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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 $692 per week in the 3rd 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 April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 11,233 10,857 376 3.3%
Boone County 98,479 95,998 2,481 2.5%
Callaway County 21,579 20,847 732 3.4%
Camden County 18,419 17,571 848 4.6%
Cole County 39,047 37,931 1,116 2.9%
Cooper County 7,453 7,182 271 3.6%
Crawford County 10,795 10,285 510 4.7%
Dent County 6,117 5,852 265 4.3%
Gasconade County 7,784 7,499 285 3.7%
Howard County 5,223 5,010 213 4.1%
Laclede County 16,655 15,981 674 4%
Maries County 3,999 3,809 190 4.8%
Miller County 12,063 11,573 490 4.1%
Moniteau County 7,556 7,277 279 3.7%
Morgan County 8,019 7,646 373 4.7%
Osage County 7,264 7,053 211 2.9%
Phelps County 19,528 18,776 752 3.9%
Pulaski County 14,350 13,693 657 4.6%
Washington County 10,299 9,724 575 5.6%
Central Region Summary 325,862 314,564 11,298 3.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,033 37,046 $232,164,586 $482 1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 3,075 31,208 $310,091,627 $764 2.1%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,336 29,124 $118,833,786 $314 3.5%
31 - Manufacturing 670 24,836 $270,411,908 $838 2.7%
23 - Construction 1,853 11,566 $131,765,694 $876 1.7%
52 - Finance and insurance 830 9,163 $135,841,647 $1,140 0.5%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,355 7,270 $55,656,275 $589 4.5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 506 6,559 $65,472,233 $768 2.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 103 4,656 $78,569,029 $1,298 4.1%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 226 3,540 $14,864,020 $323 1.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 16,019 203,597 $1,831,097,538 $692 1.4%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 1,081 24,510 $96,098,917 $302 3.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 853 10,057 $149,850,280 $1,146 5.2%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 1,136 7,073 $76,693,541 $834 3.6%
622 - Hospitals 16 6,198 $78,890,432 $979 3.1%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 170 5,826 $28,242,556 $373 3.1%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 103 4,656 $78,569,029 $1,298 4.1%
721 - Accommodation 255 4,614 $22,734,869 $379 2.7%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 353 4,101 $47,281,838 $887 4%
447 - Gasoline Stations 235 4,026 $18,316,534 $350 5%

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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.