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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 $731 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2016.


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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 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 August 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 14,962 14,409 553 3.7%
Barton County 5,130 4,881 249 4.9%
Dade County 3,375 3,244 131 3.9%
Jasper County 56,482 54,364 2,118 3.7%
Lawrence County 17,460 16,736 724 4.1%
Mcdonald County 10,811 10,392 419 3.9%
Newton County 27,692 26,565 1,127 4.1%
Southwest Region Summary 135,912 130,591 5,321 3.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
44 - Retail Trade 883 15,402 $99,135,542 $495 1.5%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,150 15,090 $158,303,938 $807 2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 449 9,018 $31,690,851 $270 0.6%
23 - Construction 524 4,041 $47,229,153 $899 3.1%
81 - Other services, except public administra 514 2,682 $17,175,599 $493 3.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 104 1,597 $13,653,691 $658 0.1%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 48 1,584 $29,483,566 $1,432 1.4%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 201 789 $5,662,774 $552 3%
22 - Utilities 15 582 $11,639,965 $1,538 0.7%
21 - Mining 17 188 $2,144,837 $878 2.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2016
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 394 8,407 $28,908,194 $265 0.4%
622 - Hospitals 9 5,693 $77,350,190 $1,045 2.1%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 40 4,873 $28,673,458 $453 1.4%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 80 3,601 $39,160,980 $836 11.9%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 62 2,758 $17,659,554 $492 2.2%
624 - Social Assistance 751 2,602 $10,228,745 $302 9.8%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 148 2,202 $22,786,467 $796 3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 109 1,799 $25,854,149 $1,105 3.1%
551 - Management of Companies and Enterprises 48 1,584 $29,483,566 $1,432 1.4%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 103 1,409 $9,592,933 $524 0.1%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $96.43 NA $21.93 $133.69 $200,582 NA $45,604 $278,071
291021 - Dentists, General 60 $83.83 $66.28 $45.07 $103.21 $174,365 $137,864 $93,750 $214,673
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 60 $65.66 $67.81 $25 $85.98 $136,568 $141,041 $52,008 $178,847
111011 - Chief Executives 180 $62.88 $51.63 $10.63 $89 $130,790 $107,395 $22,110 $185,130
291051 - Pharmacists 210 $60.48 $60.42 $52.2 $64.62 $125,791 $125,678 $108,574 $134,399
112021 - Marketing Managers 50 $58.23 $55.14 $37.35 $68.67 $121,116 $114,691 $77,691 $142,828
291062 - Family and General Practitioners NA $57.12 $29.41 $27.25 $72.05 $118,806 $61,175 $56,681 $149,868
112022 - Sales Managers 170 $54.44 $51.82 $26.91 $68.21 $113,242 $107,782 $55,966 $141,880
119021 - Construction Managers 80 $54.09 $36.32 $24.52 $68.87 $112,497 $75,554 $50,994 $143,248
113121 - Human Resources Managers 40 $53.01 $52.47 $39.44 $59.8 $110,266 $109,141 $82,044 $124,377

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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.