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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 $686 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2017.


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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 2016 Income 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,021 $944,928,000 $36,314 $255,101,384
Boone County 176,594 $7,645,037,000 $43,292 $2,684,834,628
Callaway County 45,078 $1,599,036,000 $35,473 $342,091,294
Camden County 44,497 $1,578,906,000 $35,483 $806,259,662
Cole County 76,631 $3,342,629,000 $43,620 $1,248,253,119
Cooper County 17,712 $619,698,000 $34,987 $178,776,972
Crawford County 24,302 $845,962,000 $34,810 $191,472,701
Dent County 15,387 $485,549,000 $31,556 $144,188,595
Gasconade County 14,808 $552,354,000 $37,301 $171,700,748
Howard County 10,058 $368,350,000 $36,623 $52,794,228
Laclede County 35,490 $1,158,407,000 $32,640 $406,640,247
Maries County 8,858 $298,291,000 $33,675 $44,996,403
Miller County 25,206 $776,205,000 $30,794 $383,899,898
Moniteau County 16,018 $525,434,000 $32,803 $107,424,139
Morgan County 20,213 $796,333,000 $39,397 $230,920,466
Osage County 13,664 $595,214,000 $43,561 $101,857,413
Phelps County 44,608 $1,538,475,000 $34,489 $523,027,920
Pulaski County 52,654 $2,048,007,000 $38,896 $386,261,519
Washington County 24,839 $683,105,000 $27,501 $150,192,791
Central Region Summary 692,638 $26,401,920,000 $38,118 $8,410,694,127



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 10,824 10,447 377 3.5%
Boone County 98,016 95,825 2,191 2.2%
Callaway County 20,609 19,984 625 3%
Camden County 17,467 16,493 974 5.6%
Cole County 37,584 36,603 981 2.6%
Cooper County 7,187 6,955 232 3.2%
Crawford County 10,292 9,823 469 4.6%
Dent County 5,858 5,629 229 3.9%
Gasconade County 7,480 7,214 266 3.6%
Howard County 4,937 4,776 161 3.3%
Laclede County 15,693 14,941 752 4.8%
Maries County 3,734 3,600 134 3.6%
Miller County 11,521 10,963 558 4.8%
Moniteau County 7,023 6,792 231 3.3%
Morgan County 7,508 7,125 383 5.1%
Osage County 6,830 6,659 171 2.5%
Phelps County 18,894 18,249 645 3.4%
Pulaski County 13,920 13,347 573 4.1%
Washington County 9,888 9,404 484 4.9%
Central Region Summary 315,265 304,829 10,436 3.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,204 32,017 $311,232,120 $748 2.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,377 29,701 $122,926,066 $318 2%
31 - Manufacturing 682 25,867 $277,199,950 $824 4.2%
23 - Construction 1,944 11,966 $135,414,188 $871 3.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 839 10,242 $157,167,512 $1,180 11.8%
56 - Administrative and waste services 845 9,828 $69,269,006 $542 1.4%
42 - Wholesale trade 698 7,702 $88,260,484 $881 1.9%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 520 6,817 $66,258,136 $748 3.9%
61 - Educational services 136 3,393 $24,623,351 $558 3.8%
22 - Utilities 54 1,873 $47,183,237 $1,938 0.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,561 205,731 $1,834,078,617 $686 1%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,117 24,990 $99,660,290 $307 2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 885 10,679 $153,898,368 $1,109 6.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 790 9,253 $62,953,685 $523 1.6%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,200 7,379 $79,759,365 $831 4.3%
624 - Social Assistance 2,105 6,717 $28,615,557 $328 2.1%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 293 6,715 $103,331,314 $1,184 23.6%
622 - Hospitals 17 6,246 $75,403,437 $929 0.8%
721 - Accommodation 260 4,711 $23,265,776 $380 2.1%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 39 3,745 $35,066,503 $720 10.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 60 $136.13 NA NA NA $283,158 NA NA NA
291067 - Surgeons 60 $135.42 NA NA NA $281,671 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 630 $108.02 $99.49 $70.15 $126.95 $224,672 $206,936 $145,919 $264,049
291021 - Dentists, General 160 $95.4 $79.11 $48.48 $118.86 $198,426 $164,539 $100,838 $247,219
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 460 $91.29 $90.2 $42.14 $115.87 $189,893 $187,608 $87,646 $241,017
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 200 $78.15 $74.97 $67.79 $83.32 $162,544 $155,930 $141,010 $173,311
111011 - Chief Executives 490 $68.18 $59.39 $20.62 $91.96 $141,808 $123,535 $42,884 $191,271
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $65.99 $71.02 $50.7 $73.63 $137,254 $147,731 $105,450 $153,156
291051 - Pharmacists 700 $59.52 $59.66 $51.36 $63.6 $123,803 $124,085 $106,829 $132,290
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 110 $59.37 $54.77 $42.29 $67.91 $123,496 $113,924 $87,969 $141,259

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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.