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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 $646 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 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Bates County 16,446 $554,598,000 $33,722 $121,439,886
Benton County 18,670 $640,759,000 $34,320 $157,993,499
Carroll County 8,992 $399,267,000 $44,402 $67,850,921
Cedar County 13,934 $429,895,000 $30,852 $97,742,221
Chariton County 7,589 $308,714,000 $40,679 $60,615,377
Henry County 21,737 $853,520,000 $39,266 $253,161,196
Hickory County 9,201 $242,835,000 $26,392 $51,856,185
Johnson County 53,951 $1,765,194,000 $32,718 $459,153,976
Lafayette County 32,701 $1,195,983,000 $36,573 $224,784,324
Pettis County 42,255 $1,491,251,000 $35,292 $630,213,131
Saline County 23,258 $853,683,000 $36,705 $229,363,887
St. Clair County 9,440 $297,477,000 $31,512 $53,061,542
Vernon County 20,826 $689,946,000 $33,129 $187,611,067
West Central Region Summary 279,000 $9,723,122,000 $34,850 $2,594,847,212



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics January 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,305 7,826 479 5.8%
Benton County 7,238 6,744 494 6.8%
Carroll County 4,740 4,478 262 5.5%
Cedar County 5,717 5,431 286 5%
Chariton County 3,777 3,606 171 4.5%
Henry County 9,737 9,225 512 5.3%
Hickory County 3,610 3,402 208 5.8%
Johnson County 23,560 22,289 1,271 5.4%
Lafayette County 17,525 16,760 765 4.4%
Pettis County 20,346 19,312 1,034 5.1%
St. Clair County 3,919 3,665 254 6.5%
Saline County 10,664 10,193 471 4.4%
Vernon County 9,518 9,081 437 4.6%
West Central Region Summary 128,656 122,012 6,644 5.2%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $115.82 NA $69.63 $138.92 $240,914 NA $144,836 $288,952
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 140 $106.39 NA $72.25 $123.45 $221,285 NA $150,285 $256,786
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $86.16 $89.26 $78.36 $90.06 $179,204 $185,660 $162,983 $187,314
112022 - Sales Managers 130 $74.31 $56.71 $36.43 $93.25 $154,571 $117,955 $75,779 $193,967
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $65.62 $81.67 $26.89 $84.99 $136,496 $169,878 $55,929 $176,779
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $57.97 $58.2 $37.02 $68.44 $120,575 $121,059 $77,010 $142,357
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 70 $55.08 $48.51 $33.07 $66.08 $114,557 $100,900 $68,791 $137,441
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $55.01 $63.92 $30.59 $67.22 $114,418 $132,958 $63,636 $139,809
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer NA $52.69 $50.21 $37.95 $60.06 $109,588 $104,438 $78,928 $124,918
119021 - Construction Managers 40 $52.29 $42.97 $29.13 $63.87 $108,764 $89,371 $60,587 $132,852

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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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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.