Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri, population has decreased by 3 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 22,754. For more information on Ray County, please visit www.raycountymo.com.

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, 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, 2016

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are nearly 5,500 jobs in Ray County of those 2,176 are held by residents, an additional 1,998 non-residents commute in to work. While 8,146 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 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 - 2017

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
482 Rail Transporation 15.29 115
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 14.89 344
111 Crop Production 9.38 277
112 Animal Production and Aquaculture 8.82 249
484 Truck Transportation 4.44 255
212 Mining (except Oil and Gas) 3.22 21
447 Gasoline Stations 2.96 98
452 General Merchandise Stores 2.77 313
325 Chemical Manufacturing 2.56 76
485 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 2.46 75

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
Sales Representatives, Services
Operations Specialties Managers
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
Art and Design Workers
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
Retail Sales Workers
Helpers, Construction Trades
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Grounds Maintenance Workers

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

General Freight Trucking
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
Support Activities for Rail Transportation
Home Health Care Services
Administration of Housing Programs, Urban Planning, and Community Developmen
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
Investigation and Security Services
Department Stores

On Dec. 11, 2017, there were 934 job postings in Ray County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Owner operator
Clean Driving Record
Oral and written communication
Refrigerated trailers
Team-oriented, teamwork
Flatbed trailers

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