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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 $646 per week in the 4th 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 August 2018
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bates County 8,103 7,788 315 3.9%
Benton County 6,859 6,529 330 4.8%
Carroll County 4,507 4,354 153 3.4%
Cedar County 5,458 5,229 229 4.2%
Chariton County 3,556 3,444 112 3.1%
Henry County 9,383 8,990 393 4.2%
Hickory County 3,640 3,482 158 4.3%
Johnson County 22,403 21,440 963 4.3%
Lafayette County 17,216 16,678 538 3.1%
Pettis County 20,394 19,535 859 4.2%
St. Clair County 3,572 3,391 181 5.1%
Saline County 10,033 9,673 360 3.6%
Vernon County 8,990 8,665 325 3.6%
West Central Region Summary 124,114 119,198 4,916 4%

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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 276 11,921 $131,997,492 $852 3%
72 - Accommodation and food services 477 7,476 $24,689,575 $254 2.9%
23 - Construction 601 2,842 $34,375,834 $930 4.1%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 250 2,062 $19,559,704 $730 4.8%
81 - Other services, except public administra 475 2,049 $14,778,640 $555 1.3%
54 - Professional and technical services 396 1,698 $23,336,868 $1,057 0.2%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 194 1,649 $16,222,424 $757 0.6%
21 - Mining 14 62 $746,279 $926 26.5%

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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 6,404 62,390 $523,973,791 $646 0.2%
722 - Food Services and Drinking Places 420 7,090 $23,230,117 $252 3.2%
311 - Food manufacturing 39 3,731 $37,061,199 $764 3.7%
624 - Social Assistance 1,235 3,193 $12,350,868 $298 0.2%
452 - General Merchandise Stores 56 2,803 $16,293,027 $447 1%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 262 2,373 $25,838,670 $837 3.5%
447 - Gasoline Stations 123 1,913 $8,161,259 $328 1.3%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 377 1,808 $20,828,793 $886 4.8%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 44 1,717 $17,356,520 $778 13.3%
441 - Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 156 1,716 $15,665,071 $702 2.5%

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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 NA $125.63 NA NA NA $261,308 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 150 $110.93 NA $81.09 NA $230,731 NA $168,672 NA
413031 - Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sa NA $60.12 $22.43 $9.06 NA $125,047 $46,651 $18,836 NA
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 40 $53.77 $47.69 $37.68 $71.18 $111,835 $99,202 $78,381 $148,064
172072 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 30 $50.65 $47.65 $37.63 $66.49 $105,359 $99,121 $78,272 $138,306
119021 - Construction Managers 50 $49.72 $36.12 $32.09 $42.42 $103,416 $75,140 $66,753 $88,236
112022 - Sales Managers 40 $49.11 $46.53 $34.77 $55.54 $102,148 $96,775 $72,325 $115,516
113051 - Industrial Production Managers 110 $47.88 $44.98 $36.78 $54.9 $99,598 $93,561 $76,494 $114,198
119033 - Education Administrators, Postsecondary 70 $47.32 $40.9 $33.79 $60.31 $98,430 $85,075 $70,278 $125,441
291051 - Pharmacists 90 $47.07 $55.3 $9.63 $66.95 $97,898 $115,033 $20,036 $139,248

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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.