Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri, population has decreased by 2 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 22,855. For more information on Ray County, please visit www.raycountymo.com.

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

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, 2017

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, 2018

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

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 - 2018

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
482 Rail Transporation 16.83 121
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 13.16 294
112 Animal Production and Aquaculture 9.86 259
111 Crop Production 8.74 242
212 Mining (except Oil and Gas) 3.15 20
447 Gasoline Stations 3.07 97
325 Chemical Manufacturing 2.92 82
452 General Merchandise Stores 2.84 302
221 Utilities 2.32 64
484 Truck Transportation 2.10 118

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

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

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: Jobs EQ, 2018

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

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Retail Salespersons
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Registered Nurses
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Food Preparation Workers
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Food Service Managers
Speech-Language Pathologists
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Childcare Workers
Driver/Sales Workers
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Social and Human Service Assistants
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

On Jan. 2, 2019, there were 311 job postings in Ray County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

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

Source: JobsEQ, 2018

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