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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 $701 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2018.


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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 2017 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2017
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Audrain County 26,021 $980,213,000 $38,228 $254,872,924
Boone County 176,594 $7,985,993,000 $44,797 $2,714,108,937
Callaway County 45,078 $1,639,964,000 $36,418 $367,146,411
Camden County 44,497 $1,624,401,000 $35,598 $823,488,187
Cole County 76,631 $3,435,225,000 $44,783 $1,330,527,720
Cooper County 17,712 $650,576,000 $36,872 $181,984,452
Crawford County 24,302 $850,360,000 $35,282 $186,132,519
Dent County 15,387 $486,913,000 $31,454 $158,361,613
Gasconade County 14,808 $551,810,000 $37,472 $176,156,560
Howard County 10,058 $379,904,000 $37,470 $62,051,000
Laclede County 35,490 $1,216,308,000 $34,317 $408,866,315
Maries County 8,858 $283,345,000 $31,955 $46,477,046
Miller County 25,206 $873,774,000 $34,635 $390,424,317
Moniteau County 16,018 $568,231,000 $35,375 $106,561,901
Morgan County 20,213 $803,647,000 $39,893 $234,464,174
Osage County 13,664 $584,952,000 $42,816 $109,344,454
Phelps County 44,608 $1,674,410,000 $37,422 $514,196,345
Pulaski County 52,654 $2,058,543,000 $39,542 $390,730,188
Washington County 24,839 $704,091,000 $28,139 $156,835,073
Central Region Summary 692,638 $27,352,660,000 $39,379 $8,612,730,136



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics March 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Audrain County 10,715 10,290 425 4%
Boone County 97,212 94,484 2,728 2.8%
Callaway County 20,790 20,059 731 3.5%
Camden County 17,560 16,534 1,026 5.8%
Cole County 37,712 36,538 1,174 3.1%
Cooper County 7,536 7,088 448 5.9%
Crawford County 10,745 10,267 478 4.4%
Dent County 6,183 5,943 240 3.9%
Gasconade County 7,686 7,395 291 3.8%
Howard County 5,019 4,826 193 3.8%
Laclede County 17,065 16,276 789 4.6%
Maries County 3,883 3,723 160 4.1%
Miller County 12,132 11,542 590 4.9%
Moniteau County 7,127 6,856 271 3.8%
Morgan County 7,881 7,430 451 5.7%
Osage County 6,866 6,679 187 2.7%
Phelps County 19,695 18,951 744 3.8%
Pulaski County 14,748 14,084 664 4.5%
Washington County 10,200 9,609 591 5.8%
Central Region Summary 320,755 308,574 12,181 3.8%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 2,013 36,022 $231,148,997 $494 0.4%
31 - Manufacturing 661 26,717 $288,619,295 $831 3.3%
56 - Administrative and waste services 807 10,220 $72,577,955 $546 4%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,313 7,893 $100,970,200 $984 0.4%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 100 4,156 $66,107,370 $1,224 2.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 242 3,508 $16,176,806 $355 2.4%
61 - Educational services 136 3,419 $23,534,284 $529 0.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 619 2,968 $24,555,805 $636 3.3%
22 - Utilities 54 1,900 $48,997,379 $1,984 1.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 15,874 206,532 $1,881,468,939 $701 0.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 748 9,605 $65,580,140 $525 3.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,313 7,893 $100,970,200 $984 0.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 122 7,787 $40,811,596 $403 1.3%
624 - Social Assistance 1,958 6,771 $30,203,918 $343 0.8%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 288 6,768 $104,910,454 $1,192 0.8%
721 - Accommodation 246 4,728 $24,808,600 $404 0.4%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 4,156 $66,107,370 $1,224 2.7%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 38 3,968 $38,144,313 $739 6%
447 - Gasoline Stations 226 3,843 $18,684,033 $374 1.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists 40 $146.94 NA NA NA $305,633 NA NA NA
291067 - Surgeons NA $141.69 NA NA NA $294,724 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 600 $116.16 NA $76.54 $135.97 $241,606 NA $159,193 $282,812
291021 - Dentists, General 130 $102.57 NA $44.49 $131.61 $213,341 NA $92,541 $273,741
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists 230 $81.11 $76.86 $69.33 $87 $168,704 $159,863 $144,209 $180,952
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 470 $79.06 $59.21 $34.8 $101.19 $164,444 $123,159 $72,391 $210,471
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 250 $69.39 $73.03 $59.74 $74.22 $144,341 $151,912 $124,267 $154,377
111011 - Chief Executives 380 $65.96 $49.39 $18.21 $89.83 $137,196 $102,730 $37,882 $186,854
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 420 $64.74 $53.83 $32.63 $80.79 $134,658 $111,965 $67,878 $168,048
291051 - Pharmacists 520 $62.99 $62.24 $51.98 $68.49 $131,018 $129,452 $108,123 $142,466

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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.