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The unemployment rate for the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area is 3.9% (May 2017), compared to the national rate of 4.3%.


77.6% of all small businesses in the United States consist of the self-employed.


The growth in the number (up 54%), employment (up 9%) and revenues (up 58%) of women-owned firms over the past 15 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the largest publicly traded firms. As of 2012, it is estimated that there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.7 million people, according to the second annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN.