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South Central Region Data

The South Central region features bubbling springs, clear swift rivers such as the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, and forested hills.  Mark Twain National Forest covers much of the area.  Top industries include farming, retail trade, construction, food services, and wood products manufacturing.

The regional average wage was $523 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


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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
Butler County 42,972 $1,572,056,000 $36,489 $643,617,563
Carter County 6,258 $178,862,000 $28,431 $41,347,990
Douglas County 13,546 $373,998,000 $27,673 $81,610,376
Howell County 40,173 $1,203,303,000 $29,790 $451,334,436
Oregon County 10,911 $292,668,000 $26,616 $79,029,557
Ozark County 9,492 $269,088,000 $28,147 $53,225,104
Reynolds County 6,565 $188,620,000 $28,583 $51,288,987
Ripley County 13,969 $388,830,000 $27,710 $81,459,497
Shannon County 8,329 $210,565,000 $25,378 $38,060,565
Texas County 25,642 $688,504,000 $26,857 $171,034,281
Wayne County 13,452 $376,859,000 $28,115 $77,919,583
Wright County 18,291 $484,468,000 $26,226 $141,133,877
South Central Region Summary 209,600 $6,227,821,000 $29,617 $1,911,061,816



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 19,610 18,607 1,003 5.1%
Carter County 2,463 2,310 153 6.2%
Douglas County 5,157 4,883 274 5.3%
Howell County 16,667 15,758 909 5.5%
Oregon County 4,346 4,137 209 4.8%
Ozark County 3,779 3,484 295 7.8%
Reynolds County 2,715 2,553 162 6%
Ripley County 5,497 5,143 354 6.4%
Shannon County 3,414 3,159 255 7.5%
Texas County 9,733 9,187 546 5.6%
Wayne County 5,819 5,534 285 4.9%
Wright County 7,956 7,533 423 5.3%
South Central Region Summary 87,156 82,288 4,868 5.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 724 8,407 $44,466,680 $407 3.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 336 4,476 $12,672,153 $218 1.2%
42 - Wholesale trade 215 1,822 $15,497,126 $654 2.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 247 1,763 $18,096,621 $790 4.6%
54 - Professional and technical services 244 1,479 $15,559,261 $809 2.1%
21 - Mining 20 126 $1,351,682 $825 4.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 267 3,997 $10,970,484 $211 1.4%
624 - Social Assistance 1,699 3,290 $10,569,739 $247 3.9%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 254 2,964 $27,206,054 $706 4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 42 2,165 $10,917,494 $388 5.1%
622 - Hospitals 9 1,872 $21,714,132 $892 2.1%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 89 1,654 $7,332,449 $341 9.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 244 1,479 $15,559,261 $810 2.1%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 101 1,391 $14,356,087 $794 4.8%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 126 1,063 $7,525,028 $544 4.9%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 13 858 $8,068,806 $724 13.2%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 80 $103.44 $92.8 $80.53 $114.89 $215,147 $193,023 $167,495 $238,972
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $97.79 $93.77 $65.56 $113.91 $203,410 $195,045 $136,363 $236,933
291051 - Pharmacists 110 $63.69 $65.54 $56.62 $67.23 $132,485 $136,330 $117,766 $139,845
111011 - Chief Executives 110 $54.32 $39.84 $17.4 $72.78 $112,988 $82,860 $36,193 $151,385
231011 - Lawyers NA $49.21 $61.99 $18.76 $64.44 $102,362 $128,938 $39,011 $134,037
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 70 $48.99 $45.79 $26.16 $60.41 $101,905 $95,249 $54,420 $125,647
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 70 $43.21 $43.38 $40.92 $44.35 $89,871 $90,235 $85,115 $92,249
112022 - Sales Managers 50 $40.63 $30.21 $24.59 $48.65 $84,513 $62,843 $51,141 $101,198
291122 - Occupational Therapists NA $39.23 $35.9 $26.44 $45.62 $81,591 $74,671 $54,994 $94,889
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 120 $38.14 $30.71 $25.82 $44.3 $79,333 $63,883 $53,710 $92,145

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
193039 - Psychologists, All Other 2 4 2 100% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251126 - Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 22 31 9 40.9% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 5 7 2 40% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 51 69 18 35.3% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 35 47 12 34.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
212011 - Clergy 16 21 5 31.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
291122 - Occupational Therapists 29 38 9 31% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
312021 - Physical Therapist Assistants 77 100 23 29.9% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 41 53 12 29.3% 2 54 - Above Average B+

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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.