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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 $534 per week in the 2nd 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 March 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 19,258 18,128 1,130 5.9%
Carter County 2,512 2,296 216 8.6%
Douglas County 5,174 4,834 340 6.6%
Howell County 16,779 15,601 1,178 7%
Oregon County 4,269 4,005 264 6.2%
Ozark County 3,734 3,452 282 7.6%
Reynolds County 2,722 2,520 202 7.4%
Ripley County 5,394 5,006 388 7.2%
Shannon County 3,331 3,043 288 8.6%
Texas County 9,556 8,936 620 6.5%
Wayne County 5,826 5,512 314 5.4%
Wright County 7,868 7,422 446 5.7%
South Central Region Summary 86,423 80,755 5,668 6.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,067 10,996 $75,501,732 $528 0.6%
44 - Retail Trade 720 8,712 $47,344,176 $418 2.6%
56 - Administrative and waste services 128 2,207 $8,533,753 $297 1.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 213 1,862 $15,650,076 $647 1.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 249 1,777 $16,612,716 $719 4.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 246 1,460 $17,264,297 $910 5.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 19 551 $10,200,486 $1,424 3%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 118 395 $2,392,613 $466 1.8%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 40 348 $1,014,248 $224 14.9%
21 - Mining 21 138 $1,495,865 $834 7.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
624 - Social Assistance 1,728 3,290 $11,351,032 $265 1.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 250 3,010 $28,319,464 $724 5.3%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 41 2,297 $11,353,333 $380 7.1%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 106 2,092 $7,642,678 $281 1.6%
622 - Hospitals 10 1,873 $21,360,314 $877 2.6%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 90 1,641 $7,725,295 $362 4.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 246 1,460 $17,264,297 $909 5.3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 101 1,400 $12,770,470 $702 4.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 123 1,108 $8,209,033 $570 4.5%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 13 875 $8,253,608 $725 0.5%

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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.