jobless rate best in metro
As the country's economists continue to assess
the slow moving but steadily improving job outlook
in the country, Platte County's 47,000-strong
workforce can already attest to one thing: it's
According to the Missouri Department of Economic
Development (DED), Platte County lowered their
unemployment rate from 4.2 to 3.6 percent in 2003,
1.2 percent less than the state average and the
best rate in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The national rate in December was 5.4 percent.
For Platte County, the news is especially good
considering the losses experienced at KCI airport
in the air transportation sector. In 2001, the
Missouri Economic Research and Information Center
estimated that the KCI area would lose 7-13,000
jobs due to mergers and closings.
Platte County has countered the recent lull in
the nationwide job market and the regional transportation
and utility market with an expansion in other
sectors. Coupled with a highly educated workforce
and high quality of life for its children - the
county ranked second in a statewide poll for children's
overall well-being - the county's workforce now
earns more than any other area outside of St.
Louis and is the second fastest growing county
in the state.
Platte County narrowly edged Clay County in the
DED survey, with Clay showing a rate of 3.8 percent.
Cass County had a rate of 4.7 percent and Jackson
had a rate of 5.8 percent.
The best rate in the state belonged to education-rich
Columbia, which posted a 1.9 percent unemployment
rate. Reynolds County was the least employed county
with an unemployment rate of 11.9 percent.
We are pleased that Missouri's unemployment
rate is stable and still well below the rest of
the nation," said DED Director Kelvin L.
Simmons. "Our low unemployment rate and job
growth during the past year are both indicators
of great economic momentum in our state. We anticipate
this trend continuing as we move into the new
Top Employers of Platte County
1. American Airlines 2400
2. CitiCards 2036
3. Park Hill School Distr. 1282
4. Harley-Davidson 900
5. Argosy Casino 850