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Wichita economic growth in comparison to the state and nation

How does economic growth in Wichita compare to the state and nation? Use the interactive visualization below, or click here to view in a window by itself.

This interactive visualization presents the GDP (gross domestic product) produced by the private sector and the government sector, for three different geographies. I use the Wichita metropolitan statistical area because that’s the data available from the Bureau of Economic Statistics. The data is indexed with 2001 values set to 100. This lets us see the relative growth for each data series. Some data is available through 2011, but some only through 2010.

Here are some things you can notice by using the check boxes to turn on and off various data services:

For the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), government has grown more than the private sector.

The Wichita MSA private sector has grown more slowly then both the Kansas and US private sectors.

The Wichita MSA government sector has grown faster than both the Kansas and US government sectors.

Growth in GDP

Bob Weeks

Bob Weeks is a blogger for liberty and economic freedom in Kansas: http://wichitaliberty.org. Find him onTwitter: @bob_weeks

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