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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 $572 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2017 2016 Percent Difference
245.1 240.0 2.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Butler County 42,739 $1,484,303,000 $34,789 $623,126,473
Carter County 6,168 $191,795,000 $31,090 $42,196,678
Douglas County 13,358 $351,956,000 $26,463 $84,368,614
Howell County 40,210 $1,280,529,000 $31,931 $471,608,350
Oregon County 10,789 $295,852,000 $28,022 $79,150,670
Ozark County 9,237 $267,697,000 $29,142 $50,523,539
Reynolds County 6,455 $202,293,000 $32,238 $50,685,129
Ripley County 13,817 $409,719,000 $30,206 $76,634,809
Shannon County 8,168 $232,702,000 $28,210 $42,662,394
Texas County 25,775 $680,037,000 $26,425 $179,570,688
Wayne County 13,139 $383,970,000 $28,879 $75,292,131
Wright County 18,286 $565,473,000 $30,848 $157,577,899
South Central Region Summary 208,141 $6,346,326,000 $30,595 $1,933,397,374



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 17,744 16,914 830 4.7%
Carter County 2,440 2,297 143 5.9%
Douglas County 4,916 4,697 219 4.5%
Howell County 16,273 15,608 665 4.1%
Oregon County 3,940 3,786 154 3.9%
Ozark County 3,398 3,172 226 6.7%
Reynolds County 2,970 2,837 133 4.5%
Ripley County 5,125 4,829 296 5.8%
Shannon County 3,193 2,963 230 7.2%
Texas County 9,106 8,636 470 5.2%
Wayne County 5,170 4,883 287 5.6%
Wright County 7,446 7,109 337 4.5%
South Central Region Summary 81,721 77,731 3,990 4.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,936 11,423 $84,485,690 $569 1.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 354 5,361 $18,711,615 $268 2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 236 1,397 $13,114,204 $722 1.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 261 1,272 $15,466,267 $935 0.6%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 21 547 $5,035,728 $708 3.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 137 444 $3,050,867 $529 15.3%
22 - Utilities 19 401 $7,674,304 $1,472 0.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 288 4,514 $15,049,303 $256 2.7%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 80 3,073 $16,956,203 $424 3.4%
622 - Hospitals 7 1,873 $23,104,354 $949 5.6%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 92 1,358 $14,158,271 $802 0.5%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 261 1,272 $15,466,267 $936 0.6%
447 - Gasoline Stations 111 1,163 $5,344,445 $353 1.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 125 1,137 $8,910,765 $603 1%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 11 1,124 $12,674,199 $868 19.3%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 87 957 $6,165,135 $496 8.9%
326 - Plastics and rubber products manufacturi 11 834 $8,691,659 $802 3.7%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 60 $114.27 NA $86.68 NA $237,685 NA $180,288 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 50 $111.81 NA $97.34 NA $232,569 NA $202,460 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 160 $64.4 $66.23 $58.69 $73.35 $133,959 $137,762 $122,069 $152,559
291071 - Physician Assistants 40 $59.69 $61.06 $50.26 $71.06 $124,159 $127,008 $104,541 $147,812
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 40 $53.76 $51.2 $42.11 $70.47 $111,816 $106,496 $87,597 $146,569
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 90 $51.31 $47.02 $42.26 $59.31 $106,725 $97,794 $87,893 $123,357
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 140 $46.29 $45.9 $31.28 $58.31 $96,294 $95,473 $65,055 $121,275
113031 - Financial Managers 100 $44.83 $47.11 $30.77 $57.71 $93,241 $97,982 $64,011 $120,041
111011 - Chief Executives 70 $42.85 $16.5 $9.12 $63.64 $89,122 $34,329 $18,976 $132,367
291123 - Physical Therapists 90 $42.78 $44.89 $36.18 $51.09 $88,982 $93,376 $75,246 $106,262

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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.