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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 $505 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
Butler County 43,053 $1,491,155,000 $34,612 $577,091,233
Carter County 6,262 $165,320,000 $25,973 $39,544,054
Douglas County 13,585 $344,931,000 $25,460 $77,858,986
Howell County 40,629 $1,120,531,000 $27,555 $423,216,547
Oregon County 10,997 $272,872,000 $24,768 $79,976,955
Ozark County 9,601 $244,589,000 $25,491 $52,291,886
Reynolds County 6,667 $177,316,000 $26,915 $34,735,763
Ripley County 14,036 $364,995,000 $25,807 $78,591,280
Shannon County 8,318 $186,785,000 $22,152 $35,201,021
Texas County 25,810 $631,861,000 $24,362 $161,743,451
Wayne County 13,402 $347,353,000 $25,778 $74,853,941
Wright County 18,629 $460,042,000 $24,580 $140,659,826
South Central Region Summary 210,989 $5,807,750,000 $27,452 $1,775,764,943



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 21,446 19,915 1,531 7.1%
Carter County 3,009 2,704 305 10.1%
Douglas County 6,116 5,650 466 7.6%
Howell County 19,870 18,475 1,395 7%
Oregon County 4,771 4,403 368 7.7%
Ozark County 4,485 4,077 408 9.1%
Reynolds County 2,611 2,328 283 10.8%
Ripley County 7,009 6,473 536 7.6%
Shannon County 3,560 3,181 379 10.6%
Texas County 11,463 10,556 907 7.9%
Wayne County 6,081 5,557 524 8.6%
Wright County 8,197 7,532 665 8.1%
South Central Region Summary 98,618 90,851 7,767 7.9%

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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
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,921 11,267 $74,284,388 $507 15.3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 339 4,924 $14,284,117 $223 1.2%
42 - Wholesale trade 208 1,716 $13,790,582 $618 3.2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 232 1,646 $13,666,893 $639 6.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 240 1,319 $14,259,836 $832 2.6%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 116 430 $2,592,013 $464 9.7%

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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
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 263 4,184 $11,685,744 $215 0.2%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 77 3,192 $14,900,813 $359 0.2%
624 - Social Assistance 1,583 3,134 $10,216,437 $251 77.5%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 255 3,118 $28,226,694 $696 2.8%
321 - Wood product manufacturing 151 2,049 $12,951,472 $486 4.8%
622 - Hospitals 6 1,823 $20,940,444 $884 2.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 240 1,319 $14,259,836 $832 2.6%
447 - Gasoline Stations 109 1,214 $4,514,287 $286 0.9%
484 - Truck Transportation 178 1,128 $8,861,520 $604 6.1%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 85 841 $6,793,823 $621 1.7%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2012
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $105.97 $90.01 $81.96 NA $220,407 $187,226 $170,485 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners NA $105.48 $90.01 $70.29 NA $219,393 $187,214 $146,211 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $62.1 $64.24 $55.48 $65.41 $129,171 $133,623 $115,400 $136,056
231011 - Lawyers 80 $56.32 $42.33 $18.23 $75.37 $117,149 $88,038 $37,913 $156,768
111011 - Chief Executives 160 $53.04 $43.06 $28.58 $65.27 $110,324 $89,556 $59,442 $135,765
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 80 $50.22 $45.51 $38.54 $56.06 $104,460 $94,655 $80,160 $116,610
291123 - Physical Therapists 80 $40.73 $41.06 $32.07 $45.06 $84,720 $85,398 $66,714 $93,723
291122 - Occupational Therapists 50 $40.44 $40.52 $29.87 $45.72 $84,112 $84,285 $62,128 $95,104
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 100 $34.22 $29.63 $24.35 $39.15 $71,176 $61,622 $50,645 $81,442
291127 - Speech-Language Pathologists 90 $32.97 $33.45 $18.57 $40.16 $68,569 $69,581 $38,632 $83,538

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2010 Projected 2020 Numeric Percent
151081 - Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 75 113 38 50.7% 5 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 35 47 12 34.3% 2 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
434199 - Information and Record Clerks, All Other 6 8 2 33.3% NA 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131051 - Cost Estimators 71 93 22 31% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
151032 - Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 63 81 18 28.6% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
399021 - Personal and Home Care Aides 1,141 1,452 311 27.3% 40 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
292034 - Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 109 138 29 26.6% 5 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131073 - Training and Development Specialists 90 113 23 25.6% 4 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131072 - Compensation, Benefits, Job Analysis Specialists 44 55 11 25% 2 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
172051 - Civil Engineers 8 10 2 25% NA 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.