Review major industry announcements by industry sector and overviews of statistical trends within each sector. Industry news and data are presented for industries, such as, mining and construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, transportation, information services, and leisure and hospitality, among others.

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Industry Trends

Kansas manufacturing employment had a delayed reaction from the recession, which started in December 2007 and ended in 2009. In fact, employment started to decline in 2009 to 167,057 from 187,151 in 2008 (10.7 percent). Manufacturing employment in the state remained stable the following years. Similarly, Kansas transportation equipment manufacturing, which is a major employing sector in Kansas, had a similar reaction as its employment started to decline in 2009 by 15.2 percent from 2008. Transportation Equipment Manufacturing employment kept declining the following years. Unlike Kansas manufacturing and Kansas Transportation Equipment Manufacturing employment, Kansas food manufacturing employment, another important section in Kansas, food manufacturing employment remained stable in the last decade.

Industry News

A company that specialized In VIP interiors, Emerald Aerospace LLC, opened at the former Boeing Co. property in April. The company’s 200,000 square-feet facility will permit work on large aircraft. Triumph Group, an aircraft supplier headquartered in Pennsylvania and a Wichita-area employer, announced in May its plans to cut jobs and close facilities, resulting from a $1 billion loss in its fiscal year 2016 (ended March 31). The supplier’s workforce will be reduced by 8 percent in the next couple of years with the consolidation of ten facilities. Facility consolidation will also diminish Triumph total facilities’ footprint by 3.5 million square-feet, particularly in the company’s aerostructure market segment, and generate $55 million in annualized pre-tax savings. Triumph currently has 175 employees in its Wichita location and 140 employees in its Wellington location.

General aviation shipments manufacturers worldwide decreased 4.3 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter 2016; total billings decreased 11.1 percent.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Boeing Co. delivered 139 commercial airplanes, an increase of 23 airplanes, or nearly 20 percent over first quarter 2015.

In the first quarter of 2016, Airbus delivered 125 commercial airplanes.

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Release dates for upcoming Kansas Industry News and Development reports are as follows: 
Report For Release Date
Natural Resources, Mining, and Construction Industry June 2016
Manufacturing Industry June 2016
Wholesale Trade June 2016
Retail Trade September 2016
Transportation September 2016
Information September 2016
Financial Activities and Real Estate December 2016
Professional and Business Services December 2016
Education and Health Services December 2016
Leisure and Hospitality March 2017
Other Services March 2017
Government March 2017