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West Central Region Data

The West Central region consists of 13 counties and the historic towns of Sedalia, Warrensburg and Marshall.  Its three major lakes – Truman, Stockton and Pomme de Terre – offer tranquility, while Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 Stealth bomber, offers protection.  Top industries are retail trade, farming, construction, food services and federal/military.

The regional average wage was $609 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
Bates County 16,550 $565,474,000 $33,842 $134,065,810
Benton County 18,932 $567,852,000 $29,947 $149,226,517
Carroll County 9,127 $328,972,000 $36,206 $104,538,628
Cedar County 13,913 $375,182,000 $27,189 $89,054,997
Chariton County 7,628 $296,790,000 $38,801 $118,211,965
Henry County 22,059 $748,558,000 $33,790 $241,955,864
Hickory County 9,305 $226,605,000 $24,130 $47,620,970
Johnson County 54,572 $1,675,796,000 $30,807 $447,543,516
Lafayette County 32,943 $1,263,754,000 $38,203 $250,678,170
Pettis County 42,205 $1,362,457,000 $32,195 $570,377,446
Saline County 23,252 $833,169,000 $35,699 $210,639,950
St. Clair County 9,487 $271,211,000 $28,627 $46,094,402
Vernon County 20,949 $678,724,000 $32,713 $176,405,899
West Central Region Summary 280,922 $9,194,544,000 $32,708 $2,586,414,134



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics July 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 7,598 7,031 567 7.5%
Benton County 8,354 7,764 590 7.1%
Carroll County 5,011 4,648 363 7.2%
Cedar County 6,697 6,262 435 6.5%
Chariton County 4,010 3,747 263 6.6%
Henry County 10,963 10,240 723 6.6%
Hickory County 3,821 3,488 333 8.7%
Johnson County 26,273 24,558 1,715 6.5%
Lafayette County 16,382 15,213 1,169 7.1%
Pettis County 21,475 20,014 1,461 6.8%
St. Clair County 4,061 3,713 348 8.6%
Saline County 12,366 11,640 726 5.9%
Vernon County 10,292 9,658 634 6.2%
West Central Region Summary 137,303 127,976 9,327 6.8%

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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 1,424 10,908 $72,148,013 $509 8.4%
44 - Retail Trade 866 10,806 $63,542,280 $452 0.3%
23 - Construction 573 3,156 $45,468,534 $1,108 24.4%
42 - Wholesale trade 284 2,582 $26,689,325 $795 9%
52 - Finance and insurance 353 2,574 $30,235,370 $904 1.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 222 1,866 $11,719,417 $483 14.5%
61 - Educational services 29 839 $6,451,254 $591 5.3%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 159 564 $3,340,838 $456 1.3%

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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 6,085 60,727 $480,388,177 $609 1%
311 - Food manufacturing 37 3,883 $35,312,127 $699 6.1%
624 - Social Assistance 1,012 3,172 $11,873,669 $288 32.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 299 2,299 $24,540,702 $821 0.3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 138 1,907 $22,852,802 $922 0.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 202 1,712 $10,418,729 $468 16.8%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 368 1,691 $15,738,930 $716 6.3%
447 - Gasoline Stations 121 1,670 $6,701,540 $309 0.3%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 161 1,598 $14,016,108 $675 4.4%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 32 1,399 $14,667,332 $806 5.1%

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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 NA $123.73 $90 NA NA $257,363 $187,200 NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 100 $101.74 $90.14 $66.5 $119.36 $211,622 $187,495 $138,330 $248,268
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $67.53 $67.67 $62.12 $70.24 $140,467 $140,757 $129,205 $146,098
291051 - Pharmacists 130 $59.25 $60.15 $51.81 $62.97 $123,245 $125,115 $107,762 $130,987
413031 - Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sa NA $53.44 $55.02 $21.41 $69.45 $111,155 $114,432 $44,539 $144,464
291071 - Physician Assistants NA $51.72 $60.19 $31.61 $61.78 $107,586 $125,197 $65,739 $128,510
111011 - Chief Executives 230 $50.89 $42.32 $26.58 $63.05 $105,854 $88,034 $55,290 $131,136
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 40 $44.86 $51.64 $17.68 $58.45 $93,309 $107,417 $36,779 $121,575
119199 - Managers, All Other 50 $44.67 $46.89 $22.44 $55.78 $92,910 $97,535 $46,681 $116,025
113121 - Human Resources Managers 30 $43.01 $41.96 $25.2 $51.91 $89,454 $87,275 $52,417 $107,972

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2010 Projected 2020 Numeric Percent
474011 - Construction and Building Inspectors 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
151081 - Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 101 143 42 41.6% 6 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
499021 - Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mecha 156 206 50 32.1% 8 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
151032 - Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 76 100 24 31.6% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
131051 - Cost Estimators 73 95 22 30.1% 3 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
399021 - Personal and Home Care Aides 784 1,016 232 29.6% 29 53 - Well Above Avg. A-
291131 - Veterinarians 48 61 13 27.1% 2 54 - Above Average B+
472051 - Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers 123 154 31 25.2% 5 54 - Above Average B+
472151 - Pipelayers 8 10 2 25% NA 54 - Above Average B+
312021 - Physical Therapist Assistants 50 62 12 24% 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.