KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Though an alarming trend reveals that more women are being killed in the workplace, both Kansas and Missouri rank low among states where that is likely to happen.
According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kansas and Missouri rank in the bottom five among 40 states for female workplace homicides. Missouri ranked 35th, while Kansas ranked 38th. Some states did not report any data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or the data did not meet the criteria.
Arkansas and South Carolina are the top two states were women are likely to be killed at work, followed by Nevada, according to the report.
Between 2013 and 2015, the number of women killed at work was declining, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks workplace injuries and fatalities. But by 2017, the numbers began escalating dramatically.
Between 2011 and 2017, more than 546 women were killed while at work in the United States.
Most of the women were gunshot victims between the ages of 45 to 54 who typically worked in sales, the service industry and management positions. Their assailants were usually male spouses, intimate partners and family members, co-workers or robbers.
In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started offering states a package of programs designed to reduce domestic violence. Some of the programs teach teenage boys that violence is not the answer.