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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 $741 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2016.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2016 2015 Percent Difference
240.0 237.0 1.3%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2016 Income 2015 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Barry County 35,732 $1,173,474,000 $32,752 $384,301,868
Barton County 11,908 $390,204,000 $32,845 $95,314,790
Dade County 7,631 $243,651,000 $32,080 $44,758,258
Jasper County 119,111 $4,283,548,000 $36,119 $1,756,028,382
Lawrence County 38,381 $1,198,872,000 $31,401 $283,140,387
Mcdonald County 22,620 $611,088,000 $26,988 $310,231,837
Newton County 58,694 $2,102,596,000 $35,871 $687,856,197
Southwest Region Summary 294,077 $10,003,433,000 $34,102 $3,561,631,719



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 15,478 14,977 501 3.2%
Barton County 5,309 5,084 225 4.2%
Dade County 3,696 3,579 117 3.2%
Jasper County 56,773 54,797 1,976 3.5%
Lawrence County 17,909 17,289 620 3.5%
Mcdonald County 10,852 10,490 362 3.3%
Newton County 28,017 26,978 1,039 3.7%
Southwest Region Summary 138,034 133,194 4,840 3.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 878 15,297 $96,176,645 $484 2.6%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,172 15,028 $158,373,123 $811 1.4%
72 - Accommodation and food services 453 9,338 $33,009,186 $272 2.4%
23 - Construction 518 4,013 $44,528,152 $854 5.7%
54 - Professional and technical services 380 3,220 $54,282,440 $1,297 0.8%
81 - Other services, except public administra 514 2,711 $16,939,060 $481 4.3%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 48 1,584 $46,282,965 $2,248 1.1%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 203 818 $5,966,268 $561 4.1%
22 - Utilities 15 576 $11,409,022 $1,524 0.7%
21 - Mining 18 198 $2,158,008 $838 0.5%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 6,053 97,096 $935,004,769 $741 0.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 398 8,574 $29,724,884 $267 2.1%
622 - Hospitals 8 5,700 $81,004,208 $1,093 0.9%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 39 4,708 $24,979,430 $408 1.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 80 3,486 $37,543,090 $829 5.2%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 380 3,220 $54,282,440 $1,297 0.8%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 62 2,767 $17,618,730 $490 3.7%
624 - Social Assistance 770 2,509 $9,966,393 $306 8.7%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 150 2,215 $22,448,730 $780 3.5%
447 - Gasoline Stations 107 2,020 $9,420,607 $359 2.7%

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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.