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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 July 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 12,888 12,180 708 5.5%
Boone County 93,602 89,046 4,556 4.9%
Callaway County 22,330 20,975 1,355 6.1%
Camden County 23,033 21,647 1,386 6%
Cole County 40,073 37,809 2,264 5.6%
Cooper County 8,649 8,127 522 6%
Crawford County 12,986 12,086 900 6.9%
Dent County 7,482 7,032 450 6%
Gasconade County 7,575 7,147 428 5.7%
Howard County 5,105 4,833 272 5.3%
Laclede County 16,251 14,964 1,287 7.9%
Maries County 4,979 4,715 264 5.3%
Miller County 12,668 11,859 809 6.4%
Moniteau County 7,408 6,959 449 6.1%
Morgan County 9,586 8,925 661 6.9%
Osage County 7,258 6,873 385 5.3%
Phelps County 21,911 20,518 1,393 6.4%
Pulaski County 20,414 18,863 1,551 7.6%
Washington County 10,021 9,229 792 7.9%
Central Region Summary 344,219 323,787 20,432 5.9%

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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 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 30 $110.53 $90.12 $78.79 NA $229,898 $187,443 $163,881 NA
291063 - Internists, General 60 $100.6 $90.03 $69.83 $115.98 $209,242 $187,265 $145,245 $241,241
291066 - Psychiatrists 50 $96.77 $88.43 $74.62 $107.84 $201,284 $183,938 $155,219 $224,317
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 520 $93.62 $90.06 $42.25 $119.31 $194,733 $187,324 $87,882 $248,158
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $89.28 $85.02 $79.93 $93.95 $185,692 $176,851 $166,256 $195,410
291065 - Pediatricians, General NA $70.51 $78.61 $50.69 $80.43 $146,669 $163,504 $105,432 $167,288
291041 - Optometrists 80 $64.47 $68.08 $42.15 $75.62 $134,091 $141,603 $87,676 $157,298
111011 - Chief Executives 650 $61.67 $53.04 $29.47 $77.77 $128,278 $110,331 $61,300 $161,767
291051 - Pharmacists 560 $56.44 $57.47 $46.82 $61.25 $117,403 $119,547 $97,389 $127,410
192012 - Physicists NA $55.7 $53.53 $42.01 $62.55 $115,857 $111,352 $87,376 $130,098

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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.