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West Central Region Data

The West Central region consists of 13 counties and the historic towns of Sedalia, Warrensburg and Marshall.  Its three major lakes – Truman, Stockton and Pomme de Terre – offer tranquility, while Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 Stealth bomber, offers protection.  Top industries are retail trade, farming, construction, food services and federal/military.

The regional average wage was $573 per week in the 1st Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2014 Income 2013 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2014
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Bates County 16,584 $589,331,000 $35,609 $118,218,628
Benton County 18,806 $598,851,000 $31,632 $156,165,952
Carroll County 9,043 $386,009,000 $42,293 $70,763,915
Cedar County 13,952 $399,682,000 $28,727 $92,301,476
Chariton County 7,694 $322,939,000 $42,336 $63,348,160
Henry County 22,028 $786,610,000 $35,659 $246,529,305
Hickory County 9,219 $238,392,000 $25,620 $50,510,037
Johnson County 54,362 $1,766,878,000 $32,377 $460,937,428
Lafayette County 32,688 $1,327,276,000 $40,290 $224,107,095
Pettis County 42,225 $1,439,900,000 $34,117 $621,302,354
Saline County 23,347 $942,221,000 $40,522 $219,818,281
St. Clair County 9,457 $294,163,000 $31,007 $50,558,664
Vernon County 21,001 $697,814,000 $33,310 $183,688,540
West Central Region Summary 280,406 $9,790,066,000 $34,850 $2,558,249,835



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics December 2015
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,404 8,014 390 4.6%
Benton County 7,309 6,901 408 5.6%
Carroll County 5,023 4,785 238 4.7%
Cedar County 6,029 5,764 265 4.4%
Chariton County 4,009 3,833 176 4.4%
Henry County 10,297 9,837 460 4.5%
Hickory County 3,773 3,567 206 5.5%
Johnson County 23,861 22,855 1,006 4.2%
Lafayette County 17,762 17,093 669 3.8%
Pettis County 21,331 20,475 856 4%
St. Clair County 4,077 3,845 232 5.7%
Saline County 11,387 10,929 458 4%
Vernon County 10,228 9,810 418 4.1%
West Central Region Summary 133,490 127,708 5,782 4.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 275 11,761 $119,150,965 $779 2.9%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,506 10,992 $69,871,461 $489 2.2%
44 - Retail Trade 842 10,696 $58,672,384 $422 2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 472 6,770 $19,034,371 $216 4.9%
42 - Wholesale trade 296 2,681 $25,861,846 $742 4%
52 - Finance and insurance 363 2,630 $30,448,395 $891 1.2%
56 - Administrative and waste services 226 1,969 $11,767,806 $460 19.6%
81 - Other services, except public administra 468 1,925 $11,009,968 $440 0.4%
54 - Professional and technical services 377 1,671 $17,686,398 $814 3.1%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 159 583 $3,390,539 $447 2.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
1st Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,224 61,019 $454,535,854 $573 2.5%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 409 6,360 $17,858,491 $216 5.1%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 101 4,094 $20,890,621 $393 1.8%
311 - Food manufacturing 36 3,765 $32,730,407 $669 0.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 204 1,821 $10,632,756 $449 21.7%
447 - Gasoline Stations 117 1,803 $6,441,005 $275 9.9%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 377 1,671 $17,686,398 $814 3.1%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 158 1,662 $13,299,455 $616 3.4%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 371 1,561 $13,282,986 $654 3.5%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 33 1,530 $15,922,709 $801 6%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 120 $102.5 $93.49 $73.78 $116.86 $213,205 $194,455 $153,465 $243,075
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $97.66 $93.5 $71.11 $110.94 $203,140 $194,490 $147,913 $230,753
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $82.7 $86.25 $69.56 $89.27 $172,023 $179,391 $144,695 $185,687
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $64.5 $66.85 $56.14 $68.68 $134,160 $139,052 $116,779 $142,851
291071 - Physician Assistants NA $58.36 $62.24 $44.47 $65.31 $121,398 $129,463 $92,505 $135,845
112022 - Sales Managers 100 $56.65 $50.96 $28.39 $70.78 $117,829 $106,007 $59,059 $147,214
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $54.66 $51.85 $34.42 $64.78 $113,695 $107,857 $71,589 $134,747
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 70 $53.83 $48.15 $32.19 $64.65 $111,969 $100,147 $66,965 $134,471
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer NA $50.58 $47.99 $37.53 $57.11 $105,210 $99,816 $78,057 $118,787
119021 - Construction Managers 40 $47.54 $38.91 $27.06 $57.77 $98,875 $80,942 $56,294 $120,165

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
473011 - Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, an 5 8 3 60% NA 54 - Above Average B+
191013 - Soil and Plant Scientists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
291081 - Podiatrists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
499052 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 27 39 12 44.4% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
499096 - Riggers 9 13 4 44.4% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 108 153 45 41.7% 5 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 13 18 5 38.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
193092 - Geographers 8 11 3 37.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 24 33 9 37.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
132052 - Personal Financial Advisors 20 27 7 35% 1 52 - Well Above Average A

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