Federal Government Remains a Large Source of Jobs in KC

By | December 14, 2012

People wouldn’t think of Kansas City as a central source of government jobs…but they should. Blair Stover looks into the story a little more below.

For over six decades, the city has been a vital place for providing jobs to the federal base and it continues to do so today. In fact, the U.S. government contracts at least 41,000 people just in Kansas City alone and pays out more $3 billion a year. But the good news does not stop there. For every government job that Uncle Sam provides, there is at least one private spinoff job attached to it and possibly more.

Just last month, the federal authorities stated that they will need another 800+ people over the span of the next year. This is on top of the fact that the NNSA (Nat’l Nuclear Security Admin.) is scheduled to start moving nuclear weapons parts into a new facility located near the area. This will also keep about 2,500 jobs around for another 5-10 years.

Here are some other jobs that the government keeps around:

1.       Agribusiness. With increasing world population, the search for food is greater and the government wants to stay on top of this.

  1. 2.      Construction. State and federal governments are always looking to build, so they need workers to do so.
  2. 3.      Power. To grow any country needs energy. The two main sources today are oil and renewable energy sources.
  3. 4.      Environment. This type of business is the type the government wants to be exploited in a conscious and responsible way to generate wealth to companies who need the materials available in the environment.
  4. 5.      Health. Concern about the quality of life only increases, as life expectancy in the country.


The great thing about generating jobs, whether they are new or sustaining the old, is that they help generate money for the area and that is exactly what every place like Kansas City needs.

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