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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 $591 per week in the 3rd 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 April 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,439 8,023 416 4.9%
Benton County 7,402 7,015 387 5.2%
Carroll County 5,023 4,764 259 5.2%
Cedar County 6,101 5,839 262 4.3%
Chariton County 4,046 3,889 157 3.9%
Henry County 10,236 9,776 460 4.5%
Hickory County 3,865 3,675 190 4.9%
Johnson County 23,824 22,805 1,019 4.3%
Lafayette County 17,649 16,951 698 4%
Pettis County 21,253 20,338 915 4.3%
St. Clair County 4,033 3,804 229 5.7%
Saline County 11,525 11,062 463 4%
Vernon County 10,190 9,730 460 4.5%
West Central Region Summary 133,586 127,671 5,915 4.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 851 11,089 $64,358,630 $446 2.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 472 7,236 $22,511,806 $239 4.7%
23 - Construction 584 3,119 $35,871,924 $885 4.4%
52 - Finance and insurance 365 2,698 $28,359,714 $809 2.5%
56 - Administrative and waste services 239 2,238 $13,403,578 $461 3.7%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 233 1,857 $16,089,769 $666 2.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 166 1,628 $12,863,958 $608 0.9%
54 - Professional and technical services 377 1,619 $18,664,405 $887 6.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 69 785 $2,825,500 $277 0.6%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 165 601 $3,661,198 $469 2.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,245 62,567 $480,339,330 $591 1.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 411 6,724 $20,896,439 $239 5.5%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 51 2,600 $14,527,652 $430 0.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 216 2,102 $12,270,327 $449 5.5%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 147 1,963 $20,856,231 $817 1.9%
447 - Gasoline Stations 122 1,917 $7,251,198 $291 11%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 373 1,848 $17,148,005 $714 8.8%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 159 1,735 $15,126,637 $671 5.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 377 1,619 $18,664,405 $887 6.7%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 31 1,498 $14,214,274 $730 0.8%

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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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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.