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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 $542 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
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 June 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 22,367 20,945 1,422 6.4%
Carter County 3,093 2,840 253 8.2%
Douglas County 6,337 5,918 419 6.6%
Howell County 20,110 18,823 1,287 6.4%
Oregon County 4,854 4,517 337 6.9%
Ozark County 4,746 4,426 320 6.7%
Reynolds County 2,895 2,663 232 8%
Ripley County 7,154 6,672 482 6.7%
Shannon County 3,822 3,499 323 8.5%
Texas County 11,641 10,845 796 6.8%
Wayne County 6,246 5,823 423 6.8%
Wright County 8,586 8,008 578 6.7%
South Central Region Summary 101,851 94,979 6,872 6.7%

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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
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,949 10,885 $73,635,811 $520 10.4%
31 - Manufacturing 354 9,605 $76,880,742 $616 0.1%
44 - Retail Trade 732 8,369 $47,181,876 $434 0.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 342 4,418 $13,478,840 $235 2.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 211 1,733 $16,048,157 $712 4.3%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 241 1,672 $14,416,214 $663 3.9%
23 - Construction 299 1,476 $14,446,508 $753 1%
54 - Professional and technical services 237 1,361 $15,349,901 $868 7.2%
61 - Educational services 17 157 $928,593 $455 2.6%
21 - Mining 18 122 $1,231,543 $777 0.8%

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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
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 266 3,902 $11,350,153 $224 2.9%
624 - Social Assistance 1,615 3,115 $10,572,199 $261 79.7%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 83 1,598 $7,678,933 $370 3.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 237 1,361 $15,349,901 $868 7.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 94 1,329 $13,608,731 $788 0.8%
447 - Gasoline Stations 112 1,241 $4,743,770 $294 5.8%
484 - Truck Transportation 188 1,125 $9,264,197 $633 3.2%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 86 875 $8,044,754 $708 5.7%
326 - Plastics and rubber products manufacturi 8 852 $9,066,502 $819 0.6%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 98 763 $7,435,204 $750 3.8%

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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.