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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 $511 per week in the 2nd 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
Butler County 43,083 $1,493,377,000 $34,687 $557,828,999
Carter County 6,291 $174,243,000 $27,825 $39,394,886
Douglas County 13,515 $360,162,000 $26,512 $76,994,913
Howell County 40,393 $1,163,550,000 $28,638 $426,948,029
Oregon County 10,996 $292,442,000 $26,593 $76,905,282
Ozark County 9,560 $263,159,000 $27,410 $51,837,846
Reynolds County 6,599 $189,830,000 $28,473 $44,988,054
Ripley County 14,032 $371,752,000 $26,486 $77,275,975
Shannon County 8,297 $196,136,000 $23,580 $35,363,198
Texas County 25,636 $661,094,000 $25,614 $161,884,371
Wayne County 13,404 $362,652,000 $27,060 $76,217,115
Wright County 18,473 $468,494,000 $25,149 $134,957,204
South Central Region Summary 210,279 $5,996,891,000 $28,423 $1,760,595,872



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics October 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 22,712 21,611 1,101 4.8%
Carter County 2,988 2,824 164 5.5%
Douglas County 6,502 6,210 292 4.5%
Howell County 20,022 19,186 836 4.2%
Oregon County 4,980 4,746 234 4.7%
Ozark County 4,629 4,405 224 4.8%
Reynolds County 2,791 2,620 171 6.1%
Ripley County 7,248 6,896 352 4.9%
Shannon County 3,671 3,447 224 6.1%
Texas County 11,467 10,869 598 5.2%
Wayne County 6,237 5,923 314 5%
Wright County 8,667 8,260 407 4.7%
South Central Region Summary 101,914 96,997 4,917 4.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 713 8,492 $44,936,622 $407 2.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 333 4,954 $14,276,653 $222 0.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 117 2,171 $8,620,683 $305 31.6%
42 - Wholesale trade 212 1,835 $14,854,274 $623 7%
23 - Construction 295 1,451 $12,357,556 $655 0.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 235 1,386 $15,504,105 $860 5.1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 322 1,189 $6,026,940 $390 4.1%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 17 535 $6,750,946 $971 0.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 130 397 $2,757,066 $534 11.2%
21 - Mining 18 128 $1,198,730 $720 4.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,396 48,304 $320,636,982 $511 1.1%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 258 4,215 $11,718,292 $214 0.8%
624 - Social Assistance 1,599 3,234 $10,775,656 $256 3.3%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 46 2,145 $10,420,944 $374 0.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 95 2,060 $7,700,630 $288 33.6%
622 - Hospitals 8 1,825 $19,926,682 $840 3.2%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 86 1,576 $7,313,648 $357 1.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 235 1,386 $15,504,105 $860 5.1%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 95 1,345 $12,031,522 $688 0.6%
447 - Gasoline Stations 108 1,226 $4,583,102 $288 0.9%

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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.