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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 $1041 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2017.


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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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Cass County 102,845 $4,331,987,000 $42,122 $1,262,359,062
Clay County 239,085 $10,626,271,000 $44,446 $3,678,454,082
Jackson County 691,801 $29,484,915,000 $42,621 $10,768,838,974
Platte County 98,309 $5,247,799,000 $53,381 $1,986,945,818
Ray County 22,754 $883,514,000 $38,829 $152,696,081
Kansas City Summary 1,154,794 $50,574,486,000 $43,795 $17,849,294,017



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics June 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Cass County 56,089 54,278 1,811 3.2%
Clay County 138,027 134,019 4,008 2.9%
Jackson County 374,514 359,699 14,815 4%
Platte County 58,379 56,867 1,512 2.6%
Ray County 11,409 11,002 407 3.6%
Kansas City Summary 638,418 615,865 22,553 3.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,797 68,711 $898,124,140 $1,005 1.4%
44 - Retail Trade 2,434 61,084 $442,059,631 $557 0.2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,711 55,445 $274,006,708 $380 2.6%
54 - Professional and technical services 3,285 48,966 $1,224,314,028 $1,923 6.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 1,311 27,791 $550,985,215 $1,525 1.2%
23 - Construction 2,534 27,006 $472,075,330 $1,345 3.3%
42 - Wholesale trade 1,675 22,015 $394,039,308 $1,377 1.6%
81 - Other services, except public administra 2,198 15,876 $148,987,837 $722 2.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 362 10,348 $174,357,207 $1,296 7.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 1,060 8,638 $108,310,222 $965 4.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 25,038 467,130 $6,323,108,339 $1,041 1.2%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 3,285 48,966 $1,224,314,028 $1,923 6.5%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,536 48,961 $226,510,678 $356 2.6%
622 - Hospitals 44 20,443 $348,083,921 $1,310 2.4%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,693 18,270 $301,844,029 $1,271 1%
624 - Social Assistance 2,029 14,355 $80,552,080 $432 3.3%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 201 11,725 $86,213,007 $566 0.2%
524 - Insurance Carriers & Related Activities 674 11,713 $226,981,773 $1,491 2.6%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 368 9,921 $153,780,690 $1,192 3.6%
611 - Educational Services 369 8,313 $77,774,608 $720 6%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 820 $123.4 NA $97.94 NA $256,665 NA $203,711 NA
291066 - Psychiatrists NA $119.21 NA $86.93 NA $247,966 NA $180,822 NA
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $110.93 NA $85.11 NA $230,730 NA $177,038 NA
291067 - Surgeons NA $99.47 $93.51 $86.85 NA $206,900 $194,500 $180,648 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 230 $94.09 $81.82 $66.92 NA $195,704 $170,179 $139,192 NA
111011 - Chief Executives 1,000 $89.45 $81.1 $53.38 NA $186,056 $168,679 $111,038 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 1,100 $84.05 $79.73 $29.62 NA $174,821 $165,848 $61,612 NA
291041 - Optometrists 170 $76.81 $57.13 $46.13 NA $159,772 $118,826 $95,941 NA
291065 - Pediatricians, General NA $75.21 $71.3 $61.37 $84.31 $156,439 $148,302 $127,644 $175,368
112021 - Marketing Managers 910 $65.7 $60.32 $46.54 $78.76 $136,654 $125,470 $96,809 $163,828

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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.