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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 $983 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2017 2016 Percent Difference
245.1 240.0 2.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 102,845 $4,675,386,000 $45,075 $1,304,162,519
Clay County 239,085 $11,178,401,000 $46,026 $3,902,843,489
Jackson County 691,801 $31,053,428,000 $44,432 $10,935,957,830
Platte County 98,309 $5,554,465,000 $54,893 $2,034,766,280
Ray County 22,754 $916,855,000 $40,116 $159,948,643
Kansas City Summary 1,154,794 $53,378,535,000 $45,641 $18,337,678,761



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics March 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 54,125 52,092 2,033 3.8%
Clay County 133,906 129,516 4,390 3.3%
Jackson County 361,348 345,606 15,742 4.4%
Platte County 57,480 55,691 1,789 3.1%
Ray County 10,975 10,520 455 4.1%
Kansas City Summary 617,834 593,425 24,409 4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,896 70,529 $882,353,108 $962 2.2%
44 - Retail Trade 2,413 59,706 $429,456,442 $553 0.3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,710 56,153 $280,153,624 $384 1.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,234 50,730 $993,499,088 $1,506 3.6%
31 - Manufacturing 1,046 44,736 $681,502,549 $1,172 2.6%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,678 28,399 $242,069,041 $656 4.6%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 812 19,659 $228,020,979 $892 2.8%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,130 16,102 $150,532,595 $719 2.4%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 205 11,111 $245,633,586 $1,701 5.2%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 104 937 $12,680,388 $1,041 3.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 24,878 473,347 $6,046,504,611 $983 1.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,234 50,730 $993,499,088 $1,506 3.6%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,530 49,307 $230,507,273 $360 1.5%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,594 26,893 $223,654,895 $640 4.4%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,508 23,639 $403,676,831 $1,314 6.8%
624 - Social Assistance 2,141 14,768 $86,696,396 $452 0.8%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 836 12,943 $206,968,343 $1,230 7.1%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 99 12,315 $68,626,857 $429 0.5%
524 - Insurance Carriers & Related Activities 655 12,090 $223,500,991 $1,422 3.2%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 199 11,974 $90,001,491 $578 1.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291066 - Psychiatrists NA $120.97 NA NA NA $251,614 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 830 $110.42 NA $61.76 $134.74 $229,665 NA $128,457 $280,269
291021 - Dentists, General 210 $102.56 $96.98 $53.18 $127.25 $213,324 $201,728 $110,618 $264,676
291061 - Anesthesiologists 250 $100.87 NA $28.09 $137.27 $209,817 NA $58,420 $285,516
291067 - Surgeons NA $98.79 $94.74 $91.48 $102.44 $205,483 $197,049 $190,277 $213,085
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 1,170 $90.94 $84.73 $31.49 $120.66 $189,152 $176,238 $65,490 $250,983
291065 - Pediatricians, General NA $90 $77.57 $61.18 $104.41 $187,197 $161,345 $127,252 $217,169
111011 - Chief Executives 1,020 $87.74 $73.31 $40.24 $111.49 $182,507 $152,486 $83,703 $231,909
231021 - Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Heari 50 $67.01 $75.29 $43.04 $79 $139,383 $156,608 $89,528 $164,311
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $66.03 $64.17 $28.48 $84.8 $137,336 $133,484 $59,231 $176,389

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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.