Jackson County, Missouri

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Jackson County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 6 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 691,801. For more information on Jackson County, please visit www.jacksongov.org.

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

Jackson County is home to several colleges, universities and technical schools that serve the Kansas City region. Jackson County has a higher number of high school graduates compared to the region but less than average associate's, bachelor's and graduate degree holders.

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 391,000 jobs in Jackson County of those 195,351 are held by Jackson County residents, an additional 179,061 non-residents commute in to work. While 135,502 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 Jackson County.

Competitive Industries

Jackson 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
521 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank  29.30 1,424
518 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 3.23 2,749
925 Development 2.76 651
482 Rail Transportation 1.93 1,036
491 Postal Service 1.84 2,898
523 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 1.80 4,504
515 Broadcasting (except Internet) 1.79 1,260
711 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries 1.79 3,807
322 Paper Manufacturing 1.68 1,574
712 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1.66 1,053

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

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Computer Occupations
Motor Vehicle Operators
Retail Sales Workers
Other Management Occupations
Health Technologists and Technicians
Information and Record Clerks
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Business Operations Specialists
Sales Representatives, Services

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Department Stores
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Restaurants and Other Eating Places
Depository Credit Intermediation
General Freight Trucking
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities

On Dec. 11, 2017, there were 17,530 job postings in Jackson County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Oral and written communication
Detail oriented
Team-oriented, teamwork
Microsoft Office
Problem solving
Customer service oriented
Organizational skills

Source: Wanted Analytics

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