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Kansas City Data

The KC region is composed of five counties, and contains Missouri’s second largest metro area.  The region is home to barbecue, the Negro Leagues Museum, baseball’s Royals and football’s Chiefs.  Top industries include retail trade, construction, professional and technical services, food services and commercial printing such as Hallmark.

The regional average wage was $904 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 100,889 $3,767,017,000 $37,430 $1,146,260,561
Clay County 233,682 $9,297,011,000 $40,339 $3,411,680,180
Jackson County 683,191 $28,535,901,000 $41,965 $10,062,723,123
Platte County 94,788 $4,433,699,000 $47,516 $1,934,565,317
Ray County 22,949 $894,986,000 $38,847 $159,328,396
Kansas City Summary 1,135,499 $46,928,614,000 $41,623 $16,714,557,577



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 54,170 51,333 2,837 5.2%
Clay County 131,257 125,017 6,240 4.8%
Jackson County 366,556 342,010 24,546 6.7%
Platte County 54,638 52,233 2,405 4.4%
Ray County 11,395 10,769 626 5.5%
Kansas City Summary 618,016 581,362 36,654 5.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 5,357 64,679 $763,993,036 $909 2.1%
44 - Retail Trade 2,413 56,430 $373,450,732 $509 1.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,733 50,945 $222,840,389 $336 2.2%
31 - Manufacturing 1,032 39,635 $554,333,681 $1,076 4.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,097 37,129 $728,860,559 $1,510 0.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,674 25,345 $208,208,551 $632 5.6%
23 - Construction 2,428 23,242 $327,237,089 $1,083 2.5%
42 - Wholesale trade 1,720 22,117 $318,762,783 $1,109 1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,171 15,195 $126,625,093 $641 1.7%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 220 11,541 $267,433,287 $1,782 5.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 26,076 432,729 $5,086,308,792 $904 2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,574 44,548 $182,512,582 $315 2.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,097 37,129 $728,860,559 $1,510 0.7%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,596 24,117 $194,567,639 $621 5.6%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,592 21,210 $331,150,328 $1,201 2.4%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 191 12,353 $82,141,586 $512 5.3%
624 - Social Assistance 3,536 12,264 $64,971,695 $408 2.3%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 762 11,885 $167,034,036 $1,081 3.2%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 80 11,873 $64,750,532 $420 2.6%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 11,541 $267,433,287 $1,783 5.3%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $114.68 $90 $90.28 NA $238,543 $187,200 $187,775 NA
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 140 $111.88 $90.05 $84.03 NA $232,712 $187,306 $174,776 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 850 $109.19 $90.06 $80.32 NA $227,115 $187,330 $167,064 NA
291066 - Psychiatrists 120 $92.91 $89.55 $53.1 $112.81 $193,245 $186,262 $110,443 $234,647
291061 - Anesthesiologists 260 $86.75 $90.02 $22.8 $118.73 $180,443 $187,233 $47,426 $246,952
291063 - Internists, General NA $81.23 $84.97 $29.03 $107.34 $168,969 $176,732 $60,374 $223,266
111011 - Chief Executives 1,750 $76.98 $71.2 $38.93 $96 $160,111 $148,099 $80,977 $199,678
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 1,100 $75.68 $77.63 $24.71 $101.16 $157,406 $161,463 $51,402 $210,407
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 360 $72.83 $70.56 $51.97 $83.26 $151,490 $146,762 $108,092 $173,190
291021 - Dentists, General 360 $64.61 $48.92 $32.12 $80.85 $134,379 $101,752 $66,817 $168,160

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
473011 - Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, an 13 20 7 53.8% 1 54 - Above Average B+
152031 - Operations Research Analysts 307 421 114 37.1% 18 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 535 732 197 36.8% 26 52 - Well Above Average A
193092 - Geographers 14 19 5 35.7% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 276 370 94 34.1% 13 52 - Well Above Average A
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 403 534 131 32.5% 19 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 131 173 42 32.1% 6 54 - Above Average B+
151122 - Information Security Analysts 409 535 126 30.8% 19 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 43 56 13 30.2% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
399021 - Personal Care Aides 3,541 4,597 1,056 29.8% 131 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.