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Kansas City Metro Area Is Hiring

Kansas City is expected to see a nice bump in hiring by the end of 2009.

Kansas City is expected to see a nice bump in hiring by the end of 2009.

Between new distribution centers for FedEx SmartPost, The Coleman Co. and a host of others, Kansas City is expected to see an uptick in hiring between now, the fourth quarter and early next year, says the Kansas City Business Journal.

While much of the work is expected to be part time and temporary, there are some higher level jobs for mid- to senior-level workers at companies like GPS maker Garmin, which has its headquarters in Kansas.

Olathe-based Garmin, which laid off 141 local employees in March, is hiring externally again, seeking a couple hundred engineers, McKee said.

Garmin spokeswoman Jessica Myers downplayed the company’s hiring, saying the navigation device-maker is continuing to hire at a fairly typical pace. More than 50 positions are open now, she said.

“Engineering positions, of course, are very important to us given the technical nature of our product and such,” Myers said. “We have numerous engineering opportunities that are available right now — that was the case even when the markets were down.”

Farmer’s Insurance, which in June dedicated a 95,000-square-foot facility in Olathe, is looking for roughly 50 to 100 workers, McKee said.

According to a June release, the facility will mean 600 positions with degrees. About 300 had been hired by June; the rest were to be hired by the end of 2010.

Other companies in the Kansas City area include Cerner Corp., which specializes in health-care technology; Midwest Research Institute, which does agricultural research for the government and other businesses; Russell Stover Candies; Hallmark Cards; and propane company Inergy.

In other recent good news, Kansas was one of the few states that saw an increase  in median household income between 2007 and 2008, according to census data. The median household income range increased 1.7 percent, from $49,347 in 2007 to $50,177 in 2008.

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