MERIC NEWS LETTER

Profiling Missouri's Regions:
Southwest

Missouri's Southwest Region is made up of Barry, Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton and Vernon Counties, including Joplin, Neosho, and Stockton Lake.


The Southwest Region makes up 5.0 percent of Missouri's economy, based on population, personal income and employment. This is an increase from 4.7 percent in 1994.

The Southwest Region makes up 5.5 percent of Missouri's total population. The region's population is projected to grow by 19.1 percent from 2005 to 2025, compared to the 9.2 percent projected growth for the state as a whole.

More than one quarter of private businesses in the Southwest Region are in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry. The Other Services and Construction industries each also contain more than 10 percent of establishments in the region.

In 2005, 789 new businesses were formed in the Southwest Region, making up 4.9 percent of the total in the state. Vernon County had the highest rate of new business formation in the region - 3.7 per 1,000 population compared to the state average of 2.8.

New Businesses in Missouri Counties Per 1,000 Population
2005

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