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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 $953 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


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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 December 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 54,555 52,505 2,050 3.8%
Clay County 131,803 127,431 4,372 3.3%
Jackson County 365,391 348,555 16,836 4.6%
Platte County 54,978 53,259 1,719 3.1%
Ray County 11,484 11,024 460 4%
Kansas City Summary 618,211 592,774 25,437 4.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 5,712 64,811 $751,683,307 $892 2.4%
44 - Retail Trade 2,404 55,355 $370,795,997 $515 0.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,758 50,299 $219,497,200 $336 3.9%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,175 41,131 $825,887,881 $1,545 10.3%
31 - Manufacturing 1,041 40,928 $619,552,856 $1,164 6.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,700 25,338 $197,986,110 $601 13.6%
23 - Construction 2,432 22,405 $320,763,213 $1,101 7.5%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,179 14,905 $125,026,743 $645 2.7%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 1,010 7,595 $103,104,152 $1,044 7.4%
61 - Educational services 344 7,323 $65,993,233 $693 2.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 26,604 429,539 $5,319,172,066 $953 3.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,597 44,191 $180,193,923 $314 4.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,175 41,131 $825,887,881 $1,545 10.3%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,620 24,175 $185,000,019 $589 14.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,610 21,879 $321,353,912 $1,130 5.3%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,642 15,720 $206,272,364 $1,009 6.1%
624 - Social Assistance 3,865 12,291 $65,805,255 $412 3.5%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 199 11,833 $79,717,178 $518 0.5%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 754 11,672 $176,672,128 $1,164 0.1%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 85 11,507 $60,664,916 $406 0.6%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291065 - Pediatricians, General NA $116.83 $92.74 $98.74 NA $243,001 $192,892 $205,387 NA
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 140 $110.49 $94.61 $80.87 NA $229,826 $196,781 $168,216 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 920 $104.7 $93.46 $70.75 NA $217,782 $194,395 $147,152 NA
291061 - Anesthesiologists 300 $92.94 $92.77 $33.2 $122.8 $193,306 $192,970 $69,060 $255,430
291066 - Psychiatrists 120 $90.32 $89.42 $44.58 $113.19 $187,865 $185,985 $92,729 $235,434
111011 - Chief Executives 1,600 $73.97 $66.76 $36.1 $92.9 $153,847 $138,865 $75,094 $193,224
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 950 $71.16 $70.23 $24.97 $94.25 $148,013 $146,074 $51,938 $196,050
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 430 $71.15 $70.56 $51.44 $81 $147,984 $146,756 $106,996 $168,477
291021 - Dentists, General 390 $70.38 $59.67 $31.9 $89.61 $146,383 $124,117 $66,352 $186,398
231011 - Lawyers 2,990 $69.05 $59.37 $35.46 $85.85 $143,633 $123,490 $73,761 $178,569

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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.