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Ozark Region Data

The Ozark region is where tradition and Missouri’s changing economic climate meet.  It’s home to still-pristine Ozark forests and streams, internationally acclaimed Branson, the Springfield Cardinals, and a dynamic economy.  Top industries in this area include retail (such as Bass Pro Shops), food services, construction and administrative and support services.

The regional average wage was $755 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
Christian County 83,279 $2,970,993,000 $35,675 $642,723,717
Dallas County 16,393 $488,869,000 $29,822 $107,982,132
Greene County 288,072 $11,219,511,000 $38,947 $5,112,815,557
Polk County 31,229 $948,260,000 $30,365 $267,006,209
Stone County 30,943 $1,041,831,000 $33,669 $416,307,741
Taney County 54,592 $1,766,779,000 $32,363 $1,512,137,887
Webster County 37,483 $1,180,829,000 $31,503 $259,132,338
Ozark Region Summary 541,991 $19,617,072,000 $36,194 $8,318,105,581



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Christian County 43,908 42,427 1,481 3.4%
Dallas County 7,179 6,797 382 5.3%
Greene County 153,145 148,117 5,028 3.3%
Polk County 14,585 13,989 596 4.1%
Stone County 13,365 12,595 770 5.8%
Taney County 25,694 24,271 1,423 5.5%
Webster County 16,965 16,185 780 4.6%
Ozark Region Summary 274,841 264,381 10,460 3.8%

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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
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,740 37,013 $467,965,089 $973 2.7%
44 - Retail Trade 1,662 32,095 $222,316,840 $533 1.9%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,142 27,339 $125,220,343 $352 3.5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 442 11,433 $127,095,799 $855 11.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 746 10,033 $133,662,983 $1,025 1.5%
23 - Construction 1,323 9,171 $108,027,909 $906 5.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 687 8,628 $108,232,558 $965 0.3%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,239 8,470 $129,165,649 $1,173 6.5%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,083 6,664 $47,661,315 $550 3.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 281 4,926 $28,636,996 $447 4.4%

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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 12,839 200,561 $1,967,858,652 $755 2.3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 876 21,463 $82,412,631 $295 3.6%
622 - Hospitals 9 14,842 $181,996,373 $943 3%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 634 11,352 $223,806,401 $1,517 1.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,239 8,470 $129,165,649 $1,173 6.5%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 64 7,684 $44,083,455 $441 2.5%
484 - Truck Transportation 271 7,112 $83,681,843 $905 13.3%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 109 7,094 $43,671,925 $474 4.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 871 6,468 $72,221,735 $859 4%
721 - Accommodation 266 5,876 $42,807,712 $560 2.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 290 $119.32 NA NA NA $248,177 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 390 $93.84 NA $43.53 $118.99 $195,181 NA $90,535 $247,504
291021 - Dentists, General 190 $75.61 $72.41 $50.47 $88.17 $157,259 $150,616 $104,971 $183,403
111011 - Chief Executives 430 $71.5 $61.45 $25.32 $94.59 $148,717 $127,807 $52,666 $196,743
291041 - Optometrists 80 $68.02 $56.72 $37.35 $83.35 $141,473 $117,976 $77,691 $173,364
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $66.89 $65.02 $40.04 $80.31 $139,121 $135,234 $83,290 $167,036
291051 - Pharmacists 540 $62.44 $63.25 $54.73 $66.3 $129,877 $131,552 $113,838 $137,896
113061 - Purchasing Managers 50 $62.24 $49.21 $39.43 $73.65 $129,463 $102,352 $82,013 $153,187
113031 - Financial Managers 550 $60.13 $48.15 $30.55 $74.92 $125,072 $100,143 $63,543 $155,836
132052 - Personal Financial Advisors 160 $59.4 $57.54 $19.66 $79.26 $123,547 $119,692 $40,900 $164,871

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151122 - Information Security Analysts 90 135 45 50% 5 54 - Above Average B+
499096 - Riggers 5 7 2 40% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 335 466 131 39.1% 17 54 - Above Average B+
399021 - Personal Care Aides 1,453 1,994 541 37.2% 64 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 124 167 43 34.7% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
254011 - Archivists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 54 13 31.7% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
171012 - Landscape Architects 82 106 24 29.3% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
131121 - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 120 155 35 29.2% 6 54 - Above Average B+
292091 - Orthotists and Prosthetists 14 18 4 28.6% NA 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.