Clay County, Missouri

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Clay County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 28 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 235,637. For more information on Clay County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2015

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Educational Attainment

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

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are nearly 90,000 jobs in Clay County of those 36,239 are held by Clay County residents, an additional 53,394 non-residents commute in to work. 74,395 residents work outside the county.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2015

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 - 2016

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing   6.69 7,996
482 Rail Transportation  6.27 965
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 3.36 1,128
713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 2.51 3,867
314 Textile Product Mills 2.29 194
488 Support Activities for Transportation 2.07 1,150
444 Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers 1.97 1,855
322 Paper Manufacturing 1.82 482
492 Couriers and Messengers 1.73 801
541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1.60 11,446

Source: JobsEQ, 2016, Q3

Source: JobsEQ, 2016, 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 Jan. 1 and April 3, 2017.

Top 10 Occupations Most in Demand

Motor Vehicle Operators
Retail Sales Workers
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Sales Representatives, Services
Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Other Management Occupations
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Gambling Industries
General Freight Trucking
Other General Merchandise Stores
Direct Selling Establishments
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Freight Transportation Arrangement
Depository Credit Intermediation

On April 3, 2017, there were 1,341 job postings in Clay County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Oral and written communication
Customer service oriented
High Energy
Detail oriented
Work independently
Problem solving
Team-oriented, teamwork
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