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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 $748 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
Christian County 84,401 $2,970,993,000 $35,675 $718,411,163
Dallas County 16,448 $488,869,000 $29,822 $111,245,359
Greene County 288,690 $11,219,511,000 $38,947 $5,281,278,090
Polk County 31,285 $948,260,000 $30,365 $278,120,098
Stone County 31,047 $1,041,831,000 $33,669 $436,138,312
Taney County 54,735 $1,766,779,000 $32,363 $1,582,886,566
Webster County 38,106 $1,180,829,000 $31,503 $265,715,249
Ozark Region Summary 544,712 $19,617,072,000 $36,194 $8,673,794,837



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics August 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Christian County 42,965 41,569 1,396 3.2%
Dallas County 6,956 6,592 364 5.2%
Greene County 149,213 144,155 5,058 3.4%
Polk County 14,277 13,628 649 4.5%
Stone County 13,923 13,285 638 4.6%
Taney County 27,248 26,004 1,244 4.6%
Webster County 16,685 15,928 757 4.5%
Ozark Region Summary 271,267 261,161 10,106 3.7%

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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
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,694 37,516 $457,789,852 $939 1.4%
44 - Retail Trade 1,614 32,321 $219,033,458 $521 0.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,091 27,945 $126,680,479 $349 2.2%
31 - Manufacturing 559 15,595 $185,533,845 $915 3.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 795 13,668 $107,632,558 $606 0.5%
42 - Wholesale trade 732 10,711 $141,168,926 $1,014 6.8%
23 - Construction 1,323 9,440 $110,427,968 $900 2.9%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,234 8,931 $130,421,179 $1,123 5.4%
81 - Other services, except public administra 1,079 6,783 $47,455,074 $538 1.8%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 288 5,268 $31,163,061 $455 6.9%

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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 12,649 203,342 $1,977,551,684 $748 1.4%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 838 22,128 $85,521,238 $297 3.1%
622 - Hospitals 9 15,533 $176,654,690 $875 4.7%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 748 13,283 $102,735,653 $595 0.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,234 8,931 $130,421,179 $1,123 5.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 69 7,801 $45,358,523 $447 1.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 874 6,622 $74,395,637 $864 2.4%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 370 6,225 $85,415,452 $1,055 6.2%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 215 5,268 $64,059,692 $935 1.1%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 124 4,033 $73,722,709 $1,406 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
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 340 $123.11 NA NA NA $256,077 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 150 $112.19 NA $64.82 $135.88 $233,363 NA $134,833 $282,629
291021 - Dentists, General 180 $72.3 $69.16 $55.41 $80.74 $150,377 $143,845 $115,262 $167,935
111011 - Chief Executives 390 $71.86 $62.86 $23.19 $96.19 $149,469 $130,758 $48,239 $200,085
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 50 $71.69 $70.68 $43.2 $85.94 $149,118 $147,011 $89,858 $178,748
113031 - Financial Managers 560 $65.61 $53.51 $33.45 $81.69 $136,460 $111,311 $69,570 $169,905
291051 - Pharmacists 720 $62.03 $62.05 $55.13 $65.48 $129,023 $129,055 $114,665 $136,202
113061 - Purchasing Managers 40 $61.97 $49.03 $44.26 $70.83 $128,903 $101,976 $92,054 $147,327
291041 - Optometrists 90 $59.77 $51.17 $41.25 $69.03 $124,319 $106,425 $85,805 $143,576
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 90 $58.65 $51.97 $38.34 $68.81 $121,991 $108,093 $79,737 $143,119

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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.