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South Central Region Data

The South Central region features bubbling springs, clear swift rivers such as the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, and forested hills.  Mark Twain National Forest covers much of the area.  Top industries include farming, retail trade, construction, food services, and wood products manufacturing.

The regional average wage was $606 per week in the 4th 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
Butler County 42,739 $1,484,303,000 $34,789 $623,126,473
Carter County 6,168 $191,795,000 $31,090 $42,196,678
Douglas County 13,358 $351,956,000 $26,463 $84,368,614
Howell County 40,210 $1,280,529,000 $31,931 $471,608,350
Oregon County 10,789 $295,852,000 $28,022 $79,150,670
Ozark County 9,237 $267,697,000 $29,142 $50,523,539
Reynolds County 6,455 $202,293,000 $32,238 $50,685,129
Ripley County 13,817 $409,719,000 $30,206 $76,634,809
Shannon County 8,168 $232,702,000 $28,210 $42,662,394
Texas County 25,775 $680,037,000 $26,425 $179,570,688
Wayne County 13,139 $383,970,000 $28,879 $75,292,131
Wright County 18,286 $565,473,000 $30,848 $157,577,899
South Central Region Summary 208,141 $6,346,326,000 $30,595 $1,933,397,374



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics May 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 17,910 16,919 991 5.5%
Carter County 2,541 2,413 128 5%
Douglas County 5,135 4,940 195 3.8%
Howell County 16,267 15,699 568 3.5%
Oregon County 3,989 3,841 148 3.7%
Ozark County 3,525 3,352 173 4.9%
Reynolds County 3,056 2,956 100 3.3%
Ripley County 5,104 4,757 347 6.8%
Shannon County 3,291 3,135 156 4.7%
Texas County 9,080 8,692 388 4.3%
Wayne County 5,303 5,036 267 5%
Wright County 7,519 7,182 337 4.5%
South Central Region Summary 82,720 78,922 3,798 4.6%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,950 11,450 $88,203,841 $593 1.6%
72 - Accommodation and food services 353 4,989 $17,303,541 $267 0.5%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 242 1,469 $14,380,898 $753 6.5%
54 - Professional and technical services 256 1,300 $17,109,624 $1,012 3.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 21 571 $6,145,796 $828 3.8%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 139 452 $3,441,150 $586 18.6%
22 - Utilities 19 398 $7,699,783 $1,488 0.3%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 44 278 $949,439 $263 2.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2018
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 287 4,408 $14,539,592 $254 0.9%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 80 3,098 $17,675,538 $439 3.4%
622 - Hospitals 8 1,879 $22,502,542 $921 7.7%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 96 1,376 $15,642,061 $875 2.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 256 1,300 $17,109,624 $1,013 3.2%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 125 1,135 $9,235,429 $626 4.6%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 12 1,082 $11,186,220 $796 16.2%
484 - Truck Transportation 188 963 $10,014,390 $800 3.9%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 88 923 $6,639,440 $553 4.9%
326 - Plastics and rubber products manufacturi 9 846 $8,376,613 $762 2.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291021 - Dentists, General 30 $138.92 NA NA NA $288,961 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 50 $120.58 NA NA NA $250,811 NA NA NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $80.68 $64.57 $47.1 $97.48 $167,823 $134,313 $97,966 $202,751
291051 - Pharmacists 200 $65.57 $68.34 $54.17 $71.27 $136,385 $142,150 $112,681 $148,237
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 130 $53.75 $48.29 $43.47 $58.89 $111,808 $100,453 $90,421 $122,501
231011 - Lawyers 140 $48.89 $35.84 $20.85 $62.91 $101,692 $74,552 $43,375 $130,850
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 170 $48.66 $45.65 $28.87 $58.56 $101,220 $94,950 $60,055 $121,803
113031 - Financial Managers 70 $46.65 $48.41 $28.86 $55.54 $97,023 $100,689 $60,037 $115,515
111011 - Chief Executives 80 $41.79 $32.41 $15.3 $55.04 $86,924 $67,418 $31,819 $114,477
132051 - Financial Analysts NA $41.71 $43.37 $29.33 $47.9 $86,764 $90,217 $61,010 $99,640

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
193039 - Psychologists, All Other 2 4 2 100% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251126 - Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 22 31 9 40.9% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 5 7 2 40% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 51 69 18 35.3% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 35 47 12 34.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
212011 - Clergy 16 21 5 31.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
291122 - Occupational Therapists 29 38 9 31% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
312021 - Physical Therapist Assistants 77 100 23 29.9% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 41 53 12 29.3% 2 54 - Above Average B+

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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.