Manhattan’s job base has grown by nearly 5,000 since the start of 2002, according to new data from the state Department of Labor.
Manhattan’s employment level stood at 27,176 jobs in May, according to the state data. That was up from 22,481 in January, 2002, an increase of 21 percent.
Manhattan ranked second among the 16 largest cities in Kansas in terms of percentage growth, behind Dodge City at 24 percent, during that time period.
Manhattan ranked third in the total number of jobs added, behind Overland Park and Olathe. Manhattan added 4,695 jobs; Overland Park added 11,237, and Olathe added 7,145.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce tracks job-creation numbers since January, 2002 because that’s when a private fundraising effort for economic development began. Chamber officials cited the new state numbers in a report issued Friday.