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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 $706 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2016.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2016 2015 Percent Difference
240.0 237.0 1.3%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,021 $949,663,000 $36,391 $255,101,384
Boone County 176,594 $7,401,758,000 $42,302 $2,684,834,628
Callaway County 45,078 $1,556,543,000 $34,718 $342,091,294
Camden County 44,497 $1,536,783,000 $34,740 $806,259,662
Cole County 76,631 $3,290,073,000 $42,884 $1,248,253,119
Cooper County 17,712 $588,882,000 $33,380 $178,776,972
Crawford County 24,302 $799,811,000 $32,611 $191,472,701
Dent County 15,387 $484,007,000 $31,040 $144,188,595
Gasconade County 14,808 $548,270,000 $36,901 $171,700,748
Howard County 10,058 $356,076,000 $35,119 $52,794,228
Laclede County 35,490 $1,139,785,000 $32,131 $406,640,247
Maries County 8,858 $299,450,000 $33,410 $44,996,403
Miller County 25,206 $755,050,000 $30,066 $383,899,898
Moniteau County 16,018 $529,228,000 $33,153 $107,424,139
Morgan County 20,213 $795,705,000 $39,448 $230,920,466
Osage County 13,664 $593,950,000 $43,583 $101,857,413
Phelps County 44,608 $1,496,275,000 $33,403 $523,027,920
Pulaski County 52,654 $2,078,652,000 $39,057 $386,261,519
Washington County 24,839 $684,214,000 $27,603 $150,192,791
Central Region Summary 692,638 $25,884,175,000 $37,419 $8,410,694,127



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics May 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,104 10,698 406 3.7%
Boone County 98,164 95,358 2,806 2.9%
Callaway County 21,478 20,680 798 3.7%
Camden County 18,988 18,114 874 4.6%
Cole County 38,926 37,728 1,198 3.1%
Cooper County 7,393 7,104 289 3.9%
Crawford County 10,866 10,316 550 5.1%
Dent County 6,082 5,808 274 4.5%
Gasconade County 7,753 7,447 306 3.9%
Howard County 5,087 4,879 208 4.1%
Laclede County 16,549 15,805 744 4.5%
Maries County 3,941 3,758 183 4.6%
Miller County 12,147 11,585 562 4.6%
Moniteau County 7,415 7,136 279 3.8%
Morgan County 8,028 7,635 393 4.9%
Osage County 7,163 6,928 235 3.3%
Phelps County 19,501 18,691 810 4.2%
Pulaski County 14,351 13,631 720 5%
Washington County 10,257 9,672 585 5.7%
Central Region Summary 325,193 312,973 12,220 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,043 37,634 $237,278,538 $485 0.2%
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,946 31,494 $321,147,121 $784 2.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,330 28,012 $109,318,683 $300 5.2%
31 - Manufacturing 671 25,353 $282,155,278 $856 4.6%
23 - Construction 1,858 11,338 $133,922,152 $909 2.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 830 9,139 $135,757,444 $1,143 0.2%
42 - Wholesale trade 688 7,630 $89,373,842 $901 1.3%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,367 7,044 $55,163,006 $602 2.9%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 504 6,901 $68,843,839 $767 4.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 101 4,662 $75,668,864 $1,249 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 15,925 202,879 $1,862,271,137 $706 1.6%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,073 24,061 $90,345,185 $289 5.3%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 850 10,181 $160,707,874 $1,214 4.7%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,144 6,961 $78,644,163 $869 4.8%
624 - Social Assistance 1,886 6,702 $28,266,056 $324 2.4%
622 - Hospitals 16 6,228 $79,184,381 $978 3.2%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 173 5,839 $26,515,433 $349 2.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 303 5,498 $81,810,855 $1,145 1.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 332 5,182 $50,232,739 $746 0.7%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 101 4,662 $75,668,864 $1,248 3.8%

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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 110 $110.88 NA $69.94 $131.36 $230,635 NA $145,466 $273,219
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 730 $103.17 NA $65.42 $122.05 $214,602 NA $136,066 $253,870
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 440 $91.66 $91.46 $41.48 $116.75 $190,647 $190,235 $86,282 $242,830
291021 - Dentists, General 160 $80.94 $71.13 $41.76 $100.53 $168,355 $147,958 $86,868 $209,098
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 150 $78.3 $72.78 $62.62 $86.14 $162,859 $151,388 $130,250 $179,163
111011 - Chief Executives 620 $68.13 $59.17 $25.47 $89.47 $141,720 $123,074 $52,973 $186,093
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $62.56 $65.02 $51.05 $68.31 $130,116 $135,232 $106,176 $142,086
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 110 $59.82 $56.91 $41.94 $68.76 $124,420 $118,367 $87,230 $143,016
291051 - Pharmacists 660 $59.4 $60.32 $50.25 $63.97 $123,554 $125,462 $104,529 $133,067
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 480 $54.53 $46.29 $28.96 $67.31 $113,419 $96,281 $60,231 $140,014

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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.