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Friday, September 23, 2016

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County Employent And Wages In Kentucky – First Quarter 2016

Each of Kentucky’s three large counties reported employment gains from March 2015 to March 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the employment gains in Boone County and Jefferson Counties, at 3.8 and 2.8 percent, respectively, were above the national average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.0 percent from March 2015 to March 2016 as 318 of the 344 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.9 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties, with a loss of 9.0 percent.

Among the three large counties in Kentucky, employment was highest in Jefferson County (454,00) in March 2016, while Boone County had the smallest employment (82,300). Together, Kentucky’s large counties accounted for 39.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

Of Kentucky’s three large counties, only Boone County experienced an average weekly wage gain from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016—up 2.2 percent. Jefferson County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $1,013. Nationally, the average weekly wage decreased 0.5 percent over the year to $1,043 in the first quarter of 2016. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,267 to $488. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, Boone County was the only large county in Kentucky to have average weekly wages increase from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. At 2.2 percent, Boone County’s wage gain ranked 32nd among the nation’s 344 large counties. Jefferson County’s 0.3-percent decrease ranked 191st and Fayette County’s 2.4-percent decline ranked 287th. (See table 1.)

Of the 344 largest U.S. counties, 167 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage decrease nationwide (-13.3 percent). Washington, Pa., was second with a wage decrease of 12.0 percent, followed by the counties of Lafayette, La. (-10.3 percent); Mercer, N.J. (-8.5 percent); and Williamson, Texas (-7.8 percent).

Nationally, 164 large U.S. counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Clayton, Ga., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages (15.5 percent), followed by King, Wash. (5.1 percent); San Mateo, Calif. (4.8 percent); Ventura, Calif. (4.4 percent); and Merrimack, N.H. (4.3 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

While average weekly wages in Kentucky’s three large counties were below the U.S. average of $1,043, the average weekly wage in Jefferson County ($1,013, 112th) placed in the top third of the national ranking. Average weekly wages in Fayette ($861, 216th) and Boone ($853, 225th) placed in the bottom half of the national ranking.

Nationwide, 91 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,043 in the first quarter of 2016. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,783, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,210. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,195); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,054); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,022).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 253 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2016. Horry, S.C. ($587), had the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($592); Hidalgo, Texas ($614); Webb, Texas ($650); and Lake, Fl. ($653).

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s smaller counties

Among the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment below 75,000, Hancock ($1,267) and Carroll ($1,051) were the only two to report an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,043. Robertson County reported the lowest wage in the state, averaging $488 in the first quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 120 counties in Kentucky were considered, 38 reported average weekly wages below $600, 43 reported average weekly wages from $600 to $699, 25 had wages from $700 to $799, 8 had wages from $800 to $899, and 6 had wages above $900. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW 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 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 2nd quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, December 7, 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 9.5 million employer reports cover 137.4 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 3 largest counties in Kentucky, first quarter 2016
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands) Percent change, March 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,070.8 2.0 -- $1,043 -- -0.5 --

Kentucky

1,843.9 1.9 -- 823 41 0.1 19

Boone, Ky.

82.3 3.8 33 853 225 2.2 32

Fayette, Ky.

187.6 1.7 200 861 216 -2.4 287

Jefferson, Ky.

454.0 2.8 99 1,013 112 -0.3 191

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 Kentucky, 1st quarter 2016
Area Employment March 2016 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

140,070,814 $1,043

Kentucky

1,843,903 823

Adair

4,501 552

Allen

4,418 630

Anderson

4,547 657

Ballard

1,861 883

Barren

17,057 633

Bath

1,983 608

Bell

8,411 599

Boone

82,255 853

Bourbon

6,626 733

Boyd

24,095 843

Boyle

13,526 725

Bracken

1,354 641

Breathitt

3,164 623

Breckinridge

3,319 590

Bullitt

23,747 624

Butler

2,954 612

Caldwell

4,320 581

Calloway

16,564 612

Campbell

29,604 798

Carlisle

1,003 528

Carroll

6,866 1,051

Carter

5,638 574

Casey

3,890 555

Christian

31,041 714

Clark

14,123 728

Clay

4,189 634

Clinton

3,527 548

Crittenden

1,941 507

Cumberland

1,700 629

Daviess

44,758 730

Edmonson

1,470 605

Elliott

943 545

Estill

2,460 590

Fayette

187,638 861

Fleming

2,920 584

Floyd

10,864 699

Franklin

31,028 795

Fulton

2,016 649

Gallatin

2,509 823

Garrard

2,330 603

Grant

4,895 703

Graves

10,792 668

Grayson

7,846 602

Green

1,699 505

Greenup

7,873 692

Hancock

4,151 1,267

Hardin

48,084 759

Harlan

6,042 630

Harrison

4,768 760

Hart

5,112 609

Henderson

19,854 753

Henry

2,680 651

Hickman

1,081 539

Hopkins

18,187 746

Jackson

1,779 578

Jefferson

453,998 1,013

Jessamine

16,501 676

Johnson

5,237 612

Kenton

64,743 952

Knott

2,370 584

Knox

7,621 566

Larue

2,583 569

Laurel

25,977 646

Lawrence

3,180 687

Lee

1,459 612

Leslie

1,683 635

Letcher

4,328 597

Lewis

1,987 564

Lincoln

4,298 568

Livingston

2,535 777

Logan

8,351 725

Lyon

2,269 559

McCracken

39,478 778

McCreary

2,627 640

McLean

2,124 610

Madison

33,584 690

Magoffin

1,749 506

Marion

8,574 690

Marshall

11,041 884

Martin

2,484 754

Mason

8,659 715

Meade

4,247 677

Menifee

860 573

Mercer

6,426 885

Metcalfe

1,829 585

Monroe

3,156 527

Montgomery

10,957 666

Morgan

2,810 602

Muhlenberg

9,020 767

Nelson

15,194 689

Nicholas

820 545

Ohio

7,487 583

Oldham

15,424 757

Owen

1,737 694

Owsley

682 493

Pendleton

2,280 752

Perry

11,344 655

Pike

20,239 748

Powell

2,526 562

Pulaski

25,495 630

Robertson

285 488

Rockcastle

3,402 560

Rowan

10,364 608

Russell

5,450 533

Scott

25,571 903

Shelby

15,899 721

Simpson

8,621 675

Spencer

1,850 629

Taylor

11,558 584

Todd

2,290 545

Trigg

2,959 588

Trimble

1,091 928

Union

5,091 754

Warren

62,068 770

Washington

3,470 667

Wayne

5,399 552

Webster

3,189 833

Whitley

11,609 660

Wolfe

1,271 515

Woodford

9,111 760

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, first quarter 2016
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands) Percent change, March 2015-16 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2015-16 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,070.8 2.0 1043 -- -0.5 --

Alabama

1,902.6 1.6 842 37 -0.2 22

Alaska

317.6 -1.4 1028 15 -2 43

Arizona

2,679.8 2.8 918 23 -0.8 30

Arkansas

1,191.1 2.1 793 45 0.5 13

California

16,455.5 2.6 1206 6 0 20

Colorado

2,514.6 2.4 1057 13 -1.3 36

Connecticut

1,650.6 0.6 1362 3 -1.4 38

Delaware

429.7 1.5 1072 10 -3 48

District of Columbia

749.6 2.0 1766 1 0.4 14

Florida

8,301.8 3.5 887 27 0.2 18

Georgia

4,215.1 3.0 1008 17 1.9 2

Hawaii

645.1 1.4 896 26 1.7 3

Idaho

670.4 3.5 725 50 -1.5 39

Illinois

5,800.6 1.2 1126 7 -0.5 28

Indiana

2,949.5 1.9 853 33 -0.5 28

Iowa

1,518.2 0.9 844 36 -0.4 27

Kansas

1,362.3 0.4 833 38 -2 43

Kentucky

1,843.9 1.9 823 41 0.1 19

Louisiana

1,910.5 -0.8 860 32 -2.6 47

Maine

580.5 1.8 804 44 1.1 8

Maryland

2,591.7 1.9 1103 9 -0.8 30

Massachusetts

3,414.8 2.1 1327 4 -1 33

Michigan

4,163.7 2.1 976 20 0.7 11

Minnesota

2,750.1 1.5 1065 12 -1.2 34

Mississippi

1,121.0 1.7 713 51 0.4 14

Missouri

2,729.5 1.9 879 29 -0.3 25

Montana

447.8 1.8 751 49 0.3 16

Nebraska

956.6 1.4 817 42 0 20

Nevada

1,264.1 3.0 875 30 1.2 5

New Hampshire

635.1 1.9 998 18 1.6 4

New Jersey

3,909.7 2.4 1268 5 -1.7 41

New Mexico

800.4 0.0 792 46 -1.6 40

New York

9,042.2 2.0 1456 2 -0.3 25

North Carolina

4,220.3 3.0 928 22 -0.2 22

North Dakota

409.4 -6.2 908 25 -7.6 51

Ohio

5,236.2 1.8 913 24 -0.8 30

Oklahoma

1,578.6 -0.9 833 38 -4.1 49

Oregon

1,808.2 3.2 929 21 1.2 5

Pennsylvania

5,662.2 1.1 1012 16 -1.9 42

Rhode Island

464.6 1.9 985 19 -2.2 46

South Carolina

1,974.6 2.7 806 43 0.8 10

South Dakota

410.5 0.9 771 48 1.2 5

Tennessee

2,859.2 3.3 887 27 0.3 16

Texas

11,638.7 0.7 1066 11 -2.1 45

Utah

1,369.2 3.8 849 35 0.6 12

Vermont

304.6 0.1 832 40 1 9

Virginia

3,748.1 2.6 1057 13 -1.2 34

Washington

3,147.7 3.1 1121 8 3 1

West Virginia

683.9 -1.2 782 47 -1.3 36

Wisconsin

2,771.4 1.3 875 30 -0.2 22

Wyoming

267.9 -3.7 850 34 -4.7 50

Puerto Rico

895.2 -1.2 520 (3) -0.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 769 (3) 2.9 (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: Friday, September 23, 2016