St. Louis County driving force of Missouri economy, report says

For the first time in history, the U.S. Commerce Department released Wednesday a report on gross domestic product statistics for every county in the country.

In Missouri, St. Louis County produced $73.9 billion of goods and services in 2015, the latest year available in the dataset, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That translates to 27 percent of the state’s overall GDP.

Jackson County came in at No. 2. Kansas City contributed to the county’s $43.4 billion in GDP. The city of St. Louis ranked third in Missouri, producing $28.6 billion in GDP.

Across the country, GDP increased in 1,931 counties and decreased in 1,159 in 2015, with 23 experiencing no change.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a press release that the BEA seeks feedback on the prototype statistics to improve quality and usefulness.

“The prototype data addresses one of the last remaining gaps in economic knowledge, offering policymakers and businesses a new tool to inform their decision-making,” Ross said in the release.

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