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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $675 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
Andrew County 17,445 $818,034,000 $46,968 $77,551,519
Atchison County 5,449 $217,443,000 $39,413 $53,518,470
Buchanan County 89,631 $3,192,358,000 $35,587 $1,273,287,593
Caldwell County 9,097 $341,139,000 $37,303 $32,871,935
Clinton County 20,571 $765,804,000 $37,342 $91,662,865
Daviess County 8,294 $246,662,000 $29,938 $50,275,452
Dekalb County 12,840 $324,005,000 $25,039 $131,660,266
Gentry County 6,775 $245,655,000 $36,248 $48,854,912
Grundy County 10,355 $329,681,000 $31,890 $85,600,555
Harrison County 8,741 $269,366,000 $30,862 $107,382,657
Holt County 4,568 $186,534,000 $40,072 $33,478,430
Linn County 12,368 $419,362,000 $33,592 $122,032,834
Livingston County 14,871 $502,132,000 $33,393 $202,674,132
Mercer County 3,695 $108,778,000 $29,171 $28,183,925
Nodaway County 23,261 $658,144,000 $28,103 $228,453,108
Putnam County 4,875 $142,476,000 $28,894 $33,786,705
Sullivan County 6,448 $215,209,000 $32,876 $40,414,417
Worth County 2,090 $65,952,000 $31,723 $12,255,932
Northwest Region Summary 261,374 $9,048,734,000 $34,511 $2,653,945,707



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics August 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,799 10,318 481 4.5%
Atchison County 3,102 2,941 161 5.2%
Buchanan County 51,426 48,790 2,636 5.1%
Caldwell County 4,108 3,888 220 5.4%
Clinton County 9,815 9,233 582 5.9%
Daviess County 4,025 3,795 230 5.7%
Dekalb County 5,704 5,379 325 5.7%
Gentry County 3,745 3,559 186 5%
Grundy County 4,974 4,719 255 5.1%
Harrison County 4,566 4,352 214 4.7%
Holt County 2,951 2,814 137 4.6%
Linn County 6,131 5,677 454 7.4%
Livingston County 7,707 7,316 391 5.1%
Mercer County 1,973 1,882 91 4.6%
Nodaway County 11,208 10,487 721 6.4%
Putnam County 2,559 2,437 122 4.8%
Sullivan County 3,349 3,175 174 5.2%
Worth County 1,305 1,255 50 3.8%
Northwest Region Summary 139,447 132,017 7,430 5.3%

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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
56 - Administrative and waste services 248 3,459 $19,592,824 $436 0.5%
42 - Wholesale trade 348 3,337 $36,870,850 $850 8.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 337 2,221 $26,178,271 $907 0.9%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 44 580 $7,733,453 $1,026 9%
61 - Educational services 24 278 $1,617,789 $448 6.1%

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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
311 - Food manufacturing 38 5,861 $65,131,886 $855 1.7%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 95 4,161 $21,409,344 $396 2.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 220 3,287 $18,403,709 $431 0.4%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 45 2,499 $34,406,832 $1,059 3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 337 2,221 $26,178,271 $907 0.9%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 62 1,944 $8,069,255 $319 2.6%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 154 1,669 $17,564,564 $810 11%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 138 1,618 $20,143,188 $958 3.2%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 374 1,561 $16,312,292 $804 0.5%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 136 1,401 $16,774,475 $921 5.8%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 210 $100.25 $90.12 $63.51 $118.63 $208,529 $187,454 $132,091 $246,748
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $90.48 $90.16 $28.46 $121.49 $188,207 $187,530 $59,205 $252,708
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other NA $85.56 $83.77 $39.58 $108.56 $177,973 $174,244 $82,328 $225,796
291041 - Optometrists 40 $81.77 $70.09 $44.88 $100.21 $170,081 $145,791 $93,356 $208,443
291051 - Pharmacists 220 $57.12 $59.6 $45.2 $63.08 $118,809 $123,973 $94,014 $131,207
111011 - Chief Executives 210 $54.53 $46.12 $27 $68.3 $113,429 $95,926 $56,151 $142,068
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 40 $52.61 $56.81 $40.67 $58.58 $109,427 $118,156 $84,602 $121,840
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $51.74 $48.33 $37.98 $58.62 $107,615 $100,523 $78,995 $121,924
291123 - Physical Therapists 150 $46.37 $46.98 $34.49 $52.32 $96,457 $97,712 $71,731 $108,820
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 60 $44.86 $44.23 $37.55 $48.51 $93,300 $91,991 $78,094 $100,903

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 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.