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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 $564 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
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 October 2014
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 7,411 7,031 380 5.1%
Benton County 8,681 8,262 419 4.8%
Carroll County 5,262 5,008 254 4.8%
Cedar County 6,557 6,305 252 3.8%
Chariton County 4,291 4,131 160 3.7%
Henry County 11,426 10,931 495 4.3%
Hickory County 3,657 3,423 234 6.4%
Johnson County 27,041 25,949 1,092 4%
Lafayette County 15,942 15,213 729 4.6%
Pettis County 22,077 21,160 917 4.2%
St. Clair County 4,134 3,923 211 5.1%
Saline County 12,850 12,393 457 3.6%
Vernon County 10,466 10,062 404 3.9%
West Central Region Summary 139,795 133,791 6,004 4.3%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 278 11,480 $113,459,755 $760 0.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,423 10,999 $69,342,473 $485 1%
44 - Retail Trade 850 10,911 $60,279,730 $425 0.9%
72 - Accommodation and food services 471 7,031 $19,959,360 $218 0.4%
23 - Construction 559 2,920 $34,007,895 $896 12.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 283 2,694 $25,144,297 $718 4.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 358 2,623 $28,065,018 $823 1.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 221 2,016 $13,001,780 $496 6.8%
54 - Professional and technical services 377 1,601 $15,901,381 $764 3.8%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 151 1,420 $10,641,591 $576 7.2%

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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 6,080 61,636 $451,960,310 $564 2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 406 6,517 $18,549,148 $219 0.2%
624 - Social Assistance 1,020 3,273 $12,086,181 $284 5.1%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 54 2,628 $12,540,805 $367 1.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 292 2,315 $21,608,867 $718 0.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 143 1,929 $20,657,282 $824 0.1%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 201 1,852 $11,585,574 $481 7.5%
447 - Gasoline Stations 119 1,772 $7,031,738 $305 6.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 159 1,637 $13,572,478 $638 3.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 377 1,601 $15,901,381 $764 3.8%

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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.