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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 $537 per week in the 3rd 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 2015 Income 2014 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Butler County 42,951 $1,477,195,000 $34,376 $609,085,975
Carter County 6,263 $175,647,000 $28,068 $41,755,059
Douglas County 13,373 $370,024,000 $27,316 $82,890,587
Howell County 40,117 $1,246,540,000 $31,029 $469,491,326
Oregon County 10,953 $287,692,000 $26,367 $79,218,936
Ozark County 9,409 $245,499,000 $25,864 $53,265,669
Reynolds County 6,432 $177,703,000 $27,068 $54,253,454
Ripley County 13,802 $406,521,000 $29,102 $78,517,804
Shannon County 8,258 $198,977,000 $23,890 $40,555,501
Texas County 25,690 $672,594,000 $26,230 $175,721,581
Wayne County 13,405 $359,662,000 $26,737 $78,853,497
Wright County 18,268 $470,613,000 $25,729 $147,162,332
South Central Region Summary 208,921 $6,088,667,000 $29,049 $1,910,771,721



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 19,140 18,174 966 5%
Carter County 2,530 2,363 167 6.6%
Douglas County 5,164 4,864 300 5.8%
Howell County 16,685 15,645 1,040 6.2%
Oregon County 4,310 4,058 252 5.8%
Ozark County 3,742 3,505 237 6.3%
Reynolds County 2,764 2,600 164 5.9%
Ripley County 5,418 5,050 368 6.8%
Shannon County 3,351 3,126 225 6.7%
Texas County 9,641 9,082 559 5.8%
Wayne County 5,808 5,538 270 4.6%
Wright County 7,981 7,571 410 5.1%
South Central Region Summary 86,534 81,576 4,958 5.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,079 10,978 $75,901,086 $532 0.1%
44 - Retail Trade 725 8,756 $50,165,753 $441 3.5%
72 - Accommodation and food services 342 5,019 $15,628,061 $240 0.3%
56 - Administrative and waste services 129 2,053 $8,966,685 $336 2.4%
42 - Wholesale trade 213 1,870 $15,777,572 $649 0.1%
52 - Finance and insurance 250 1,763 $16,425,176 $717 3.7%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 254 1,597 $14,241,464 $686 1.4%
23 - Construction 304 1,525 $14,585,500 $736 2.6%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 20 563 $8,672,942 $1,185 2.4%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 41 427 $1,205,731 $217 7.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 275 4,238 $12,525,159 $227 1.8%
624 - Social Assistance 1,744 3,219 $10,870,160 $260 0.6%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 246 3,004 $28,681,286 $734 3.2%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 41 2,312 $13,026,192 $433 8.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 107 1,941 $8,074,816 $320 2.6%
622 - Hospitals 10 1,889 $21,833,242 $889 4.4%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 90 1,640 $7,844,724 $368 0.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 102 1,397 $13,022,853 $717 4.3%
447 - Gasoline Stations 113 1,251 $4,814,575 $296 4.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 127 1,110 $8,977,497 $622 0.7%

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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.