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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 $1012 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2016.


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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 2016 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 102,845 $4,230,366,000 $41,636 $1,262,359,062
Clay County 239,085 $10,439,607,000 $44,304 $3,678,454,082
Jackson County 691,801 $28,567,536,000 $41,545 $10,768,838,974
Platte County 98,309 $4,983,098,000 $51,855 $1,986,945,818
Ray County 22,754 $842,760,000 $36,947 $152,696,081
Kansas City Summary 1,154,794 $49,063,367,000 $42,896 $17,849,294,017



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics August 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 55,296 53,051 2,245 4.1%
Clay County 136,400 130,559 5,841 4.3%
Jackson County 371,850 353,516 18,334 4.9%
Platte County 57,227 54,941 2,286 4%
Ray County 11,537 10,910 627 5.4%
Kansas City Summary 632,310 602,977 29,333 4.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,530 67,773 $871,643,496 $989 2.5%
44 - Retail Trade 2,388 60,961 $430,958,939 $544 3.2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,629 54,058 $260,601,347 $371 1.4%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,083 45,973 $1,116,657,000 $1,868 7.1%
31 - Manufacturing 1,038 44,414 $665,409,415 $1,152 4.2%
52 - Finance and insurance 1,286 27,456 $517,570,466 $1,450 2.4%
23 - Construction 2,401 26,138 $446,286,056 $1,313 7.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 1,679 21,664 $371,186,575 $1,318 0.6%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,112 15,464 $143,736,343 $715 1.4%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 340 9,596 $168,576,039 $1,351 2.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 24,031 461,432 $6,070,182,139 $1,012 2.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,466 47,701 $216,805,051 $350 1.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,083 45,973 $1,116,657,000 $1,868 7.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,484 22,217 $377,420,634 $1,307 0.9%
622 - Hospitals 34 19,965 $334,172,266 $1,288 3.8%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,607 18,094 $290,508,593 $1,235 9%
624 - Social Assistance 1,819 13,890 $75,818,702 $420 5.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 93 13,077 $73,625,315 $433 3.9%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 61 12,923 $194,072,997 $1,155 7%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 752 12,048 $190,364,568 $1,215 2.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291066 - Psychiatrists 100 $111.99 NA $65.18 $135.4 $232,948 NA $135,579 $281,633
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists NA $111.07 NA $70.63 $131.28 $231,016 NA $146,911 $273,068
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 710 $105.36 NA $63.64 $126.22 $219,148 NA $132,370 $262,538
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $104.7 NA $42.71 $135.69 $217,768 NA $88,832 $282,236
291021 - Dentists, General 210 $97.25 $80.44 $47.98 $121.88 $202,271 $167,308 $99,808 $253,503
291067 - Surgeons NA $95.1 $90.87 $86.98 $99.15 $197,798 $189,006 $180,926 $206,234
111011 - Chief Executives 1,070 $88.55 $79.15 $38.5 $113.57 $184,174 $164,639 $80,078 $236,222
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $70.91 $71.49 $45.36 $83.68 $147,491 $148,704 $94,347 $174,063
291041 - Optometrists 260 $69.87 $56.28 $43.08 $83.26 $145,321 $117,066 $89,606 $173,179
113111 - Compensation and Benefits Managers 70 $63.23 $58.69 $45.2 $72.25 $131,519 $122,073 $94,008 $150,275

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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.