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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 $608 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2013.


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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 2012 Income 2011 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2012
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 25,621 $815,540,000 $31,899 $232,381,002
Boone County 168,535 $6,195,946,000 $37,409 $2,402,634,385
Callaway County 44,305 $1,274,726,000 $28,697 $293,319,794
Camden County 43,845 $1,433,829,000 $32,827 $706,929,408
Cole County 76,363 $3,069,148,000 $40,147 $1,096,161,102
Cooper County 17,520 $543,835,000 $30,790 $153,382,197
Crawford County 24,832 $760,063,000 $30,648 $176,652,251
Dent County 15,647 $445,757,000 $28,436 $138,900,498
Gasconade County 14,972 $479,221,000 $31,594 $159,752,369
Howard County 10,169 $371,270,000 $36,385 $46,280,947
Laclede County 35,417 $977,277,000 $27,424 $366,046,319
Maries County 9,014 $293,054,000 $31,954 $38,006,932
Miller County 24,817 $675,286,000 $27,262 $339,399,918
Moniteau County 15,625 $502,605,000 $32,019 $88,231,971
Morgan County 20,117 $606,445,000 $29,580 $192,705,534
Osage County 13,858 $488,416,000 $35,100 $90,670,014
Phelps County 44,987 $1,408,542,000 $31,287 $463,658,603
Pulaski County 53,259 $2,214,993,000 $41,655 $375,862,284
Washington County 25,095 $638,967,000 $25,481 $129,976,772
Central Region Summary 683,998 $23,194,920,000 $34,000 $7,490,952,300



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 12,266 11,469 797 6.5%
Boone County 94,573 89,741 4,832 5.1%
Callaway County 22,018 20,439 1,579 7.2%
Camden County 19,630 17,402 2,228 11.3%
Cole County 39,365 36,845 2,520 6.4%
Cooper County 8,547 7,944 603 7.1%
Crawford County 12,471 11,338 1,133 9.1%
Dent County 7,416 6,907 509 6.9%
Gasconade County 7,412 6,881 531 7.2%
Howard County 5,228 4,871 357 6.8%
Laclede County 16,685 15,063 1,622 9.7%
Maries County 4,955 4,648 307 6.2%
Miller County 12,229 10,876 1,353 11.1%
Moniteau County 7,431 6,781 650 8.7%
Morgan County 9,012 8,048 964 10.7%
Osage County 7,164 6,698 466 6.5%
Phelps County 22,764 21,258 1,506 6.6%
Pulaski County 20,822 19,129 1,693 8.1%
Washington County 10,218 8,906 1,312 12.8%
Central Region Summary 340,206 315,244 24,962 7.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,123 35,484 $202,260,397 $438 1.8%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,120 29,704 $252,234,762 $653 6.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,335 26,890 $92,762,711 $265 1.7%
23 - Construction 1,839 10,792 $107,786,345 $768 1.6%
52 - Finance and insurance 822 9,166 $110,828,015 $930 1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 789 8,828 $50,122,154 $437 8.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,241 8,044 $97,210,998 $930 1.6%
42 - Wholesale trade 660 7,462 $73,575,001 $758 1.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 106 4,164 $57,467,850 $1,062 5%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 223 3,094 $11,480,830 $285 0.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 15,984 193,557 $1,529,062,285 $608 1.5%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,069 22,546 $74,088,716 $253 2.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 738 8,260 $44,129,751 $411 9%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,241 8,044 $97,210,998 $930 1.6%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 194 7,875 $40,523,743 $396 2.7%
624 - Social Assistance 2,063 6,255 $24,165,373 $297 41.6%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 174 5,475 $24,450,072 $343 5.3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 300 5,325 $58,348,026 $843 2.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 343 4,921 $46,554,054 $728 6.4%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 106 4,164 $57,467,850 $1,062 5%

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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 2010 Projected 2020 Numeric Percent
473011 - Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, an 56 92 36 64.3% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
518031 - Water & Liquid Waste Treatment Plant & System Oper 55 80 25 45.5% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 300 430 130 43.3% 19 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
192042 - Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists & Geographers 7 10 3 42.9% NA 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
311011 - Home Health Aides 1,182 1,634 452 38.2% 60 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
399021 - Personal and Home Care Aides 1,476 1,968 492 33.3% 61 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
435011 - Cargo and Freight Agents 66 87 21 31.8% 4 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131051 - Cost Estimators 393 518 125 31.8% 20 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
472121 - Glaziers 73 96 23 31.5% 5 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
292056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 54 71 17 31.5% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. 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.