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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 $640 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


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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
Audrain County 25,887 $905,764,000 $35,297 $244,161,494
Boone County 172,717 $7,006,491,000 $41,028 $2,616,902,461
Callaway County 44,750 $1,404,061,000 $31,652 $308,069,244
Camden County 44,021 $1,555,662,000 $35,467 $764,095,913
Cole County 76,557 $3,341,002,000 $43,560 $1,174,186,046
Cooper County 17,585 $582,947,000 $33,034 $172,972,574
Crawford County 24,650 $834,184,000 $33,989 $184,449,161
Dent County 15,655 $477,297,000 $30,343 $142,546,859
Gasconade County 14,866 $520,396,000 $34,924 $165,308,549
Howard County 10,159 $411,040,000 $40,074 $53,492,458
Laclede County 35,439 $1,073,090,000 $30,086 $382,115,029
Maries County 9,013 $325,134,000 $36,054 $42,792,777
Miller County 25,141 $724,366,000 $28,868 $396,576,491
Moniteau County 15,856 $535,702,000 $34,017 $117,856,667
Morgan County 20,240 $772,837,000 $38,137 $208,138,433
Osage County 13,703 $524,232,000 $38,299 $102,923,310
Phelps County 44,847 $1,524,253,000 $34,018 $487,872,558
Pulaski County 53,436 $2,147,332,000 $39,952 $374,565,126
Washington County 25,077 $688,926,000 $27,369 $139,390,726
Central Region Summary 689,599 $25,354,716,000 $36,872 $8,078,415,876



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,740 11,313 427 3.6%
Boone County 103,751 101,011 2,740 2.6%
Callaway County 21,825 20,996 829 3.8%
Camden County 18,377 17,231 1,146 6.2%
Cole County 39,939 38,760 1,179 3%
Cooper County 7,779 7,446 333 4.3%
Crawford County 11,049 10,518 531 4.8%
Dent County 6,422 6,108 314 4.9%
Gasconade County 7,849 7,590 259 3.3%
Howard County 5,250 5,044 206 3.9%
Laclede County 16,265 15,292 973 6%
Maries County 4,134 3,969 165 4%
Miller County 11,727 11,083 644 5.5%
Moniteau County 7,477 7,190 287 3.8%
Morgan County 8,267 7,775 492 6%
Osage County 7,356 7,146 210 2.9%
Phelps County 20,957 20,120 837 4%
Pulaski County 15,223 14,474 749 4.9%
Washington County 10,798 10,186 612 5.7%
Central Region Summary 336,185 323,252 12,933 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,099 35,425 $207,609,200 $451 0.7%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,084 30,347 $266,546,803 $676 2.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,337 25,299 $87,592,142 $266 1.3%
23 - Construction 1,871 9,683 $92,230,937 $733 1.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 824 8,863 $53,675,586 $466 8.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 690 7,322 $79,056,338 $831 2.5%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 110 4,285 $68,706,870 $1,233 3.6%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 221 2,266 $8,925,137 $303 24.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,148 190,190 $1,581,740,154 $640 1.7%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,085 21,718 $72,204,716 $256 1.9%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 855 9,609 $126,529,955 $1,013 2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 779 8,376 $48,120,605 $442 9.9%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 193 8,134 $44,913,842 $425 3.1%
624 - Social Assistance 2,022 6,581 $25,006,035 $292 3.8%
622 - Hospitals 14 6,023 $70,096,971 $895 1.9%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,153 5,915 $51,847,594 $674 3.1%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 171 5,456 $23,747,174 $335 0.5%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 349 5,032 $45,120,743 $690 1.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 110 $111.5 $94.5 $69.42 NA $231,916 $196,568 $144,401 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 710 $102.8 $92.72 $66.91 $120.75 $213,828 $192,850 $139,178 $251,153
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 530 $91.14 $91.74 $40.77 $116.32 $189,562 $190,812 $84,812 $241,937
291066 - Psychiatrists 30 $87.64 $84.28 $39.94 $111.49 $182,291 $175,311 $83,085 $231,894
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 150 $76.16 $71.05 $61.43 $83.53 $158,422 $147,786 $127,783 $173,741
291021 - Dentists, General 180 $73.72 $71.34 $40.16 $90.49 $153,330 $148,385 $83,540 $188,226
291041 - Optometrists 50 $68.51 $74.74 $48.98 $78.28 $142,511 $155,457 $101,875 $162,829
111011 - Chief Executives 770 $63.6 $54.32 $23.96 $83.42 $132,284 $112,995 $49,836 $173,508
291051 - Pharmacists 510 $59.53 $60.25 $50.68 $63.96 $123,827 $125,323 $105,421 $133,030
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 60 $56.96 $56.75 $47.04 $61.92 $118,476 $118,033 $97,853 $128,788

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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.