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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 $617 per week in the 3rd 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 2016 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2016
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Bates County 16,417 $539,413,000 $32,857 $121,799,177
Benton County 18,839 $621,016,000 $32,964 $162,888,793
Carroll County 8,913 $427,511,000 $47,965 $66,735,064
Cedar County 14,016 $433,002,000 $30,893 $100,546,459
Chariton County 7,516 $316,897,000 $42,163 $58,477,971
Henry County 21,594 $852,136,000 $39,462 $260,175,280
Hickory County 9,269 $247,928,000 $26,748 $52,510,667
Johnson County 53,942 $1,792,809,000 $33,236 $468,506,821
Lafayette County 32,618 $1,260,618,000 $38,648 $235,947,700
Pettis County 42,213 $1,513,443,000 $35,853 $616,903,838
Saline County 22,980 $870,488,000 $37,880 $215,037,863
St. Clair County 9,272 $294,111,000 $31,720 $54,569,740
Vernon County 20,723 $664,521,000 $32,067 $188,546,976
West Central Region Summary 278,312 $9,833,893,000 $35,334 $2,602,646,349



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,175 7,848 327 4%
Benton County 7,294 6,918 376 5.2%
Carroll County 4,875 4,720 155 3.2%
Cedar County 5,716 5,523 193 3.4%
Chariton County 3,819 3,718 101 2.6%
Henry County 9,642 9,282 360 3.7%
Hickory County 3,884 3,721 163 4.2%
Johnson County 23,590 22,729 861 3.6%
Lafayette County 17,267 16,689 578 3.3%
Pettis County 20,903 19,712 1,191 5.7%
St. Clair County 3,795 3,629 166 4.4%
Saline County 10,645 10,295 350 3.3%
Vernon County 9,631 9,323 308 3.2%
West Central Region Summary 129,236 124,107 5,129 4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 276 11,981 $131,358,085 $843 3.8%
72 - Accommodation and food services 476 7,364 $24,265,370 $253 1.2%
23 - Construction 606 2,907 $30,014,974 $794 2.3%
52 - Finance and insurance 342 2,722 $31,065,362 $878 1.3%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 252 1,859 $17,599,507 $728 0.8%
54 - Professional and technical services 392 1,725 $20,618,585 $919 4%
51 - Information 83 893 $7,089,995 $611 0.7%
53 - Real estate and rental and leasing 167 600 $3,806,109 $488 1.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2017
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 420 6,886 $22,564,591 $252 1.2%
311 - Food manufacturing 40 3,666 $35,994,006 $755 1.9%
624 - Social Assistance 1,215 3,153 $12,022,065 $293 1.4%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 55 2,778 $14,355,104 $397 2.1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 269 2,357 $23,598,717 $770 0.9%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 44 1,819 $20,935,473 $885 23.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 376 1,814 $18,114,505 $768 1.7%
541 - Professional and Technical Services 392 1,725 $20,618,585 $919 4%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 156 1,718 $15,776,642 $707 1.7%
333 - Machinery manufacturing 29 1,433 $16,215,452 $871 1.7%

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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.