Officials.................................................. 103
0.0%
$ 9.29
$ 17.44
Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters............................................................... 101
15.3%
$ 11.33
$ 17.29
Gas Plant Operators................................................................................... 93
NA
$ 15.12
$ 15.12
Correctional Officers & Jailers..................................................................... 92
21.4%
$ 11.59
$ 12.00

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

D

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that
the number of people in Local Area I who were unemployed totaled 11,467 in April,
10,453 in May and 12,429 in June. This translates into an average of 1.2 unemployed
people for every job vacancy.

22

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

T

he industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area I is Health
Care and Social Assistance, with 1,898 estimated openings and a 5.2 percent job
vacancy rate.

Table 1.3 –
Job Vacancies
by Industry
Local Area I

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Industry
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies....................................... 9,748
3.9%
$ 10.30
$ 11.81
Health Care & Social Assistance........................
1,898
5.2%
$ 10.59
$ 12.05
Wholesale Trade..............................................
1,448
12.3%
$ 8.36
$ 9.52
Retail Trade.....................................................
1,320
4.4%
$ 12.13
$ 13.14
Accommodation & Food Services......................
1,165
6.3%
$ 5.76
$ 6.49
Manufacturing.................................................
1,164
3.0%
$ 10.49
$ 13.06
Educational Services.........................................
668
2.2%
$ 14.65
$ 16.24
Government.....................................................
468
2.3%
$ 11.22
$ 13.91
Transportation & Warehousing..........................
460
6.0%
$ 14.79
$ 16.76
Construction....................................................
276
2.7%
$ 8.61
$ 12.08
Professional & Technical Services.......................
194
3.5%
$ 16.76
$ 18.05
Finance & Insurance.........................................
188
2.1%
$ 10.79
$ 12.25
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.......................
136
5.2%
$ 9.83
$ 9.83
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting.............
110
1.6%
$ 10.87
$ 11.66
Administrative & Waste Services.......................
90
1.6%
$ 8.40
$ 10.30
Management of Companies & Enterprises..........
74
3.2%
$ 9.47
$ 12.11
Information......................................................
67
1.6%
$ 5.76
$ 5.76
Mining............................................................
15
0.3%
$ 10.00
$ 10.00
Utilities............................................................
4
0.2%
$ 13.20
$ 13.20
Other Services, except Public Administration......
3
0.1%
$ 7.32
$ 7.32
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing..........................
0
0.0%
NA

NA

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or
reliability standards.

Forty-seven percent of all job vacancies in Local Area I are in firms in the small size class, with five to
49 employees. This group also has the highest job vacancy rate, at 4.7 percent.
Table 1.4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Local Area I

Size of Establishment

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

All Job Vacancies............................................... 100.0%
Very Small (4 employees or less)...............................
4.2%
Small (5-49 employees)............................................
47.2%
Medium (50-249 employees)....................................
34.9%
Large (250 or more employees).................................
13.7%

9,748
411
4,604
3,398
1,335

3.8%
2.0%
4.7%
4.2%
2.2%

$ 10.30
$ 19.29
$ 9.52
$ 9.82
$ 11.31

$ 11.81
$ 19.50
$ 11.06
$ 11.05
$ 13.92

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

23

LOCAL AREA I

The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate is Wholesale Trade, with a rate of 12.3 percent
and 1,448 openings; followed by Accommodation and Food Service, with a 6.3 percent rate and 1,165
openings; and Transportation and Warehousing, with a 6 percent rate and 460 openings.

Starting Wage Offer

T

Twenty-six 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 (32 percent) is found in the pay range of
$6.00 to $7.99 an hour.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer for positions in Local Area I is $8.25 an hour and
the median maximum wage offer is $10.00 an hour.
Figure 1.1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Local Area I
Percent of Job Vacancies

40%
32%
30%
18%

20%

12%

8%

10%
0%

Less than
$6.00

$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

7%

$12.00 $13.99

5%

5%

$14.00 $15.99

$16.00 $17.99

6%
3%
$18.00 $19.99

$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Sixty-seven percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $11.81 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position.
Overall, 86 percent of the positions open-for-hire are permanent positions. Job vacancies that were
reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average minimum hourly wage
of $10.72 an hour.
Figure 1.2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Local Area I
10,000
Number of Vacancies

LOCAL AREA I

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in Local Area I is $10.30 an
hour and the average maximum wage offer is $11.81 an hour.

8,000
6,000

Temporary
$7.54
11%
Permanent
$11.95
64%

4,000

Permanent
$7.18
22%

2,000
0
Temporary
Permanent

24

Temporary
$8.88
3%

Full-time
$11.81
67%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

Part-time
$7.30
33%

$25.00

40%

$20.00
$14.69

30%
20%

$9.45

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other ..........................
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics...........
Surveyors..............................................................
Managers, All Other..............................................
Gas Plant Operators...............................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer......................
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders,
Metal & Plastic....................................................
Farm Equipment Mechanics....................................
Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters.........................
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General.................
Retail Salespersons.................................................
Office Clerks, General............................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants....................

$9.32

0%

$15.00
$10.00
$5.00

10%
Less than
30 days

Table 1.5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Local Area I

$10.64

30 - 59
days

$0.00
60 days
Always
or more
open
Percent of Job Vacancies
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience





$ 30.77
$ 19.39
$ 19.23
$ 15.87
$ 15.12
$ 11.62

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
0%
100%
100%
100%

0%
6%
0%
0%
0%
100%

0%
95%
100%
0%
100%
32%

$ 11.00
$ 10.00
$ 9.89
$ 9.60
$ 9.31
$ 8.52
$ 8.12

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
0%

100%
49%
11%
95%
100%
70%
35%

0%
0%
0%
24%
12%
0%
100%

100%
25%
89%
5%
12%
53%
18%

Positions that are “always open,” where employers are constantly recruiting, could be an indication of
a position that is more difficult to fill or a job that is in a high-turnover field. Thirty-three percent of
the job openings in Local Area I were reported as being positions that are “always open” and include
occupations listed in Table 1.6.
Table 1.6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Local Area I

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience

Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics...........
Registered Nurses..................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer......................
Construction Laborers.............................................
Retail Salespersons.................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants....................
Personal & Home Care Aides..................................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand..
Cashiers................................................................
Food Preparation Workers......................................

$ 19.39
$ 16.55
$ 11.62
$ 9.68
$ 9.31
$ 8.12
$ 8.09
$ 7.31
$ 6.25
$ 5.90

0%
25%
0%
0%
0%
0%
3%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
100%
100%
100%
35%
97%
95%
84%
96%

6%
100%
100%
38%
12%
100%
0%
5%
0%
0%

95%
29%
32%
0%
12%
18%
5%
0%
0%
1%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

25

LOCAL AREA I

Positions open for 60 days or more can be an
indication of a position that is more difficult to
fill. Only 9 percent of the job vacancies in Local
Area I have been open 60 days or more and include
occupations listed in Table 1.5. The average
minimum wage offer for all positions reported as
being open 60 days or more is $14.69 an hour.

50%

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Figure 1.3 – Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy
Local Area I

Percent of Job Vacancies

Duration of Job Vacancies

Education & Experience

Figure 1.4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Local Area I

Percent of Job Vacancies

$23.87

40%

$20.00

$17.39

30%

$14.63

$13.41
20%

$15.00

$9.13

$7.59

$10.00

10%

0%

$25.00

$5.00

No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

50%

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Forty-eight percent of the job vacancies in this area require some or related work experience. The
average minimum wage offer for positions that require work experience related to the position is $14.56
an hour.
Figure 1.5 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Local Area I
50%

$30.00
$25.00

40%

$20.00
30%

20%

$14.56

$8.22

$10.00

10%

0%

$5.00

No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

26

$15.00

$10.54

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Some Work
Experience
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA I

Almost 28 percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or
vocational certificate. The average minimum wage offer for these positions range from a minimum of
$13.41 an hour for positions that require a vocational certificate to $23.87 an hour for positions that
require an advanced degree.

Twenty-five 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.
Figure 1.6 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Local Area I

Percent of Job Vacancies

$20.00
60%
$13.17

$15.00

40%

$9.24

20%

0%

$10.00
$5.00

Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

N

ineteen percent of the job openings reported in Local Area I do not require any
specific education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly
entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges
from a minimum offer of $6.67 to a maximum offer of $8.41 an hour.

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27

LOCAL AREA I

$25.00

80%

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

100%

Employee Benefits
Eighty-one percent of the full-time job openings in Local Area I offer paid vacation leave. Only 6
percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefit.

In all job vacancies, paid vacation leave is the most common benefit, offered in 62 percent of the
openings in this area, followed by health insurance. Paid sick leave is least likely of the four benefits to
be offered with positions open-for-hire in Local Area I.
The results generally indicate that large employers are more likely to offer benefits. The benefit most
likely to be offered varies with the size of the establishment. For openings in establishments that employ
four employees or less and five to 249 employees, paid vacation leave is the most offered benefit. For
openings in establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees, health insurance is the most offered
benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 250 employees or more, a retirement savings plan is
the benefit most likely to be offered.
In this study, no establishments employing four employees or less in Local Area I, reported offering
health insurance, paid sick leave or a retirement savings plan with their openings.
Figure 1.7 – Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Local Area I
100%

80%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA I

Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Fifty-eight percent of the parttime openings in this area do not provide any benefit package.

60%

40%

20%

0%

0%

0%

Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

0%

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

28

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more

LOCAL AREA II

T

his survey revealed there were an estimated 9,567 job vacancies in Local Area II
during the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 3.9
percent or almost four vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
In order to obtain data for Local Area II, the statewide sample included 932 establishments in this area.
There were 669 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 71.8 percent. Local
Area II is a 17-county area in the northeastern part of Kansas.

Job Vacancies by Occupation

Table 2.1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Local Area II

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies.................................................................... 9,567
3.9%
$ 10.51
$ 12.09
Sales & Related.............................................................................
1,769
7.8%
$ 7.67
$ 8.26
Office & Administrative Support.....................................................
1,471
3.2%
$ 10.72
$ 11.06
Food Preparation & Serving-Related...............................................
1,119
5.7%
$ 6.02
$ 6.79
Construction & Extraction...............................................................
904
7.7%
$ 9.86
$ 13.86
Transportation & Material Moving..................................................
795
5.5%
$ 9.47
$ 10.83
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical................................................
684
5.4%
$ 17.90
$ 21.29
Production....................................................................................
400
2.4%
$ 10.35
$ 12.92
Education, Training & Library.........................................................
373
1.9%
$ 16.62
$ 18.54
Personal Care & Service................................................................
287
3.5%
$ 7.20
$ 8.53
Healthcare Support.......................................................................
279
3.4%
$ 9.20
$ 10.85
Installation, Maintenance & Repair.................................................
275
2.5%
$ 11.79
$ 14.42
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance.................................
270
3.3%
$ 8.91
$ 10.49
Business & Financial Operations.....................................................
219
2.3%
$ 22.44
$ 24.49
Protective Service..........................................................................
204
2.9%
$ 10.37
$ 11.99
Management................................................................................
170
1.5%
$ 22.72
$ 25.01
Architecture & Engineering............................................................
106
3.3%
$ 16.18
$ 18.30
Life, Physical & Social Science........................................................
81
2.6%
$ 15.79
$ 18.06
Computer & Mathematical.............................................................
59
1.6%
$ 19.51
$ 21.23
Community & Social Services.........................................................
55
1.2%
$ 12.58
$ 13.62
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media...................................
40
1.2%
$ 10.95
$ 13.69
Legal............................................................................................
7
0.3%
$ 19.13
$ 19.13
Farming, Fishing & Forestry...........................................................
0
0.0%
NA

NA

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

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29

LOCAL AREA II

The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies and the highest job vacancy rate in
Local Area II is Sales and Related, with an estimated 1,769 openings and a 7.8 percent job vacancy
rate. The occupational group with the next highest job vacancy rate in this area is Construction and
Extraction, with a 7.7 percent job vacancy rate.

T

he top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 62 percent of total job
vacancies in this area.

The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area II is telemarketers, with an estimated 955 job
openings.
Table 2.2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Local Area II

Occupational Title

LOCAL AREA II

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

Telemarketers.......................................................................................
Mail Clerks & Mail Machine Operators, except Postal Service.................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand................................
Carpenters...........................................................................................
Registered Nurses................................................................................
Cashiers..............................................................................................
Retail Salespersons...............................................................................
Waiters & Waitresses...........................................................................
Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers, including Fast Food......
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant.................................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants..................................................
Stock Clerks & Order Fillers..................................................................
Customer Service Representatives..........................................................
Construction Laborers...........................................................................
Personal & Home Care Aides................................................................
Tellers..................................................................................................
Food Preparation Workers....................................................................
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers....................................................
Teacher Assistants................................................................................
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General...............................................
Janitors & Cleaners, except Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners..................
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services.................................................
Cooks, Fast Food..................................................................................
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers..............................................
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers.....

955
625
454
402
390
377
363
221
210
174
172
171
166
143
126
120
110
96
95
90
88
88
87
87
85

NA
NA
16.0%
24.1%
8.3%
5.7%
4.9%
5.4%
5.4%
43.5%
5.1%
4.7%
5.0%
8.5%
4.9%
6.1%
6.8%
10.3%
2.9%
3.4%
2.2%
7.1%
7.6%
6.7%
27.4%

$ 8.00
$ 12.58
$ 9.87
$ 10.12
$ 18.21
$ 6.56
$ 7.29
$ 5.55
$ 5.83
$ 5.15
$ 8.75
$ 7.15
$ 8.76
$ 8.34
$ 8.21
$ 9.00
$ 6.50
$ 11.15
$ 8.39
$ 10.70
$ 9.08
$ 5.18
$ 5.15
$ 7.48
$ 7.22

$ 8.04
$ 12.58
$ 10.86
$ 15.60
$ 21.68
$ 7.48
$ 8.83
$ 5.78
$ 6.85
$ 6.00
$ 10.78
$ 7.30
$ 9.28
$ 10.50
$ 8.60
$ 10.00
$ 7.63
$ 14.48
$ 8.68
$ 12.61
$ 11.83
$ 5.18
$ 8.00
$ 8.40
$ 10.60

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

D

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that the
number of people in Local Area II who were unemployed totaled 11,956 in April,
11,231 in May and 13,547 in June. This translates into an average of 1.3 unemployed
people for every job vacancy.

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Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

T

he industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area II is Retail
Trade, with 1,381 estimated openings and a 4.8 percent job vacancy rate, followed by
Health Care and Social Assistance, with 1,215 openings and a rate of 3.6 percent.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate is Administrative and Waste Services, with a rate
of 14 percent and 1,062 openings; followed by Management of Companies and Enterprises, with a 13.9
percent rate, and Professional and Technical Services, with a 10.9 percent rate.
Table 2.3 –
Job Vacancies
by Industry
Local Area II

Industry

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer
9,567
1,381
1,215
1,062
1,027
1,023
889
611
608
567
317
283
204
120
102
94
52
6
5
1
0

4.0%
$ 10.51
$ 12.09
4.8%
$ 8.37
$ 9.51
3.6%
$ 13.00
$ 15.55
14.0%
$ 8.26
$ 8.73
5.1%
$ 6.41
$ 7.04
10.9%
$ 12.42
$ 12.86
7.3%
$ 9.79
$ 13.90
1.9%
$ 16.41
$ 18.55
2.6%
$ 12.44
$ 13.71
2.6%
$ 11.35
$ 13.91
3.1%
$ 14.69
$ 15.56
9.2%
$ 6.62
$ 6.62
2.1%
$ 11.72
$ 14.15
13.9%
$ 8.17
$ 10.05
1.2%
$ 12.96
$ 16.85
1.4%
$ 11.88
$ 14.49
0.9%
$ 10.50
$ 11.49
0.2%
$ 10.00
$ 11.00
0.3% NA
NA
0.1%
$ 8.78
$ 11.69
0.0%
NA
NA

LOCAL AREA II

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

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or
reliability standards.

Approximately 36 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II were in firms in the large size class, with
250 or more employees. This group also has the highest job vacancy rate, at 4.3 percent.
Table 2.4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Local Area II

Size of Establishment

All Job Vacancies.............................................
Very Small (4 employees or less).............................
Small (5-49 employees)..........................................
Medium (50-249 employees)..................................
Large (250 or more employees)...............................

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer
100.0%
6.1%
34.2%
23.5%
36.2%

9,567
582
3,272
2,245
3,468

3.9%
4.2%
4.2%
3.2%
4.3%

$ 10.51
$ 11.61
$ 10.37
$ 10.74
$ 10.30

$ 12.09
$ 15.40
$ 11.70
$ 12.47
$ 11.62

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31

Starting Wage Offer

T

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in Local Area II is $10.51 an
hour and the average maximum wage offer is $12.09 an hour.

Twenty-nine 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 (29 percent) is found in the pay range
of $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer for positions in Local Area II is $9.00 an hour and
the median maximum wage offer is $10.00 an hour.

Percent of Job Vacancies

40%
29%

30%
20%

14%

10%
0%

Less than
$6.00

$6.00 $7.99

13%

12%

10%

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

$12.00 $13.99

4%

4%

3%

$14.00 $15.99

$16.00 $17.99

$18.00 $19.99

5%
$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Seventy-five percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $11.41 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position.
Overall, 86 percent of the positions open-for-hire are permanent positions. Job vacancies that were
reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average minimum wage of
$10.50 an hour.
Figure 2.2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Local Area II
10,000
Number of Vacancies

LOCAL AREA II

Figure 2.1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Local Area II

Temporary
$11.54
10%

8,000
6,000
4,000

Permanent
$11.39
65%

2,000

Temporary
$7.71
4%

0
Temporary
Permanent

32

Full-time
$11.41
75%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

Part-time
$7.84
25%

Permanent
$7.86
21%

Positions open for 60 days or more can be an
indication of a position that is more difficult to fill.
Only 9 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area II
have been open 60 days or more and include
occupations listed in Table 2.5. The average
minimum wage offer for all positions reported as
being open 60 days or more is $14.82 an hour.

50%

$25.00

40%
30%

$11.12

20%

$8.99

10%
0%

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

$10.00
$5.00

Less than
30 days

30 - 59
days

60 days
or more

Always
open

$0.00

Percent of Job Vacancies
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience

Pharmacists.............................................................. $ 40.03
Veterinarians............................................................ $ 26.44
Registered Nurses..................................................... $ 18.21
Food Service Managers............................................. $ 16.53
Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses.......... $ 14.50
Life, Physical & Social Science Technicians, All Other... $ 14.15
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers......................... $ 11.15
Floor Layers, except Carpet, Wood & Hard Tiles.......... $ 8.50
Fitness Trainers & Aerobics Instructors......................... $ 8.43
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers................... $ 7.48
Retail Salespersons.................................................... $ 7.29
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol & Other Recreational
Protective Service Workers...................................... $ 7.22

100%
100%
49%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
0%
25%
0%
0%
46%
100%
78%
100%
93%

100%
100%
100%
0%
100%
0%
10%
0%
74%
71%
0%

85%
100%
22%
100%
30%
0%
83%
0%
9%
9%
5%

0%

100%

64%

0%

Positions that are “always open,” where employers are constantly recruiting, could be an indication
of a position that is more difficult to fill or a job that is in a high-turnover field. Thirty-five percent of
the job openings in Local Area II were reported as being positions that are “always open” and include
occupations listed in Table 2.6.
Table 2.6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Local Area II

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience

Registered Nurses....................................................
Customer Service Representatives..............................
Personal & Home Care Aides....................................
Telemarketers...........................................................
Retail Salespersons...................................................
Cashiers..................................................................
Combined Food Preparation & Serving Workers,
Including Fast Food...............................................
Waiters & Waitresses...............................................
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services.....................
Cooks, Fast Food......................................................
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant.....................................

$ 18.21
$ 8.76
$ 8.21
$ 8.00
$ 7.29
$ 6.56
$
$
$
$
$

5.83
5.55
5.18
5.15
5.15

49%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
99%
100%
100%
93%
100%

100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
5%

22%
19%
0%
0%
5%
9%

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

100%
92%
100%
100%
100%

0%
5%
100%
0%
0%

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

33

LOCAL AREA II

$15.00

$9.75

Table 2.5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Local Area II

$20.00

$14.82

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Figure 2.3 – Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy
Local Area II

Percent of Job Vacancies

Duration of Job Vacancies

Education & Experience
Twenty-three percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or
vocational certificate. The average minimum wage offer for these positions range from $11.74 an hour
for positions that require a vocational certificate to $22.90 an hour for positions that require an advanced
degree.
Figure 2.4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Local Area II
60%
$22.90

Percent of Job Vacancies

$18.88

40%
30%
20%

$15.00

$11.74
$9.10

$7.72

0%

$25.00
$20.00

$16.66

$10.00
$5.00

10%

No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Sixty-four percent of the job vacancies in this area require some or related work experience. The average
minimum wage offer for positions that require work experience related to the position is $13.30 an hour.
Figure 2.5 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Local Area II
50%

$30.00
$25.00

40%

$20.00

30%
$13.30
20%

$9.37

$10.00
$5.00

No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

34

$9.92

10%
0%

$15.00

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Some Work
Experience
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA II

50%

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

Twenty-three 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.
Figure 2.6 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Local Area II
$30.00
$25.00

80%

$20.00

60%
$13.45

$15.00

40%

$9.26

20%

$5.00

Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

O

nly 9 percent of the job openings reported in Local Area II do not require any
specific education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly
entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges from
a minimum offer of $7.26 to a maximum offer of $8.06 an hour.

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

35

LOCAL AREA II

0%

$10.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Percent of Job Vacancies

100%

Employee Benefits
Seventy-one percent of the full-time job openings in Local Area II offer a health insurance plan. Only
23 percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefit.
Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Fifty-one percent of the parttime openings in this area do not provide any benefit package. In addition, 65 percent of the openings in
establishments that employ four employees or less in this area do not include any benefit package.

The results generally indicate that large employers are more likely to offer benefits. Sixty-five percent
of the positions open-for-hire in establishments that employ four employees or less and 50 percent of
the openings in establishments that employ five to 49 employees did not include any employee benefits.
For openings in establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees, health insurance is the most offered
benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 250 employees or more, a retirement savings plan is
the most offered benefit.
Figure 2.7 – Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Local Area II
100%

80%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA II

In all job vacancies, paid vacation leave is the most common benefit, offered in 59 percent of the
openings in this area, followed by health insurance, offered in 58 percent of the openings. Paid sick
leave is least likely of the four benefits to be offered with positions open-for-hire in Local Area II.

60%

40%

20%

0%

Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

36

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more

LOCAL AREA III

T

his survey revealed there were an estimated 14,186 job vacancies in Local Area
III during the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of
3.6 percent or more than three and one-half vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
In order to obtain data for Local Area III, the statewide sample included 1,438 establishments in
this area. There were 968 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of
67.3 percent. Local Area III is a three-county area in the eastern part of Kansas that includes the
Kansas City metropolitan area.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area III is Office and
Administrative Support, with an estimated 1,712 openings and a 2.3 percent job vacancy rate.
The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Protective Service, with a
10 percent job vacancy rate.
Table 3.1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Local Area III

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

37

LOCAL AREA III

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies...................................................................... 14,186
3.6%
$ 12.65
$ 14.87
Office & Administrative Support....................................................... 1,712
2.3%
$ 11.07
$ 12.75
Food Preparation & Serving-Related................................................. 1,683
5.5%
$ 6.69
$ 7.42
Sales & Related............................................................................... 1,214
2.5%
$ 9.17
$ 11.50
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical.................................................. 1,126
5.4%
$ 22.46
$ 25.12
Business & Financial Operations....................................................... 1,081
5.2%
$ 19.45
$ 26.67
Transportation & Material Moving.................................................... 1,026
3.3%
$ 11.20
$ 12.49
Personal Care & Service..................................................................
764
8.2%
$ 8.34
$ 10.21
Protective Service............................................................................
730
10.0%
$ 9.88
$ 10.45
Education, Training & Library...........................................................
647
3.5%
$ 15.64
$ 19.42
Architecture & Engineering..............................................................
635
6.4%
$ 21.35
$ 26.13
Management..................................................................................
534
2.9%
$ 27.57
$ 36.26
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance...................................
456
4.6%
$ 8.04
$ 10.09
Production......................................................................................
424
1.6%
$ 11.79
$ 13.92
Healthcare Support.........................................................................
411
4.8%
$ 10.37
$ 12.06
Computer & Mathematical...............................................................
390
2.5%
$ 16.90
$ 20.63
Construction & Extraction.................................................................
345
1.9%
$ 17.42
$ 22.39
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media.....................................
312
6.1%
$ 36.37
$ 36.49
Installation, Maintenance & Repair...................................................
295
1.9%
$ 16.38
$ 18.25
Community & Social Services...........................................................
270
7.5%
$ 9.62
$ 10.19
Life, Physical & Social Science..........................................................
119
3.5%
$ 19.76
$ 25.54
Legal..............................................................................................
10
0.4%
$ 13.05
$ 15.97
Farming, Fishing & Forestry.............................................................
2
1.5%
$ 8.50
$ 9.00

T

he 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 security guards, with an estimated 649
job openings and a job vacancy rate of 37.1 percent.
Table 3.2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Local Area III

Occupational Title

LOCAL AREA III

Security Guards...............................................................................
Accountants & Auditors....................................................................
Registered Nurses............................................................................
Retail Salespersons...........................................................................
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists.........................................
Food Preparation Workers................................................................
Waiters & Waitresses.......................................................................
Office Clerks, General......................................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer................................................
Tellers..............................................................................................
Graphic Designers...........................................................................
Cashiers..........................................................................................
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services.............................................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand............................
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers..........................................
Personal & Home Care Aides............................................................
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession & Coffee Shop..........
Customer Service Representatives......................................................
Bill & Account Collectors...................................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants..............................................
Civil Engineers.................................................................................
Cooks, Restaurant............................................................................
Preschool Teachers, except Special Education.....................................
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant.............................................................
Dental Hygienists..............................................................................

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer
























649
608
540
441
426
349
338
336
281
275
271
270
248
248
243
238
237
206
195
187
179
176
172
167
156

37.1%
17.1%
6.7%
3.1%
28.8%
11.0%
4.4%
5.7%
4.1%
17.0%
39.3%
2.7%
9.3%
3.7%
10.0%
12.3%
12.7%
2.2%
9.6%
4.4%
19.9%
8.0%
27.3%
NA
21.1%

$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$

9.58
20.98
19.67
7.69
8.28
6.40
5.64
10.13
14.81
10.82
38.18
6.91
10.00
11.70
7.81
8.37
6.31
13.13
10.23
10.38
22.08
7.91
10.90
5.15
32.00

$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$

10.20
29.68
23.85
10.64
11.44
6.84
5.64
12.61
16.09
10.94
38.18
8.14
12.00
12.91
10.15
9.12
7.36
13.86
13.33
12.24
29.99
9.78
11.68
5.50
34.00

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

D

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that the
number of people in Local Area III who were unemployed totaled 17,577 in April,
18,816 in May and 21,300 in June. This translates into an average of 1.4 unemployed
people for every job vacancy.

38

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

T

he industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area III is
Health Care and Social Assistance, with 2,487 estimated openings and a 5.6 percent
job vacancy rate.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate is Management of Companies and Enterprises,
with a rate of 14.2 percent and 509 openings; followed by Professional and Technical Services, with a
6.1 percent job vacancy rate and 1,707 job vacancies.
Table 3.3 –
Job Vacancies
by Industry
Local Area III

Industry

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer
3.6%
5.6%
6.1%
5.6%
4.4%
2.5%
4.1%
3.9%
1.8%
5.8%
2.1%
14.2%
2.7%
1.6%
1.7%
3.1%
0.9%
1.4%
3.4%
0.4%
0.4%

$ 12.65
$ 13.80
$ 20.40
$ 6.53
$ 10.58
$ 7.97
$ 19.75
$ 13.05
$ 13.20
$ 9.10
$ 16.17
$ 12.32
$ 13.52
$ 12.93
$ 18.78
$ 9.22
$ 14.46
$ 11.59
$ 13.08
$ 21.63
$ 8.50

$ 14.87
$ 15.17
$ 26.32
$ 7.29
$ 12.75
$ 9.69
$ 21.30
$ 16.08
$ 15.47
$ 12.55
$ 20.46
$ 12.32
$ 14.27
$ 16.43
$ 23.22
$ 9.76
$ 17.53
$ 13.44
$ 18.54
$ 29.05
$ 9.00

LOCAL AREA III

All Job Vacancies....................................... 14,186
Health Care & Social Assistance........................
2,487
Professional & Technical Services.......................
1,707
Accommodation & Food Services......................
1,625
Administrative & Waste Services.......................
1,424
Retail Trade.....................................................
1,155
Wholesale Trade..............................................
969
Finance & Insurance.........................................
923
Manufacturing.................................................
613
Other Services, except Public Administration......
584
Educational Services.........................................
532
Management of Companies & Enterprises..........
509
Transportation & Warehousing..........................
481
Information......................................................
354
Construction....................................................
349
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.......................
192
Government.....................................................
170
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing..........................
86
Mining............................................................
13
Utilities ...........................................................
11
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting.............
2

Almost 38 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area III were in firms in the small size class, with five
to 49 employees. Firms classified in the very small size class represent the group with the highest job
vacancy rate. The 6.7 percent job vacancy rate indicates that these firms may be having a more difficult
time than larger firms finding qualified job applicants.
Table 3.4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Local Area III

Size of Establishment

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer

All Job Vacancies............................................... 100.0%
Very Small (4 employees or less)...............................
9.9%
Small (5-49 employees)............................................
37.8%
Medium (50-249 employees)....................................
27.0%
Large (250 or more employees).................................
25.3%

14,186
1,408
5,359
3,824
3,595

3.5%
6.7%
4.5%
3.1%
2.5%

$ 12.65
$ 22.80
$ 10.34
$ 11.76
$ 13.99

$ 14.87
$ 26.31
$ 11.86
$ 14.00
$ 17.24

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

39

Starting Wage Offer

T

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in Local Area III is $12.65 an
hour and the average maximum wage offer is $14.87 an hour.

Twenty-nine 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 (17 percent) is found in the pay range
of $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer for positions in Local Area III is $10.00 an hour and
the median maximum wage offer is $12.00 an hour.
Figure 3.1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Local Area III

30%
17%

20%
10%

6%

0%

Less than
$6.00

13%

9%

$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

8%

$12.00 $13.99

$10.00 $11.99

11%
5%
$14.00 $15.99

2%

3%

$16.00 $17.99

$18.00 $19.99

$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Seventy-one percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $14.04 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position.
Overall, 96 percent of the positions open-for-hire are permanent positions. Job vacancies that were
reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average minimum hourly wage
of $12.74 an hour.
Figure 3.2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Local Area III
14,000

Temporary
$10.77

12,000

Number of Vacancies

LOCAL AREA III

Percent of Job Vacancies

40%

10,000

2%

8,000

$11.64

6,000

Permanent
$14.21
69%

4,000
2,000
0
Temporary
Permanent

40

Temporary

Full-time
$14.04
71%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

2%

Permanent
$9.39
27%

Part-time
$9.54
29%

Positions open for 60 days or more can be an
indication of a position that is more difficult to fill.
Only 15 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area
III have been open 60 days or more and include
occupations listed in Table 3.5. The average
minimum wage offer for all positions reported as
being open 60 days or more is $14.63 an hour.

50%
Percent of Job Vacancies

Figure 3.3 – Job Vacancies by Length of Vacancy
Local Area III

$25.00
$18.38

40%
30%

$14.63
$11.92

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

$10.40 $15.00

20%

$10.00

10%

$5.00

0%

Less than
30 days

30 - 59
days

60 days
or more

Always
open

$0.00

Percent of Job Vacancies
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Table 3.5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Local Area III

$20.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Duration of Job Vacancies

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience
$
$
$
$

24.04
22.08
20.98
20.21

62%
70%
96%
69%

38%
4%
1%
23%

21%
9%
88%
7%

100%
46%
95%
93%

$
$
$
$
$
$

16.18
10.90
10.51
10.13
8.28
5.15

7%
16%
0%
10%
0%
0%

34%
47%
100%
29%
0%
99%

0%
38%
0%
5%
100%
0%

100%
52%
0%
29%
52%
0%

LOCAL AREA III

Loan Officers.........................................................
Civil Engineers.......................................................
Accountants & Auditors..........................................
Electricians............................................................
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production &
Operating Workers.............................................
Preschool Teachers, except Special Education...........
Packaging & Filling Machine Operators & Tenders....
Office Clerks, General............................................
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists...............
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant...................................

Positions that are “always open,” where employers are constantly recruiting, could be an indication
of a position that is more difficult to fill or a job that is in a high-turnover field. Twenty-six percent of
the job openings in Local Area III were reported as being positions that are “always open” and include
occupations listed in Table 3.6.
Table 3.6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Local Area III

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Registered Nurses..................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer......................
Telemarketers.........................................................
Bill & Account Collectors.........................................
Security Guards.....................................................
Social & Human Service Assistants..........................
Personal & Home Care Aides..................................
Hairdressers, Hairstylists & Cosmetologists...............
Cashiers................................................................
Food Preparation Workers......................................

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience









$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$

19.67
14.81
11.68
11.54
9.58
8.57
8.37
8.28
6.91
6.40

55%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
2%
0%
0%
0%

0%
91%
100%
90%
99%
100%
98%
0%
98%
99%

100%
94%
0%
0%
94%
0%
0%
100%
0%
1%

33%
38%
0%
57%
2%
2%
4%
52%
0%
2%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

41

Education & Experience
Thirty-five percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or
vocational certificate. The average wage offer for these positions range from $17.69 an hour for
positions that require an associate’s degree to $22.21 an hour for positions that require an advanced
degree.
Figure 3.4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Local Area III
50%

Percent of Job Vacancies

40%
$19.45

$25.00
$20.00

$17.69

30%

$15.00
$10.12

20%

$10.00

$8.10
10%

0%

$5.00

No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Sixty-one percent of the job vacancies in this area require some or related work experience. The average
minimum wage offer for positions that require work experience related to the position is $16.40 an hour.
Figure 3.5 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Local Area III

$25.00

40%
$16.40

30%
$13.81
20%

$15.00

$8.22

$10.00

10%

0%

$5.00

No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

42

$20.00

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Some Work
Experience
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

50%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA III

$22.21

$21.02

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

Thirty-four 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.
Figure 3.6 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Local Area III
$30.00
$25.00

80%

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Percent of Job Vacancies

100%

$20.00
60%

$15.10
$11.52

40%

$10.00

20%

0%

$15.00

$5.00

Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

43

LOCAL AREA III

E

leven percent of the job openings reported in Local Area III do not require any
specific education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly
entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges from
a minimum offer of $6.98 an hour to a maximum offer of $8.39 an hour.

Employee Benefits
Eighty percent of the full-time job openings in Local Area III offer a health insurance plan. Only 9
percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefit.
Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Fifty-one percent of the parttime openings in this area do not provide any benefit package. In addition, 41 percent of the openings in
establishments that employ four employees or less in this area do not include any benefit package.
In all job vacancies, a health insurance plan is the most common benefit, offered in 68 percent of the
openings in this area. Paid sick leave is least likely of the four benefits to be offered with positions openfor-hire in Local Area III.
The results generally indicate that large employers are more likely to offer benefits. For openings in
establishments that employ four employees or less, a health insurance plan is the most offered benefit.
For openings in establishments that employ five to 49 employees, paid vacation leave is the most offered
benefit. For openings in the two large size classes, establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees and
250 employees or more, a health insurance plan is the most offered benefit.
Figure 3.7 – Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Local Area III

80%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA III

100%

60%

40%

20%

0%

Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

44

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more

LOCAL AREA IV

T

his survey revealed there were an estimated 8,829 job vacancies in Local Area IV
during the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 3 percent
or three vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
In order to obtain data for Local Area IV, the statewide sample included 982 establishments in this
area. There were 695 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 70.8
percent. Local Area IV is a six-county area in the south central part of Kansas that includes the Wichita
metropolitan area.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area IV is Healthcare
Practitioners and Technical, with an estimated 1,241 openings and an 8.6 percent job vacancy rate.
The occupational group with the highest job vacancy rate in this area is Healthcare Support, with a
10.7 percent job vacancy rate and 987 job vacancies.
Table 4.1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Local Area IV

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

45

LOCAL AREA IV

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies...................................................................... 8,829
3.0%
$ 11.62
$ 14.36
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical.................................................. 1,241
8.6%
$ 19.02
$ 23.56
Healthcare Support.........................................................................
987
10.7%
$ 8.39
$ 8.71
Production......................................................................................
951
3.0%
$ 10.81
$ 14.61
Transportation & Material Moving....................................................
702
3.3%
$ 10.16
$ 12.58
Sales & Related...............................................................................
656
2.3%
$ 7.95
$ 8.69
Construction & Extraction.................................................................
639
4.3%
$ 11.45
$ 15.00
Office & Administrative Support.......................................................
622
1.3%
$ 10.26
$ 11.72
Personal Care & Service..................................................................
483
6.4%
$ 7.63
$ 9.06
Education, Training & Library...........................................................
438
2.6%
$ 17.16
$ 25.32
Food Preparation & Serving-Related.................................................
420
1.7%
$ 6.64
$ 7.22
Architecture & Engineering..............................................................
357
3.3%
$ 16.83
$ 21.72
Business & Financial Operations.......................................................
295
2.4%
$ 16.73
$ 19.87
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance...................................
264
3.3%
$ 7.76
$ 9.39
Installation, Maintenance & Repair...................................................
230
1.9%
$ 10.11
$ 14.34
Management..................................................................................
203
1.5%
$ 25.52
$ 29.31
Protective Service............................................................................
72
1.5%
$ 9.94
$ 10.17
Computer & Mathematical...............................................................
69
1.6%
$ 37.69
$ 39.78
Life, Physical & Social Science..........................................................
63
4.3%
$ 13.84
$ 15.16
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media.....................................
53
1.9%
$ 11.74
$ 16.25
Community & Social Services...........................................................
52
1.4%
$ 12.65
$ 12.89
Farming, Fishing & Forestry.............................................................
24
8.3%
$ 8.55
$ 9.74
Legal..............................................................................................
8
0.6%
$ 16.00
$ 18.50

T

he top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 56 percent of total job
vacancies in this area.

The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area IV is registered nurses, with an estimated 705
job openings and a job vacancy rate of 12.7 percent, followed by nursing aides, orderlies and attendants,
with 684 job openings and a 16.3 percent rate.
Table 4.2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Local Area IV

Occupational Title

LOCAL AREA IV

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

Registered Nurses...............................................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants.................................................
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians............................................
Sheet Metal Workers...........................................................................
Cashiers.............................................................................................
Personal & Home Care Aides...............................................................
Retail Salespersons..............................................................................
Home Health Aides.............................................................................
Extruding, Forming, Pressing & Compacting Machine Setters,
Operators & Tenders........................................................................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer...................................................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand...............................
Extruding & Drawing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders,
Metal & Plastic.................................................................................
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators......................................................
Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers.............................................
Cooks, Fast Food.................................................................................
Packers & Packagers, Hand.................................................................
Elementary School Teachers, except Special Education...........................
Cooks, Institution & Cafeteria...............................................................
Janitors & Cleaners, except Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners.................
Secondary School Teachers, except Special & Vocational Education........
Recreation Workers.............................................................................
Aerospace Engineers...........................................................................
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal & Plastic...............
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic....
Helpers--Production Workers................................................................

705
684
280
265
262
224
216
204

12.7%
16.3%
82.4%
NA
3.5%
12.8%
2.7%
12.4%

$ 23.58
$ 8.18
$ 10.00
$ 9.81
$ 6.04
$ 7.86
$ 7.66
$ 8.93

$ 28.64
$ 8.51
$ 12.99
$ 15.54
$ 6.29
$ 7.89
$ 8.07
$ 9.03

174
171
171

NA
5.0%
4.3%

$ 9.83
$ 10.81
$ 8.36

$ 13.26
$ 13.90
$ 9.87

146
144
138
134
117
114
113
112
109
103
100
98
97
93

NA
12.5%
10.4%
6.9%
11.1%
3.1%
10.5%
2.6%
4.2%
21.0%
NA
10.0%
88.2%
5.6%

$ 11.00
$ 10.89
$ 7.98
$ 5.95
$ 8.00
$ 19.71
$ 7.58
$ 7.40
$ 19.57
$ 8.51

NA
$ 10.47
$ 12.00
$ 9.29

$ 17.00
$ 14.22
$ 9.50
$ 6.52
$ 8.93
$ 29.56
$ 7.88
$ 9.27
$ 28.72
$ 9.11

NA
$ 14.31
$ 18.00
$ 11.03

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

D

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that the
number of people in Local Area IV who were unemployed totaled 14,825 in April,
13,933 in May and 15,808 in June. This translates into an average of 1.7 unemployed
people for every job vacancy.

46

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

T

he industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area IV is
Health Care and Social Assistance, with 2,575 estimated openings and a 7 percent job
vacancy rate, followed by Manufacturing, with 2,083 openings and a rate of 3.4 percent.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate is Mining, with a rate of 8.3 percent and 85
openings.
Table 4.3 –
Job Vacancies
by Industry
Local Area IV

Industry

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

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

8,829
2,575
2,083
558
554
465
427
369
364
317
297
276
144
106
90
85
80
15
12
12
0

3.1%
$ 11.62
7.0%
$ 12.74
3.4%
$ 11.45
1.8%
$ 8.02
2.2%
$ 16.52
5.2%
$ 12.00
2.9%
$ 13.14
2.2%
$ 7.84
1.6%
$ 6.70
4.2%
$ 7.63
2.9%
$ 12.89
3.4%
$ 13.89
6.6%
$ 8.80
1.0%
$ 12.28
1.5%
NA
8.3%
$ 9.04
0.6%
$ 14.60
2.9%
$ 8.00
0.3%
$ 8.50
0.4%
$ 12.66
0.0%
NA

$ 14.36
$ 14.55
$ 15.63
$ 9.04
$ 23.57
$ 15.30
$ 15.32
$ 9.03
$ 7.20
$ 10.18
$ 14.82
$ 16.15
$ 12.53
$ 15.34

NA
$ 10.85
$ 16.29
$ 12.00
$ 12.00
$ 14.42

NA

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or
reliability standards.

Table 4.4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Local Area IV

Size of Establishment

All Job Vacancies.............................................
Very Small (4 employees or less).............................
Small (5-49 employees)..........................................
Medium (50-249 employees)..................................
Large (250 or more employees)...............................

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer
100.0%
18.1%
22.4%
31.3%
28.2%

8,829
1,600
1,974
2,766
2,489

3.0%
11.4%
2.3%
3.5%
2.2%

$ 11.62
$ 10.74
$ 9.87
$ 12.52
$ 13.29

$ 14.36
$ 13.81
$ 11.84
$ 14.83
$ 17.41

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

47

LOCAL AREA IV

Approximately 31 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area IV are in firms in the medium size class,
with 50 to 249 employees. The group of firms in the very small size class, with four employees or less,
has the highest job vacancy rate. The 11.4 percent job vacancy rate indicates that these firms may be
having a more difficult time than larger firms finding qualified job applicants.

Starting Wage Offer

T

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in Local Area IV is $11.62 an
hour and the average maximum wage offer is $14.36 an hour.

Twenty-three 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 (22 percent) is found in the pay range
of $8.00 to $9.99 an hour.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer for positions in Local Area IV is $10.00 an hour and
the median maximum wage offer is $12.50 an hour.
Figure 4.1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Local Area IV
Percent of Job Vacancies

40%
30%
22%
20%

18%

14%

10%

4%

4%

0%

Less than
$6.00

$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

$12.00 $13.99

3%

4%

6%

6%

$14.00 $15.99

$16.00 $17.99

$18.00 $19.99

$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Overall, 98 percent of the positions open-for-hire in Local Area IV are permanent positions. Job
vacancies that were reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average
minimum wage of $11.64 an hour.
Figure 4.2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Local Area IV
10,000

Number of Vacancies

LOCAL AREA IV

Seventy-nine percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $11.49 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position.

Temporary
$9.55
1%

8,000
6,000
4,000

Permanent
$11.51
78%

2,000

Temporary
$8.18
1%
Permanent
$12.24
20%

0
Temporary
Permanent

48

Full-time
$11.49
79%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

Part-time
$12.21
21%

Percent of Job Vacancies

Figure 4.3 – Job Vacancies
by Length of Vacancy
Local Area IV

Positions open for 60 days or more can be an
indication of a position that is more difficult
to fill. Only 9 percent of the job vacancies
in Local Area IV have been open 60 days or
more and include occupations listed in Table
4.5. The average minimum wage offer for all
positions reported as being open 60 days or
more is $13.26 an hour.

50%

$25.00

40%

$20.00

30%

$11.57

$11.55

$13.26
$11.08

$10.00

10%

$5.00
Less than
30 days

30 - 59
days

60 days
or more

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)
Occupational Therapists........................................
Physical Therapists................................................
Loan Officers........................................................
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services..................
Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters..........................
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators........................
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators,
Metal & Plastic...................................................
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians..............
Automotive Service Technicians & Mechanics..........
Receptionists & Information Clerks..........................

Always
open

$0.00

Percent of Job Vacancies
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Table 4.5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Local Area IV

$15.00

20%

0%

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Duration of Job Vacancies

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience





$
$
$
$
$
$

28.28
27.95
18.50
17.09
14.34
10.89

96%
91%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0%
0%
100%
100%
17%
67%

100%
100%
50%
100%
59%
67%

85%
72%
100%
0%
57%
67%

$
$
$
$

10.47
10.00
9.87
7.89

0%
0%
0%
1%

96%
99%
62%
70%

0%
99%
38%
0%

12%
1%
92%
41%

Positions that are “always open,” where employers are constantly recruiting, could be an indication
of a position that is more difficult to fill or a job that is in a high-turnover field. Thirty-one percent of
the job openings in Local Area IV were reported as being positions that are “always open” and include
occupations listed in Table 4.6.

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)
Registered Nurses.................................................
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators &
Tenders, Metal & Plastic......................................
Extruding & Drawing Machine Setters,
Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic...................
Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer.....................
Extruding, Forming, Pressing & Compacting
Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders.................
Sheet Metal Workers.............................................
Home Health Aides...............................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants...................
Personal & Home Care Aides.................................
Janitors & Cleaners, except Maids &
Housekeeping Cleaners......................................

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience
$ 23.58

48%

0%

100%

41%

$ 12.00

0%

100%

0%

100%

$ 11.00
$ 10.81

0%
0%

100%
35%

0%
100%

100%
98%

$
$
$
$
$

9.83
9.81
8.93
8.18
7.86

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

100%
100%
13%
14%
100%

0%
0%
87%
100%
0%

0%
93%
6%
14%
42%

$

7.40

0%

100%

85%

3%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

49

LOCAL AREA IV

Table 4.6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Local Area IV

Education & Experience
Forty percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or vocational
certificate. The average wage offer for these positions range from a minimum of $9.83 an hour for
positions that require a vocational certificate to $23.69 an hour for positions that require an advanced
degree.
Figure 4.4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Local Area IV
50%

Percent of Job Vacancies

$23.69

$22.34

40%

$19.62

$25.00
$20.00

30%

$15.00
20%

$9.93

$8.42

$9.83
$10.00

10%

0%

$5.00

No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Sixty-seven percent of the job vacancies in this area require some or related work experience. The
average minimum wage offer for positions that require work experience related to the position is $14.34
an hour.

$25.00

40%

$20.00
30%

20%

$14.34
$10.05

$10.00
$5.00

No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

50

$9.87

10%

0%

$15.00

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Some Work
Experience
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

50%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA IV

Figure 4.5 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Local Area IV

Forty-two 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.
Figure 4.6 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Local Area IV

$25.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

80%

$20.00
60%

$13.93

$15.00
$9.91

40%

$10.00

20%

0%

$5.00

Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

100%

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

O

nly 8 percent of the job openings reported in Local Area IV do not require any
specific education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly
entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges
from a minimum offer of $7.11 an hour to a maximum offer of $7.91 an hour.

LOCAL AREA IV

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

51

Employee Benefits
Ninety-two percent of the full-time job openings in Local Area IV offer a health insurance plan. Only 2
percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefit.
Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Thirty percent of the part-time
openings in this area do not provide any benefit package.
In all job vacancies, paid vacation leave and health insurance is the most common benefit, both offered
in 80 percent of the openings in this area. Paid sick leave is least likely of the four benefits to be offered
with positions open-for-hire in Local Area IV.
The benefit most likely to be offered varies with the size of employment. For openings in establishments
that employ four employees or less and five to 49 employees, paid vacation leave is the most offered
benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees, a retirement savings plan is
the most offered benefit. For openings in establishments that employ 250 employees or more, a health
insurance plan is the benefit most likely to be offered, followed by a retirement savings plan.
In this study, no establishments, employing four employees or less in Local Area IV, reported offering no
benefits with their job vacancies.
Figure 4.7 – Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Local Area IV
100%

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA IV

80%

60%

40%

20%

0%

0%
Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

52

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more

LOCAL AREA V

T

his survey revealed there were an estimated 5,370 job vacancies in Local Area V
during the second quarter of 2006. This translates into a job vacancy rate of 4.7
percent or almost five vacancies for every 100 filled positions.
In order to obtain data for Local Area V, the statewide sample included 553 establishments in this area.
There were 424 usable responses received, resulting in a satisfactory response rate of 76.7 percent.
Local Area V is a 17-county area in the southeastern part of Kansas.

Job Vacancies by Occupation
The occupational group with the largest number of job vacancies and the highest job vacancy rate in
Local Area V is Transportation and Material Moving, with an estimated 1,466 openings and an 18.2
percent job vacancy rate. This is followed by the Healthcare Support occupational group, with 781
openings and a job vacancy rate of 16.3 percent.
Table 5.1 – Job Vacancies by Major Occupational Group
Local Area V

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

53

LOCAL AREA V

Job
Average
Average


Number of Vacancy Minimum
Maximum

Major Occupational Group
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer




All Job Vacancies.....................................................................
5,370
4.7%
$ 11.19
$ 12.98
Transportation & Material Moving...................................................
1,466
18.2%
$ 13.99
$ 16.48
Healthcare Support........................................................................
781
16.3%
$ 8.00
$ 8.40
Production.....................................................................................
656
3.6%
$ 9.55
$ 11.53
Food Preparation & Serving-Related................................................
484
5.3%
$ 5.76
$ 6.07
Office & Administrative Support......................................................
441
2.5%
$ 8.13
$ 8.95
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical.................................................
436
7.9%
$ 17.02
$ 19.51
Sales & Related..............................................................................
170
1.9%
$ 6.86
$ 7.52
Education, Training & Library..........................................................
139
1.4%
$ 15.63
$ 21.56
Installation, Maintenance & Repair..................................................
132
2.6%
$ 10.81
$ 17.17
Personal Care & Service.................................................................
114
3.9%
$ 7.67
$ 8.81
Community & Social Services..........................................................
87
7.8%
$ 11.89
$ 13.11
Business & Financial Operations......................................................
76
3.0%
$ 12.52
$ 14.63
Architecture & Engineering.............................................................
75
7.0%
$ 19.20
$ 20.99
Management.................................................................................
70
1.7%
$ 21.23
$ 21.87
Protective Service...........................................................................
68
3.3%
$ 9.97
$ 10.10
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance..................................
64
1.6%
$ 8.43
$ 9.70
Construction & Extraction................................................................
56
1.0%
$ 11.61
$ 13.34
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media....................................
22
1.9%
$ 10.16
$ 11.20
Farming, Fishing & Forestry............................................................
15
NA
$ 12.02
$ 16.83
Computer & Mathematical..............................................................
9
0.9%
$ 17.68
$ 22.26
Life, Physical & Social Science.........................................................
9
2.1%
$ 20.74
$ 26.38
Legal.............................................................................................
0
0.0%

NA

NA

T

he top 25 occupations with the most job vacancies account for 74 percent of total job
vacancies in this area.

The occupation with the most job vacancies in Local Area V is heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers,
with an estimated 1,055 job openings and a job vacancy rate of 77 percent.
Table 5.2 – Job Vacancies by Top 25 Occupations with the Most Job Vacancies
Local Area V

Occupational Title

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer...............................................
Home Health Aides.........................................................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants.............................................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand...........................
Waiters & Waitresses......................................................................
Registered Nurses...........................................................................
Bus Drivers, School..........................................................................
Data Entry Keyers...........................................................................
Food Preparation Workers...............................................................
Slaughterers & Meat Packers............................................................
Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses................................
Retail Salespersons..........................................................................
Team Assemblers.............................................................................
Assemblers & Fabricators, All Other.................................................
Receptionists & Information Clerks....................................................
Child Care Workers........................................................................
Chiropractors..................................................................................
Millwrights......................................................................................
Cashiers.........................................................................................
Dishwashers...................................................................................
Stock Clerks & Order Fillers.............................................................
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers...............................................
Claims Adjusters, Examiners & Investigators......................................
Sewing Machine Operators.............................................................
Rehabilitation Counselors.................................................................

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer
























1,055
402
349
204
179
166
159
143
137
108
107
104
102
98
94
84
71
58
57
56
53
53
45
45
44

77.0%
NA
12.5%
15.3%
11.6%
8.6%
18.5%
NA
12.8%
NA
18.5%
6.2%
4.1%
54.4%
10.7%
29.0%
NA
NA
1.6%
13.3%
5.3%
4.1%
14.5%
10.5%
48.9%

$ 16.69
$ 8.16
$ 7.72
$ 7.53
$ 5.15
$ 16.24
$ 6.45
$ 6.96
$ 6.09
$ 11.10
$ 13.16
$ 5.97
$ 8.69
$ 8.39
$ 6.95
$ 6.27
$ 21.63
$ 10.48
$ 6.38
$ 5.50
$ 6.57
$ 11.43
$ 10.00
$ 6.25
$ 8.37

$ 19.08
$ 8.41
$ 8.00
$ 9.01
$ 5.15
$ 19.21
$ 11.35
$ 7.91
$ 6.90
$ 14.69
$ 14.75
$ 6.90
$ 9.62
$ 11.52
$ 7.58
$ 7.81
$ 21.63
$ 19.96
$ 6.40
$ 5.50
$ 6.93
$ 13.57
$ 13.00
$ 6.50
$ 8.79

NA: Not available - Data are not available or not reportable due to failure to meet confidentiality and/or reliability standards.

LOCAL AREA V

D

uring the second quarter of 2006, the civilian labor force estimates indicated that
the number of people in Local Area V who were unemployed totaled 6,610 in April,
6,418 in May and 7,457 in June. This translates into an average of 1.3 unemployed people
for every job vacancy.

54

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Job Vacancies by Industry and Size

T

he industry group with the largest number of job vacancies in Local Area V is Health
Care and Social Assistance, with 1,392 estimated openings and an 8.4 percent job
vacancy rate.
The industry group with the highest job vacancy rate is Transportation and Warehousing, with a rate of
38.8 percent and 1,331 openings.
Table 5.3 –
Job Vacancies
by Industry
Local Area V

Industry

Job
Average
Average
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies
Rate Wage Offer Wage Offer

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

5,370
1,392
1,331
808
420
412
251
183
175
149
71
44
33
31
24
20
10
9
4
2
1

4.7%
8.4%
38.8%
3.5%
5.4%
3.4%
5.6%
1.3%
4.6%
1.9%
2.0%
1.4%
1.6%
3.3%
5.5%
0.9%
1.0%
1.7%
0.2%
0.1%
0.1%

$ 11.19
$ 11.16
$ 14.88
$ 10.89
$ 5.70
$ 6.48
$ 8.63
$ 15.08
$ 9.16
$ 12.39
$ 7.94
$ 9.29
$ 5.71
$ 7.98
$ 8.48
$ 10.37
$ 9.00
$ 12.50
$ 28.14
$ 16.54
$ 10.00

$ 12.98
$ 12.22
$ 17.56
$ 12.83
$ 6.03
$ 7.05
$ 12.38
$ 19.56
$ 11.54
$ 13.61
$ 8.73
$ 10.25
$ 6.65
$ 9.00
$ 8.48
$ 11.56
$ 9.00
$ 12.56
$ 28.14
$ 16.54
$ 12.00

Almost 35 percent of the job vacancies in Local Area V were in firms in the small size class, with five
to 49 employees. The group of firms in the very small size class, with four employees or less, has the
highest job vacancy rate. The 20.5 percent job vacancy rate indicates that these firms may be having a
more difficult time than larger firms finding qualified job applicants.
Table 5.4 – Job Vacancies by Size of Establishment
Local Area V

Size of Establishment

Percent of

Job
Average
Average
All Job
Number of Vacancy Minimum Maximum
Vacancies Vacancies
Rate
Wage Offer Wage Offer

All Job Vacancies.............................................. 100.0%
Very Small (4 employees or less)..............................
31.5%
Small (5-49 employees)...........................................
34.5%
Medium (50-249 employees)...................................
20.6%
Large (250 or more employees)................................
13.4%

5,370
1,693
1,854
1,105
718

4.7%
20.5%
4.8%
3.1%
2.2%

$ 11.19
$ 13.65
$ 9.33
$ 10.40
$ 11.09

$ 12.98
$ 15.72
$ 10.21
$ 12.36
$ 14.17

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

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LOCAL AREA V

Starting Wage Offer

T

he average minimum wage offer for all job vacancies in Local Area V is $11.19 an
hour and the average maximum wage offer is $12.98 an hour.

Thirty-five percent of the job vacancies reported in Local Area V 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, followed by the pay range of $16.00 to $17.99, at 21 percent.
The median wage offer represents the value in the middle when all wage offers are arranged from
highest to lowest. The median minimum wage offer for positions in Local Area V is $9.00 an hour and
the median maximum wage offer is $12.00 an hour.
Figure 5.1 – Job Vacancies by Minimum Hourly Wage Offer
Local Area V

Percent of Job Vacancies

40%
27%

30%

10%

6%

10%
0%

21%

17%

20%

Less than
$6.00

$6.00 $7.99

$8.00 $9.99

$10.00 $11.99

5%

3%

$12.00 $13.99

$14.00 $15.99

2%
$16.00 $17.99

$18.00 $19.99

4%
$20.00
& over

Wage Range

Seventy-seven percent of all job vacancies were reported as full-time positions. The average minimum
wage offer for all full-time positions is $12.26 an hour regardless of whether it is a permanent or
temporary position.
Overall, 94 percent of the positions open-for-hire are permanent positions. Job vacancies that were
reported as permanent positions, whether full-time or part-time, offer an average minimum wage of
$11.47 an hour.
Figure 5.2 – Job Vacancies by Type of Position
Local Area V

Number of Vacancies

LOCAL AREA V

10,000
8,000
6,000
4,000

Permanent
$12.33
76%

2,000

Temporary
$6.68
5%

0
Temporary
Permanent

56

Temporary
$8.06
1%

Full-time
$12.26
77%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Type of Position
Average Minimum Wage Offer
Percent of Vacancies

Part-time
$7.24
23%

Permanent
$7.41
18%

Percent of Job Vacancies

Figure 5.3 – Job Vacancies
by Length of Vacancy
Local Area V

Positions open for 60 days or more
can be an indication of a position that
is more difficult to fill. Only 8 percent
of the job vacancies in Local Area V
have been open 60 days or more and
include occupations listed in Table 5.5.
The average minimum wage offer for
all positions reported as being open 60
days or more is $11.43 an hour.

50%

$25.00

40%

$20.00

30%
20%

$10.80

$9.02

$11.43

$13.37

$10.00
$5.00

10%
0%

$15.00

Less than
30 days

30 - 59
days

Percent of Job Vacancies

60 days
or more

Always
open

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Duration of Job Vacancies

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Table 5.5 – Top 10 Occupations Open More than 60 Days
Local Area V

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)
Civil Engineers......................................................
Educational, Vocational & School Counselors..........
Mechanical Engineers............................................
Registered Nurses.................................................
Slaughterers & Meat Packers..................................
Operating Engineers & Other Construction
Equipment Operators.........................................
Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics........
Home Health Aides...............................................
Data Entry Keyers.................................................
Retail Salespersons................................................

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience




$
$
$
$
$

26.44
20.07
17.85
16.24
11.10

100%
100%
8%
63%
0%

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%

16%
100%
0%
100%
0%

100%
0%
8%
33%
0%

$
$
$
$
$

10.17
8.98
8.16
6.96
5.97

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

100%
0%
100%
100%
100%

73%
100%
4%
0%
0%

73%
95%
0%
0%
0%

Positions that are “always open,” where employers are constantly recruiting, could be an indication of
a position that is more difficult to fill or a job that is in a high-turnover field. Thirty-eight percent of
the job openings in Local Area V were reported as being positions that are “always open” and include
occupations listed in Table 5.6.
Table 5.6 – Top 10 Occupations Always Open
Local Area V

Occupational Title
(Listed in order by
Average Minimum Wage Offer)

Average
Requires
Requires Requires Requires
Minimum
Bachelor’s or HS/GED License or Related
Wage Offer Advanced Degree or Less Certificate Experience
$ 16.69
$ 16.24

0%
63%

100%
0%

100%
100%

2%
33%

$
$
$
$

13.16
10.00
8.16
7.72

24%
0%
0%
0%

0%
100%
100%
2%

100%
0%
4%
100%

51%
100%
0%
61%

$
$
$
$
$

7.53
6.96
6.95
6.00
5.15

0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

100%
100%
100%
100%
100%

4%
0%
0%
0%
0%

19%
0%
0%
0%
0%

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

LOCAL AREA V

Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer.....................
Registered Nurses.................................................
Licensed Practical & Licensed
Vocational Nurses..............................................
Claims Adjusters, Examiners & Investigators............
Home Health Aides...............................................
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants...................
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material
Movers, Hand...................................................
Data Entry Keyers.................................................
Receptionists & Information Clerks..........................
Bartenders............................................................
Waiters & Waitresses............................................

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Education & Experience
Twenty-four percent of the positions open-for-hire in this area require a post-secondary degree or
vocational certificate. The average minimum wage offer for these positions range from a minimum of
$9.59 for positions that require a vocational certificate to $20.84 for positions that require an advanced
degree.
Figure 5.4 – Job Vacancies by Education Requirement
Local Area V
50%

$25.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

40%

$20.84
$20.00

$18.00
30%

20%

$14.63

$15.00

$11.78
$8.27

$9.59

$10.00

10%

0%

$5.00

No Education
Requirement

High School
or GED

Percent of Job Vacancies

Vocational
Training

Associate's
Degree

Bachelor's
Degree

Advanced
Degree

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

Sixty-one percent of the job vacancies in this area require some or related work experience. The average
minimum wage offer for positions that require work experience related to the position is $11.67 an hour.
Figure 5.5 – Job Vacancies by Experience Requirement
Local Area V

$25.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

LOCAL AREA V

40%

$20.00
30%
$12.93
20%

$8.80

$15.00
$10.00

10%

0%

$5.00

No Work Experience
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

58

$11.67

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

Some Work
Experience
Average Minimum Wage Offer

Related Work
Experience

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

50%

Forty-five 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.
Figure 5.6 – Job Vacancies by Certificate/License Requirement
Local Area V

$25.00

Percent of Job Vacancies

80%

$20.00
60%
$14.22
40%

$15.00
$8.74

20%

0%

$10.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

$30.00

100%

$5.00

Certificate/License
Required
Percent of Job Vacancies

No Certificate/License
Requirement

$0.00

Average Minimum Wage Offer

E

ighteen percent of the job openings reported in Local Area V do not require any
specific education, license, certificate or work experience, labeling them as truly
entry-level positions. The average wage offer for these entry-level positions ranges from
a minimum offer of $7.22 an hour to a maximum offer of $8.08 an hour.

LOCAL AREA V

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Employee Benefits
Eighty-five percent of the full-time job openings in Local Area V offer paid vacation leave. Only 9
percent of the full-time openings do not provide any benefit.
Employers are less likely to offer benefits for their part-time positions. Forty percent of the part-time
openings in this area do not provide any benefit package.
In all job vacancies, paid vacation leave is the most common benefit, offered in 74 percent of the
openings in this area. Paid sick leave is least likely of the four benefits to be offered with positions openfor-hire in Local Area V.
The results generally indicate that large employers are more likely to offer benefits. The benefit most
likely to be offered varies with the size of employment. For openings in establishments that employ four
employees or less, a retirement savings plan is the most offered benefit. For openings in establishments
that employ five to 49 employees, paid vacation leave is the most offered benefit. For openings in
establishments that employ 50 to 249 employees, a retirement savings plan is the most offered benefit.
For openings in establishments that employ 250 employees or more, a health insurance plan is the most
offered benefit.
Figure 5.7 - Job Vacancies by Type of Benefit Offered & Employment Size
Local Area V
100%

Percent of Job Vacancies

80%

60%

40%

LOCAL AREA V

20%

0%

Health
Insurance

Paid
Sick Leave

Paid
Vacation Leave

Retirement
Savings Plan

No Benefits
Offered

Number of Employees
All Job Vacancies

60

4 employees or less

Job Vacancies in Kansas - 2006

5 to 49 employees

50 to 249 employees

250 employees or more