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Clay County Continues Strong Economic Showing

August 2017

Clay County’s growing position as a major Missouri economic engine was illustrated by recent numbers recently released by the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Department’s Missouri Economic Research & Information Center (MERIC) recently announced the 2016 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for private employers. As usual, St. Louis City topped the report followed by other large areas – St. Louis County and Jackson County. But Clay County came in fourth, ahead of its neighbor, Platte County, and other strong growth areas like southern Missouri’s Greene County, home of Springfield.

The top annual average wages were reported as follows: St. Louis City, $57,846; St. Louis County, $56,646; Jackson County, $53,426; Clay County, $47,020; and Platte County, $44,272. Missouri’s 2016 average wage was $46,564, with an average hourly wage of $22.39.

MERIC is the research arm for the Missouri Department of Economic Development and provides information on the state’s economic, industry, workforce and regional issues. More information is available at this link.

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