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Southwest Region

The Southwest Region is comprised of 7 counties, with Joplin being the region’s largest city. Manufacturing, which accounts for 20% of the region’s total employment, is the region’s largest industry. Some of the largest private employers are Freeman Health System, Walmart, and Tyson. The average annual wage for all industries in the Southwest Region is $36,892. The top jobs below are from the 2024 long-term occupational projections.
Average Wages for Top Employing Industries in the Southwest Region 2016
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Top Job Outlook-Southwest    Top Job Openings-Southwest
Grade Occupation Title Total
Openings
Average
Wages
Grade Occupation Title Total
Openings
Average
Wages
A 958 $49,719   B 1,500 $24,279
A 664 $19,199   B 1,405 $19,435
A+ 555 $76,947   B 1,372 $18,144
A 435 $44,463   A 958 $49,719
A 344 $43,648   B 836 $19,137
A 267 $21,469   A 664 $19,199
A 220 $54,910   B+ 646 $25,616
A 198 $46,467   B+ 602 $21,538
A 167 $41,866   B 567 $24,349
A+ 166 $75,534   A+ 555 $76,947