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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 $558 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2016.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2016 2015 Percent Difference
240.0 237.0 1.3%
(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 April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 18,465 17,614 851 4.6%
Carter County 2,500 2,371 129 5.2%
Douglas County 5,153 4,919 234 4.5%
Howell County 15,722 14,970 752 4.8%
Oregon County 4,172 3,975 197 4.7%
Ozark County 3,691 3,495 196 5.3%
Reynolds County 2,659 2,534 125 4.7%
Ripley County 5,351 5,044 307 5.7%
Shannon County 3,362 3,165 197 5.9%
Texas County 9,392 8,931 461 4.9%
Wayne County 5,676 5,368 308 5.4%
Wright County 7,796 7,474 322 4.1%
South Central Region Summary 83,939 79,860 4,079 4.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,031 11,107 $80,619,678 $558 1.2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 339 5,259 $17,279,461 $253 4.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 212 1,955 $19,159,976 $754 4.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 244 1,769 $17,778,936 $773 0.3%
23 - Construction 298 1,582 $14,997,686 $729 3.7%
81 - Other services, except public administra 331 1,144 $6,414,147 $431 2.7%
51 - Information 64 647 $5,923,154 $704 0.9%
22 - Utilities 18 392 $7,138,722 $1,401 0.3%
21 - Mining 21 194 $2,293,247 $909 29.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,517 47,937 $347,510,430 $558 0.3%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 270 4,361 $13,628,764 $240 2.9%
624 - Social Assistance 1,692 3,353 $11,569,304 $265 4.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 248 3,018 $31,522,911 $803 0.5%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 82 2,884 $15,256,687 $407 0.6%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 88 1,656 $6,502,384 $302 1%
447 - Gasoline Stations 106 1,290 $5,292,348 $316 3.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 123 1,136 $8,978,009 $608 2.3%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 85 912 $9,765,978 $824 2.8%
721 - Accommodation 69 898 $3,650,697 $313 15%

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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.