KC area ranked among worst U.S. cities for job loss last year

The diversity of the Kansas City metropolitan area’s economy historically has insulated it somewhat from the employment peaks and valleys of other areas.

Judging from the 2010 employment and unemployment statistics gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s not the case any more.

The Kansas City area last year suffered some of the largest job losses -- both in raw numbers and in percentage loss -- among the 372 major U.S. metro areas.

The statistics bureau said today that Kansas City lost 18,100 jobs from December 2009 to December 2010, the fourth-largest decline among the nation’s major metro areas.

In terms of percentage decrease, the Kansas City area had 1.9 percent of its establishment payroll jobs disappear over the year, the second-largest percentage decrease among U.S. cities. Only the Sacramento, Calif., area ranked worse.