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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 $652 per week in the 3rd 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 2015 Income 2014 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,096 $966,487,000 $37,335 $248,655,860
Boone County 174,974 $7,153,637,000 $41,418 $2,640,619,384
Callaway County 44,834 $1,557,751,000 $34,810 $320,464,521
Camden County 44,237 $1,549,427,000 $35,197 $785,772,246
Cole County 76,720 $3,199,342,000 $41,790 $1,201,761,644
Cooper County 17,642 $605,211,000 $34,416 $178,574,061
Crawford County 24,526 $851,314,000 $34,536 $183,054,847
Dent County 15,593 $477,642,000 $30,511 $141,992,270
Gasconade County 14,858 $542,191,000 $36,472 $167,541,471
Howard County 10,139 $371,193,000 $36,538 $53,097,042
Laclede County 35,473 $1,099,979,000 $31,039 $395,951,892
Maries County 8,963 $337,709,000 $37,469 $43,863,134
Miller County 25,113 $752,332,000 $29,925 $371,724,003
Moniteau County 15,963 $518,563,000 $32,705 $114,193,925
Morgan County 20,171 $763,718,000 $37,733 $217,216,334
Osage County 13,628 $527,126,000 $38,468 $101,528,131
Phelps County 44,794 $1,446,670,000 $32,258 $514,595,053
Pulaski County 53,221 $2,073,019,000 $38,794 $378,879,898
Washington County 24,788 $659,889,000 $26,315 $147,435,046
Central Region Summary 691,733 $25,453,200,000 $36,910 $8,206,920,762



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,650 11,180 470 4%
Boone County 103,258 100,306 2,952 2.9%
Callaway County 22,124 21,289 835 3.8%
Camden County 18,849 17,839 1,010 5.4%
Cole County 40,170 38,850 1,320 3.3%
Cooper County 7,805 7,440 365 4.7%
Crawford County 11,147 10,571 576 5.2%
Dent County 6,274 5,953 321 5.1%
Gasconade County 7,920 7,649 271 3.4%
Howard County 5,286 5,096 190 3.6%
Laclede County 16,635 15,791 844 5.1%
Maries County 4,035 3,856 179 4.4%
Miller County 11,912 11,358 554 4.7%
Moniteau County 7,610 7,301 309 4.1%
Morgan County 8,381 7,958 423 5%
Osage County 7,428 7,196 232 3.1%
Phelps County 20,034 19,142 892 4.5%
Pulaski County 15,038 14,264 774 5.1%
Washington County 10,844 10,243 601 5.5%
Central Region Summary 336,400 323,282 13,118 3.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,103 36,668 $227,002,610 $476 1.8%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,137 30,566 $286,523,648 $721 1.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,355 28,131 $108,285,020 $296 1.5%
31 - Manufacturing 693 24,188 $249,018,169 $792 0.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 853 10,469 $63,336,040 $465 10.2%
52 - Finance and insurance 855 9,114 $116,638,587 $984 0.4%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,303 8,126 $109,523,039 $1,037 2.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 694 7,618 $82,281,664 $831 3.2%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,353 6,958 $50,225,041 $555 2.1%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 507 6,418 $63,139,404 $757 5.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,310 200,847 $1,703,258,382 $652 2.1%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,100 23,638 $88,233,681 $287 1.9%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 805 9,938 $57,383,081 $444 11%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 194 8,406 $49,149,117 $450 4.6%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,303 8,126 $109,523,039 $1,037 2.7%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 102 7,976 $43,605,914 $421 8.1%
624 - Social Assistance 2,078 6,590 $25,924,058 $303 2.4%
622 - Hospitals 17 6,009 $72,108,382 $923 0.8%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 170 5,649 $25,298,159 $344 0.4%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 316 5,460 $66,898,771 $942 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.