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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 $597 per week in the 4th 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
Butler County 42,739 $1,471,419,000 $34,428 $619,519,837
Carter County 6,168 $190,641,000 $30,908 $42,419,232
Douglas County 13,358 $320,230,000 $23,973 $83,764,929
Howell County 40,210 $1,263,513,000 $31,423 $480,016,696
Oregon County 10,789 $281,528,000 $26,094 $80,049,262
Ozark County 9,237 $251,605,000 $27,239 $54,108,854
Reynolds County 6,455 $183,134,000 $28,371 $54,893,604
Ripley County 13,817 $401,923,000 $29,089 $76,951,920
Shannon County 8,168 $199,493,000 $24,424 $42,738,813
Texas County 25,775 $655,969,000 $25,450 $181,514,042
Wayne County 13,139 $369,743,000 $28,141 $86,633,353
Wright County 18,286 $484,675,000 $26,505 $154,182,688
South Central Region Summary 208,141 $6,073,873,000 $29,182 $1,956,793,230



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics September 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Butler County 17,746 17,083 663 3.7%
Carter County 2,437 2,350 87 3.6%
Douglas County 4,915 4,604 311 6.3%
Howell County 15,689 15,220 469 3%
Oregon County 3,875 3,762 113 2.9%
Ozark County 3,411 3,271 140 4.1%
Reynolds County 3,017 2,940 77 2.6%
Ripley County 4,982 4,771 211 4.2%
Shannon County 3,124 2,986 138 4.4%
Texas County 8,679 8,374 305 3.5%
Wayne County 5,463 5,240 223 4.1%
Wright County 7,144 6,873 271 3.8%
South Central Region Summary 80,482 77,474 3,008 3.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
62 - Health care and social assistance 2,062 11,271 $84,598,644 $577 0.9%
31 - Manufacturing 339 8,580 $75,475,511 $677 2.2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 361 4,963 $17,288,709 $268 0.2%
56 - Administrative and waste services 128 2,153 $10,458,965 $374 2.2%
81 - Other services, except public administra 338 1,177 $6,765,170 $442 1.7%
21 - Mining 22 542 $9,632,346 $1,367 173.7%
22 - Utilities 18 397 $7,483,367 $1,450 1%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 132 381 $2,782,505 $562 3%
61 - Educational services 20 132 $597,535 $348 32%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 291 4,368 $14,526,720 $256 0.3%
624 - Social Assistance 1,728 3,485 $12,125,890 $268 3.5%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 80 2,996 $16,975,144 $436 2.8%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 107 2,042 $9,500,631 $358 2.4%
321 - Wood product manufacturing 142 1,902 $14,329,069 $580 0.3%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 11 931 $9,993,060 $826 4.6%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 86 880 $5,809,637 $508 3.2%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 97 875 $9,404,140 $827 1.7%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 29 853 $7,919,371 $714 7.8%
326 - Plastics and rubber products manufacturi 9 822 $8,850,056 $829 6.9%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 60 $114.27 NA $86.68 NA $237,685 NA $180,288 NA
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 50 $111.81 NA $97.34 NA $232,569 NA $202,460 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 160 $64.4 $66.23 $58.69 $73.35 $133,959 $137,762 $122,069 $152,559
291071 - Physician Assistants 40 $59.69 $61.06 $50.26 $71.06 $124,159 $127,008 $104,541 $147,812
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 40 $53.76 $51.2 $42.11 $70.47 $111,816 $106,496 $87,597 $146,569
291171 - Nurse Practitioners 90 $51.31 $47.02 $42.26 $59.31 $106,725 $97,794 $87,893 $123,357
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 140 $46.29 $45.9 $31.28 $58.31 $96,294 $95,473 $65,055 $121,275
113031 - Financial Managers 100 $44.83 $47.11 $30.77 $57.71 $93,241 $97,982 $64,011 $120,041
111011 - Chief Executives 70 $42.85 $16.5 $9.12 $63.64 $89,122 $34,329 $18,976 $132,367
291123 - Physical Therapists 90 $42.78 $44.89 $36.18 $51.09 $88,982 $93,376 $75,246 $106,262

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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.