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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 $761 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2017.


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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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Barry County 35,732 $1,149,084,000 $32,158 $384,301,868
Barton County 11,908 $392,083,000 $32,926 $95,314,790
Dade County 7,631 $237,454,000 $31,117 $44,758,258
Jasper County 119,111 $4,359,195,000 $36,598 $1,756,028,382
Lawrence County 38,381 $1,186,220,000 $30,906 $283,140,387
Mcdonald County 22,620 $594,561,000 $26,285 $310,231,837
Newton County 58,694 $2,086,233,000 $35,544 $687,856,197
Southwest Region Summary 294,077 $10,004,830,000 $34,021 $3,561,631,719



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics June 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Barry County 15,360 14,872 488 3.2%
Barton County 5,152 4,969 183 3.6%
Dade County 3,596 3,485 111 3.1%
Jasper County 57,141 55,439 1,702 3%
Lawrence County 17,698 17,113 585 3.3%
Mcdonald County 10,785 10,379 406 3.8%
Newton County 28,009 26,992 1,017 3.6%
Southwest Region Summary 137,741 133,249 4,492 3.3%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 399 23,197 $265,483,438 $880 3.7%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,269 15,266 $162,902,857 $821 1.2%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 343 7,129 $89,647,595 $967 1.1%
56 - Administrative and waste services 266 5,564 $35,907,229 $496 1.4%
23 - Construction 556 4,220 $54,395,533 $992 4.4%
54 - Professional and technical services 409 3,426 $49,191,149 $1,104 5.4%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 112 1,676 $15,062,718 $691 4.9%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 49 1,634 $34,235,317 $1,612 3.2%
22 - Utilities 18 621 $15,045,265 $1,864 6.7%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 78 578 $2,517,510 $335 12.7%

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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
000 Total Private 6,319 98,566 $974,998,452 $761 1.3%
311 - Food manufacturing 58 9,484 $106,427,699 $863 8.4%
622 - Hospitals 11 5,744 $79,480,336 $1,064 0.9%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 240 5,233 $31,873,957 $469 1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 320 4,055 $54,489,242 $1,034 0.4%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 409 3,426 $49,191,149 $1,105 5.4%
624 - Social Assistance 872 2,718 $10,714,153 $303 4.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 355 2,499 $30,645,295 $943 9.1%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 158 2,254 $26,008,744 $887 1.3%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 109 1,801 $25,584,590 $1,093 0.1%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2017
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 80 $72.66 $67.82 $36.87 $96.16 $151,133 $141,074 $76,683 $200,005
291021 - Dentists, General 50 $69.95 $63.1 $51.49 $77.34 $145,497 $131,249 $107,091 $160,862
111011 - Chief Executives 140 $69.72 $53.83 $25.68 NA $145,010 $111,960 $53,413 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners NA $64.57 $30.39 $27.59 NA $134,298 $63,218 $57,387 NA
291051 - Pharmacists 190 $63.25 $60.8 $54.58 $69.6 $131,557 $126,461 $113,528 $144,775
112021 - Marketing Managers 40 $62.23 $59.29 $43.66 $74.53 $129,432 $123,316 $90,812 $155,014
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $60.99 $53.6 $17.69 $77.08 $126,863 $111,479 $36,799 $160,322
119021 - Construction Managers 60 $58 $38.78 $30.8 $66.2 $120,635 $80,653 $64,064 $137,701
113061 - Purchasing Managers 40 $55.55 $50.37 $41.17 $60.64 $115,549 $104,771 $85,643 $126,129
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $53.43 $53.92 $45.69 $61.66 $111,132 $112,148 $95,042 $128,247

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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.