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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 $770 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
Barry County 35,732 $1,186,934,000 $33,277 $380,613,568
Barton County 11,908 $409,881,000 $34,589 $90,500,968
Dade County 7,631 $256,079,000 $33,748 $45,332,410
Jasper County 119,111 $4,586,274,000 $38,150 $1,789,948,506
Lawrence County 38,381 $1,245,205,000 $32,399 $285,072,676
Mcdonald County 22,620 $618,495,000 $27,094 $308,382,230
Newton County 58,694 $2,170,225,000 $37,232 $701,702,885
Southwest Region Summary 294,077 $10,473,093,000 $35,517 $3,601,553,243



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics May 2019
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 15,649 15,188 461 2.9%
Barton County 5,287 5,099 188 3.6%
Dade County 3,614 3,509 105 2.9%
Jasper County 56,669 55,024 1,645 2.9%
Lawrence County 17,782 17,252 530 3%
Mcdonald County 10,601 10,258 343 3.2%
Newton County 27,284 26,414 870 3.2%
Southwest Region Summary 136,886 132,744 4,142 3%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 396 23,799 $270,891,508 $876 2.6%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,217 15,728 $177,454,816 $868 3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 478 9,234 $34,111,418 $284 3%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 339 7,258 $90,215,709 $956 1.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 316 4,053 $48,197,742 $915 2.2%
54 - Professional and technical services 426 3,660 $52,758,558 $1,109 6.8%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 217 846 $5,972,338 $543 9%
22 - Utilities 21 705 $12,584,401 $1,373 13.5%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 71 610 $2,303,390 $290 5.5%
61 - Educational services 30 517 $3,775,486 $562 81.4%

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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
000 Total Private 6,217 99,867 $999,719,532 $770 1.3%
311 - Food manufacturing 56 9,934 $111,100,602 $860 4.7%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 419 8,582 $30,936,318 $277 2.9%
622 - Hospitals 15 5,995 $86,972,472 $1,116 4.4%
484 - Truck Transportation 243 5,076 $63,214,258 $958 0.7%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 50 4,737 $29,314,346 $476 0.2%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 310 4,177 $58,780,654 $1,082 3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 426 3,660 $52,758,558 $1,109 6.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 85 3,516 $38,852,814 $850 0.6%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 68 2,852 $19,908,879 $537 3.7%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2018
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 290 $85.92 $70.38 $28.43 $114.67 $178,720 $146,390 $59,143 $238,508
119111 - Medical and Health Services Managers 280 $77.84 $58.98 $29.96 $101.79 $161,915 $122,671 $62,314 $211,716
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 80 $70.55 $61.62 $39.07 $86.29 $146,748 $128,176 $81,261 $179,492
291051 - Pharmacists 180 $65.03 $63.4 $53.79 $70.65 $135,259 $131,882 $111,893 $146,943
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $63.61 $65.59 $17.46 $86.68 $132,303 $136,422 $36,319 $180,295
112022 - Sales Managers 130 $60.55 $62.59 $36.98 $72.34 $125,944 $130,184 $76,917 $150,458
291021 - Dentists, General 40 $60.3 $62.06 $35.6 $72.65 $125,422 $129,077 $74,048 $151,108
111011 - Chief Executives 150 $58.13 $45.34 $15.16 $79.61 $120,904 $94,304 $31,532 $165,590
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $54.5 $54.8 $42.6 $60.45 $113,363 $113,981 $88,602 $125,743
112021 - Marketing Managers 30 $54.49 $51.63 $35.09 $64.19 $113,348 $107,388 $72,994 $133,525

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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.