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Central Region Data

The Central region is composed of 19 counties, and its largest cities are Columbia and Jefferson City.  The region is home to the University of Missouri’s flagship campus and the state capital on the forested, rolling edge of the Ozarks.  It’s also home to the state’s playground, Lake of the Ozarks, and Fort Leonard Wood.  Top area industries include retail trade, farming, food services and construction.

The regional average wage was $726 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2017.


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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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,021 $944,928,000 $36,314 $255,101,384
Boone County 176,594 $7,645,037,000 $43,292 $2,684,834,628
Callaway County 45,078 $1,599,036,000 $35,473 $342,091,294
Camden County 44,497 $1,578,906,000 $35,483 $806,259,662
Cole County 76,631 $3,342,629,000 $43,620 $1,248,253,119
Cooper County 17,712 $619,698,000 $34,987 $178,776,972
Crawford County 24,302 $845,962,000 $34,810 $191,472,701
Dent County 15,387 $485,549,000 $31,556 $144,188,595
Gasconade County 14,808 $552,354,000 $37,301 $171,700,748
Howard County 10,058 $368,350,000 $36,623 $52,794,228
Laclede County 35,490 $1,158,407,000 $32,640 $406,640,247
Maries County 8,858 $298,291,000 $33,675 $44,996,403
Miller County 25,206 $776,205,000 $30,794 $383,899,898
Moniteau County 16,018 $525,434,000 $32,803 $107,424,139
Morgan County 20,213 $796,333,000 $39,397 $230,920,466
Osage County 13,664 $595,214,000 $43,561 $101,857,413
Phelps County 44,608 $1,538,475,000 $34,489 $523,027,920
Pulaski County 52,654 $2,048,007,000 $38,896 $386,261,519
Washington County 24,839 $683,105,000 $27,501 $150,192,791
Central Region Summary 692,638 $26,401,920,000 $38,118 $8,410,694,127



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics October 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 10,723 10,494 229 2.1%
Boone County 99,177 97,613 1,564 1.6%
Callaway County 21,368 20,952 416 1.9%
Camden County 18,037 17,533 504 2.8%
Cole County 38,748 38,053 695 1.8%
Cooper County 7,441 7,271 170 2.3%
Crawford County 10,629 10,347 282 2.7%
Dent County 6,149 5,998 151 2.5%
Gasconade County 7,784 7,604 180 2.3%
Howard County 4,974 4,887 87 1.7%
Laclede County 16,348 15,930 418 2.6%
Maries County 3,873 3,775 98 2.5%
Miller County 11,840 11,571 269 2.3%
Moniteau County 7,315 7,163 152 2.1%
Morgan County 7,786 7,561 225 2.9%
Osage County 7,102 6,995 107 1.5%
Phelps County 19,443 19,023 420 2.2%
Pulaski County 14,246 13,838 408 2.9%
Washington County 10,024 9,715 309 3.1%
Central Region Summary 323,007 316,323 6,684 2.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,212 32,002 $333,201,186 $801 1.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,369 28,482 $115,177,302 $311 1.7%
31 - Manufacturing 681 26,053 $304,942,632 $900 2.8%
23 - Construction 1,934 11,559 $143,266,795 $953 1.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 834 10,196 $161,699,363 $1,220 11.6%
56 - Administrative and waste services 830 9,603 $71,430,014 $572 3.8%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 510 6,998 $71,365,969 $784 1.4%
61 - Educational services 135 3,810 $27,652,446 $558 0.2%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 235 2,705 $12,708,315 $361 1.5%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 173 1,236 $11,093,175 $690 4.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,478 204,064 $1,925,993,085 $726 0.6%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,114 24,467 $95,456,210 $300 1.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 880 10,776 $168,650,250 $1,204 5.8%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 777 9,033 $65,136,310 $555 4%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 200 8,387 $54,618,209 $501 0.1%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,201 7,115 $85,700,589 $926 2.2%
624 - Social Assistance 2,116 6,721 $29,168,777 $334 0.3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 289 6,710 $107,499,786 $1,232 22%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 170 5,867 $26,168,514 $343 0.5%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 350 4,023 $49,870,297 $954 0.2%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 50 $146.32 NA NA NA $304,346 NA NA NA
291067 - Surgeons NA $142.11 NA NA NA $295,586 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 670 $113.98 NA $82.79 NA $237,083 NA $172,208 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 120 $106.36 NA $48.41 NA $221,239 NA $100,692 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 440 $94.72 $95.74 $46.48 NA $197,007 $199,141 $96,672 NA
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 250 $79.78 $75.45 $68.7 $85.78 $165,937 $156,926 $142,898 $178,428
111011 - Chief Executives 360 $68.53 $52.17 $33.88 $96.26 $142,545 $108,508 $70,466 $200,219
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 60 $63.18 $70.85 $64.98 $76.73 $131,423 $147,375 $135,154 $159,596
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 400 $62.28 $51.14 $35.83 $79.93 $129,547 $106,363 $74,521 $166,251
291051 - Pharmacists 730 $60.78 $61.07 $54.6 $70.1 $126,419 $127,026 $113,559 $145,806

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
292091 - Orthotists and Prosthetists 3 5 2 66.7% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 97 133 36 37.1% 5 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 701 950 249 35.5% 35 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 166 223 57 34.3% 8 54 - Above Average B+
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 118 157 39 33.1% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
312000 - Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapist Assist 318 419 101 31.8% 17 54 - Above Average B+
475051 - Rock Splitters, Quarry 19 25 6 31.6% 1 54 - Above Average B+
131161 - Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists 520 684 164 31.5% 23 54 - Above Average B+
171012 - Landscape Architects 20 26 6 30% 1 54 - Above Average B+
292031 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 76 97 21 27.6% 3 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.