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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 $1050 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2015 2014 Percent Difference
237.0 236.7 0.1%
(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 August 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 55,327 52,513 2,814 5.1%
Clay County 134,716 128,664 6,052 4.5%
Jackson County 371,097 348,998 22,099 6%
Platte County 56,349 53,870 2,479 4.4%
Ray County 11,590 10,951 639 5.5%
Kansas City Summary 629,079 594,996 34,083 5.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 6,231 66,105 $863,589,120 $1,005 1.8%
44 - Retail Trade 2,422 59,087 $431,898,675 $562 1.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,785 53,290 $254,795,262 $368 5.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,263 42,939 $1,136,986,642 $2,037 13.8%
31 - Manufacturing 1,046 42,641 $748,827,520 $1,351 4.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,751 30,137 $249,224,773 $636 15.4%
52 - Finance and insurance 1,321 26,801 $507,856,332 $1,458 0.7%
23 - Construction 2,457 24,259 $403,937,691 $1,281 4.8%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 823 19,978 $233,593,848 $899 3.3%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,194 15,247 $146,617,966 $740 1.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 27,472 451,397 $6,161,194,191 $1,050 3.7%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,619 47,092 $210,786,551 $344 6.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,263 42,939 $1,136,986,642 $2,037 13.8%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,670 28,862 $233,306,047 $622 16.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,623 22,027 $386,240,639 $1,349 1.8%
622 - Hospitals 36 19,230 $319,467,190 $1,278 1.6%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,636 16,605 $261,015,500 $1,209 3.4%
624 - Social Assistance 4,377 13,179 $73,074,860 $427 6.4%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 64 12,076 $286,464,595 $1,825 14%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 261 11,279 $63,785,061 $435 2.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $122.38 NA NA NA $254,540 NA NA NA
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists NA $110.26 NA $65.05 $132.86 $229,331 NA $135,298 $276,347
291061 - Anesthesiologists 490 $108.22 NA NA NA $225,103 NA NA NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 620 $100.95 NA $62.21 $120.32 $209,981 NA $129,407 $250,268
291066 - Psychiatrists 110 $96.08 NA $55.81 $116.22 $199,847 NA $116,085 $241,728
111011 - Chief Executives 1,260 $80.1 $72.99 $35.17 $102.56 $166,598 $151,827 $73,150 $213,322
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 960 $76.78 $75.06 $25.64 $102.35 $159,708 $156,133 $53,340 $212,893
291041 - Optometrists 270 $75.49 $58.23 $42.1 $92.18 $157,015 $121,118 $87,574 $191,736
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $70.52 $71.14 $47.93 $81.81 $146,680 $147,980 $99,701 $170,170
291021 - Dentists, General 380 $65.5 $53.29 $30.67 $82.92 $136,248 $110,847 $63,797 $172,474

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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.