Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri, saw a decrease of -2 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 22,810. For more information on Ray County, please visit www.raycountymo.com.

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, Ray County has a greater number of residents with high school diploma but only twenty percent have an associates or above.

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are nearly 4,000 jobs in Ray County of those 1,941 are held by residents, an additional 1,868 non-residents commute in to work. While 7,568 residents work outside the county.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2014

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016

Employment Centers

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

Competitive Industries

Ray 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
482 Rail Transporation 14.40 109
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 14.36 327
111 Crop Production 9.70 327
112 Animal Production and Aquaculture 8.37 244
484 Truck Transportation 4.43 254
447 Gasoline Stations 2.82 93
212 Mining (except Oil and Gas) 2.46 16
485 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 2.42 69
325 Chemical Manufacturing 2.38 69
452 General Merchandise Stores 2.21 247

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
Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Media and Communication Workers
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Other Production Occupations

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

General Freight Trucking
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Other General Merchandise Stores
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Postal Service
Restaurants and Other Eating Places
Support Activities for Rail Transportation
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

On April 3, 2017, there were 98 job postings in Ray County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Oral and written communication
High Energy
Owner operator
Basic computer skills
Microsoft Office
Cash registers
Team-oriented, teamwork
Injection molding
Flatbed trucks

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