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West Central Region Data

The West Central region consists of 13 counties and the historic towns of Sedalia, Warrensburg and Marshall.  Its three major lakes – Truman, Stockton and Pomme de Terre – offer tranquility, while Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 Stealth bomber, offers protection.  Top industries are retail trade, farming, construction, food services and federal/military.

The regional average wage was $632 per week in the 4th 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
Bates County 16,417 $554,598,000 $33,722 $121,799,177
Benton County 18,839 $640,759,000 $34,320 $162,888,793
Carroll County 8,913 $399,267,000 $44,402 $66,735,064
Cedar County 14,016 $429,895,000 $30,852 $100,546,459
Chariton County 7,516 $308,714,000 $40,679 $58,477,971
Henry County 21,594 $853,520,000 $39,266 $260,175,280
Hickory County 9,269 $242,835,000 $26,392 $52,510,667
Johnson County 53,942 $1,765,194,000 $32,718 $468,506,821
Lafayette County 32,618 $1,195,983,000 $36,573 $235,947,700
Pettis County 42,213 $1,491,251,000 $35,292 $616,903,838
Saline County 22,980 $853,683,000 $36,705 $215,037,863
St. Clair County 9,272 $297,477,000 $31,512 $54,569,740
Vernon County 20,723 $689,946,000 $33,129 $188,546,976
West Central Region Summary 278,312 $9,723,122,000 $34,850 $2,602,646,349



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics May 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,267 7,872 395 4.8%
Benton County 7,356 6,984 372 5.1%
Carroll County 4,820 4,613 207 4.3%
Cedar County 5,746 5,506 240 4.2%
Chariton County 3,873 3,742 131 3.4%
Henry County 9,768 9,335 433 4.4%
Hickory County 3,775 3,601 174 4.6%
Johnson County 23,161 22,098 1,063 4.6%
Lafayette County 17,511 16,857 654 3.7%
Pettis County 20,390 19,514 876 4.3%
St. Clair County 3,885 3,670 215 5.5%
Saline County 10,563 10,152 411 3.9%
Vernon County 9,649 9,238 411 4.3%
West Central Region Summary 128,764 123,182 5,582 4.3%

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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
31 - Manufacturing 268 11,575 $125,995,450 $837 0.6%
52 - Finance and insurance 348 2,798 $34,351,423 $944 3.9%
81 - Other services, except public administra 465 2,022 $13,576,126 $516 0.6%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 238 1,967 $19,250,946 $753 2.9%
54 - Professional and technical services 374 1,695 $24,540,152 $1,114 2.7%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 185 1,639 $15,495,801 $727 6.4%
61 - Educational services 31 913 $7,108,506 $599 6.5%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 161 590 $3,689,018 $481 2.8%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 70 552 $2,466,510 $344 2.2%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 28 299 $4,171,588 $1,073 3.8%

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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
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 96 4,204 $23,180,203 $424 4.3%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 47 2,774 $15,802,458 $438 4.4%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 139 2,045 $25,003,904 $941 5.3%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 374 1,695 $24,540,152 $1,114 2.7%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 43 1,515 $17,377,173 $882 10.6%
622 - Hospitals 9 1,373 $16,698,203 $936 0.9%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 139 1,273 $15,322,403 $926 0.5%
444 - Building Material & Garden Supply Stores 103 1,248 $8,200,565 $506 0.6%
336 - Transportation equipment manufacturing 12 980 $9,724,851 $763 7.6%
484 - Truck Transportation 169 924 $9,470,197 $789 6.3%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $115.82 NA $69.63 $138.92 $240,914 NA $144,836 $288,952
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 140 $106.39 NA $72.25 $123.45 $221,285 NA $150,285 $256,786
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $86.16 $89.26 $78.36 $90.06 $179,204 $185,660 $162,983 $187,314
112022 - Sales Managers 130 $74.31 $56.71 $36.43 $93.25 $154,571 $117,955 $75,779 $193,967
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 40 $65.62 $81.67 $26.89 $84.99 $136,496 $169,878 $55,929 $176,779
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 30 $57.97 $58.2 $37.02 $68.44 $120,575 $121,059 $77,010 $142,357
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 70 $55.08 $48.51 $33.07 $66.08 $114,557 $100,900 $68,791 $137,441
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $55.01 $63.92 $30.59 $67.22 $114,418 $132,958 $63,636 $139,809
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer NA $52.69 $50.21 $37.95 $60.06 $109,588 $104,438 $78,928 $124,918
119021 - Construction Managers 40 $52.29 $42.97 $29.13 $63.87 $108,764 $89,371 $60,587 $132,852

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
473011 - Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, an 5 8 3 60% NA 54 - Above Average B+
191013 - Soil and Plant Scientists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
291081 - Podiatrists 2 3 1 50% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
499052 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 27 39 12 44.4% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
499096 - Riggers 9 13 4 44.4% NA 54 - Above Average B+
472021 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons 108 153 45 41.7% 5 52 - Well Above Average A
292032 - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 13 18 5 38.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
193092 - Geographers 8 11 3 37.5% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
312011 - Occupational Therapy Assistants 24 33 9 37.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
132052 - Personal Financial Advisors 20 27 7 35% 1 52 - Well Above Average A

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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.