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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 $927 per week in the 3rd 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 2015 Income 2014 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 101,603 $4,011,090,000 $39,757 $1,191,579,448
Clay County 235,637 $10,024,570,000 $42,898 $3,543,781,232
Jackson County 687,623 $28,457,275,000 $41,653 $10,490,345,108
Platte County 96,096 $4,666,614,000 $49,232 $1,932,600,469
Ray County 22,810 $884,398,000 $38,538 $173,529,861
Kansas City Summary 1,143,769 $48,043,947,000 $42,311 $17,331,836,118



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 54,559 52,453 2,106 3.9%
Clay County 133,558 128,765 4,793 3.6%
Jackson County 366,511 348,775 17,736 4.8%
Platte County 55,862 53,930 1,932 3.5%
Ray County 11,431 10,953 478 4.2%
Kansas City Summary 621,921 594,876 27,045 4.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 6,063 66,232 $801,957,520 $931 2.4%
44 - Retail Trade 2,437 57,337 $388,551,056 $521 1.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,776 52,873 $243,684,811 $355 3.8%
31 - Manufacturing 1,048 42,112 $592,581,671 $1,082 6.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,243 41,599 $831,148,803 $1,537 12%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,738 28,357 $223,246,287 $606 11.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 1,337 26,800 $501,812,379 $1,440 0.3%
23 - Construction 2,442 24,379 $364,215,669 $1,149 4.9%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 820 19,598 $209,136,549 $821 3.4%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,200 15,323 $132,313,739 $664 0.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 27,248 446,925 $5,384,559,586 $927 3.3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,614 46,443 $202,506,418 $335 4.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,243 41,599 $831,148,803 $1,537 12%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,658 27,102 $208,750,668 $592 12.4%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,615 21,845 $342,610,076 $1,206 3%
622 - Hospitals 36 19,191 $306,521,447 $1,229 1.8%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,638 16,852 $241,265,509 $1,101 3.8%
624 - Social Assistance 4,218 13,102 $69,744,633 $409 6.8%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 86 11,961 $66,536,488 $428 0.7%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 62 11,724 $182,583,545 $1,198 28.3%

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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.