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January 30, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi-Second Quarter 2013

Employment declined in both of Mississippi’s large counties from June 2012 to June 2013, 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 2011 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Harrison County experienced the larger decrease, down 0.4 percent, and Hinds County registered a 0.1-percent decline. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment rose 1.6 percent during the 12-month period, as 288 of the 334 largest U.S. counties added jobs. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest over-the-year percentage increase with a gain of 7.0 percent. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 4.5 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (120,300) in June 2013. Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 135.1 million in June 2013.

Large county wage changes

Hinds County posted a 1.8-percent wage gain from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013 and Harrison County posted a 1.7-percent increase. Over-the-year wage growth in both counties placed in the middle of the national ranking at 159th and 170th, respectively. Average weekly wages increased 2.1 perent nationwide from the second quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 304 large counties experienced growth in average weekly wages. Union, N.J., ranked first with an increase of 8.1 percent from the second quarter of 2012. San Mateo, Calif., ranked second with a gain of 8.0 percent, followed by the counties of Williamson, Tenn. (7.8 percent), Rockingham, N.H. (6.9 percent), and Dane, Wis. (6.0 percent).

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 18 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Davidson, Tenn., had the largest decrease in the nation (-2.2 percent), followed by the county of Whatcom, Wash. (-1.5 percent). Washington, Ore., and Shelby, Tenn., tied for the third largest percentage decrease (-1.3 percent). Two counties, El Paso, Colo., and Wyandotte, Kan., tied for the fifth largest percentage decrease (-1.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in both Hinds County ($811) and Harrison County ($677) were below the U.S. average of $921 and placed in the bottom half of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2013. The average weekly wage in Hinds County ranked 203rd and Harrison County’s average weekly wage ranked 323rd. (See table 1.)

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 107 of the 334 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $1,810. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,675, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,632), Washington D.C. ($1,575), and Arlington, Va. ($1,525).

There were 227 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2013. Horry, S.C. ($537) reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($572), Hidalgo, Texas ($592), Yakima, Wash. ($629), and Lake, Fla. ($633).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000. Among the smaller counties in Mississippi, all but one had an average weekly wage below the national average of $921. The lone exception was Kemper ($924). (See table 2.) Issaquena County reported the lowest weekly wage among all the counties in the state, averaging $423 in the second quarter of 2013.

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 3 reported average weekly wages under $500, 38 reported wages from $500-$599, 28 had wages from $600-$699, 8 had wages from $700-$799, and 5 had wages above $800. (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/.

An annual bulletin, 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 contains selected data produced by the 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 http://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 9.2 million employer reports cover 135.1 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

135,094.0 1.6 -- $921 -- 2.1 --

Mississippi

1,094.9 0.7 -- 691 49 1.5 41

Harrison, Miss.

83.7 -0.4 310 677 323 1.7 170

Hinds, Miss.

120.3 -0.1 298 811 203 1.8 159

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Mississippi, 2nd quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment June 2013 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

135,093,963 $921

Mississippi

1,094,941 691

Adams

10,827 622

Alcorn

13,210 612

Amite

1,589 573

Attala

4,673 548

Benton

1,360 566

Bolivar

11,744 605

Calhoun

3,379 534

Carroll

1,075 531

Chickasaw

6,070 558

Choctaw

2,098 716

Claiborne

3,058 897

Clarke

3,019 591

Clay

5,040 649

Coahoma

8,334 620

Copiah

7,133 589

Covington

5,099 567

De Soto

47,154 615

Forrest

36,540 700

Franklin

1,648 654

George

4,473 589

Greene

2,078 538

Grenada

9,865 585

Hancock

13,379 884

Harrison

83,718 677

Hinds

120,290 811

Holmes

3,547 561

Humphreys

2,830 447

Issaquena

191 423

Itawamba

5,668 597

Jackson

49,632 882

Jasper

4,135 660

Jefferson

1,237 583

Jefferson Davis

1,493 589

Jones

28,150 675

Kemper

5,292 924

Lafayette

19,280 698

Lamar

17,690 526

Lauderdale

33,587 665

Lawrence

2,446 789

Leake

5,053 520

Lee

51,021 678

Leflore

13,678 603

Lincoln

11,175 629

Lowndes

26,073 761

Madison

48,788 791

Marion

7,452 623

Marshall

5,564 632

Monroe

9,037 675

Montgomery

2,556 529

Neshoba

12,647 637

Newton

5,896 572

Noxubee

2,428 515

Oktibbeha

18,623 641

Panola

10,652 620

Pearl River

9,797 595

Perry

2,054 710

Pike

14,565 580

Pontotoc

11,332 572

Prentiss

6,944 554

Quitman

1,172 499

Rankin

56,896 693

Scott

12,815 570

Sharkey

1,272 510

Simpson

7,372 519

Smith

2,681 668

Stone

3,917 594

Sunflower

8,857 542

Tallahatchie

2,699 506

Tate

5,397 601

Tippah

5,643 586

Tishomingo

5,423 561

Tunica

11,097 544

Union

9,947 738

Walthall

2,548 536

Warren

20,727 739

Washington

17,465 611

Wayne

4,820 633

Webster

1,999 526

Wilkinson

2,021 566

Winston

4,496 623

Yalobusha

3,000 572

Yazoo

6,173 682

Footnotes
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

 

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, second quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

135,094.0 1.6 $921 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,859.5 0.9 794 35 1.4 44

Alaska

342.6 -0.1 970 9 1.6 37

Arizona

2,438.1 1.8 877 20 1.7 32

Arkansas

1,150.4 -0.6 734 46 2.4 10

California

15,485.8 2.4 1,048 6 2.0 21

Colorado

2,359.4 2.9 933 14 1.6 37

Connecticut

1,666.3 1.0 1,128 3 1.5 41

Delaware

417.8 1.8 966 12 2.0 21

District of Columbia

725.0 0.9 1,575 1 2.1 19

Florida

7,402.0 2.4 822 29 2.0 21

Georgia

3,917.2 1.7 867 22 2.2 17

Hawaii

617.0 1.9 823 28 1.6 37

Idaho

642.7 2.7 683 51 1.9 28

Illinois

5,750.0 0.8 971 8 1.9 28

Indiana

2,863.4 1.1 776 42 1.7 32

Iowa

1,523.9 1.3 757 43 2.0 21

Kansas

1,350.0 1.2 779 41 2.1 19

Kentucky

1,790.6 0.6 782 38 1.3 46

Louisiana

1,894.7 0.9 824 27 2.4 10

Maine

604.4 0.4 732 47 1.8 30

Maryland

2,570.3 0.9 1,005 7 1.4 44

Massachusetts

3,352.7 1.3 1,131 2 2.0 21

Michigan

4,073.7 2.2 875 21 2.0 21

Minnesota

2,745.2 1.9 929 15 2.4 10

Mississippi

1,094.9 0.7 691 49 1.5 41

Missouri

2,668.2 1.2 803 33 1.6 37

Montana

448.4 1.5 717 48 2.4 10

Nebraska

941.0 0.9 737 45 2.6 7

Nevada

1,168.3 2.3 829 26 1.7 32

New Hampshire

629.1 0.8 916 17 2.9 4

New Jersey

3,917.5 1.0 1,084 5 2.6 7

New Mexico

795.0 0.4 781 39 -0.3 51

New York

8,804.9 1.1 1,118 4 2.0 21

North Carolina

3,985.1 1.7 808 31 2.5 9

North Dakota

433.7 3.2 887 18 3.7 1

Ohio

5,162.3 1.1 830 25 1.7 32

Oklahoma

1,560.7 0.9 794 35 3.5 2

Oregon

1,708.0 2.5 848 23 1.3 46

Pennsylvania

5,665.9 0.3 918 16 2.8 5

Rhode Island

465.5 1.0 880 19 2.3 16

South Carolina

1,864.9 1.8 747 44 1.5 41

South Dakota

417.0 1.0 689 50 1.8 30

Tennessee

2,709.3 1.5 820 30 0.5 49

Texas

11,078.8 2.7 944 13 2.4 10

Utah

1,259.7 2.8 783 37 2.2 17

Vermont

303.1 0.3 808 31 2.7 6

Virginia

3,685.4 0.7 968 11 1.7 32

Washington

3,013.3 2.2 969 10 2.4 10

West Virginia

713.1 -0.1 781 39 0.6 48

Wisconsin

2,768.2 0.6 801 34 3.0 3

Wyoming

290.4 0.4 845 24 0.5 49

Puerto Rico

926.1 -1.1 503 (5) 1.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.9 -3.0 706 (5) -13.8 (5)

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Mississippi, second quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014