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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 $644 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2013.


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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 2012 Income 2011 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2012
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,417 $764,618,000 $44,465 $79,488,370
Atchison County 5,517 $229,724,000 $41,250 $56,988,772
Buchanan County 89,706 $3,024,617,000 $33,732 $1,287,339,291
Caldwell County 9,145 $338,786,000 $36,370 $33,383,902
Clinton County 20,508 $740,676,000 $35,628 $93,567,942
Daviess County 8,239 $244,821,000 $29,450 $49,506,599
Dekalb County 12,940 $315,311,000 $24,697 $128,285,376
Gentry County 6,777 $236,742,000 $34,887 $48,126,773
Grundy County 10,338 $324,300,000 $31,707 $82,879,409
Harrison County 8,728 $277,540,000 $31,304 $106,298,129
Holt County 4,655 $176,342,000 $36,631 $36,426,618
Linn County 12,484 $406,425,000 $32,343 $118,696,624
Livingston County 15,037 $494,064,000 $32,776 $201,709,945
Mercer County 3,729 $104,092,000 $27,364 $26,050,816
Nodaway County 23,419 $636,305,000 $27,114 $229,535,185
Putnam County 4,931 $140,037,000 $28,131 $31,682,141
Sullivan County 6,546 $226,172,000 $33,965 $39,037,605
Worth County 2,079 $63,640,000 $29,600 $12,517,231
Northwest Region Summary 262,195 $8,744,212,000 $33,247 $2,661,520,728



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,762 10,091 671 6.2%
Atchison County 2,985 2,791 194 6.5%
Buchanan County 50,957 47,716 3,241 6.4%
Caldwell County 4,102 3,794 308 7.5%
Clinton County 9,807 9,011 796 8.1%
Daviess County 3,874 3,606 268 6.9%
Dekalb County 5,650 5,261 389 6.9%
Gentry County 3,723 3,472 251 6.7%
Grundy County 5,093 4,772 321 6.3%
Harrison County 4,317 3,961 356 8.2%
Holt County 2,790 2,634 156 5.6%
Linn County 6,179 5,685 494 8%
Livingston County 7,569 7,093 476 6.3%
Mercer County 1,830 1,710 120 6.6%
Nodaway County 12,308 11,348 960 7.8%
Putnam County 2,344 2,192 152 6.5%
Sullivan County 3,429 3,196 233 6.8%
Worth County 1,224 1,166 58 4.7%
Northwest Region Summary 138,943 129,499 9,444 6.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 236 15,574 $182,728,981 $903 2.6%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,216 13,749 $123,082,946 $689 7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 405 7,613 $22,244,292 $225 2.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 243 3,772 $21,135,304 $431 13.4%
42 - Wholesale trade 345 3,244 $30,931,744 $733 0.6%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 255 2,485 $22,078,861 $683 1.8%
54 - Professional and technical services 331 2,087 $22,320,647 $823 1.9%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 73 926 $3,473,174 $289 1.1%
22 - Utilities 31 634 $12,330,001 $1,496 0.2%
61 - Educational services 23 260 $1,508,286 $446 21.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,914 75,281 $630,702,172 $644 1.3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 361 7,099 $20,568,829 $223 2.2%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 94 4,099 $21,413,261 $402 0.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 216 3,598 $19,875,750 $425 14.3%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 315 3,302 $45,968,563 $1,071 6.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 42 2,491 $29,416,915 $908 0.9%
624 - Social Assistance 798 2,412 $8,770,858 $280 39.5%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 331 2,087 $22,320,647 $823 1.9%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 63 1,929 $8,551,688 $341 0.4%
325 - Chemical manufacturing 14 1,764 $31,563,439 $1,377 5.8%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $117.24 $90.41 $98.26 NA $243,864 $188,052 $204,379 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 130 $111.2 $90.33 $80.89 NA $231,290 $187,876 $168,258 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other NA $95.29 $90.17 $42.97 $121.45 $198,211 $187,548 $89,388 $252,623
111011 - Chief Executives 190 $64.33 $55.02 $33.91 $79.54 $133,810 $114,435 $70,541 $165,444
291131 - Veterinarians 80 $56.03 $62.38 $34.13 $66.98 $116,538 $129,747 $70,993 $139,311
291051 - Pharmacists 250 $54.73 $58.2 $40.78 $61.7 $113,836 $121,050 $84,825 $128,342
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $54.62 $54.26 $50.94 $56.47 $113,617 $112,865 $105,950 $117,450
113031 - Financial Managers 100 $49.91 $44.63 $29.98 $59.87 $103,807 $92,833 $62,361 $124,529
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $45.18 $40.93 $33.6 $50.97 $93,979 $85,142 $69,892 $106,023
291123 - Physical Therapists 140 $43.98 $43.76 $34.03 $48.96 $91,480 $91,024 $70,778 $101,831

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2010 Projected 2020 Numeric Percent
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 83 118 35 42.2% 6 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
292056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 74 100 26 35.1% 4 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
472051 - Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 273 361 88 32.2% 13 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
471011 - First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Tr 214 282 68 31.8% 12 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
151032 - Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 96 124 28 29.2% 4 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
399021 - Personal and Home Care Aides 596 764 168 28.2% 22 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131051 - Cost Estimators 153 196 43 28.1% 7 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
472073 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipme 351 446 95 27.1% 18 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
191031 - Conservation Scientists 26 33 7 26.9% 1 54 - Above Average B+
191042 - Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 75 95 20 26.7% 4 53 - Well Above Avg. 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.