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Kansas City Region 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 $942 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2013 2012 Percent Difference
233.0 229.6 1.5%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2013 Income 2012 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2013
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 100,641 $3,692,699,000 $36,789 $1,046,515,843
Clay County 230,473 $9,099,952,000 $39,986 $3,166,908,061
Jackson County 679,996 $27,588,109,000 $40,728 $9,428,515,705
Platte County 93,310 $4,272,824,000 $46,416 $1,842,629,783
Ray County 23,039 $870,288,000 $37,734 $148,524,476
Kansas City Region Summary 1,127,459 $45,523,872,000 $40,630 $15,633,093,868



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics July 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 50,726 47,474 3,252 6.4%
Clay County 123,221 115,159 8,062 6.5%
Jackson County 336,762 310,070 26,692 7.9%
Platte County 52,097 48,859 3,238 6.2%
Ray County 11,203 10,282 921 8.2%
Kansas City Region Summary 574,009 531,844 42,165 7.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 5,045 63,273 $720,164,005 $876 1.5%
44 - Retail Trade 2,407 54,922 $356,788,180 $500 1.5%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,719 48,393 $201,373,999 $320 2.9%
31 - Manufacturing 1,025 38,585 $593,474,739 $1,183 2.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,625 22,296 $176,849,054 $610 4.5%
23 - Construction 2,398 20,836 $285,883,172 $1,055 6%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,135 14,518 $120,083,464 $636 0.6%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 218 11,691 $304,553,858 $2,004 5%
22 - Utilities 29 2,418 $52,283,111 $1,663 3.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 25,495 416,112 $5,097,821,496 $942 1.4%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,561 42,223 $163,089,720 $297 3.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,547 21,192 $165,130,657 $599 4.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,563 20,779 $297,492,433 $1,101 2.1%
622 - Hospitals 37 18,848 $283,626,392 $1,158 2%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,630 14,818 $188,332,648 $978 4.8%
624 - Social Assistance 3,260 11,872 $62,362,373 $404 1.8%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 218 11,691 $304,553,858 $2,004 5%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 760 11,662 $172,416,171 $1,137 2%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 257 10,882 $52,554,227 $372 3.7%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 290 $120.74 $90.07 $108.62 NA $251,130 $187,338 $225,922 NA
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 160 $110.5 $90.05 $79.42 NA $229,836 $187,296 $165,189 NA
291067 - Surgeons 80 $110.44 $90.05 $79.5 NA $229,720 $187,306 $165,356 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1,150 $109.74 $90.06 $79.63 NA $228,264 $187,317 $165,634 NA
291063 - Internists, General 130 $89.9 $88.2 $45.95 $111.87 $186,983 $183,455 $95,566 $232,692
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 580 $84.09 $71.36 $47.9 $102.18 $174,903 $148,431 $99,625 $212,543
111011 - Chief Executives 1,870 $79.87 $72.08 $42.72 $98.44 $166,124 $149,921 $88,850 $204,761
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 1,230 $79.06 $80.64 $25.08 $106.04 $164,436 $167,741 $52,175 $220,567
291066 - Psychiatrists 90 $76.21 $76.43 $27.72 $100.45 $158,517 $158,979 $57,668 $208,941
291021 - Dentists, General 240 $74.15 $69.16 $29.8 $96.32 $154,225 $143,850 $61,977 $200,348

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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.