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Thursday, June 6, 2013

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Greensboro-High Point, May 2012

Workers in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.31 in May 2012, about 12 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 19 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction, healthcare support, and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including production, and transportation and material moving. Conversely, 14 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations, healthcare practitioners and technical, and food preparation and serving related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Greensboro-High Point had 38,820 jobs in production, accounting for 11.3 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $15.34, measurably below the national wage of $16.59.

With employment of 4,140, team assemblers was the largest occupation within the production group, followed by first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (2,650) and inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (2,610). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, and welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers, with mean hourly wages of $26.34 and $17.77, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were sewing machine operators ($10.86) and textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders ($12.39). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/oes_24660.htm.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Greensboro United States Greensboro Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $19.31* -12

Management

4.9 4.3* 52.20 51.86 -1

Business and financial operations

4.9 3.9* 33.44 30.60* -8

Computer and mathematical

2.7 1.9* 38.55 34.77* -10

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.4* 37.98 33.68* -11

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5* 32.87 27.25* -17

Community and social services

1.4 0.9* 21.27 19.23* -10

Legal

0.8 0.5* 47.39 36.70* -23

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.8* 24.62 21.08* -14

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.1* 26.20 21.53* -18

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 4.9* 35.35 34.34 -3

Healthcare support

3.0 3.2* 13.36 11.25* -16

Protective service

2.5 2.4 20.70 16.24* -22

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 8.2* 10.28 9.53* -7

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.1 12.34 10.67* -14

Personal care and service

2.9 2.2* 11.80 10.84* -8

Sales and related

10.6 10.5 18.26 17.42* -5

Office and administrative support

16.4 16.9 16.54 16.06* -3

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 (2)* 11.65 12.73* 9

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.1* 21.61 16.44* -24

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.6* 21.09 20.65* -2

Production

6.6 11.3* 16.59 15.34* -8

Transportation and material moving

6.7 9.3* 16.15 14.03* -13

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Greensboro is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Indicates a value of less than 0.05 percent
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, upholsterers were employed at 18.9 times the national rate in Greensboro, and sewing machine operators, at 6.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Greensboro, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm .

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Greensboro metropolitan statistical area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE: A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year for a 3-year period. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. The sample in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,012 establishments with a response rate of 89 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

Area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Greensboro-High Point, N.C. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro4/home.htm. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/methods_statement.pdf. Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request – Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Production Occupations

38,8201.7$15.34$31,910

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

2,6501.826.3454,800

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

7601.516.9035,150

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

700.513.6128,300

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

1700.818.1837,810

Team Assemblers

4,1401.614.9431,070

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

5600.810.2721,350

Bakers

3400.811.8724,690

Butchers and Meat Cutters

2300.713.3527,760

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

1602.920.2042,020

Food Batchmakers

2601.015.3231,860

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)19.2440,010

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

600.922.5746,950

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

5202.713.9428,980

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

500.819.5240,610

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

6801.415.6732,600

Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1001.912.0325,030

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1400.814.0629,240

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1401.418.2738,010

Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

701.117.1235,600

Machinists

8500.816.4434,190

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1,0103.115.3231,850

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

2000.914.0329,180

Tool and Die Makers

2801.421.9345,620

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

8501.017.7736,960

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1501.216.3033,890

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)13.5928,260

Prepress Technicians and Workers

1401.319.7941,170

Printing Press Operators

7301.616.9635,270

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

4102.911.8824,710

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

3400.68.9318,570

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

2802.09.7320,240

Sewing Machine Operators

2,3506.310.8622,580

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

60019.912.4725,940

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

2105.112.3425,670

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

59010.612.3925,770

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1,12015.512.6926,400

Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

3607.815.9433,160

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

1206.919.0739,670

Upholsterers

1,39018.914.4630,070

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

(5)(5)12.4925,970

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

7903.912.8226,660

Furniture Finishers

2105.713.3927,850

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

3703.712.1525,280

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

5503.412.7426,500

Power Plant Operators

500.531.4365,380

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

(5)(5)22.5046,800

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

2100.717.7436,890

Chemical Plant and System Operators

1501.519.1339,790

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

1300.918.6638,810

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

2602.4(5)(5)

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

2503.112.6126,220

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

7402.417.9137,240

Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

2105.713.2727,590

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

3902.715.3932,020

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

2101.213.8028,710

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

400.712.0325,010

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

2,6102.214.2929,710

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

601.018.2738,000

Dental Laboratory Technicians

700.817.1835,720

Medical Appliance Technicians

2507.820.2742,160

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

2,2702.315.8632,980

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

3001.414.0829,280

Painters, Transportation Equipment

1601.318.4038,260

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

1102.711.0222,920

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

1100.913.0727,180

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

1904.313.2827,630

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)12.0124,990

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

4301.715.4832,200

Helpers--Production Workers

2,2702.111.6924,310

Production Workers, All Other

2900.517.6236,640

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Greensboro-High Point, NC, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24660.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a ‘year-round, full-time’ hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: June 6, 2013