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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 $588 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
Butler County 42,951 $1,426,477,000 $33,212 $609,085,975
Carter County 6,263 $187,448,000 $29,929 $41,755,059
Douglas County 13,373 $317,733,000 $23,759 $82,890,587
Howell County 40,117 $1,270,792,000 $31,677 $469,491,326
Oregon County 10,953 $288,538,000 $26,343 $79,218,936
Ozark County 9,409 $257,670,000 $27,385 $53,265,669
Reynolds County 6,432 $183,734,000 $28,566 $54,253,454
Ripley County 13,802 $396,059,000 $28,696 $78,517,804
Shannon County 8,258 $200,643,000 $24,297 $40,555,501
Texas County 25,690 $654,140,000 $25,463 $175,721,581
Wayne County 13,405 $367,437,000 $27,410 $78,853,497
Wright County 18,268 $487,219,000 $26,671 $147,162,332
South Central Region Summary 208,921 $6,037,890,000 $28,900 $1,910,771,721



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics January 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 18,608 17,629 979 5.3%
Carter County 2,464 2,287 177 7.2%
Douglas County 5,066 4,780 286 5.6%
Howell County 15,910 14,933 977 6.1%
Oregon County 4,099 3,865 234 5.7%
Ozark County 3,559 3,257 302 8.5%
Reynolds County 2,539 2,382 157 6.2%
Ripley County 5,292 4,930 362 6.8%
Shannon County 3,181 2,913 268 8.4%
Texas County 9,180 8,617 563 6.1%
Wayne County 5,683 5,361 322 5.7%
Wright County 7,461 7,015 446 6%
South Central Region Summary 83,042 77,969 5,073 6.1%

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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 40 $111.99 NA NA NA $232,949 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 70 $103.21 NA $86 $111.82 $214,677 NA $178,875 $232,579
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $61.5 $65.02 $40.13 $72.18 $127,920 $135,236 $83,475 $150,143
291051 - Pharmacists 80 $59.35 $60.2 $51.84 $63.11 $123,456 $125,225 $107,818 $131,275
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 100 $52.76 $52.99 $32.26 $63.01 $109,739 $110,209 $67,097 $131,060
231011 - Lawyers NA $48.88 $62.67 $19.03 $63.8 $101,670 $130,351 $39,590 $132,711
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 70 $43.26 $43.92 $39.47 $45.16 $89,984 $91,357 $82,104 $93,923
230000 - Legal Occupations 120 $42.89 $37.21 $15.61 $56.53 $89,212 $77,395 $32,468 $117,583
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 120 $41.41 $37.28 $25.82 $49.2 $86,125 $77,551 $53,710 $102,332
291123 - Physical Therapists 70 $38.66 $38.69 $27.01 $44.48 $80,413 $80,473 $56,185 $92,527

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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.