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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 January 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,007 10,575 432 3.9%
Boone County 96,823 93,912 2,911 3%
Callaway County 21,642 20,736 906 4.2%
Camden County 17,732 16,346 1,386 7.8%
Cole County 39,327 37,994 1,333 3.4%
Cooper County 7,307 6,941 366 5%
Crawford County 10,761 10,116 645 6%
Dent County 6,058 5,727 331 5.5%
Gasconade County 7,722 7,267 455 5.9%
Howard County 5,065 4,808 257 5.1%
Laclede County 16,065 15,014 1,051 6.5%
Maries County 3,908 3,699 209 5.3%
Miller County 11,872 11,089 783 6.6%
Moniteau County 7,371 7,037 334 4.5%
Morgan County 7,928 7,326 602 7.6%
Osage County 7,168 6,902 266 3.7%
Phelps County 19,320 18,398 922 4.8%
Pulaski County 14,147 13,393 754 5.3%
Washington County 10,428 9,682 746 7.2%
Central Region Summary 321,651 306,962 14,689 4.6%

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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.