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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 $711 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2015 2014 Percent Difference
237.0 236.7 0.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2015 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,096 $949,663,000 $36,391 $248,655,860
Boone County 174,974 $7,401,758,000 $42,302 $2,640,619,384
Callaway County 44,834 $1,556,543,000 $34,718 $320,464,521
Camden County 44,237 $1,536,783,000 $34,740 $785,772,246
Cole County 76,720 $3,290,073,000 $42,884 $1,201,761,644
Cooper County 17,642 $588,882,000 $33,380 $178,574,061
Crawford County 24,526 $799,811,000 $32,611 $183,054,847
Dent County 15,593 $484,007,000 $31,040 $141,992,270
Gasconade County 14,858 $548,270,000 $36,901 $167,541,471
Howard County 10,139 $356,076,000 $35,119 $53,097,042
Laclede County 35,473 $1,139,785,000 $32,131 $395,951,892
Maries County 8,963 $299,450,000 $33,410 $43,863,134
Miller County 25,113 $755,050,000 $30,066 $371,724,003
Moniteau County 15,963 $529,228,000 $33,153 $114,193,925
Morgan County 20,171 $795,705,000 $39,448 $217,216,334
Osage County 13,628 $593,950,000 $43,583 $101,528,131
Phelps County 44,794 $1,496,275,000 $33,403 $514,595,053
Pulaski County 53,221 $2,078,652,000 $39,057 $378,879,898
Washington County 24,788 $684,214,000 $27,603 $147,435,046
Central Region Summary 691,733 $25,884,175,000 $37,419 $8,206,920,762



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,263 10,852 411 3.6%
Boone County 102,404 99,670 2,734 2.7%
Callaway County 21,408 20,658 750 3.5%
Camden County 18,357 17,235 1,122 6.1%
Cole County 39,047 37,828 1,219 3.1%
Cooper County 7,509 7,194 315 4.2%
Crawford County 10,843 10,307 536 4.9%
Dent County 6,208 5,891 317 5.1%
Gasconade County 7,795 7,449 346 4.4%
Howard County 5,164 4,958 206 4%
Laclede County 15,832 14,984 848 5.4%
Maries County 3,915 3,744 171 4.4%
Miller County 11,908 11,253 655 5.5%
Moniteau County 7,273 6,989 284 3.9%
Morgan County 7,949 7,473 476 6%
Osage County 7,140 6,947 193 2.7%
Phelps County 19,564 18,778 786 4%
Pulaski County 14,515 13,803 712 4.9%
Washington County 10,473 9,860 613 5.9%
Central Region Summary 328,567 315,873 12,694 3.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,090 37,549 $243,774,955 $499 1.7%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,133 30,748 $311,732,962 $780 1.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,343 26,638 $103,046,563 $298 0.7%
31 - Manufacturing 689 24,239 $280,190,713 $889 0.7%
23 - Construction 1,899 11,061 $129,342,337 $900 2.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 866 10,464 $67,908,124 $499 9.7%
52 - Finance and insurance 852 9,124 $134,390,153 $1,133 0.3%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,305 8,173 $116,951,278 $1,101 1.4%
42 - Wholesale trade 689 7,531 $91,850,964 $938 3.7%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,359 6,844 $53,252,001 $599 2.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,317 199,738 $1,845,322,837 $711 2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,092 22,855 $84,470,725 $284 1.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 816 9,854 $60,534,754 $473 9.5%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 856 9,726 $157,209,021 $1,243 0.1%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 193 8,438 $51,894,242 $473 4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 102 8,367 $45,682,290 $420 8.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,305 8,173 $116,951,278 $1,101 1.4%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,169 6,643 $73,999,224 $857 2.9%
624 - Social Assistance 2,068 6,547 $27,537,219 $324 0.4%
622 - Hospitals 16 6,037 $75,092,480 $957 1.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 110 $110.88 NA $69.94 $131.36 $230,635 NA $145,466 $273,219
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 730 $103.17 NA $65.42 $122.05 $214,602 NA $136,066 $253,870
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 440 $91.66 $91.46 $41.48 $116.75 $190,647 $190,235 $86,282 $242,830
291021 - Dentists, General 160 $80.94 $71.13 $41.76 $100.53 $168,355 $147,958 $86,868 $209,098
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 150 $78.3 $72.78 $62.62 $86.14 $162,859 $151,388 $130,250 $179,163
111011 - Chief Executives 620 $68.13 $59.17 $25.47 $89.47 $141,720 $123,074 $52,973 $186,093
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $62.56 $65.02 $51.05 $68.31 $130,116 $135,232 $106,176 $142,086
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 110 $59.82 $56.91 $41.94 $68.76 $124,420 $118,367 $87,230 $143,016
291051 - Pharmacists 660 $59.4 $60.32 $50.25 $63.97 $123,554 $125,462 $104,529 $133,067
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 480 $54.53 $46.29 $28.96 $67.31 $113,419 $96,281 $60,231 $140,014

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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.