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Southwest Region Data

The Southwest region sits snugly on the western edge of the Ozark Plateau, and contains Joplin.  It’s bordered by prairie land, and boasts George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO and Harry S Truman’s birthplace in Lamar, MO.

The regional average wage was $752 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
Barry County 35,732 $1,186,934,000 $33,277 $380,613,568
Barton County 11,908 $409,881,000 $34,589 $90,500,968
Dade County 7,631 $256,079,000 $33,748 $45,332,410
Jasper County 119,111 $4,586,274,000 $38,150 $1,789,948,506
Lawrence County 38,381 $1,245,205,000 $32,399 $285,072,676
Mcdonald County 22,620 $618,495,000 $27,094 $308,382,230
Newton County 58,694 $2,170,225,000 $37,232 $701,702,885
Southwest Region Summary 294,077 $10,473,093,000 $35,517 $3,601,553,243



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 15,764 15,094 670 4.3%
Barton County 5,165 4,991 174 3.4%
Dade County 3,615 3,501 114 3.2%
Jasper County 57,316 55,580 1,736 3%
Lawrence County 18,168 17,409 759 4.2%
Mcdonald County 10,581 10,235 346 3.3%
Newton County 27,540 26,622 918 3.3%
Southwest Region Summary 138,149 133,432 4,717 3.4%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 395 23,725 $262,870,670 $852 3.5%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,209 15,623 $161,216,400 $794 2.3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 474 9,466 $34,608,300 $281 4.3%
42 - Wholesale trade 316 4,093 $44,279,975 $832 3.3%
54 - Professional and technical services 420 3,663 $71,688,426 $1,505 7.8%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 49 1,654 $38,263,854 $1,780 0.7%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 212 805 $5,770,084 $551 1.4%
22 - Utilities 21 715 $11,545,436 $1,242 16.1%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 73 615 $2,556,261 $320 2.8%
61 - Educational services 30 474 $3,576,405 $580 75.6%

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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
000 Total Private 6,166 99,215 $970,243,763 $752 1.2%
311 - Food manufacturing 56 9,942 $107,410,960 $831 8.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 414 8,655 $30,988,207 $275 4.4%
622 - Hospitals 13 6,031 $79,239,883 $1,011 4.9%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 311 4,109 $52,308,162 $979 2.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 420 3,663 $71,688,426 $1,505 7.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 83 3,552 $37,579,088 $814 0.9%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 68 2,845 $18,518,737 $501 3.1%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 354 2,583 $27,211,942 $810 0.5%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 156 2,311 $26,598,935 $885 3%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 80 $72.66 $67.82 $36.87 $96.16 $151,133 $141,074 $76,683 $200,005
291021 - Dentists, General 50 $69.95 $63.1 $51.49 $77.34 $145,497 $131,249 $107,091 $160,862
111011 - Chief Executives 140 $69.72 $53.83 $25.68 NA $145,010 $111,960 $53,413 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners NA $64.57 $30.39 $27.59 NA $134,298 $63,218 $57,387 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 190 $63.25 $60.8 $54.58 $69.6 $131,557 $126,461 $113,528 $144,775
112021 - Marketing Managers 40 $62.23 $59.29 $43.66 $74.53 $129,432 $123,316 $90,812 $155,014
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $60.99 $53.6 $17.69 $77.08 $126,863 $111,479 $36,799 $160,322
119021 - Construction Managers 60 $58 $38.78 $30.8 $66.2 $120,635 $80,653 $64,064 $137,701
113061 - Purchasing Managers 40 $55.55 $50.37 $41.17 $60.64 $115,549 $104,771 $85,643 $126,129
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $53.43 $53.92 $45.69 $61.66 $111,132 $112,148 $95,042 $128,247

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
191041 - Epidemiologists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
439111 - Statistical Assistants 4 6 2 50% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 45 64 19 42.2% 2 54 - Above Average B+
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 61 85 24 39.3% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 17 23 6 35.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 64 86 22 34.4% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 21 28 7 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
499062 - Medical Equipment Repairers 33 44 11 33.3% 2 54 - Above Average B+
292056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 49 64 15 30.6% 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.