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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 $965 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2016.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2016 2015 Percent Difference
240.0 237.0 1.3%
(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 April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 54,838 53,033 1,805 3.3%
Clay County 134,375 130,179 4,196 3.1%
Jackson County 367,099 351,658 15,441 4.2%
Platte County 56,446 54,838 1,608 2.8%
Ray County 11,377 10,941 436 3.8%
Kansas City Summary 624,135 600,649 23,486 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 6,184 67,579 $849,170,544 $967 2%
44 - Retail Trade 2,408 58,870 $423,541,463 $553 2.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,772 54,043 $258,998,146 $369 2.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,259 44,988 $932,712,148 $1,595 8.1%
31 - Manufacturing 1,034 44,227 $649,401,441 $1,129 5%
56 - Administrative and waste services 1,695 28,786 $239,938,933 $641 1.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 1,325 27,671 $516,472,292 $1,436 3.3%
23 - Construction 2,438 26,626 $412,934,188 $1,193 9.2%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,193 15,721 $142,139,863 $695 2.6%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 337 11,626 $178,965,567 $1,184 3.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 27,283 460,456 $5,775,285,588 $965 3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,609 47,643 $216,463,618 $349 2.6%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,259 44,988 $932,712,148 $1,595 8.1%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 1,618 27,431 $223,899,513 $628 1.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,583 21,912 $356,686,828 $1,252 0.3%
622 - Hospitals 32 20,034 $327,397,552 $1,257 4.4%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,611 18,355 $273,547,736 $1,146 8.9%
624 - Social Assistance 4,371 13,720 $77,740,537 $436 4.7%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 60 12,809 $196,558,242 $1,180 9.3%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 87 12,158 $67,158,416 $425 1.6%

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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.