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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 $778 per week in the 4th 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
Christian County 84,401 $3,062,426,000 $36,284 $718,411,163
Dallas County 16,448 $492,597,000 $29,949 $111,245,359
Greene County 288,690 $11,553,153,000 $40,019 $5,281,278,090
Polk County 31,285 $955,002,000 $30,526 $278,120,098
Stone County 31,047 $1,074,805,000 $34,619 $436,138,312
Taney County 54,735 $1,806,740,000 $33,009 $1,582,886,566
Webster County 38,106 $1,147,521,000 $30,114 $265,715,249
Ozark Region Summary 544,712 $20,092,244,000 $36,886 $8,673,794,837



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics September 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Christian County 43,586 42,646 940 2.2%
Dallas County 6,862 6,641 221 3.2%
Greene County 149,902 146,532 3,370 2.2%
Polk County 14,118 13,686 432 3.1%
Stone County 13,545 13,144 401 3%
Taney County 26,574 25,789 785 3%
Webster County 16,713 16,291 422 2.5%
Ozark Region Summary 271,300 264,729 6,571 2.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,976 38,006 $475,190,152 $962 1.3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,141 28,658 $133,059,679 $357 2.6%
31 - Manufacturing 576 16,449 $199,071,434 $931 5.5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 472 11,341 $137,298,959 $931 3.1%
42 - Wholesale trade 715 10,786 $148,606,759 $1,060 0.7%
23 - Construction 1,389 9,605 $114,811,954 $919 1.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,350 9,345 $151,295,051 $1,245 4.6%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 299 5,512 $31,871,666 $445 4.6%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 121 4,862 $100,787,821 $1,595 20.6%
51 - Information 174 4,168 $42,081,695 $777 12.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 13,393 206,296 $2,085,194,450 $778 1.5%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 877 22,421 $89,946,822 $309 1.3%
622 - Hospitals 12 15,986 $190,828,168 $918 2.9%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 624 11,150 $218,916,086 $1,510 1.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,350 9,345 $151,295,051 $1,245 4.6%
484 - Truck Transportation 297 7,066 $94,913,253 $1,033 7.3%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 921 6,873 $78,513,098 $879 3.8%
721 - Accommodation 264 6,238 $43,112,857 $532 7.2%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 121 4,862 $100,787,821 $1,595 20.6%
624 - Social Assistance 1,225 4,386 $22,691,190 $398 9.1%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291064 - Obstetricians and Gynecologists NA $143.69 NA NA NA $298,873 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 200 $111.25 NA $81.95 NA $231,396 NA $170,465 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 430 $111.13 NA $78.25 NA $231,152 NA $162,757 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 170 $73.75 $66.94 $57.32 $77.9 $153,399 $139,230 $119,231 $162,028
113061 - Purchasing Managers 40 $70.17 $58.07 $44.47 $79.67 $145,954 $120,786 $92,491 $165,723
111011 - Chief Executives 290 $69.81 $59.81 $35.98 $94.98 $145,208 $124,409 $74,836 $197,552
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 60 $66.55 $70.02 $63.91 $76.23 $138,429 $145,641 $132,930 $158,556
291051 - Pharmacists 690 $64.6 $66.45 $58.23 $73.78 $134,374 $138,225 $121,117 $153,465
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 110 $62.21 $57.72 $45.89 $73.28 $129,395 $120,059 $95,447 $152,420
291041 - Optometrists 80 $58.21 $49.4 $43.54 $60.79 $121,079 $102,744 $90,557 $126,440

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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.