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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)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(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
Bates County 16,446 $592,238,000 $35,711 $121,439,886
Benton County 18,670 $612,386,000 $32,563 $157,993,499
Carroll County 8,992 $433,854,000 $47,977 $67,850,921
Cedar County 13,934 $428,059,000 $30,681 $97,742,221
Chariton County 7,589 $386,397,000 $50,221 $60,615,377
Henry County 21,737 $859,860,000 $39,035 $253,161,196
Hickory County 9,201 $236,506,000 $25,654 $51,856,185
Johnson County 53,951 $1,786,939,000 $32,871 $459,153,976
Lafayette County 32,701 $1,195,692,000 $36,579 $224,784,324
Pettis County 42,255 $1,472,366,000 $34,870 $630,213,131
Saline County 23,258 $952,853,000 $40,813 $229,363,887
St. Clair County 9,440 $307,303,000 $32,495 $53,061,542
Vernon County 20,826 $735,811,000 $35,037 $187,611,067
West Central Region Summary 279,000 $10,000,264,000 $35,664 $2,594,847,212



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics July 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,633 8,120 513 5.9%
Benton County 7,149 6,658 491 6.9%
Carroll County 4,800 4,527 273 5.7%
Cedar County 6,096 5,708 388 6.4%
Chariton County 3,920 3,727 193 4.9%
Henry County 10,256 9,680 576 5.6%
Hickory County 3,892 3,649 243 6.2%
Johnson County 23,262 21,827 1,435 6.2%
Lafayette County 18,033 17,103 930 5.2%
Pettis County 21,393 20,078 1,315 6.1%
St. Clair County 3,999 3,707 292 7.3%
Saline County 11,163 10,574 589 5.3%
Vernon County 9,677 9,104 573 5.9%
West Central Region Summary 132,273 124,462 7,811 5.9%

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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 850 11,208 $71,652,448 $492 4.2%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,529 11,120 $78,275,908 $541 0.3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 468 7,334 $22,607,777 $237 6.4%
23 - Construction 581 3,190 $39,437,950 $951 10.1%
42 - Wholesale trade 292 2,697 $31,844,128 $908 1.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 361 2,692 $34,368,895 $982 2.6%
56 - Administrative and waste services 238 2,179 $14,646,524 $517 7.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 379 1,651 $22,507,922 $1,049 4.3%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 170 1,541 $14,217,987 $710 0.8%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 69 540 $2,209,859 $315 2.7%

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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
000 Total Private 6,252 62,827 $527,249,438 $646 1.8%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 409 6,900 $21,107,306 $235 6.7%
624 - Social Assistance 1,134 3,339 $13,119,695 $302 1.6%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 51 2,658 $15,074,950 $436 1.8%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 292 2,390 $26,023,375 $838 3.2%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 213 2,054 $13,610,791 $510 9.7%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 144 1,942 $25,135,886 $996 1.7%
447 - Gasoline Stations 124 1,914 $8,008,738 $322 11.9%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 366 1,876 $20,159,560 $827 13.3%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 159 1,698 $16,715,491 $757 3.4%

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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.