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Ozark Region Data

The Ozark region is where tradition and Missouri’s changing economic climate meet.  It’s home to still-pristine Ozark forests and streams, internationally acclaimed Branson, the Springfield Cardinals, and a dynamic economy.  Top industries in this area include retail (such as Bass Pro Shops), food services, construction and administrative and support services.

The regional average wage was $754 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
Christian County 84,401 $3,272,918,000 $38,310 $735,986,984
Dallas County 16,448 $538,674,000 $32,308 $111,978,422
Greene County 288,690 $11,981,688,000 $41,344 $5,359,356,379
Polk County 31,285 $1,015,451,000 $31,938 $288,025,093
Stone County 31,047 $1,134,641,000 $35,794 $455,387,428
Taney County 54,735 $1,903,882,000 $34,394 $1,591,371,080
Webster County 38,106 $1,208,971,000 $31,268 $273,072,233
Ozark Region Summary 544,712 $21,056,225,000 $38,324 $8,815,177,619



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics March 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Christian County 44,296 42,806 1,490 3.4%
Dallas County 7,024 6,719 305 4.3%
Greene County 150,504 145,923 4,581 3%
Polk County 14,419 13,846 573 4%
Stone County 13,092 12,196 896 6.8%
Taney County 25,392 23,610 1,782 7%
Webster County 17,125 16,469 656 3.8%
Ozark Region Summary 271,852 261,569 10,283 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
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,012 38,503 $463,094,315 $925 1.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,125 31,014 $147,571,704 $366 0.8%
44 - Retail Trade 1,655 30,684 $207,539,247 $520 1.2%
31 - Manufacturing 581 17,271 $197,123,747 $878 6.8%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 458 12,167 $141,124,377 $892 2.3%
42 - Wholesale trade 699 11,513 $174,561,575 $1,166 8.4%
23 - Construction 1,367 9,843 $110,072,508 $860 0.6%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,342 9,623 $127,960,306 $1,023 5.4%
52 - Finance and insurance 683 8,415 $121,629,500 $1,112 0.6%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 293 6,580 $34,683,901 $405 2.2%

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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 13,251 211,508 $2,073,759,711 $754 1.6%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 866 22,968 $97,469,782 $326 0.3%
622 - Hospitals 13 16,107 $186,935,605 $893 1.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,342 9,623 $127,960,306 $1,023 5.4%
721 - Accommodation 259 8,046 $50,101,922 $479 2%
484 - Truck Transportation 290 7,894 $100,563,261 $980 2.3%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 72 7,419 $41,456,297 $430 1.9%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 372 7,260 $124,259,072 $1,317 17%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 913 7,092 $76,546,780 $830 0.7%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 120 6,677 $46,819,895 $539 2.4%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291022 - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons NA $141.6 NA NA NA $294,537 NA NA NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 380 $108.67 NA $49.05 $138.48 $226,031 NA $102,033 $288,030
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 290 $93.61 $83.29 $66.49 $107.17 $194,706 $173,237 $138,297 $222,910
291021 - Dentists, General 170 $80.41 $69.29 $48.92 $96.15 $167,250 $144,116 $101,762 $199,994
111011 - Chief Executives 240 $71 $54.48 $19.47 $96.77 $147,686 $113,322 $40,493 $201,282
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 120 $66.87 $63.91 $43.06 $78.77 $139,087 $132,934 $89,560 $163,850
291051 - Pharmacists 960 $64.2 $65.37 $54.9 $68.85 $133,538 $135,975 $114,184 $143,214
113031 - Financial Managers 420 $58.92 $49.19 $34.77 $70.99 $122,546 $102,321 $72,318 $147,661
112022 - Sales Managers 420 $56.47 $51.26 $27.98 $70.72 $117,463 $106,631 $58,192 $147,098
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 330 $55.94 $46.49 $27.52 $70.15 $116,358 $96,693 $57,245 $145,914

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151122 - Information Security Analysts 90 135 45 50% 5 54 - Above Average B+
499096 - Riggers 5 7 2 40% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 335 466 131 39.1% 17 54 - Above Average B+
399021 - Personal Care Aides 1,453 1,994 541 37.2% 64 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 124 167 43 34.7% 6 52 - Well Above Average A
254011 - Archivists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 54 13 31.7% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
171012 - Landscape Architects 82 106 24 29.3% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
131121 - Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners 120 155 35 29.2% 6 54 - Above Average B+
292091 - Orthotists and Prosthetists 14 18 4 28.6% NA 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.