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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 $656 per week in the 4th 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 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 June 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 12,780 12,053 727 5.7%
Boone County 93,625 88,924 4,701 5%
Callaway County 22,258 20,855 1,403 6.3%
Camden County 22,587 21,189 1,398 6.2%
Cole County 39,822 37,594 2,228 5.6%
Cooper County 8,829 8,289 540 6.1%
Crawford County 12,996 12,115 881 6.8%
Dent County 7,628 7,173 455 6%
Gasconade County 7,729 7,281 448 5.8%
Howard County 5,112 4,826 286 5.6%
Laclede County 16,763 15,433 1,330 7.9%
Maries County 5,099 4,842 257 5%
Miller County 12,922 12,088 834 6.5%
Moniteau County 7,376 6,919 457 6.2%
Morgan County 9,851 9,188 663 6.7%
Osage County 7,227 6,834 393 5.4%
Phelps County 22,767 21,326 1,441 6.3%
Pulaski County 20,869 19,175 1,694 8.1%
Washington County 10,047 9,179 868 8.6%
Central Region Summary 346,287 325,283 21,004 6.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,137 36,763 $219,541,393 $459 1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,062 29,845 $278,840,786 $719 6.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,342 25,962 $91,930,162 $272 1.8%
23 - Construction 1,855 10,556 $113,295,060 $826 0.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 834 9,213 $120,020,455 $1,002 0.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 814 8,705 $51,857,577 $458 8.6%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,261 8,133 $105,607,684 $999 0.6%
42 - Wholesale trade 668 7,307 $82,754,743 $871 1.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 105 4,245 $60,235,550 $1,092 2.8%
61 - Educational services 135 3,885 $28,132,550 $557 5.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2013
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,030 192,591 $1,643,600,031 $656 1.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,076 21,994 $73,875,728 $258 2.8%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 850 9,554 $146,972,395 $1,183 0.3%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 766 8,166 $45,926,497 $433 9.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,261 8,133 $105,607,684 $999 0.6%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 192 7,994 $43,162,359 $415 2.2%
624 - Social Assistance 2,008 6,250 $24,623,569 $303 39.4%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 173 5,516 $25,119,895 $350 7.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 304 5,451 $67,692,617 $955 2.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 351 4,987 $51,291,996 $791 7.7%

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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.