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Thursday, July 18, 2013

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County Employment and Wages in Georgia-Fourth Quarter 2012


Employment rose in seven of the nine large counties in Georgia 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 Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 3.1 percent in Fulton County to 0.1 percent in Muscogee County. Employment declined 0.1 percent in Clayton and De Kalb counties. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent during the 12-month period, as 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Elkhart, Ind., posted the largest increase, with a gain of 7.4 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 2.5 percent.

Among the largest counties in Georgia, employment was highest in Fulton County (738,000) in December 2012. Three other counties—Gwinnett, Cobb, and De Kalb—had employment levels exceeding 275,000. Together, Georgia's nine large counties accounted for 55.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties accounted for 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 133.7 million in December 2012.

Each of Georgia's nine largest counties experienced an increase in their average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Fulton County recorded the largest wage increase (7.2 percent). Average weekly wages in three other counties exceeded 4.0 percent—Gwinnett (4.8 percent), De Kalb (4.4 percent), and Cobb (4.3 percent). Fulton County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,317, followed by the counties of Cobb ($1,033), and De Kalb ($1,026). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 4.7 percent over the year to $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 150 counties with employment levels below 75,000 in Georgia. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $957 to $391. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages increased in all of Georgia's large counties from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Fulton County's 7.2-percent wage increase ranked 20th among the nation's 328 large counties. Average weekly wage increases in three other counties—Gwinnett (4.8 percent), De Kalb (4.4 percent), and Cobb (4.3 percent)—ranked in the top 100 nationwide. Wage increases among the remaining five large counties in the state ranged from 3.2 percent to 1.4 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 316 large counties experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage gain (107.3 percent). Douglas, Colo., had the second largest increase (48.0 percent), followed by Virginia Beach City, Va. (13.3 percent).

Among the 328 largest U.S. counties, 10 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter of 2012. Lake, Ohio, had the largest average weekly wage decline with a loss of 3.2 percent, followed by the counties of Passaic, N.J. (-2.1 percent), Genesee, Mich. (-1.7 percent), Atlantic, N.J. (-1.4 percent) and Benton, Wash. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 5 of Georgia's 9 largest counties placed in the top half of the national ranking among the 328 largest counties in the fourth quarter of 2012. The highest-paid counties—Fulton, Cobb, and De Kalb—were all above the U.S. average of $1,000 and ranked in the top 100 nationwide. Gwinnet County ($968) and Clayton County ($914) ranked 122nd and 159th, respectively. Average weekly wages in the remaining four large counties placed in the bottom third of the national ranking. (See table 1.)

Nationally, San Mateo, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $3,240, followed by New York, N.Y. ($2,107), Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906), Suffolk, Mass. ($1,724), and Fairfield, Conn. ($1,704).

There were 231 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2012. Horry, S.C. ($576), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($609), Hidalgo, Texas ($612), and Lake, Fla. ($653).

Average weekly wages in Georgia’s smaller counties

Among the 150 counties in Georgia with employment below 75,000, none registered an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,000. Burke County ($957) reported the highest weekly wage among the smaller counties, followed by the counties of Forsyth ($908), and Chattahoochee ($905). Echols County reported the lowest weekly in the state, averaging $391 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

When all 159 counties in Georgia were considered, 56 reported average weekly wages under $600, 63 reported wages from $600 to $699, 22 had wages from $700 to $799, 10 had wages from $800 to $899, and 8 had wages at or above $900. (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/.

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, which was published in October 2012, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2011 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.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; TDD message referral phone number: 800-877-8339.

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 QCEW methodology.


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 133.7 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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 1. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 9 largest counties in Georgia, 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 --

Georgia

3,889.9 1.7 -- 927 21 4.7 13

Bibb, Ga.

81.4 1.2 194 760 302 2.3 219

Chatham, Ga.

134.2 2.0 123 828 251 2.3 219

Clayton, Ga.

112.0 -0.1 291 914 159 1.4 271

Cobb, Ga.

306.0 1.1 207 1,033 79 4.3 94

De Kalb, Ga.

278.8 -0.1 291 1,026 82 4.4 91

Fulton, Ga.

738.0 3.1 48 1,317 18 7.2 20

Gwinnett, Ga.

312.0 1.6 162 968 122 4.8 78

Muscogee, Ga.

94.6 0.1 280 783 283 3.2 161

Richmond, Ga.

99.3 0.2 274 826 252 3.0 173

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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Georgia, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment December 2012 Average weekly wage (3) Area Employment December 2012 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

133,726,808 $1,000

  Georgia

3,889,929 927     Jeff Davis 3,959 $596

    Appling

6,298 756     Jefferson 4,614 624

    Atkinson

1,493 618     Jenkins 1,264 559

    Bacon

3,192 613     Johnson 1,630 560

    Baker

469 728     Jones 3,636 589

    Baldwin

15,259 605     Lamar 3,764 616

    Banks

4,595 526     Lanier 1,365 554

    Barrow

15,079 653     Laurens 17,084 690

    Bartow

31,605 774     Lee 5,380 598

    Ben Hill

5,578 575     Liberty 17,364 751

    Berrien

3,764 602     Lincoln 1,297 563

    Bibb

81,376 760     Long 899 510

    Bleckley

2,890 641     Lowndes 47,160 640

    Brantley

1,993 521     Lumpkin 6,336 627

    Brooks

3,281 543     McDuffie 6,590 617

    Bryan

6,196 614     McIntosh 1,778 530

    Bulloch

22,417 612     Macon 2,943 684

    Burke

6,611 957     Madison 3,053 565

    Butts

5,513 625     Marion 1,500 530

    Calhoun

1,264 561     Meriwether 4,291 604

    Camden

14,366 755     Miller 1,503 571

    Candler

2,749 537     Mitchell 7,948 577

    Carroll

37,735 743     Monroe 6,450 639

    Catoosa

13,245 654     Montgomery 1,403 576

    Charlton

2,151 633     Morgan 5,933 647

    Chatham

134,154 828     Murray 9,191 655

    Chattahoochee

2,212 905     Muscogee 94,586 783

    Chattooga

5,828 552     Newton 20,770 731

    Cherokee

46,298 727     Oconee 8,708 749

    Clarke

65,839 761     Oglethorpe 1,717 519

    Clay

622 537     Paulding 19,467 636

    Clayton

111,980 914     Peach 8,017 679

    Clinch

2,170 645     Pickens 6,953 710

    Cobb

306,042 1,033     Pierce 3,719 594

    Coffee

14,510 604     Pike 2,414 594

    Colquitt

14,788 573     Polk 10,999 641

    Columbia

29,854 694     Pulaski 2,739 648

    Cook

4,070 484     Putnam 5,384 611

    Coweta

31,678 718     Quitman 384 482

    Crawford

1,195 600     Rabun 4,229 548

    Crisp

7,205 600     Randolph 1,797 604

    Dade

3,372 591     Richmond 99,253 826

    Dawson

8,029 502     Rockdale 29,604 875

    Decatur

8,517 591     Schley 947 676

    De Kalb

278,792 1,026     Screven 3,311 590

    Dodge

5,325 542     Seminole 2,089 646

    Dooly

3,129 592     Spalding 20,562 636

    Dougherty

47,120 762     Stephens 9,192 654

    Douglas

36,177 661     Stewart 1,192 659

    Early

4,313 823     Sumter 10,553 579

    Echols

684 391     Talbot 825 561

    Effingham

9,255 717     Taliaferro 164 526

    Elbert

5,698 626     Tattnall 5,752 612

    Emanuel

6,603 561     Taylor 1,613 627

    Evans

4,233 586     Telfair 3,491 503

    Fannin

5,094 569     Terrell 2,381 653

    Fayette

38,073 824     Thomas 21,462 776

    Floyd

37,012 766     Tift 18,440 666

    Forsyth

59,787 908     Toombs 11,353 618

    Franklin

6,294 627     Towns 3,571 485

    Fulton

737,954 1,317     Treutlen 1,010 489

    Gilmer

6,955 565     Troup 36,020 824

    Glascock

390 470     Turner 2,018 584

    Glynn

35,163 773     Twiggs 1,169 625

    Gordon

20,388 690     Union 6,133 607

    Grady

5,788 587     Upson 6,991 632

    Greene

5,029 680     Walker 12,510 606

    Gwinnett

312,033 968     Walton 18,566 705

    Habersham

13,069 606     Ware 14,140 627

    Hall

72,158 841     Warren 1,092 633

    Hancock

1,224 553     Washington 6,566 656

    Haralson

7,020 687     Wayne 8,282 724

    Harris

3,804 555     Webster 558 601

    Hart

5,778 667     Wheeler 1,353 604

    Heard

2,053 803     White 6,338 578

    Henry

49,924 691     Whitfield 52,029 789

    Houston

57,941 821     Wilcox 1,185 506

    Irwin

2,077 543     Wilkes 2,896 573

    Jackson

18,878 698     Wilkinson 2,782 875

    Jasper

2,044 530     Worth 3,481 630

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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
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 Georgia, fourth quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: July 18, 2013