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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 $676 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2014.


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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 July 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,453 10,840 613 5.4%
Boone County 99,700 95,419 4,281 4.3%
Callaway County 21,971 20,703 1,268 5.8%
Camden County 20,387 19,154 1,233 6%
Cole County 40,225 38,254 1,971 4.9%
Cooper County 7,755 7,169 586 7.6%
Crawford County 11,007 10,275 732 6.7%
Dent County 6,157 5,712 445 7.2%
Gasconade County 7,677 7,297 380 4.9%
Howard County 5,015 4,700 315 6.3%
Laclede County 16,100 15,023 1,077 6.7%
Maries County 3,979 3,739 240 6%
Miller County 11,970 11,249 721 6%
Moniteau County 7,472 7,069 403 5.4%
Morgan County 8,040 7,445 595 7.4%
Osage County 7,397 7,045 352 4.8%
Phelps County 19,386 18,105 1,281 6.6%
Pulaski County 14,810 13,787 1,023 6.9%
Washington County 10,241 9,468 773 7.5%
Central Region Summary 330,742 312,453 18,289 5.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,106 36,918 $231,805,828 $483 0.4%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,070 30,275 $287,362,105 $730 1.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,355 26,441 $96,203,674 $280 1.8%
23 - Construction 1,874 10,755 $119,319,648 $853 1.9%
56 - Administrative and waste services 825 9,540 $59,202,492 $477 9.6%
51 - Information 226 3,752 $38,023,504 $780 6.2%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 631 2,635 $21,075,041 $615 2.1%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 222 2,511 $17,155,034 $526 3.6%
22 - Utilities 52 1,911 $48,274,213 $1,943 0.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2014
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,128 195,757 $1,721,276,620 $676 1.6%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,092 22,494 $77,694,459 $266 2.3%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 853 9,719 $149,941,146 $1,187 1.7%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 778 8,999 $52,975,415 $453 10.2%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 189 8,110 $45,903,352 $435 1.5%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 103 7,718 $40,570,429 $404 0.2%
624 - Social Assistance 2,014 6,519 $26,091,511 $308 4.3%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,156 6,455 $67,312,200 $802 3%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 172 5,645 $26,639,188 $363 2.3%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 349 5,106 $55,369,285 $834 2.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2013
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists 30 $110.28 $90 $77.05 NA $229,375 $187,200 $160,272 NA
291063 - Internists, General 40 $100.21 $90.05 $67.08 $116.78 $208,439 $187,298 $139,528 $242,894
291066 - Psychiatrists 40 $98.99 $90.03 $66.77 $115.1 $205,892 $187,255 $138,877 $239,399
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $92.21 $84.88 $67.79 $104.42 $191,795 $176,560 $141,006 $217,189
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 500 $91.76 $90.04 $41.98 $116.65 $190,863 $187,273 $87,324 $242,633
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 120 $77.96 $70.84 $58.52 $87.68 $162,153 $147,340 $121,716 $182,371
291021 - Dentists, General 180 $76.18 $75.17 $41.94 $93.3 $158,456 $156,358 $87,225 $194,072
291041 - Optometrists 60 $64.77 $71.66 $42.7 $75.8 $134,718 $149,054 $88,807 $157,673
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 740 $64.29 $52.96 $24.87 $84.01 $133,730 $110,160 $51,725 $174,733
111011 - Chief Executives 690 $59.58 $50.48 $25.81 $76.47 $123,937 $105,006 $53,693 $159,058

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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.