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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 $634 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
Bates County 16,417 $604,970,000 $37,037 $123,244,915
Benton County 18,839 $643,474,000 $33,736 $167,210,774
Carroll County 8,913 $382,698,000 $43,508 $70,043,910
Cedar County 14,016 $425,880,000 $30,262 $96,514,502
Chariton County 7,516 $311,813,000 $41,686 $73,760,543
Henry County 21,594 $875,398,000 $40,307 $261,129,134
Hickory County 9,269 $249,625,000 $26,346 $57,304,003
Johnson County 53,942 $1,862,116,000 $34,550 $478,552,978
Lafayette County 32,618 $1,327,079,000 $40,657 $241,947,052
Pettis County 42,213 $1,539,992,000 $36,186 $624,606,541
Saline County 22,980 $866,239,000 $38,228 $210,680,716
St. Clair County 9,272 $271,073,000 $28,955 $53,551,732
Vernon County 20,723 $725,905,000 $35,519 $189,454,262
West Central Region Summary 278,312 $10,086,262,000 $36,216 $2,648,001,062



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics February 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 7,963 7,570 393 4.9%
Benton County 7,075 6,661 414 5.9%
Carroll County 4,681 4,496 185 4%
Cedar County 5,643 5,407 236 4.2%
Chariton County 3,760 3,623 137 3.6%
Henry County 9,813 9,388 425 4.3%
Hickory County 3,843 3,651 192 5%
Johnson County 22,855 21,942 913 4%
Lafayette County 16,929 16,302 627 3.7%
Pettis County 20,359 19,547 812 4%
St. Clair County 3,774 3,579 195 5.2%
Saline County 10,765 10,392 373 3.5%
Vernon County 9,580 9,206 374 3.9%
West Central Region Summary 127,040 121,764 5,276 4.2%

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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 281 12,192 $136,556,517 $862 1.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 472 7,514 $25,145,015 $257 2%
52 - Finance and insurance 333 2,767 $31,539,958 $877 1.7%
42 - Wholesale trade 277 2,735 $28,718,126 $808 2.7%
81 - Other services, except public administra 443 1,950 $13,840,987 $546 0.2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 251 1,921 $18,094,426 $725 3.3%
56 - Administrative and waste services 222 1,708 $12,240,297 $551 5.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 188 1,696 $15,171,075 $688 3.9%
61 - Educational services 33 779 $6,724,842 $664 5.1%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 64 756 $3,001,120 $305 1.6%

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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
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 415 7,061 $23,414,716 $255 2.5%
311 - Food manufacturing 41 3,765 $38,819,744 $793 2.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 252 2,378 $25,088,430 $812 0.9%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 132 2,013 $22,116,564 $845 3.8%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 156 1,737 $16,015,092 $709 1.1%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 121 1,555 $15,181,394 $751 24%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 195 1,540 $10,833,692 $541 4.9%
622 - Hospitals 7 1,496 $19,206,964 $987 8.2%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 97 1,206 $8,072,921 $515 2.2%
484 - Truck Transportation 181 947 $9,841,092 $799 2.6%

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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 NA $125.63 NA NA NA $261,308 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 150 $110.93 NA $81.09 NA $230,731 NA $168,672 NA
413031 - Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sa NA $60.12 $22.43 $9.06 NA $125,047 $46,651 $18,836 NA
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 40 $53.77 $47.69 $37.68 $71.18 $111,835 $99,202 $78,381 $148,064
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 30 $50.65 $47.65 $37.63 $66.49 $105,359 $99,121 $78,272 $138,306
119021 - Construction Managers 50 $49.72 $36.12 $32.09 $42.42 $103,416 $75,140 $66,753 $88,236
112022 - Sales Managers 40 $49.11 $46.53 $34.77 $55.54 $102,148 $96,775 $72,325 $115,516
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 110 $47.88 $44.98 $36.78 $54.9 $99,598 $93,561 $76,494 $114,198
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 70 $47.32 $40.9 $33.79 $60.31 $98,430 $85,075 $70,278 $125,441
291051 - Pharmacists 90 $47.07 $55.3 $9.63 $66.95 $97,898 $115,033 $20,036 $139,248

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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.