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Central Region Data

The Central region is composed of 19 counties, and its largest cities are Columbia and Jefferson City.  The region is home to the University of Missouri’s flagship campus and the state capital on the forested, rolling edge of the Ozarks.  It’s also home to the state’s playground, Lake of the Ozarks, and Fort Leonard Wood.  Top area industries include retail trade, farming, food services and construction.

The regional average wage was $633 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2013 2012 Percent Difference
233.0 229.6 1.5%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2013 Income 2012 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2013
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 25,661 $823,465,000 $32,140 $235,790,663
Boone County 170,773 $6,666,715,000 $39,557 $2,497,217,954
Callaway County 44,359 $1,336,564,000 $30,167 $298,190,753
Camden County 43,862 $1,512,627,000 $34,499 $729,046,329
Cole County 76,699 $3,149,402,000 $41,243 $1,109,587,904
Cooper County 17,647 $549,821,000 $31,382 $160,886,759
Crawford County 24,543 $807,719,000 $32,527 $177,330,608
Dent County 15,730 $454,710,000 $29,061 $139,324,873
Gasconade County 14,901 $499,689,000 $33,375 $157,370,199
Howard County 10,257 $375,808,000 $36,956 $50,751,917
Laclede County 35,667 $1,033,050,000 $29,168 $362,144,635
Maries County 9,018 $312,570,000 $34,676 $40,139,215
Miller County 25,092 $692,941,000 $27,922 $350,883,920
Moniteau County 15,748 $499,620,000 $31,976 $99,396,937
Morgan County 20,265 $674,500,000 $33,529 $194,161,675
Osage County 13,688 $500,450,000 $36,113 $99,438,423
Phelps County 44,807 $1,495,677,000 $33,247 $464,865,529
Pulaski County 53,748 $2,121,191,000 $39,828 $369,921,553
Washington County 25,172 $689,930,000 $27,493 $134,977,935
Central Region Summary 687,637 $24,196,449,000 $35,375 $7,671,427,781



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics August 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 12,806 12,147 659 5.1%
Boone County 92,367 88,360 4,007 4.3%
Callaway County 22,025 20,783 1,242 5.6%
Camden County 22,310 21,020 1,290 5.8%
Cole County 39,472 37,465 2,007 5.1%
Cooper County 8,596 8,114 482 5.6%
Crawford County 12,758 11,979 779 6.1%
Dent County 7,378 6,947 431 5.8%
Gasconade County 7,495 7,125 370 4.9%
Howard County 5,047 4,796 251 5%
Laclede County 16,284 15,074 1,210 7.4%
Maries County 4,952 4,702 250 5%
Miller County 12,447 11,728 719 5.8%
Moniteau County 7,299 6,895 404 5.5%
Morgan County 9,538 8,943 595 6.2%
Osage County 7,185 6,811 374 5.2%
Phelps County 22,197 20,929 1,268 5.7%
Pulaski County 20,622 19,192 1,430 6.9%
Washington County 9,925 9,163 762 7.7%
Central Region Summary 340,703 322,173 18,530 5.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,105 35,186 $210,416,693 $460 1.4%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,050 29,556 $258,656,837 $673 0.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,323 24,975 $83,164,748 $256 3.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,234 8,185 $97,392,597 $915 1.5%
56 - Administrative and waste services 797 8,148 $47,012,238 $444 1.1%
42 - Wholesale trade 662 7,145 $74,106,603 $798 1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,333 6,652 $45,085,404 $521 1%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 107 4,135 $65,078,750 $1,211 0.4%
61 - Educational services 132 3,695 $23,884,463 $497 4.7%
51 - Information 223 3,610 $37,232,571 $793 2.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 15,890 186,934 $1,537,387,764 $633 0.8%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,060 21,310 $67,542,677 $244 3.3%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 836 9,418 $122,598,567 $1,001 1.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,234 8,185 $97,392,597 $915 1.5%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 189 7,890 $42,477,623 $414 1.3%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 748 7,624 $41,244,720 $416 1.7%
624 - Social Assistance 2,012 6,339 $23,884,493 $290 2.6%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,141 5,738 $49,348,556 $662 1.3%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 174 5,430 $22,918,277 $325 4.5%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 311 5,375 $60,550,562 $867 1.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 30 $110.28 $90 $77.05 NA $229,375 $187,200 $160,272 NA
291063 - Internists, General 40 $100.21 $90.05 $67.08 $116.78 $208,439 $187,298 $139,528 $242,894
291066 - Psychiatrists 40 $98.99 $90.03 $66.77 $115.1 $205,892 $187,255 $138,877 $239,399
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $92.21 $84.88 $67.79 $104.42 $191,795 $176,560 $141,006 $217,189
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 500 $91.76 $90.04 $41.98 $116.65 $190,863 $187,273 $87,324 $242,633
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 120 $77.96 $70.84 $58.52 $87.68 $162,153 $147,340 $121,716 $182,371
291021 - Dentists, General 180 $76.18 $75.17 $41.94 $93.3 $158,456 $156,358 $87,225 $194,072
291041 - Optometrists 60 $64.77 $71.66 $42.7 $75.8 $134,718 $149,054 $88,807 $157,673
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 740 $64.29 $52.96 $24.87 $84.01 $133,730 $110,160 $51,725 $174,733
111011 - Chief Executives 690 $59.58 $50.48 $25.81 $76.47 $123,937 $105,006 $53,693 $159,058

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
292091 - Orthotists and Prosthetists 3 5 2 66.7% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 97 133 36 37.1% 5 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 701 950 249 35.5% 35 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 166 223 57 34.3% 8 54 - Above Average B+
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 118 157 39 33.1% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
312000 - Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapist Assist 318 419 101 31.8% 17 54 - Above Average B+
475051 - Rock Splitters, Quarry 19 25 6 31.6% 1 54 - Above Average B+
131161 - Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists 520 684 164 31.5% 23 54 - Above Average B+
171012 - Landscape Architects 20 26 6 30% 1 54 - Above Average B+
292031 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 76 97 21 27.6% 3 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.