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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 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 August 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 19,141 17,808 1,333 7%
Carter County 2,718 2,502 216 7.9%
Douglas County 5,037 4,660 377 7.5%
Howell County 16,777 15,571 1,206 7.2%
Oregon County 4,264 3,960 304 7.1%
Ozark County 3,673 3,343 330 9%
Reynolds County 2,693 2,474 219 8.1%
Ripley County 5,241 4,793 448 8.5%
Shannon County 3,385 3,111 274 8.1%
Texas County 9,253 8,548 705 7.6%
Wayne County 5,856 5,494 362 6.2%
Wright County 7,728 7,169 559 7.2%
South Central Region Summary 85,766 79,433 6,333 7.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 716 8,790 $54,231,271 $475 1.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 340 4,651 $15,249,033 $252 2.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 214 1,870 $20,761,602 $854 1.4%
52 - Finance and insurance 249 1,783 $19,544,729 $843 2.6%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 253 1,608 $15,508,076 $742 4.2%
23 - Construction 309 1,461 $15,460,969 $814 0.5%
81 - Other services, except public administra 335 1,171 $6,983,154 $459 2.1%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 20 577 $9,286,370 $1,238 0.9%
22 - Utilities 18 394 $7,175,545 $1,401 1%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 121 373 $2,808,273 $579 4.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 272 4,125 $12,902,285 $241 3.5%
624 - Social Assistance 1,760 3,314 $11,506,435 $267 0.5%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 247 3,018 $32,307,369 $824 4.6%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 41 2,375 $13,474,665 $436 6.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 105 2,055 $8,195,888 $307 0.3%
622 - Hospitals 10 1,882 $22,695,537 $927 2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 102 1,405 $15,466,081 $847 2.9%
447 - Gasoline Stations 108 1,199 $5,127,481 $329 2.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 127 1,122 $9,408,187 $645 4.4%
484 - Truck Transportation 192 1,027 $9,622,668 $721 0.5%

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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.