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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)
2015 2014 Percent Difference
237.0 236.7 0.1%
(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 August 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 10,852 10,361 491 4.5%
Boone County 97,384 94,510 2,874 3%
Callaway County 21,419 20,536 883 4.1%
Camden County 19,417 18,551 866 4.5%
Cole County 39,001 37,592 1,409 3.6%
Cooper County 7,212 6,913 299 4.1%
Crawford County 10,795 10,282 513 4.8%
Dent County 5,934 5,642 292 4.9%
Gasconade County 7,554 7,241 313 4.1%
Howard County 4,877 4,678 199 4.1%
Laclede County 16,415 15,391 1,024 6.2%
Maries County 3,732 3,543 189 5.1%
Miller County 11,906 11,368 538 4.5%
Moniteau County 7,298 6,998 300 4.1%
Morgan County 7,763 7,364 399 5.1%
Osage County 7,126 6,860 266 3.7%
Phelps County 19,699 18,881 818 4.2%
Pulaski County 14,163 13,417 746 5.3%
Washington County 9,981 9,431 550 5.5%
Central Region Summary 322,528 309,559 12,969 4%

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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 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 60 $136.13 NA NA NA $283,158 NA NA NA
291067 - Surgeons 60 $135.42 NA NA NA $281,671 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 630 $108.02 $99.49 $70.15 $126.95 $224,672 $206,936 $145,919 $264,049
291021 - Dentists, General 160 $95.4 $79.11 $48.48 $118.86 $198,426 $164,539 $100,838 $247,219
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 460 $91.29 $90.2 $42.14 $115.87 $189,893 $187,608 $87,646 $241,017
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 200 $78.15 $74.97 $67.79 $83.32 $162,544 $155,930 $141,010 $173,311
111011 - Chief Executives 490 $68.18 $59.39 $20.62 $91.96 $141,808 $123,535 $42,884 $191,271
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $65.99 $71.02 $50.7 $73.63 $137,254 $147,731 $105,450 $153,156
291051 - Pharmacists 700 $59.52 $59.66 $51.36 $63.6 $123,803 $124,085 $106,829 $132,290
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 110 $59.37 $54.77 $42.29 $67.91 $123,496 $113,924 $87,969 $141,259

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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.