Job market seen improving

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Wichita, Kan. --- The greater Wichita area job market is seen to be improving.

Amanda Duncan is Chief Business Development Officer for Workforce Centers. Duncan says, "Last month we had the largest number of jobs ever posted to our system, over 420 jobs posted in one month alone in our six county region."

"Kansasworks" and "Workforce Centers" held a job fair Thursday at the Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita. More than 85 companies had booths for job applicants to visit.

Duncan says, "We're seeing employers needing to fill positions because they have increased production rates in manufacturing. We're still seeing 'Baby Boomers' retire. Some companies are expanding, getting different contracts and are hiring. The economy is coming back."

Duncan says the boom in commercial aviation is helping to fuel local hiring. She says as Spirit Aerosystems hires to meet increasing production rates suppliers have to hire also. "They hire and then the supply chain has to meet that rate as well."

Duncan says that hiring stimulates hiring in other areas including retail and service jobs as newly hired people start spending money locally.

She says besides manufacturing there are jobs in professional, office, health care and call centers.

"We're starting to see a turnaround in Wichita, yes. And it's very exciting."

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