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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 $551 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2017.


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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 2016 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Butler County 42,739 $1,426,477,000 $33,212 $619,519,837
Carter County 6,168 $187,448,000 $29,929 $42,419,232
Douglas County 13,358 $317,733,000 $23,759 $83,764,929
Howell County 40,210 $1,270,792,000 $31,677 $480,016,696
Oregon County 10,789 $288,538,000 $26,343 $80,049,262
Ozark County 9,237 $257,670,000 $27,385 $54,108,854
Reynolds County 6,455 $183,734,000 $28,566 $54,893,604
Ripley County 13,817 $396,059,000 $28,696 $76,951,920
Shannon County 8,168 $200,643,000 $24,297 $42,738,813
Texas County 25,775 $654,140,000 $25,463 $181,514,042
Wayne County 13,139 $367,437,000 $27,410 $86,633,353
Wright County 18,286 $487,219,000 $26,671 $154,182,688
South Central Region Summary 208,141 $6,037,890,000 $28,900 $1,956,793,230



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics October 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 18,029 17,531 498 2.8%
Carter County 2,493 2,407 86 3.4%
Douglas County 4,934 4,797 137 2.8%
Howell County 15,343 14,914 429 2.8%
Oregon County 4,009 3,907 102 2.5%
Ozark County 3,506 3,383 123 3.5%
Reynolds County 3,040 2,963 77 2.5%
Ripley County 5,112 4,937 175 3.4%
Shannon County 3,196 3,074 122 3.8%
Texas County 9,215 8,936 279 3%
Wayne County 5,438 5,266 172 3.2%
Wright County 7,605 7,337 268 3.5%
South Central Region Summary 81,920 79,452 2,468 3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,019 11,241 $79,231,147 $542 1.3%
31 - Manufacturing 348 8,512 $70,325,625 $636 0.2%
51 - Information 67 655 $5,860,293 $688 2.2%
21 - Mining 22 536 $7,759,359 $1,114 182.1%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 130 400 $2,725,928 $524 2%
22 - Utilities 18 395 $8,048,910 $1,567 0.5%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 129 375 $3,230,866 $663 2.2%
61 - Educational services 19 126 $575,931 $352 10.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
624 - Social Assistance 1,682 3,481 $11,831,703 $261 2.5%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 82 2,922 $15,714,936 $414 1.8%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 44 2,279 $13,597,754 $459 0.9%
622 - Hospitals 8 1,813 $20,139,244 $854 0.9%
484 - Truck Transportation 189 1,043 $9,718,689 $717 5.6%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 11 889 $9,096,049 $787 0.9%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 97 872 $7,829,349 $690 0.5%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 29 845 $7,389,577 $673 4.4%
326 - Plastics and rubber products manufacturi 9 783 $8,337,751 $819 0.4%
311 - Food manufacturing 25 668 $5,354,256 $617 14.6%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 80 $108.14 $99.15 $79.92 $122.26 $224,940 $206,236 $166,238 $254,291
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 50 $106.15 NA $63.67 $127.39 $220,790 NA $132,426 $264,972
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $60.1 $60.66 $51.87 $64.21 $125,007 $126,182 $107,887 $133,566
291071 - Physician Assistants 40 $58.01 $59.67 $44.29 $64.87 $120,666 $124,108 $92,125 $134,936
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 120 $49.54 $46.18 $40.8 $53.9 $103,033 $96,061 $84,865 $112,117
113031 - Financial Managers 70 $42.51 $44.84 $14.9 $56.32 $88,419 $93,266 $30,983 $117,137
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 150 $41 $37.55 $26.6 $48.21 $85,289 $78,112 $55,319 $100,273
291122 - Occupational Therapists NA $40.45 $35.85 $27.15 $47.1 $84,143 $74,561 $56,474 $97,977
291123 - Physical Therapists 90 $39.28 $41 $24.75 $46.54 $81,705 $85,274 $51,489 $96,813
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 70 $38.15 $39.05 $26.42 $44.02 $79,357 $81,229 $54,959 $91,556

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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.