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April 08, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2013

Employment rose in the seven largest counties in Missouri from September 2012 to September 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2012 annual average employment. The independent city of St. Louis has been designated a county by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that Boone County reported the largest increase at 2.6 percent followed by St. Charles, 2.3 percent. These two counties registered employment gains that exceeded the national average of 1.7 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 286 of the 334 largest U.S. counties from September 2012 to September 2013. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest increase with a gain of 6.0 percent over the year. Peoria, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 3.7 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis County (573,900) in September 2013. Two other counties, Jackson and St. Louis City, had employment levels exceeding 200,000. Together, Missouri’s seven large counties accounted for 60.7 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in all but one of the large counties in Missouri from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. Wages in Clay County experienced the largest growth (5.1 percent) followed by Greene and Jackson (2.9 percent each). Nationally, average weekly wages increased 1.9 percent during the year ending in the third quarter of 2013. St. Louis City had the highest average weekly wage among the largest counties in the state at $1,000, followed by St. Louis ($958) and Jackson ($944). Average weekly wages in these three counties exceeded the national average of $922. Greene County recorded the lowest average weekly wage at $712. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Six of the seven large counties in Missouri recorded wage gains from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, with three counties posting increases greater than the U.S. average of 1.9 percent. (See table 1.) As mentioned, Clay County had the largest wage gain (5.1 percent), placing 9th in the national ranking, and Greene and Jackson (2.9 percent each) ranked 51st. Boone (1.6 percent, 172nd) and St. Charles and St. Louis City (0.8 percent each, 236th) also registered wage increases while average weekly wages in St. Louis County decreased 0.8 percent and ranked 316th.

Among the 334 largest counties, 291 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage gain at 9.9 percent. Forty of the 334 largest counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages, with Pinellas, Fla., reporting the largest percentage decrease with a loss of 4.3 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Three of the state’s large counties had average weekly wage levels that placed in the top 100 among the 334 largest counties in the United States in the third quarter of 2013. Average wages in St. Louis City ($1,000) and St. Louis County ($958) ranked 64th and 81st, respectively. Jackson County’s average weekly wage of $944 was also above the national average of $922 and ranked 90th. The wage levels in Missouri’s four other large counties were below average with St. Charles and Greene ranking among the lowest 10 percent in the nation.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than average in 101 of the 334 largest U.S. counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,868. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,698, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,667).

Among the 232 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2013, 3 had wages below $600. Horry, S.C. ($564) reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron, Texas ($587) and Hidalgo, Texas ($595).

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

Of the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000, Ralls recorded the highest average weekly wage at $758 followed by Platte at $754. Shannon County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $379 in the third quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, all but 3 had wages below the national average of $922. Twenty-eight reported average weekly wages under $500, 50 reported wages from $500 to $599, 24 had wages from $600 to $699, and 13 had wages of $700 and above. (See chart 1.) Of the 13 counties with wages of $700 or higher, six were located in the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City and St. Louis.

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 2012 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2014.

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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 9.3 million employer reports cover 135.0 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 7 largest counties in Missouri, third quarter 2013
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
September 2013 (thousands) Percent change, September 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

134957.5 1.7 -- $922 -- 1.9 --

Missouri

2661.0 1.3 -- 805 32 1.4 40

Boone, Mo.

89.8 2.6 77 748 284 1.6 172

Clay, Mo.

90.7 1.5 162 843 177 5.1 9

Greene, Mo.

156.1 1.3 187 712 313 2.9 51

Jackson, Mo.

348.9 1.0 214 944 90 2.9 51

St. Charles, Mo.

131.5 2.3 97 728 304 0.8 236

St. Louis City, Mo.

223.2 0.7 239 1,000 64 0.8 236

St. Louis, Mo.

573.9 1.2 194 958 81 -0.8 316

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

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Missouri, third quarter 2013
Area Employment September 2013 Average weekly wage (1)   Area Employment September 2013 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

134,957,493 $922        

Missouri

2,661,021 805   Linn 3,945 583

Adair

10,080 569   Livingston 6,155 585

Andrew

2,500 520   McDonald 6,882 554

Atchison

1,716 490   Macon 4,912 534

Audrain

9,237 621   Madison 3,713 505

Barry

13,702 710   Maries 1,487 596

Barton

3,334 519   Marion 13,404 614

Bates

3,553 518   Mercer 1,726 637

Benton

3,526 500   Miller 6,311 555

Bollinger

1,874 418   Mississippi 4,205 530

Boone

89,809 748   Moniteau 3,993 535

Buchanan

46,714 725   Monroe 1,960 521

Butler

18,677 594   Montgomery 2,906 545

Caldwell

1,489 543   Morgan 4,090 468

Callaway

14,395 696   New Madrid 7,262 669

Camden

16,872 533   Newton 17,794 601

Cape Girardeau

40,703 697   Nodaway 8,060 585

Carroll

2,312 544   Oregon 2,410 422

Carter

1,492 446   Osage 3,317 533

Cass

23,769 586   Ozark 1,484 398

Cedar

3,223 479   Pemiscot 5,939 549

Chariton

1,802 516   Perry 9,587 619

Christian

15,993 531   Pettis 18,966 585

Clark

1,506 467   Phelps 17,365 657

Clay

90,723 843   Pike 6,027 548

Clinton

3,831 550   Platte 39,364 754

Cole

51,347 735   Polk 7,758 606

Cooper

5,209 566   Pulaski 13,737 621

Crawford

6,608 617   Putnam 1,046 484

Dade

1,625 494   Ralls 3,549 758

Dallas

2,411 431   Randolph 9,553 633

Daviess

1,581 484   Ray 4,121 581

De Kalb

3,398 549   Reynolds 1,563 416

Dent

4,113 555   Ripley 3,069 443

Douglas

2,176 467   St. Charles 131,480 728

Dunklin

9,916 482   St. Clair 1,666 460

Franklin

36,552 694   Ste. Genevieve 5,466 717

Gasconade

5,155 526   St. Francois 22,471 541

Gentry

2,257 487   St. Louis 573,871 958

Greene

156,065 712   Saline 9,009 593

Grundy

3,539 601   Schuyler 616 488

Harrison

2,430 488   Scotland 1,187 533

Henry

7,389 624   Scott 15,108 596

Hickory

1,267 419   Shannon 1,562 379

Holt

1,362 529   Shelby 1,742 492

Howard

2,453 469   Stoddard 10,175 573

Howell

15,025 570   Stone 5,238 490

Iron

3,580 683   Sullivan 2,278 625

Jackson

348,929 944   Taney 29,894 533

Jasper

59,492 687   Texas 6,015 519

Jefferson

46,765 611   Vernon 7,008 622

Johnson

15,440 618   Warren 7,018 597

Knox

1,113 466   Washington 4,989 503

Laclede

12,052 573   Wayne 2,704 417

Lafayette

8,521 543   Webster 6,371 546

Lawrence

8,757 601   Worth 487 434

Lewis

2,564 525   Wright 4,236 502

Lincoln

10,146 649   St. Louis City 223,241 1,000

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: Covered employment and wages 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 2013
State Employment Average weekly wage(1)
September 2013 (thousands) Percent change, September 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States(2)

134957.5 1.7 $922 -- 1.9 --

Alabama

1847.6 0.8 794 34 1.3 43

Alaska

345.0 0.4 990 9 3.0 7

Arizona

2490.9 2.2 859 22 1.5 36

Arkansas

1156.5 0.1 723 47 2.1 21

California

15526.4 2.7 1,057 6 2.1 21

Colorado

2355.7 3.1 952 12 1.7 31

Connecticut

1650.3 0.7 1,109 3 1.9 28

Delaware

416.8 2.1 941 14 2.1 21

District of Columbia

726.2 1.5 1,560 1 3.0 7

Florida

7501.8 2.6 808 31 1.1 46

Georgia

3928.2 2.3 867 21 1.5 36

Hawaii

617.7 1.7 839 25 1.6 33

Idaho

644.7 2.3 703 50 2.3 19

Illinois

5731.7 0.7 959 11 1.5 36

Indiana

2883.6 1.2 784 38 1.6 33

Iowa

1512.0 1.5 772 40 2.1 21

Kansas

1347.6 1.8 776 39 2.0 26

Kentucky

1794.5 1.0 760 43 1.1 46

Louisiana

1893.4 1.4 827 28 2.9 10

Maine

601.5 0.7 735 46 1.8 30

Maryland

2546.4 0.6 1,011 8 0.4 51

Massachusetts

3318.3 1.2 1,131 2 2.6 11

Michigan

4069.7 2.1 875 20 1.5 36

Minnesota

2724.2 1.7 938 15 2.6 11

Mississippi

1099.1 0.8 688 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2661.0 1.3 805 32 1.4 40

Montana

446.7 1.2 705 49 2.3 19

Nebraska

937.5 1.3 766 41 3.4 3

Nevada

1169.4 2.5 836 27 2.0 26

New Hampshire

624.5 0.6 895 18 2.4 17

New Jersey

3851.9 1.2 1,068 5 1.3 43

New Mexico

793.7 0.5 766 41 0.7 49

New York

8724.8 1.3 1,108 4 1.7 31

North Carolina

4006.4 1.7 817 30 1.4 40

North Dakota

436.7 3.4 921 16 5.5 1

Ohio

5147.5 1.4 837 26 1.2 45

Oklahoma

1572.6 1.4 797 33 2.4 17

Oregon

1709.8 2.4 856 23 2.6 11

Pennsylvania

5622.4 0.3 913 17 1.6 33

Rhode Island

465.2 1.3 878 19 2.6 11

South Carolina

1859.3 2.3 751 44 1.9 28

South Dakota

408.9 0.9 706 48 3.4 3

Tennessee

2712.8 1.5 819 29 0.6 50

Texas

11091.9 2.8 952 12 2.5 15

Utah

1265.5 2.9 791 36 3.1 6

Vermont

302.5 0.0 788 37 3.4 3

Virginia

3650.1 0.6 971 10 1.1 46

Washington

3017.9 2.4 1,044 7 2.1 21

West Virginia

710.3 -0.7 751 44 3.7 2

Wisconsin

2752.7 1.1 793 35 3.0 7

Wyoming

286.1 0.2 840 24 1.4 40

Puerto Rico

910.9 -2.5 501 (3) -0.6 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.9 -1.9 706 (3) -0.6 (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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (OCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages for counties in Missouri, third quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2014