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Southwest Region Data

The Southwest region sits snugly on the western edge of the Ozark Plateau, and contains Joplin.  It’s bordered by prairie land, and boasts George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO and Harry S Truman’s birthplace in Lamar, MO.

The regional average wage was $745 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2015.


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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 2015 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Barry County 35,829 $1,173,474,000 $32,752 $373,720,959
Barton County 11,880 $390,204,000 $32,845 $93,610,037
Dade County 7,595 $243,651,000 $32,080 $41,986,312
Jasper County 118,596 $4,283,548,000 $36,119 $1,712,561,232
Lawrence County 38,180 $1,198,872,000 $31,401 $278,076,209
Mcdonald County 22,643 $611,088,000 $26,988 $321,552,535
Newton County 58,615 $2,102,596,000 $35,871 $671,657,855
Southwest Region Summary 293,338 $10,003,433,000 $34,102 $3,493,165,139



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics January 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 14,749 14,061 688 4.7%
Barton County 5,207 4,895 312 6%
Dade County 3,547 3,395 152 4.3%
Jasper County 57,460 55,340 2,120 3.7%
Lawrence County 17,626 16,851 775 4.4%
Mcdonald County 10,641 10,267 374 3.5%
Newton County 28,136 26,997 1,139 4%
Southwest Region Summary 137,366 131,806 5,560 4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 397 22,625 $256,503,317 $872 0.9%
44 - Retail Trade 873 15,180 $100,741,781 $510 4.9%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,169 14,788 $161,048,626 $838 2.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 457 8,965 $31,098,407 $267 3.3%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 335 7,228 $90,777,029 $966 3.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 251 5,912 $37,617,996 $489 5%
54 - Professional and technical services 389 3,267 $45,424,481 $1,070 6.2%
81 - Other services, except public administra 514 2,594 $15,984,945 $474 3.1%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 101 1,595 $13,883,354 $670 0.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 204 766 $5,827,563 $585 0.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,106 97,598 $945,018,734 $745 1.7%
311 - Food manufacturing 58 8,964 $99,750,187 $856 1.4%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 399 8,373 $28,416,857 $261 4.4%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 227 5,610 $33,490,808 $459 5.4%
622 - Hospitals 8 5,576 $78,475,820 $1,083 13.1%
484 - Truck Transportation 233 5,376 $68,754,030 $984 3.5%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 40 4,805 $27,600,866 $442 6.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 389 3,267 $45,424,481 $1,070 6.2%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 81 3,219 $35,138,933 $840 3.7%
624 - Social Assistance 763 2,369 $9,733,923 $316 2.8%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291021 - Dentists, General 60 $87.78 $71.87 $40.47 $111.44 $182,592 $149,486 $84,178 $231,799
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 50 $68.21 $74.7 $25.55 $89.54 $141,868 $155,377 $53,137 $186,234
291062 - Family and General Practitioners NA $68.19 $48.28 $26.8 $88.88 $141,832 $100,417 $55,741 $184,877
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $60.46 $60.9 $51.29 $65.04 $125,752 $126,663 $106,689 $135,284
111011 - Chief Executives 220 $57.82 $49.18 $11.28 $81.09 $120,257 $102,290 $23,453 $168,659
112021 - Marketing Managers 40 $54.53 $54.92 $30.65 $66.48 $113,430 $114,243 $63,749 $138,270
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 50 $53.89 $51.56 $40.74 $60.46 $112,087 $107,250 $84,737 $125,761
112022 - Sales Managers 190 $50.57 $45.41 $24.85 $63.43 $105,191 $94,449 $51,692 $131,940
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 90 $49.41 $46.34 $31.45 $58.39 $102,774 $96,389 $65,417 $121,453
231011 - Lawyers 120 $46.49 $35.97 $23.32 $58.07 $96,702 $74,816 $48,513 $120,796

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
191041 - Epidemiologists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
439111 - Statistical Assistants 4 6 2 50% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 45 64 19 42.2% 2 54 - Above Average B+
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 61 85 24 39.3% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 17 23 6 35.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 64 86 22 34.4% 4 52 - Well Above Average A
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 21 28 7 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
499062 - Medical Equipment Repairers 33 44 11 33.3% 2 54 - Above Average B+
292056 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 49 64 15 30.6% 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.