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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 $705 per week in the 4th 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 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 June 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,872 10,298 574 5.3%
Atchison County 3,209 3,017 192 6%
Buchanan County 51,539 48,697 2,842 5.5%
Caldwell County 4,134 3,896 238 5.8%
Clinton County 9,911 9,252 659 6.6%
Daviess County 4,173 3,930 243 5.8%
Dekalb County 5,688 5,369 319 5.6%
Gentry County 3,853 3,617 236 6.1%
Grundy County 5,120 4,830 290 5.7%
Harrison County 4,605 4,338 267 5.8%
Holt County 2,971 2,825 146 4.9%
Linn County 6,275 5,818 457 7.3%
Livingston County 7,849 7,458 391 5%
Mercer County 2,002 1,894 108 5.4%
Nodaway County 12,144 11,215 929 7.6%
Putnam County 2,564 2,432 132 5.1%
Sullivan County 3,409 3,234 175 5.1%
Worth County 1,337 1,286 51 3.8%
Northwest Region Summary 141,655 133,406 8,249 5.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,203 13,478 $134,433,956 $767 4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 408 7,588 $23,032,563 $233 1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 255 3,641 $22,585,022 $477 8.3%
52 - Finance and insurance 401 3,153 $39,014,753 $952 0.5%
23 - Construction 608 3,105 $39,123,704 $969 1.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 343 2,052 $26,653,749 $999 2.2%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 74 716 $3,082,407 $331 4.5%
22 - Utilities 32 636 $12,496,159 $1,511 0.3%
61 - Educational services 26 277 $1,692,461 $470 1.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 363 7,067 $21,127,061 $230 0.6%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 94 4,157 $22,608,791 $418 2.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 227 3,464 $20,857,852 $463 8.8%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 313 3,262 $53,386,386 $1,259 0.3%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 46 2,558 $32,866,232 $988 1.1%
624 - Social Assistance 787 2,281 $8,544,544 $288 33.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 343 2,052 $26,653,749 $999 2.2%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 64 1,990 $8,550,906 $330 4.6%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 387 1,824 $20,913,530 $882 2.5%
325 - Chemical manufacturing 13 1,738 $35,152,480 $1,556 0.9%

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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.