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Central Region Data

The Central region is composed of 19 counties, and its largest cities are Columbia and Jefferson City.  The region is home to the University of Missouri’s flagship campus and the state capital on the forested, rolling edge of the Ozarks.  It’s also home to the state’s playground, Lake of the Ozarks, and Fort Leonard Wood.  Top area industries include retail trade, farming, food services and construction.

The regional average wage was $701 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2017 2016 Percent Difference
245.1 240.0 2.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,021 $980,213,000 $38,228 $254,872,924
Boone County 176,594 $7,985,993,000 $44,797 $2,714,108,937
Callaway County 45,078 $1,639,964,000 $36,418 $367,146,411
Camden County 44,497 $1,624,401,000 $35,598 $823,488,187
Cole County 76,631 $3,435,225,000 $44,783 $1,330,527,720
Cooper County 17,712 $650,576,000 $36,872 $181,984,452
Crawford County 24,302 $850,360,000 $35,282 $186,132,519
Dent County 15,387 $486,913,000 $31,454 $158,361,613
Gasconade County 14,808 $551,810,000 $37,472 $176,156,560
Howard County 10,058 $379,904,000 $37,470 $62,051,000
Laclede County 35,490 $1,216,308,000 $34,317 $408,866,315
Maries County 8,858 $283,345,000 $31,955 $46,477,046
Miller County 25,206 $873,774,000 $34,635 $390,424,317
Moniteau County 16,018 $568,231,000 $35,375 $106,561,901
Morgan County 20,213 $803,647,000 $39,893 $234,464,174
Osage County 13,664 $584,952,000 $42,816 $109,344,454
Phelps County 44,608 $1,674,410,000 $37,422 $514,196,345
Pulaski County 52,654 $2,058,543,000 $39,542 $390,730,188
Washington County 24,839 $704,091,000 $28,139 $156,835,073
Central Region Summary 692,638 $27,352,660,000 $39,379 $8,612,730,136



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 10,772 10,342 430 4%
Boone County 97,601 95,055 2,546 2.6%
Callaway County 20,780 20,048 732 3.5%
Camden County 17,187 16,060 1,127 6.6%
Cole County 37,685 36,514 1,171 3.1%
Cooper County 7,564 7,103 461 6.1%
Crawford County 10,797 10,296 501 4.6%
Dent County 6,156 5,925 231 3.8%
Gasconade County 7,730 7,427 303 3.9%
Howard County 5,047 4,842 205 4.1%
Laclede County 16,963 16,317 646 3.8%
Maries County 3,904 3,733 171 4.4%
Miller County 12,096 11,469 627 5.2%
Moniteau County 7,117 6,856 261 3.7%
Morgan County 7,899 7,408 491 6.2%
Osage County 6,899 6,677 222 3.2%
Phelps County 19,770 19,031 739 3.7%
Pulaski County 14,839 14,233 606 4.1%
Washington County 10,194 9,622 572 5.6%
Central Region Summary 321,000 308,958 12,042 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,013 36,022 $231,148,997 $494 0.4%
31 - Manufacturing 661 26,717 $288,619,295 $831 3.3%
56 - Administrative and waste services 807 10,220 $72,577,955 $546 4%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,313 7,893 $100,970,200 $984 0.4%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 100 4,156 $66,107,370 $1,224 2.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 242 3,508 $16,176,806 $355 2.4%
61 - Educational services 136 3,419 $23,534,284 $529 0.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 619 2,968 $24,555,805 $636 3.3%
22 - Utilities 54 1,900 $48,997,379 $1,984 1.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 15,874 206,532 $1,881,468,939 $701 0.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 748 9,605 $65,580,140 $525 3.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,313 7,893 $100,970,200 $984 0.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 122 7,787 $40,811,596 $403 1.3%
624 - Social Assistance 1,958 6,771 $30,203,918 $343 0.8%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 288 6,768 $104,910,454 $1,192 0.8%
721 - Accommodation 246 4,728 $24,808,600 $404 0.4%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 4,156 $66,107,370 $1,224 2.7%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 38 3,968 $38,144,313 $739 6%
447 - Gasoline Stations 226 3,843 $18,684,033 $374 1.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 50 $146.32 NA NA NA $304,346 NA NA NA
291067 - Surgeons NA $142.11 NA NA NA $295,586 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 670 $113.98 NA $82.79 NA $237,083 NA $172,208 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 120 $106.36 NA $48.41 NA $221,239 NA $100,692 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 440 $94.72 $95.74 $46.48 NA $197,007 $199,141 $96,672 NA
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 250 $79.78 $75.45 $68.7 $85.78 $165,937 $156,926 $142,898 $178,428
111011 - Chief Executives 360 $68.53 $52.17 $33.88 $96.26 $142,545 $108,508 $70,466 $200,219
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 60 $63.18 $70.85 $64.98 $76.73 $131,423 $147,375 $135,154 $159,596
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 400 $62.28 $51.14 $35.83 $79.93 $129,547 $106,363 $74,521 $166,251
291051 - Pharmacists 730 $60.78 $61.07 $54.6 $70.1 $126,419 $127,026 $113,559 $145,806

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
292091 - Orthotists and Prosthetists 3 5 2 66.7% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 97 133 36 37.1% 5 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 701 950 249 35.5% 35 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 166 223 57 34.3% 8 54 - Above Average B+
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 118 157 39 33.1% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
312000 - Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapist Assist 318 419 101 31.8% 17 54 - Above Average B+
475051 - Rock Splitters, Quarry 19 25 6 31.6% 1 54 - Above Average B+
131161 - Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists 520 684 164 31.5% 23 54 - Above Average B+
171012 - Landscape Architects 20 26 6 30% 1 54 - Above Average B+
292031 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 76 97 21 27.6% 3 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.