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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 $678 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2017.


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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 October 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,082 10,836 246 2.2%
Boone County 99,400 97,940 1,460 1.5%
Callaway County 21,163 20,727 436 2.1%
Camden County 18,394 17,893 501 2.7%
Cole County 38,553 37,883 670 1.7%
Cooper County 7,356 7,196 160 2.2%
Crawford County 10,728 10,377 351 3.3%
Dent County 6,070 5,919 151 2.5%
Gasconade County 7,860 7,590 270 3.4%
Howard County 5,072 4,962 110 2.2%
Laclede County 16,103 15,670 433 2.7%
Maries County 3,879 3,766 113 2.9%
Miller County 11,841 11,507 334 2.8%
Moniteau County 7,251 7,112 139 1.9%
Morgan County 7,654 7,433 221 2.9%
Osage County 7,076 6,954 122 1.7%
Phelps County 19,514 19,086 428 2.2%
Pulaski County 14,287 13,890 397 2.8%
Washington County 10,079 9,687 392 3.9%
Central Region Summary 323,362 316,428 6,934 2.1%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,189 32,024 $310,257,265 $745 3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,368 29,326 $115,002,681 $302 1.2%
31 - Manufacturing 684 25,861 $284,232,418 $845 5%
23 - Construction 1,929 11,668 $127,676,889 $842 2.9%
52 - Finance and insurance 838 10,226 $149,254,827 $1,123 11.5%
42 - Wholesale trade 691 7,741 $85,291,667 $848 0.5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 522 6,794 $66,072,965 $748 3.5%
61 - Educational services 135 3,406 $25,451,955 $575 3.1%
22 - Utilities 54 1,881 $47,007,080 $1,922 0.1%
21 - Mining 40 451 $5,239,742 $894 13.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,505 205,222 $1,809,357,648 $678 1.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,106 24,924 $94,482,194 $292 1.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 882 10,640 $148,908,118 $1,077 7.1%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 198 8,385 $52,919,737 $485 0.6%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,185 7,215 $75,262,448 $802 2.6%
624 - Social Assistance 2,093 6,782 $28,181,341 $320 1.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 294 6,665 $97,586,483 $1,126 23.7%
622 - Hospitals 16 6,217 $80,248,069 $993 1.6%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 173 5,854 $25,930,678 $341 0.3%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 357 4,096 $47,676,800 $895 1.1%

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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.