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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $729 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2017.


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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
Andrew County 17,350 $679,765,000 $39,302 $83,857,659
Atchison County 5,293 $217,125,000 $40,921 $50,698,853
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,265,538,000 $36,650 $1,420,839,311
Caldwell County 9,062 $295,974,000 $32,835 $48,641,077
Clinton County 20,610 $789,601,000 $38,313 $104,478,594
Daviess County 8,209 $281,319,000 $34,087 $59,766,823
Dekalb County 12,613 $308,092,000 $24,284 $150,192,069
Gentry County 6,661 $256,650,000 $38,352 $49,332,539
Grundy County 10,165 $330,712,000 $32,753 $86,553,908
Harrison County 8,556 $295,887,000 $34,346 $117,092,728
Holt County 4,448 $164,383,000 $36,660 $34,717,901
Linn County 12,164 $454,188,000 $36,902 $124,597,173
Livingston County 15,235 $510,593,000 $33,976 $218,271,413
Mercer County 3,699 $121,912,000 $33,003 $29,363,181
Nodaway County 22,670 $652,037,000 $28,586 $243,906,007
Putnam County 4,853 $168,348,000 $34,654 $38,254,476
Sullivan County 6,262 $232,962,000 $36,670 $43,569,674
Worth County 2,024 $76,489,000 $37,185 $12,166,544
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,101,575,000 $35,106 $2,916,299,930



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics October 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,631 9,438 193 2%
Atchison County 2,848 2,795 53 1.9%
Buchanan County 44,818 43,807 1,011 2.3%
Caldwell County 4,501 4,350 151 3.4%
Clinton County 11,180 10,801 379 3.4%
Daviess County 4,046 3,964 82 2%
Dekalb County 4,932 4,801 131 2.7%
Gentry County 3,556 3,494 62 1.7%
Grundy County 4,789 4,687 102 2.1%
Harrison County 3,900 3,834 66 1.7%
Holt County 2,676 2,637 39 1.5%
Linn County 5,319 5,108 211 4%
Livingston County 7,253 7,121 132 1.8%
Mercer County 1,945 1,904 41 2.1%
Nodaway County 10,538 10,351 187 1.8%
Putnam County 2,442 2,383 59 2.4%
Sullivan County 2,693 2,627 66 2.5%
Worth County 1,176 1,155 21 1.8%
Northwest Region Summary 128,243 125,257 2,986 2.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,194 13,757 $145,163,028 $812 2.5%
72 - Accommodation and food services 383 7,365 $25,011,097 $261 0.3%
42 - Wholesale trade 332 3,448 $39,003,171 $870 3.2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 261 2,600 $24,907,340 $737 1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 486 2,349 $15,546,425 $509 2.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 359 2,171 $29,654,332 $1,051 1.1%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 41 603 $8,919,940 $1,138 2.6%
22 - Utilities 36 603 $12,903,777 $1,646 1.3%
21 - Mining 14 153 $1,496,849 $753 5.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 343 6,920 $23,322,908 $259 1%
311 - Food manufacturing 42 6,182 $71,672,567 $892 0.4%
622 - Hospitals 10 3,909 $58,789,152 $1,157 4.5%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 293 3,189 $52,614,601 $1,269 2%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 48 2,734 $38,798,173 $1,091 3.2%
624 - Social Assistance 801 2,712 $10,892,394 $309 5.5%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 359 2,171 $29,654,332 $1,051 1.1%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 70 1,986 $9,195,623 $356 1.7%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 150 1,890 $19,966,734 $813 5.6%
524 - Insurance Carriers & Related Activities 225 1,494 $18,269,804 $941 0.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 250 $109.26 $99.43 $70.1 $128.84 $227,266 $206,805 $145,808 $267,995
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 90 $107.01 NA $31.59 $144.72 $222,583 NA $65,710 $301,019
291021 - Dentists, General 50 $90.77 $82.54 $44.86 $113.73 $188,807 $171,675 $93,319 $236,550
112021 - Marketing Managers 40 $74.25 $76.61 $47.79 $87.48 $154,445 $159,339 $99,413 $181,961
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $67.04 $58.36 $43.47 $78.82 $139,433 $121,383 $90,408 $163,945
112022 - Sales Managers 70 $60.07 $50.57 $33.47 $73.37 $124,953 $105,178 $69,624 $152,618
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $60.06 $60.31 $53.37 $63.4 $124,915 $125,447 $111,011 $131,867
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 30 $59.75 $54.53 $34.87 $72.19 $124,278 $113,426 $72,529 $150,152
113031 - Financial Managers 160 $59.47 $54.25 $31.75 $73.33 $123,702 $112,848 $66,035 $152,535
113121 - Human Resources Managers 30 $57.13 $47.97 $33.97 $68.72 $118,836 $99,786 $70,653 $142,928

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 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.