Clay County, Missouri

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Clay County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 29 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 239,085. For more information on Clay County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2016

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Language Proficiency

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Educational Attainment

Compared to the KC region, Clay County has a greater number of residents with high school diplomas, some college and associate's degrees. Bachelor degree attainment trends seem to be similar to the region.

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 111,000 jobs in Clay County of those 40,747 are held by Clay County residents, an additional 60,441 non-residents commute in to work. 79,062 residents work outside the county.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2015

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Employment Centers

This map shows where large concentrations of employers reside within Clay County.

Competitive Industries

Clay County's top 10 competitive industries are listed by their location quotient. A location quotient shows how the county compares in a particular sector to national numbers. A quotient of one means the county has the same percentage of its workers in that industry as the nation. A number below that means the percentage is lower than the national number, and a number greater than one means the county has a higher percentage of workers employed in that sector.

Competitive Industries - 2017

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing   7.08 8,620
482 Rail Transportation  6.55 1,004
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 3.09 1,042
713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 2.39 3,418
322 Paper Manufacturing 2.38 638
314 Textile Product Mills 2.08 179
488 Support Activities for Transportation 1.93 1,111
492 Couriers and Messengers 1.84 940
444 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers 1.75 1,633
541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1.62 11,859

Source: JobsEQ, 2017, Q3

Source: JobsEQ, 2017, Q3

* TCPU - Transportation, communication and public utilities
** FIRE - Finance, insurance and real estate

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: Wanted Analytics, 2017

The top occupations, industries and skills below were compiled using WANTED Analytics and span a 90-day period between Sept. 1 and Dec. 11, 2017.

Top 10 Occupations Most in Demand

Motor Vehicle Operators
Retail Sales Workers
Sales Representatives, Services
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Food and Beverage Serving Workers
Information and Record Clerks
Health Technologists and Technicians
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

Gambling Industries
General Freight Trucking
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
Direct Selling Establishments
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Offices of Physicians
Restaurants and Other Eating Places

On Dec. 11, 2017, there were 2,207 job postings in Clay County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Oral and written communication
Owner operator
Clean Driving Record
Work independently
Detail oriented
Microsoft Office

Source: Wanted Analytics

Erika Garcia-Reyes, Workforce Development Coordinator
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105 | 816-701-8308