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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 $763 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2016.


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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 August 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,769 9,439 330 3.4%
Atchison County 2,679 2,576 103 3.8%
Buchanan County 45,684 43,960 1,724 3.8%
Caldwell County 4,509 4,326 183 4.1%
Clinton County 11,346 10,802 544 4.8%
Daviess County 3,886 3,736 150 3.9%
Dekalb County 4,993 4,776 217 4.3%
Gentry County 3,444 3,317 127 3.7%
Grundy County 4,570 4,381 189 4.1%
Harrison County 3,783 3,650 133 3.5%
Holt County 2,618 2,538 80 3.1%
Linn County 5,218 4,871 347 6.7%
Livingston County 7,088 6,832 256 3.6%
Mercer County 1,769 1,685 84 4.7%
Nodaway County 10,105 9,684 421 4.2%
Putnam County 2,338 2,246 92 3.9%
Sullivan County 2,617 2,504 113 4.3%
Worth County 1,117 1,087 30 2.7%
Northwest Region Summary 127,533 122,410 5,123 4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,110 13,768 $150,004,199 $838 2.6%
44 - Retail Trade 793 12,483 $77,228,749 $476 0.9%
72 - Accommodation and food services 368 7,328 $25,083,010 $263 1.6%
52 - Finance and insurance 392 3,178 $43,289,430 $1,048 1.1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 469 2,249 $15,977,567 $546 3.4%
54 - Professional and technical services 350 2,140 $32,117,395 $1,154 2.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 43 575 $9,873,605 $1,321 9.7%
21 - Mining 15 157 $1,722,457 $844 24.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 329 6,883 $23,262,031 $260 1.6%
311 - Food manufacturing 41 6,222 $80,293,844 $993 3.3%
622 - Hospitals 10 3,913 $58,957,617 $1,159 2.9%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 296 3,261 $56,575,684 $1,335 5.8%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 51 3,212 $17,991,337 $431 3.9%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 47 2,662 $38,197,028 $1,104 4%
624 - Social Assistance 715 2,649 $11,002,508 $320 5.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 350 2,140 $32,117,395 $1,154 2.2%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 155 1,806 $21,153,444 $901 2%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 20 1,654 $21,949,984 $1,021 6.4%

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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.