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County Employment and Wages in Minnesota — Third Quarter 2015

Employment increased in 7 of the 8 large counties in Minnesota from September 2014 to September 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2014 annual average employment.) Washington County had the largest increase, up 2.8 percent, followed by Hennepin (2.0 percent) and Olmsted (1.7 percent). Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that the rates of job growth in Washington and Hennepin Counties were above the national increase of 1.9 percent. (See table 1.)

Among the eight largest counties in Minnesota, employment was highest in Hennepin (888,500) in September 2015, followed by Ramsey (330,000). Two other counties—Dakota and Anoka—each had employment levels of more than 100,000. Collectively, Minnesota's eight large counties accounted for 67.0 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Stearns County rose 4.8 percent from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015, the largest increase among Minnesota's large counties. Hennepin County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,198, followed by Olmsted ($1,113) and Ramsey ($1,073). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 2.6 percent over the year to $974 in the third quarter of 2015.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 79 counties in Minnesota with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in all of the smaller counties were below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All of the eight large counties in Minnesota had wage increases from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Five of these counties had wage increases that were greater than the national increase of 2.6 percent. (See table 1.) Stearns County’s 4.8-percent wage gain ranked 13th among the 342 largest U.S. counties. Three other large counties ranked among the top 100 nationwide for wage growth: Washington (3.6 percent, 64th), Anoka (3.5 percent, 72nd), and Olmsted (3.4 percent, 77th).

Nationally, 319 of the 342 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Rockland, N.Y., had the largest wage gain, up 24.9 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Lake, Ill., was second with a wage increase of 11.7 percent; followed by Onondaga, N.Y. (6.5 percent); Washington, Ore. (6.4 percent); and Marin, Calif., and Santa Cruz, Calif. (6.1 percent each).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 20 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Midland, Texas, had the largest wage decrease with a loss of 6.7 percent. Ector, Texas, had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, down 4.9 percent from the third quarter 2014; followed by Lafayette, La. (-3.2 percent); Stark, Ohio (-2.1 percent); and Gregg, Texas (-1.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 3 of Minnesota’s 8 large counties were above the national average of $974 in the third quarter of 2015. As noted, Hennepin County ($1,198) had the highest average weekly wage in the state, ranking 26th among the 342 largest U.S. counties. Olmsted ($1,113) and Ramsey ($1,073) placed 49th and 57th, respectively. Washington ($810) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties and ranked 265th nationwide.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($974) in 100 of the 342 largest counties in the third quarter of 2015. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,090, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,894); New York, N.Y. ($1,829); San Francisco, Calif. ($1,712); and Washington, D.C. ($1,667).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 242 had weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2015. Horry County, S.C. ($598), reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron, Texas ($615); Hidalgo Texas ($624); Webb, Texas ($658); and Marion, Fla. ($658).

Average weekly wages in Minnesota’s smaller counties

Among the 79 smaller counties in the state (those with employment below 75,000), Goodhue County had the highest average weekly wage at $934, followed by Carver County at $932. Cass County had the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties at $551. (See table 2.)

When all 87 counties in Minnesota were considered, 18 reported average weekly wages of $649 or less, 36 had wages from $650 to $749, 25 reported wages from $750 to $849, and 8 had wages of $850 or higher. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

Quarterly data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit the QCEW Web site at www.bls.gov/cew.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2014 edition of this publication contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 million full- and part-time workers. The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/cew/; however, data in QCEW press releases have been revised and may not match the data contained on the Bureau’s Web site.

QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of individual establishment records reflecting the number of establishments that exist in a county or industry at a point in time. Establishments can move in or out of a county or industry for a number of reasons–some reflecting economic events, others reflecting administrative changes.

The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released by the individual states as well as from the data presented on the BLS Web site. These potential differences result from the states’ continuing receipt, review and editing of UI data over time. On the other hand, differences between data in this release and the data found on the BLS Web site are the result of adjustments made to improve over-the-year comparisons. Specifically, these adjustments account for administrative (noneconomic) changes such as a correction to a previously reported location or industry classification. Adjusting for these administrative changes allows users to more accurately assess changes of an economic nature (such as a firm moving from one county to another or changing its primary economic activity) over a 12-month period. Currently, adjusted data are available only from BLS press releases.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 8 largest counties in Minnesota, third quarter 2015
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,442.2 1.9 -- $974 -- 2.6 --

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 -- 990 14 2.6 22

Anoka, Minn.

119.3 0.7 266 968 102 3.5 72

Dakota, Minn.

184.0 0.3 301 944 121 2.8 138

Hennepin, Minn.

888.5 2.0 151 1,198 26 2.0 228

Olmsted, Minn.

94.2 1.7 186 1,113 49 3.4 77

Ramsey, Minn.

330.0 1.2 221 1,073 57 1.7 253

St. Louis, Minn.

97.7 -0.2 319 836 231 1.6 259

Stearns, Minn.

84.9 0.2 307 825 246 4.8 13

Washington, Minn.

79.4 2.8 104 810 265 3.6 64

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(3) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
 

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Minnesota, third quarter 2015
Area Employment September 2015 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224 $974

Minnesota

2,800,745 990

Aitkin

3,827 630

Anoka

119,252 968

Becker

14,120 702

Beltrami

19,357 738

Benton

17,100 746

Big Stone

1,811 688

Blue Earth

38,734 773

Brown

14,038 750

Carlton

13,583 760

Carver

37,459 932

Cass

10,446 551

Chippewa

5,602 661

Chisago

14,931 766

Clay

18,774 708

Clearwater

2,778 794

Cook

3,277 559

Cottonwood

4,806 655

Crow Wing

29,199 695

Dakota

184,010 944

Dodge

6,034 783

Douglas

18,456 754

Faribault

4,989 668

Fillmore

6,111 596

Freeborn

11,958 772

Goodhue

21,586 934

Grant

1,903 707

Hennepin

888,484 1,198

Houston

5,067 585

Hubbard

6,160 665

Isanti

10,981 722

Itasca

16,796 770

Jackson

5,552 683

Kanabec

3,675 706

Kandiyohi

23,220 687

Kittson

1,465 699

Koochiching

4,692 758

Lac qui Parle

2,258 626

Lake

4,386 800

Lake of the Woods

1,588 600

Le Sueur

9,215 734

Lincoln

1,691 615

Lyon

14,723 758

McLeod

17,661 798

Mahnomen

2,029 608

Marshall

2,344 743

Martin

8,565 757

Meeker

7,313 667

Mille Lacs

9,578 638

Morrison

10,822 644

Mower

16,469 841

Murray

3,162 605

Nicollet

14,532 755

Nobles

10,464 744

Norman

1,637 689

Olmsted

94,202 1,113

Otter Tail

22,680 691

Pennington

10,647 760

Pine

8,369 577

Pipestone

4,543 647

Polk

12,598 699

Pope

4,310 799

Ramsey

329,952 1,073

Red Lake

1,016 615

Redwood

6,421 643

Renville

5,889 719

Rice

24,063 814

Rock

3,588 655

Roseau

8,236 757

St. Louis

97,662 836

Scott

47,213 884

Sherburne

25,885 773

Sibley

3,976 684

Stearns

84,877 825

Steele

21,481 737

Stevens

5,538 795

Swift

3,527 667

Todd

6,017 657

Traverse

1,066 621

Wabasha

7,228 661

Wadena

5,947 713

Waseca

6,797 745

Washington

79,381 810

Watonwan

3,943 604

Wilkin

1,958 720

Winona

24,872 730

Wright

41,673 749

Yellow Medicine

3,949 688

Footnotes
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

NOTE: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, third quarter 2015
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 -- 2.6 --

Alabama

1,893.6 1.2 830 34 1.8 40

Alaska

346.4 0.4 1,041 9 2.2 34

Arizona

2,613.9 2.9 889 24 1.5 42

Arkansas

1,193.4 1.9 756 48 2.6 22

California

16,474.4 3.0 1,134 5 3.4 6

Colorado

2,513.0 2.9 1,006 12 2.4 30

Connecticut

1,668.3 0.2 1,147 4 2.0 38

Delaware

436.3 2.1 963 15 0.3 48

District of Columbia

743.6 1.4 1,667 1 2.3 33

Florida

8,023.2 3.5 852 31 3.1 10

Georgia

4,171.1 2.8 916 22 2.8 19

Hawaii

635.4 1.4 896 23 3.1 10

Idaho

680.3 3.3 736 50 2.1 37

Illinois

5,888.6 1.3 1,020 10 3.9 3

Indiana

2,971.7 1.6 818 39 2.4 30

Iowa

1,535.9 0.4 823 38 3.0 14

Kansas

1,370.9 0.6 809 41 1.8 40

Kentucky

1,852.5 1.4 804 42 2.9 18

Louisiana

1,926.3 -0.2 858 30 0.7 47

Maine

609.7 0.7 779 46 3.3 7

Maryland

2,607.8 1.3 1,067 8 2.4 30

Massachusetts

3,446.9 1.4 1,197 2 3.0 14

Michigan

4,203.0 1.6 921 20 2.7 20

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 990 14 2.6 22

Mississippi

1,118.9 1.2 706 51 1.3 43

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 846 32 2.2 34

Montana

457.9 1.9 759 47 3.7 4

Nebraska

964.0 1.4 811 40 4.2 2

Nevada

1,254.5 3.2 862 29 2.5 27

New Hampshire

642.8 1.5 952 18 2.7 20

New Jersey

3,933.9 1.4 1,116 6 2.6 22

New Mexico

809.2 0.6 798 43 1.3 43

New York

9,065.4 1.8 1,180 3 3.1 10

North Carolina

4,194.1 2.5 863 28 3.0 14

North Dakota

438.0 -3.8 956 17 -2.3 51

Ohio

5,282.7 1.2 878 25 1.9 39

Oklahoma

1,598.0 0.2 825 37 0.0 49

Oregon

1,812.8 3.0 924 19 4.4 1

Pennsylvania

5,722.1 0.8 961 16 2.5 27

Rhode Island

477.4 1.2 919 21 2.6 22

South Carolina

1,959.7 2.9 788 44 2.6 22

South Dakota

419.5 0.9 756 48 3.1 10

Tennessee

2,850.6 2.7 864 27 3.2 8

Texas

11,681.0 2.1 999 13 1.1 45

Utah

1,353.9 3.7 829 35 3.2 8

Vermont

308.2 0.5 829 35 3.0 14

Virginia

3,759.7 2.5 1,014 11 2.5 27

Washington

3,187.6 2.5 1,111 7 2.2 34

West Virginia

702.4 -1.1 785 45 0.9 46

Wisconsin

2,815.7 0.9 834 33 3.5 5

Wyoming

287.4 -1.5 866 26 -1.1 50

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.8 -2.1 738 (3) 2.1 (3)

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(3) Data not included in the national ranking.
 

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, April 07, 2016