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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 $726 per week in the 3rd 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 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 March 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,927 9,599 328 3.3%
Atchison County 2,776 2,697 79 2.8%
Buchanan County 46,067 44,481 1,586 3.4%
Caldwell County 4,441 4,287 154 3.5%
Clinton County 10,998 10,601 397 3.6%
Daviess County 4,007 3,871 136 3.4%
Dekalb County 5,034 4,840 194 3.9%
Gentry County 3,572 3,467 105 2.9%
Grundy County 4,707 4,542 165 3.5%
Harrison County 3,778 3,632 146 3.9%
Holt County 2,683 2,596 87 3.2%
Linn County 5,119 4,852 267 5.2%
Livingston County 7,327 7,103 224 3.1%
Mercer County 2,002 1,932 70 3.5%
Nodaway County 10,452 10,123 329 3.1%
Putnam County 2,432 2,324 108 4.4%
Sullivan County 2,696 2,582 114 4.2%
Worth County 1,178 1,137 41 3.5%
Northwest Region Summary 129,196 124,666 4,530 3.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,225 13,754 $141,180,881 $790 0.4%
23 - Construction 610 3,387 $46,583,165 $1,058 3.5%
42 - Wholesale trade 335 3,358 $37,760,294 $865 0.8%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 265 2,539 $24,060,438 $729 3.8%
54 - Professional and technical services 366 2,151 $27,658,305 $989 1.3%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 156 1,782 $15,238,080 $658 0.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 41 629 $9,221,235 $1,128 4.7%
22 - Utilities 36 624 $13,623,151 $1,679 4%
21 - Mining 14 166 $1,597,472 $740 7.8%
61 - Educational services 24 149 $682,217 $352 8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
311 - Food manufacturing 44 6,194 $76,277,917 $947 0.3%
622 - Hospitals 10 3,909 $55,117,048 $1,085 1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 293 3,216 $51,322,403 $1,227 0.2%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 48 2,829 $40,092,949 $1,090 4.7%
624 - Social Assistance 834 2,667 $10,823,049 $312 1.9%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 366 2,151 $27,658,305 $989 1.3%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 397 1,931 $24,480,787 $975 2.3%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 151 1,835 $20,875,567 $875 2.5%
484 - Truck Transportation 187 919 $9,095,258 $762 2.7%
811 - Repair and Maintenance 221 864 $7,475,512 $666 1.1%

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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.