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South Central Region Data

The South Central region features bubbling springs, clear swift rivers such as the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, and forested hills.  Mark Twain National Forest covers much of the area.  Top industries include farming, retail trade, construction, food services, and wood products manufacturing.

The regional average wage was $518 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Butler County 42,972 $1,572,056,000 $36,489 $643,617,563
Carter County 6,258 $178,862,000 $28,431 $41,347,990
Douglas County 13,546 $373,998,000 $27,673 $81,610,376
Howell County 40,173 $1,203,303,000 $29,790 $451,334,436
Oregon County 10,911 $292,668,000 $26,616 $79,029,557
Ozark County 9,492 $269,088,000 $28,147 $53,225,104
Reynolds County 6,565 $188,620,000 $28,583 $51,288,987
Ripley County 13,969 $388,830,000 $27,710 $81,459,497
Shannon County 8,329 $210,565,000 $25,378 $38,060,565
Texas County 25,642 $688,504,000 $26,857 $171,034,281
Wayne County 13,452 $376,859,000 $28,115 $77,919,583
Wright County 18,291 $484,468,000 $26,226 $141,133,877
South Central Region Summary 209,600 $6,227,821,000 $29,617 $1,911,061,816



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 19,464 18,067 1,397 7.2%
Carter County 2,509 2,275 234 9.3%
Douglas County 5,096 4,721 375 7.4%
Howell County 16,360 15,135 1,225 7.5%
Oregon County 4,223 3,921 302 7.2%
Ozark County 3,630 3,261 369 10.2%
Reynolds County 2,676 2,442 234 8.7%
Ripley County 5,742 5,239 503 8.8%
Shannon County 3,342 3,012 330 9.9%
Texas County 9,495 8,728 767 8.1%
Wayne County 5,693 5,261 432 7.6%
Wright County 7,713 7,162 551 7.1%
South Central Region Summary 85,943 79,224 6,719 7.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 718 8,462 $46,413,493 $422 1.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 338 5,003 $14,920,500 $229 1.9%
56 - Administrative and waste services 120 2,005 $8,671,392 $333 29.9%
42 - Wholesale trade 212 1,868 $15,338,881 $632 6.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 239 1,377 $14,736,660 $823 7.1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 338 1,138 $5,687,395 $384 2.8%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 17 550 $7,291,458 $1,020 2.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 130 408 $2,583,961 $487 0.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,472 48,100 $324,179,312 $518 0.5%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 264 4,162 $11,809,598 $218 0.8%
624 - Social Assistance 1,625 3,200 $10,666,959 $256 2.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 45 2,129 $11,761,750 $425 2.9%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 98 1,891 $7,729,924 $314 32.1%
622 - Hospitals 8 1,810 $20,071,476 $853 3.8%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 86 1,636 $7,432,467 $349 2.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 239 1,377 $14,736,660 $823 7.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 128 1,102 $8,392,434 $586 4%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 85 902 $7,394,455 $631 4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 50 $108.29 $90.02 $76.08 NA $225,241 $187,242 $158,243 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 50 $107.84 $90.04 $91.96 NA $224,309 $187,284 $191,270 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 110 $61.7 $64.05 $53.29 $65.91 $128,346 $133,224 $110,850 $137,094
111011 - Chief Executives 120 $53.61 $42.38 $23.45 $68.7 $111,516 $88,146 $48,776 $142,886
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 90 $50.64 $45.49 $40.59 $55.66 $105,330 $94,615 $84,429 $115,780
231011 - Lawyers NA $48.79 $61.01 $20.66 $62.86 $101,492 $126,905 $42,976 $130,751
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 70 $47.4 $41.07 $26.33 $57.94 $98,601 $85,423 $54,773 $120,515
113121 - Human Resources Managers 30 $40.03 $39.88 $30.46 $44.82 $83,272 $82,945 $63,364 $93,226
291123 - Physical Therapists 50 $39.7 $39.07 $31.77 $43.67 $82,583 $81,275 $66,086 $90,832
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 90 $39.14 $36.39 $25.56 $45.93 $81,417 $75,681 $53,163 $95,544

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
193039 - Psychologists, All Other 2 4 2 100% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251126 - Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 22 31 9 40.9% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 5 7 2 40% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 51 69 18 35.3% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 35 47 12 34.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
212011 - Clergy 16 21 5 31.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
291122 - Occupational Therapists 29 38 9 31% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
312021 - Physical Therapist Assistants 77 100 23 29.9% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 41 53 12 29.3% 2 54 - Above Average B+

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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.