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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 $800 per week in the 4th 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 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,350 $751,037,000 $42,782 $85,200,193
Atchison County 5,293 $242,517,000 $45,975 $77,327,383
Buchanan County 88,938 $3,364,798,000 $37,779 $1,416,501,715
Caldwell County 9,062 $319,600,000 $35,121 $51,620,227
Clinton County 20,610 $854,093,000 $41,554 $108,009,954
Daviess County 8,209 $284,512,000 $34,028 $61,102,841
Dekalb County 12,613 $342,847,000 $27,236 $136,909,927
Gentry County 6,661 $275,175,000 $41,287 $50,361,664
Grundy County 10,165 $333,373,000 $33,508 $84,817,088
Harrison County 8,556 $314,801,000 $36,931 $117,601,888
Holt County 4,448 $203,853,000 $46,194 $34,994,434
Linn County 12,164 $452,270,000 $37,090 $126,358,524
Livingston County 15,235 $576,728,000 $38,010 $225,882,503
Mercer County 3,699 $124,647,000 $33,890 $30,777,092
Nodaway County 22,670 $653,471,000 $29,079 $237,872,004
Putnam County 4,853 $166,908,000 $34,693 $38,633,175
Sullivan County 6,262 $242,259,000 $38,892 $43,055,201
Worth County 2,024 $74,537,000 $36,236 $13,657,165
Northwest Region Summary 258,812 $9,577,426,000 $37,027 $2,940,682,978



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics May 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 9,672 9,418 254 2.6%
Atchison County 2,885 2,781 104 3.6%
Buchanan County 44,501 43,232 1,269 2.9%
Caldwell County 4,420 4,287 133 3%
Clinton County 10,839 10,564 275 2.5%
Daviess County 4,169 4,051 118 2.8%
Dekalb County 4,816 4,692 124 2.6%
Gentry County 3,621 3,523 98 2.7%
Grundy County 4,407 4,265 142 3.2%
Harrison County 3,790 3,679 111 2.9%
Holt County 2,700 2,627 73 2.7%
Linn County 5,167 4,938 229 4.4%
Livingston County 7,519 7,352 167 2.2%
Mercer County 1,940 1,889 51 2.6%
Nodaway County 10,696 10,369 327 3.1%
Putnam County 2,388 2,314 74 3.1%
Sullivan County 2,800 2,717 83 3%
Worth County 1,213 1,188 25 2.1%
Northwest Region Summary 127,543 123,886 3,657 2.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 244 15,292 $204,553,117 $1,029 2.3%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,131 13,938 $161,658,468 $892 0.5%
56 - Administrative and waste services 258 4,124 $30,889,720 $576 2.9%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 266 2,758 $29,542,211 $824 2.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 355 2,204 $33,840,212 $1,181 1.6%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 68 750 $3,607,793 $370 1.1%
22 - Utilities 36 657 $14,382,422 $1,684 6.3%
61 - Educational services 28 215 $867,212 $310 0.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
561 - Administrative and Support Services 225 3,876 $27,876,891 $553 2.4%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 276 3,332 $62,074,475 $1,433 3%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 48 3,178 $46,035,628 $1,114 9%
624 - Social Assistance 754 2,931 $12,355,760 $324 6.2%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 355 2,204 $33,840,212 $1,181 1.6%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 66 2,062 $9,533,728 $356 1.1%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 153 1,960 $22,657,786 $889 6.7%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 20 1,657 $21,551,481 $1,000 4.7%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 129 1,446 $14,721,528 $783 3.7%
484 - Truck Transportation 180 930 $11,069,309 $915 2.1%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 240 $100.65 $98.44 $46.58 $127.69 $209,350 $204,762 $96,878 $265,586
291021 - Dentists, General 70 $89.55 $82.15 $46.1 $111.27 $186,261 $170,877 $95,885 $231,448
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $70.38 $62.8 $48.91 $81.12 $146,400 $130,616 $101,733 $168,734
119121 - Natural Sciences Managers 30 $65.27 $65.67 $28.47 $83.67 $135,768 $136,602 $59,226 $174,039
291051 - Pharmacists 160 $65.26 $65.19 $56 $69.89 $135,744 $135,605 $116,478 $145,377
112022 - Sales Managers 100 $61.63 $52.77 $33.78 $75.56 $128,196 $109,752 $70,260 $157,164
113031 - Financial Managers 130 $60.69 $50.8 $34.21 $73.93 $126,245 $105,669 $71,167 $153,784
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $58.59 $47 $42.22 $66.77 $121,864 $97,755 $87,822 $138,885
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 60 $56.42 $47.34 $34.24 $67.52 $117,363 $98,458 $71,212 $140,438
111011 - Chief Executives 190 $55.91 $45.06 $24.49 $71.62 $116,289 $93,728 $50,943 $148,962

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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.