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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 $577 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2014.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Bates County 16,584 $589,331,000 $35,609 $118,218,628
Benton County 18,806 $598,851,000 $31,632 $156,165,952
Carroll County 9,043 $386,009,000 $42,293 $70,763,915
Cedar County 13,952 $399,682,000 $28,727 $92,301,476
Chariton County 7,694 $322,939,000 $42,336 $63,348,160
Henry County 22,028 $786,610,000 $35,659 $246,529,305
Hickory County 9,219 $238,392,000 $25,620 $50,510,037
Johnson County 54,362 $1,766,878,000 $32,377 $460,937,428
Lafayette County 32,688 $1,327,276,000 $40,290 $224,107,095
Pettis County 42,225 $1,439,900,000 $34,117 $621,302,354
Saline County 23,347 $942,221,000 $40,522 $219,818,281
St. Clair County 9,457 $294,163,000 $31,007 $50,558,664
Vernon County 21,001 $697,814,000 $33,310 $183,688,540
West Central Region Summary 280,406 $9,790,066,000 $34,850 $2,558,249,835



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,269 7,708 561 6.8%
Benton County 7,284 6,790 494 6.8%
Carroll County 4,881 4,543 338 6.9%
Cedar County 5,924 5,586 338 5.7%
Chariton County 3,873 3,690 183 4.7%
Henry County 10,232 9,658 574 5.6%
Hickory County 3,827 3,574 253 6.6%
Johnson County 23,641 22,297 1,344 5.7%
Lafayette County 17,535 16,600 935 5.3%
Pettis County 20,966 19,829 1,137 5.4%
St. Clair County 4,061 3,767 294 7.2%
Saline County 11,211 10,632 579 5.2%
Vernon County 10,013 9,489 524 5.2%
West Central Region Summary 131,717 124,163 7,554 5.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 279 11,675 $119,822,467 $789 1.6%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,477 11,051 $72,723,848 $506 2.5%
44 - Retail Trade 854 10,812 $61,640,785 $439 0.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 473 6,914 $20,322,036 $226 2%
23 - Construction 567 2,987 $33,360,854 $859 1.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 286 2,728 $26,385,625 $744 5.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 356 2,632 $26,955,313 $788 1.3%
56 - Administrative and waste services 223 2,158 $13,190,338 $470 9.4%
81 - Other services, except public administra 478 1,990 $11,964,264 $462 1.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 381 1,518 $15,726,638 $797 3.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,167 61,825 $463,721,478 $577 2.3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 406 6,372 $18,880,254 $228 1.3%
624 - Social Assistance 1,070 3,280 $12,309,348 $289 6.6%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 52 2,584 $13,974,755 $416 1.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 295 2,320 $22,676,230 $752 1.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 203 1,993 $11,918,985 $460 10.5%
447 - Gasoline Stations 121 1,727 $6,682,949 $298 1.8%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 160 1,648 $13,705,012 $640 1.5%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 45 1,571 $16,375,074 $802 5.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 381 1,518 $15,726,638 $797 3.3%

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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.