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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 $610 per week in the 2nd Quarter of 2017.


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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
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 October 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,153 7,932 221 2.7%
Benton County 7,119 6,889 230 3.2%
Carroll County 4,706 4,573 133 2.8%
Cedar County 5,615 5,489 126 2.2%
Chariton County 3,852 3,776 76 2%
Henry County 9,597 9,352 245 2.6%
Hickory County 3,654 3,554 100 2.7%
Johnson County 23,484 22,717 767 3.3%
Lafayette County 17,380 16,893 487 2.8%
Pettis County 20,485 19,969 516 2.5%
St. Clair County 3,791 3,676 115 3%
Saline County 10,347 10,131 216 2.1%
Vernon County 9,448 9,224 224 2.4%
West Central Region Summary 127,631 124,175 3,456 2.7%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 274 11,881 $126,058,709 $816 3.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,569 11,015 $76,205,611 $532 0.5%
52 - Finance and insurance 350 2,836 $33,258,545 $902 6.1%
54 - Professional and technical services 390 1,737 $20,917,279 $926 1.6%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 190 1,593 $13,752,254 $664 9.2%
61 - Educational services 34 892 $7,045,283 $608 4.2%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 166 635 $4,339,966 $526 5.3%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
2nd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
311 - Food manufacturing 39 3,624 $34,197,624 $726 0.8%
624 - Social Assistance 1,194 3,264 $12,954,278 $305 3.2%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 56 2,755 $16,170,224 $451 2.7%
522 - Credit Intermediation & Related Activity 136 2,056 $24,426,712 $914 6.4%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 44 1,799 $18,025,176 $771 27.9%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 373 1,789 $17,557,186 $755 1.1%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 390 1,737 $20,917,279 $926 1.6%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 157 1,729 $15,408,499 $686 1.2%
622 - Hospitals 9 1,360 $16,848,508 $953 0.2%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 122 1,254 $11,574,563 $710 1.5%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2016
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other NA $120.06 NA NA NA $249,719 NA NA NA
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $113.86 NA $70.98 $135.3 $236,832 NA $147,635 $281,430
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 140 $108.1 $98.57 $73.58 $125.35 $224,842 $205,034 $153,051 $260,737
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $88.03 $91.08 $80.47 $91.82 $183,111 $189,440 $167,381 $190,976
291066 - Psychiatrists 40 $81.68 $85.86 $21.25 $111.9 $169,905 $178,580 $44,200 $232,757
113021 - Computer and Information Systems Managers 60 $56.88 $48.55 $34.29 $68.17 $118,308 $100,979 $71,323 $141,800
291051 - Pharmacists 100 $54.66 $62.13 $29.79 $67.1 $113,692 $129,234 $61,957 $139,559
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer NA $54.09 $51.66 $38.21 $62.02 $112,499 $107,442 $79,484 $129,007
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 70 $51.32 $49.58 $33.48 $60.24 $106,742 $103,122 $69,632 $125,296
291131 - Veterinarians NA $50.47 $40.96 $34.01 $58.7 $104,975 $85,207 $70,732 $122,096

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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.