Jackson County, Missouri

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Jackson County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 7 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 698,895. For more information on Jackson County, please visit www.jacksongov.org.

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2017

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Language Proficiency

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2018

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

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 - 2018

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
521 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank  30.70 1,502
518 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2.90 2,547
925 Development 2.69 655
482 Rail Transportation 1.93 1,026
515 Broadcasting (except Internet) 1.91 1,336
491 Postal Service 1.78 2,745
523 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 1.77 4,436
712 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 1.75 1,074
322 Paper Manufacturing 1.70 1,576
524 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities 1.68 10,503

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

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

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q4

The top occupations and skills below were compiled using JobsEQ and are being reported on a quarterly basis.

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

Retail Salespersons
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
Registered Nurses
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Customer Service Representatives
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Computer User Support Specialists
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Social and Human Service Assistants
Software Developers, Applications
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
Management Analysts
Medical and Health Services Managers
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Human Resources Specialists

On Jan. 2, 2019, there were 12,380 job postings in Jackson County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

Customer Service
Cooperative/Team Player
Self-Motivated/Ability to Work Independently/Self Leadership
Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
Detail Oriented/Meticulous
Problem Solving
Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
Interpersonal Relationships/Maintain Relationships

Source: Jobs EQ, 2018, Q4

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