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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 $582 per week in the 1st 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
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 September 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 7,410 6,948 462 6.2%
Benton County 8,587 8,060 527 6.1%
Carroll County 5,133 4,803 330 6.4%
Cedar County 6,475 6,143 332 5.1%
Chariton County 4,180 3,969 211 5%
Henry County 11,323 10,704 619 5.5%
Hickory County 3,700 3,406 294 7.9%
Johnson County 27,084 25,634 1,450 5.4%
Lafayette County 15,991 15,034 957 6%
Pettis County 22,256 21,076 1,180 5.3%
St. Clair County 4,065 3,779 286 7%
Saline County 12,636 12,045 591 4.7%
Vernon County 10,265 9,747 518 5%
West Central Region Summary 139,105 131,348 7,757 5.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 277 11,433 $116,789,565 $786 0.5%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,416 10,752 $64,557,122 $462 0.3%
23 - Construction 570 3,011 $44,718,318 $1,142 28.3%
52 - Finance and insurance 356 2,598 $30,275,897 $896 2.6%
42 - Wholesale trade 280 2,577 $24,175,428 $722 7.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 222 1,647 $10,424,127 $487 6.3%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 148 1,288 $10,103,984 $603 2.5%
61 - Educational services 30 1,140 $6,197,532 $418 44.3%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 155 570 $3,156,583 $426 2.9%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 25 231 $2,728,748 $909 7.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,062 59,556 $450,373,686 $582 2.1%
624 - Social Assistance 1,017 3,275 $11,828,082 $278 4.7%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 53 2,537 $14,848,201 $450 0.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 291 2,316 $20,436,264 $679 3.6%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 142 1,926 $23,240,013 $928 1.3%
447 - Gasoline Stations 123 1,641 $6,082,715 $285 1.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 158 1,607 $12,181,299 $583 2.9%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 44 1,582 $16,006,799 $778 3.4%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 368 1,508 $13,255,161 $676 1.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 203 1,496 $9,220,606 $474 8.2%

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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 100 $100.77 $90.12 $67.45 $117.42 $209,595 $187,448 $140,301 $244,242
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $68.75 $69.06 $62.58 $71.84 $143,009 $143,635 $130,160 $149,433
291051 - Pharmacists 120 $61.18 $63.12 $52.51 $65.52 $127,264 $131,294 $109,218 $136,286
112022 - Sales Managers 90 $58.63 $48.84 $26.13 $74.88 $121,950 $101,577 $54,347 $155,752
291071 - Physician Assistants 40 $51.1 $58.51 $33.31 $60 $106,295 $121,695 $69,277 $124,805
111011 - Chief Executives 240 $46.51 $42.98 $21.51 $59.02 $96,749 $89,402 $44,732 $122,758
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $44.85 $56.8 $12.7 $60.93 $93,290 $118,151 $26,413 $126,729
113121 - Human Resources Managers 40 $42.26 $40.75 $25.03 $50.87 $87,891 $84,763 $52,056 $105,808
113031 - Financial Managers 120 $41.53 $33.5 $21.82 $51.39 $86,392 $69,671 $45,380 $106,897
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 40 $41.31 $36.46 $29.13 $47.4 $85,922 $75,842 $60,593 $98,586

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
473011 - Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, an 5 8 3 60% NA 54 - Above Average B+
191013 - Soil and Plant Scientists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
291081 - Podiatrists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
499052 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 27 39 12 44.4% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
499096 - Riggers 9 13 4 44.4% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 108 153 45 41.7% 5 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 13 18 5 38.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
193092 - Geographers 8 11 3 37.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 24 33 9 37.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
132052 - Personal Financial Advisors 20 27 7 35% 1 52 - Well Above Average 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.