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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 $712 per week in the 3rd 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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Christian County 84,401 $3,062,426,000 $36,284 $718,411,163
Dallas County 16,448 $492,597,000 $29,949 $111,245,359
Greene County 288,690 $11,553,153,000 $40,019 $5,281,278,090
Polk County 31,285 $955,002,000 $30,526 $278,120,098
Stone County 31,047 $1,074,805,000 $34,619 $436,138,312
Taney County 54,735 $1,806,740,000 $33,009 $1,582,886,566
Webster County 38,106 $1,147,521,000 $30,114 $265,715,249
Ozark Region Summary 544,712 $20,092,244,000 $36,886 $8,673,794,837



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics March 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Christian County 43,138 41,764 1,374 3.2%
Dallas County 6,924 6,599 325 4.7%
Greene County 147,861 143,383 4,478 3%
Polk County 14,196 13,566 630 4.4%
Stone County 13,123 12,344 779 5.9%
Taney County 25,887 24,097 1,790 6.9%
Webster County 16,752 16,127 625 3.7%
Ozark Region Summary 267,881 257,880 10,001 3.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,937 37,877 $441,138,398 $896 2.7%
72 - Accommodation and food services 1,144 30,780 $141,079,104 $353 2.7%
31 - Manufacturing 573 16,175 $180,218,048 $857 5.4%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 478 11,893 $132,393,829 $856 10.3%
42 - Wholesale trade 718 10,622 $128,175,864 $928 0.1%
23 - Construction 1,391 9,785 $106,808,796 $840 1%
54 - Professional and technical services 1,328 9,129 $120,705,959 $1,017 3.3%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 305 6,439 $33,245,823 $397 1.7%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 123 4,739 $69,926,986 $1,135 18.9%
51 - Information 179 4,077 $41,380,256 $781 7.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 13,363 208,223 $1,926,353,434 $712 1.8%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 878 22,892 $93,083,825 $313 1.7%
622 - Hospitals 11 15,893 $178,626,077 $865 3.6%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 630 11,199 $197,479,617 $1,356 3.8%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 1,328 9,129 $120,705,959 $1,017 3.3%
721 - Accommodation 266 7,888 $47,995,279 $468 5.7%
484 - Truck Transportation 302 7,714 $93,231,118 $930 18.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 920 7,045 $74,009,140 $808 3.3%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 123 4,739 $69,926,986 $1,135 18.9%
624 - Social Assistance 1,179 4,267 $20,999,346 $379 11.5%

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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.