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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 $615 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
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
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 245,694 $8,527,139,000 $34,621 $2,366,698,649



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2017
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,430 8,062 368 4.4%
Benton County 7,376 7,032 344 4.7%
Carroll County 4,930 4,739 191 3.9%
Cedar County 5,850 5,626 224 3.8%
Chariton County 3,978 3,847 131 3.3%
Henry County 9,776 9,391 385 3.9%
Hickory County 3,799 3,637 162 4.3%
Johnson County 23,401 22,465 936 4%
Lafayette County 17,737 17,125 612 3.5%
Pettis County 20,543 19,721 822 4%
St. Clair County 3,951 3,754 197 5%
Saline County 10,783 10,393 390 3.6%
Vernon County 9,869 9,468 401 4.1%
West Central Region Summary 130,423 125,260 5,163 4%

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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 822 11,323 $67,347,353 $458 2.1%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,449 10,946 $77,084,454 $542 0.2%
72 - Accommodation and food services 460 7,276 $23,087,493 $244 0.6%
42 - Wholesale trade 295 2,743 $28,967,626 $812 0.8%
81 - Other services, except public administra 462 2,013 $13,971,415 $534 2.8%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 184 1,707 $14,274,207 $643 4.9%
54 - Professional and technical services 374 1,659 $20,946,156 $971 2.5%
61 - Educational services 31 801 $7,037,359 $676 9%
55 - Management of companies and enterprises 28 390 $5,421,765 $1,069 33.6%

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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
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 402 6,806 $21,416,569 $242 1.2%
623 - Nursing and Residential Care Facilities 95 4,143 $22,871,270 $425 1.5%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 47 2,722 $14,078,554 $398 4.7%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 281 2,337 $24,136,964 $794 1.1%
447 - Gasoline Stations 122 2,003 $8,382,601 $322 4.5%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 374 1,659 $20,946,156 $971 2.5%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 74 1,595 $7,067,010 $341 1.3%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 43 1,473 $15,065,649 $787 7.8%
622 - Hospitals 8 1,356 $17,710,375 $1,005 0.6%
423 - Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 139 1,305 $14,447,810 $852 0.7%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
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.