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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 $736 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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $711,634,000 $41,016 $83,857,659
Atchison County 5,293 $248,063,000 $46,866 $50,698,853
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,285,537,000 $36,942 $1,420,839,311
Caldwell County 9,062 $305,627,000 $33,726 $48,641,077
Clinton County 20,610 $808,616,000 $39,234 $104,478,594
Daviess County 8,209 $289,787,000 $35,301 $59,766,823
Dekalb County 12,613 $320,244,000 $25,390 $150,192,069
Gentry County 6,661 $254,263,000 $38,172 $49,332,539
Grundy County 10,165 $341,924,000 $33,637 $86,553,908
Harrison County 8,556 $302,412,000 $35,345 $117,092,728
Holt County 4,448 $210,453,000 $47,314 $34,717,901
Linn County 12,164 $467,354,000 $38,421 $124,597,173
Livingston County 15,235 $527,444,000 $34,621 $218,271,413
Mercer County 3,699 $110,947,000 $29,994 $29,363,181
Nodaway County 22,670 $693,503,000 $30,591 $243,906,007
Putnam County 4,853 $156,658,000 $32,281 $38,254,476
Sullivan County 6,262 $217,618,000 $34,752 $43,569,674
Worth County 2,024 $76,916,000 $38,002 $12,166,544
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,329,000,000 $36,045 $2,916,299,930



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics January 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,578 9,261 317 3.3%
Atchison County 2,705 2,612 93 3.4%
Buchanan County 44,032 42,467 1,565 3.6%
Caldwell County 4,368 4,212 156 3.6%
Clinton County 10,750 10,381 369 3.4%
Daviess County 4,000 3,844 156 3.9%
Dekalb County 4,761 4,587 174 3.7%
Gentry County 3,547 3,456 91 2.6%
Grundy County 4,384 4,210 174 4%
Harrison County 3,753 3,592 161 4.3%
Holt County 2,570 2,501 69 2.7%
Linn County 5,053 4,774 279 5.5%
Livingston County 7,425 7,203 222 3%
Mercer County 1,888 1,815 73 3.9%
Nodaway County 10,563 10,237 326 3.1%
Putnam County 2,442 2,323 119 4.9%
Sullivan County 2,857 2,750 107 3.7%
Worth County 1,174 1,142 32 2.7%
Northwest Region Summary 125,850 121,367 4,483 3.6%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 247 15,303 $191,934,971 $965 3.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,143 13,984 $143,038,255 $787 1.7%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 266 2,558 $25,342,508 $762 0.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 65 859 $3,426,905 $307 0.8%
22 - Utilities 36 676 $14,035,562 $1,597 8.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 39 630 $9,667,995 $1,180 0.2%
21 - Mining 15 171 $1,633,763 $735 3%
61 - Educational services 26 165 $761,435 $355 10.7%

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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
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 276 3,306 $52,575,629 $1,223 2.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 47 3,172 $44,488,966 $1,079 12.1%
624 - Social Assistance 769 2,903 $11,988,745 $318 8.8%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 155 1,935 $24,083,641 $957 5.4%
447 - Gasoline Stations 111 1,738 $9,379,555 $415 0.9%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 20 1,665 $19,411,255 $897 9%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 127 1,484 $13,851,540 $718 4.4%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 98 1,303 $9,387,756 $554 0.1%
811 - Repair and Maintenance 223 898 $7,943,856 $681 3.9%
713 - Amusement, Gambling & Recreation Ind 47 768 $2,975,285 $298 0.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291067 - Surgeons NA $135.59 NA NA NA $282,028 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 270 $117.64 NA $89.7 NA $244,683 NA $186,582 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 80 $101.03 $94.86 $61.32 NA $210,136 $197,300 $127,539 NA
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $75.43 $69.18 $55.96 $92.29 $156,897 $143,898 $116,397 $191,953
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $66.26 $53.53 $44.57 $75.38 $137,827 $111,338 $92,702 $156,780
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $63.76 $63.67 $56.67 $71.94 $132,629 $132,443 $117,874 $149,637
111011 - Chief Executives 120 $62.87 $45.66 $23.99 $89.78 $130,765 $94,972 $49,898 $186,749
112022 - Sales Managers 80 $61.98 $55.43 $38.39 $76.88 $128,920 $115,293 $79,859 $159,906
119121 - Natural Sciences Managers 40 $60.39 $53.2 $30.27 $76.18 $125,603 $110,662 $62,956 $158,455
113031 - Financial Managers 140 $59.22 $49.45 $38.24 $68.13 $123,185 $102,860 $79,542 $141,703

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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.