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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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County Employment and Wages in Connecticut — Fourth Quarter 2012


Three of Connecticut’s four large counties reported employment increases from December 2011 to December 2012, 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 Deborah A. Brown noted that Hartford and New Haven Counties had the highest rate of employment growth, up 1.2 percent each. Fairfield County reported an employment gain of 1.0 percent. Connecticut’s remaining large county, New London, recorded an over-the-year decline of 0.6 percent.

Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent from December 2011 to December 2012. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment was recorded in Elkhart, Ind., up 7.4 percent. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the large counties in the U.S. with a loss of 2.5 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Connecticut, employment was highest in Hartford (499,883) and lowest in New London (123,297). Along with Fairfield and New Haven, the four large counties accounted for 84.5 percent of the state’s total employment in December 2012. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties accounted for 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

All four large counties in the state recorded increases in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Fairfield County recorded the largest increase, up 6.8 percent. Fairfield County also had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,704 and ranked fifth highest among the nation’s 328 largest counties. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 4.7 percent over the year to $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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

Large county wage changes

Fairfield County’s wage increase of 6.8 percent ranked 26th among the 328 largest U.S. counties. (See table 1.) Hartford County’s wage gain of 5.1 percent ranked 64th nationally. The smaller wage increases in New Haven (2.9 percent) and New London (1.5 percent) ranked 183rd and 265th, respectively.

Nationwide, 316 of the 328 largest counties had over-the-year gains in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2011. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage gain in the nation, up 107.3 percent.

Of the 328 largest counties, 10 experienced over-the year decreases in average weekly wages. Lake, Ohio, had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 3.2 percent. Passaic, N.J., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, followed by Genesee, Mich.; Atlantic, N.J.; and Benton, Wash.

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, average weekly wages in Fairfield County placed fifth among the 328 largest U.S. counties in the fourth quarter of 2012. Hartford ($1,210, 35th) and New Haven ($1,034, 77th) joined Fairfield with average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,000, placing all three in the top quarter of the nationwide ranking. The average weekly wage in the state’s remaining large county, New London, was below the national average at $971, but still ranked in the top half nationwide at 118th.

Among the highest-paid large U.S. counties, San Mateo, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $3,240. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $2,107, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906), and Suffolk, Mass. ($1,724).

Horry, S.C. ($576) reported the lowest wage nationwide, followed by the counties of Cameron and Hidalgo, Texas ($609 and $612, respectively). Wages in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, were less than one-fifth of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, San Mateo, Calif.

Average weekly wages in Connecticut's smaller counties

Three of the four counties in Connecticut with employment below 75,000—Litchfield, Windham, and Tolland counties—had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,000, with Windham reporting the lowest, $817. Middlesex County was the exception, with an average weekly wage of $1,030. (See table 2.)

When considering all eight counties in Connecticut, four had an average weekly wage above $1,000. New London was just below the national average with an average weekly wage of $971, while wages in the remaining counties were all below $900 per week. (See chart 1.)

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States on October 29, 2012, during the QCEW fourth quarter reference period. This event did not warrant changes to the QCEW methodology.

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 the QCEW Web site at www.bls.gov/cew. QCEW data in this release are based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2011 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 2012 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2011 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn11.htm. The 2012 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2013.

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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 132.9 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 4 largest counties in Connecticut, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
December
2012
(thousands)
Percent change,
December
2011-12 (4)
National
ranking by
percent change (5)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level (5)
Percent change,
fourth quarter
2011-12 (4)
National
ranking by
percent change (5)

United States (6)

133,726.8 1.9 -- $1,000 -- 4.7 --

Connecticut

1,657.6 1.0 -- 1,253 3 5.3 8

Fairfield, Conn.

416.4 1.0 213 1,704 5 6.8 26

Hartford, Conn.

499.9 1.2 194 1,210 35 5.1 64

New Haven, Conn.

361.7 1.2 194 1,034 77 2.9 183

New London, Conn.

123.3 -0.6 308 971 118 1.5 265

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 the county of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(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 of the counties in Connecticut, fourth quarter 2012(2)
Area Employment December 2012 Average Weekly Wage(3)

United States(4)

133,726,808 $1,000

Connecticut

1,657,627 1,253

Fairfield

416,366 1,704

Hartford

499,883 1,210

Litchfield

61,520 859

Middlesex

67,085 1,030

New Haven

361,680 1,034

New London

123,297 971

Tolland

40,976 872

Windham

39,033 817

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, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
December 2012 (thousands) Percent change, December 2011-12 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2011-12 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

133,726.8 1.9 $1,000 -- 4.7 --

Alabama

1,847.3 1.1 854 33 2.6 41

Alaska

314.8 1.1 1,007 15 2.7 38

Arizona

2,509.2 2.4 912 22 3.3 33

Arkansas

1,160.3 0.2 767 47 4.2 19

California

15,216.3 3.3 1,186 5 7.8 2

Colorado

2,311.4 2.7 1,032 11 5.8 5

Connecticut

1,657.6 1.0 1,253 3 5.3 8

Delaware

411.0 1.2 1,044 9 6.1 4

District of Columbia

721.5 1.7 1,703 1 2.2 47

Florida

7,535.5 2.3 880 27 3.9 23

Georgia

3,889.9 1.7 927 21 4.7 13

Hawaii

620.7 2.1 868 30 2.7 38

Idaho

618.4 2.0 732 50 2.1 48

Illinois

5,697.9 1.1 1,058 8 4.4 17

Indiana

2,850.5 1.8 816 40 3.4 32

Iowa

1,486.6 1.3 821 39 3.7 26

Kansas

1,339.2 1.5 835 37 4.4 17

Kentucky

1,796.0 1.4 801 42 1.8 49

Louisiana

1,891.9 1.0 884 26 4.1 20

Maine

582.2 0.2 773 46 2.4 45

Maryland

2,544.1 1.2 1,086 7 2.5 42

Massachusetts

3,279.3 1.3 1,248 4 4.8 11

Michigan

3,988.9 1.9 954 18 2.3 46

Minnesota

2,677.2 1.6 985 16 5.1 10

Mississippi

1,096.5 1.1 720 51 3.2 34

Missouri

2,641.9 0.9 863 31 4.6 14

Montana

434.6 1.9 757 48 4.1 20

Nebraska

931.3 2.2 797 43 4.6 14

Nevada

1,145.8 1.9 877 28 2.9 35

New Hampshire

620.8 0.8 1,023 13 5.5 6

New Jersey

3,846.4 1.1 1,172 6 2.9 35

New Mexico

796.8 1.5 802 41 0.4 51

New York

8,741.9 1.4 1,280 2 6.9 3

North Carolina

3,963.9 1.9 854 33 3.6 29

North Dakota

421.0 6.1 944 20 8.4 1

Ohio

5,098.0 1.3 887 25 3.6 29

Oklahoma

1,565.3 1.9 847 35 3.9 23

Oregon

1,654.1 1.4 871 29 2.5 42

Pennsylvania

5,629.8 0.5 972 17 3.8 25

Rhode Island

456.4 1.0 945 19 2.7 38

South Carolina

1,832.2 2.0 784 45 2.8 37

South Dakota

401.7 1.2 749 49 3.5 31

Tennessee

2,710.4 2.1 903 24 5.2 9

Texas

10,956.4 3.2 1,027 12 5.5 6

Utah

1,246.6 3.7 844 36 4.5 16

Vermont

306.1 0.7 829 38 2.5 42

Virginia

3,663.7 1.1 1,042 10 3.7 26

Washington

2,902.0 2.1 1,017 14 4.0 22

West Virginia

714.3 0.0 788 44 1.5 50

Wisconsin

2,723.6 1.2 855 32 4.8 11

Wyoming

277.6 0.2 908 23 3.7 26

Puerto Rico

978.6 1.6 550 (5) -0.4 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -7.9 738 (5) -3.9 (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 Connecticut, fourth quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: August 13, 2013