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County Employment and Wages in Georgia – Fourth Quarter 2013


Employment rose in each of Georgia's nine large counties from December 2012 to December 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 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 3.6 percent in Gwinnett County to 0.2 percent in Muscogee County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.8 percent during the 12-month period, as 292 of the 334 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Weld, Colo., posted the largest increase, with a gain of 6.0 percent over the year. St. Clair, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 3.1 percent.

Among the largest counties in Georgia, employment was highest in Fulton (761,200) in December 2013. Two other counties—Cobb and Gwinnett—had employment levels exceeding 300,000. Together, Georgia's nine large counties accounted for 55.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties accounted for 71.7 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 136.1 million in December 2013.

Average weekly wages increased in five of Georgia's nine largest counties from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. Clayton County recorded the largest wage increase (5.1 percent), followed by Chatham (1.3 percent). Muscogee, Bibb, and Cobb counties experienced wage increases below 1.0 percent over-the-year. Fulton had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,290, followed by the counties of Cobb ($1,043), De Kalb ($994) and Gwinnett ($958). The U.S. average weekly wage was unchanged over the year, remaining at $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013.(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 $984 to $384. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages increased in five of Georgia's large counties from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. Clayton County's 5.1-percent wage increase ranked 5th among the nation's 334 large counties and Chatham County's 1.3 percent ranked in the top 100 nationwide. Wage increases in Muscogee, Bibb, and Cobb counties ranged from 0.9 to 0.6 percent.(See table 1.)

Nationwide, 185 large counties experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Santa Cruz, Calif., had the largest wage gain (6.5 percent). Ada, Idaho, had the second largest increase (6.4 percent), followed by Washington, Ore. (5.9 percent).

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 140 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter of 2013. Douglas, Colo., had the largest average weekly wage decline with a loss of 29.7 percent, followed by the counties of San Mateo, Calif. (-15.8 percent), and Virginia Beach City, Va. (-10.0 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 334 largest counties in the fourth quarter of 2013. The highest-paid counties—Fulton and Cobb—were both above the U.S. average of $1,000 and ranked in the top 75 nationwide. De Kalb ($994), Gwinnett ($958), and Clayton ($910) ranked 102nd, 132nd, and 164th, 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 $2,724, followed by New York, N.Y. ($2,041), Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,972), San Francisco, Calif. ($1,753), and Suffolk, Mass. ($1,741).

There were 235 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2013. Horry, S.C. ($587), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($598), Hidalgo, Texas ($620), Lake, Fla. ($668), and Webb, Texas ($670).

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 ($984) reported the highest weekly wage among the smaller counties, followed by the counties of Forsyth ($922), and Chattahoochee ($915). Echols County reported the lowest weekly in the state, averaging $384 in the fourth quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 159 counties in Georgia were considered, 7 reported average weekly wages under $500, 42 reported wages from $500 to $599, 67 reported wages from $600 to $699, 26 reported wages from $700 to $799, and 17 had wages at or 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/.

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, which was published in October 2013, 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 2012 are now available online at 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 9.3 million employer reports cover 136.1 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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 9 largest counties in Georgia, fourth quarter 2013
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
December 2013 (thousands) Percent change, December 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, fourth quarter 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

136,129.4 1.8 -- $1,000 -- 0.0 --

Georgia

3,986.9 2.5 -- 924 21 -0.1 32

Bibb, Ga.

81.8 1.2 188 765 307 0.8 120

Chatham, Ga.

137.1 2.3 107 839 243 1.3 83

Clayton, Ga.

112.3 1.5 163 910 164 5.1 5

Cobb, Ga.

320.0 3.3 51 1,043 75 0.6 134

De Kalb, Ga.

282.9 3.3 51 994 102 -1.6 289

Fulton, Ga.

761.2 2.8 76 1,290 20 -2.3 309

Gwinnett, Ga.

318.9 3.6 39 958 132 -0.9 250

Muscogee, Ga.

94.9 0.2 279 788 287 0.9 114

Richmond, Ga.

100.7 0.5 249 823 259 -0.8 245

(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


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Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Georgia, fourth quarter 2013
Area Employment December 2013 Average weekly wage (1) Area Employment December 2013 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

136,129,407 $1,000

Georgia

3,986,935 924 Jeff Davis 4,240 $639

Appling

6,466 762 Jefferson 4,467 619

Atkinson

1,629 622 Jenkins 1,346 545

Bacon

3,374 624 Johnson 1,564 608

Baker

447 616 Jones 4,164 625

Baldwin

15,819 622 Lamar 3,456 614

Banks

3,577 564 Lanier 1,355 559

Barrow

17,225 672 Laurens 17,293 688

Bartow

31,779 798 Lee 5,570 606

Ben Hill

5,521 592 Liberty 18,042 764

Berrien

3,472 586 Lincoln 1,280 560

Bibb

81,823 765 Long 925 514

Bleckley

2,596 525 Lowndes 47,134 642

Brantley

2,117 531 Lumpkin 6,633 626

Brooks

2,757 635 McDuffie 6,572 633

Bryan

6,618 605 McIntosh 1,739 534

Bulloch

23,231 623 Macon 2,831 692

Burke

6,639 984 Madison 3,074 575

Butts

5,727 652 Marion 1,561 522

Calhoun

1,106 553 Meriwether 4,101 612

Camden

14,868 782 Miller 1,626 590

Candler

2,722 566 Mitchell 7,414 563

Carroll

37,921 801 Monroe 6,821 688

Catoosa

13,830 648 Montgomery 1,543 542

Charlton

2,065 675 Morgan 6,092 620

Chatham

137,111 839 Murray 9,249 649

Chattahoochee

2,275 915 Muscogee 94,909 788

Chattooga

5,985 580 Newton 20,730 747

Cherokee

48,831 736 Oconee 9,115 732

Clarke

66,637 766 Oglethorpe 1,718 487

Clay

557 557 Paulding 20,477 631

Clayton

112,349 910 Peach 8,325 759

Clinch

2,247 589 Pickens 7,037 686

Cobb

319,961 1,043 Pierce 3,712 631

Coffee

15,215 611 Pike 2,599 600

Colquitt

14,537 589 Polk 11,156 654

Columbia

30,369 709 Pulaski 2,776 646

Cook

3,941 549 Putnam 5,595 613

Coweta

34,028 719 Quitman 391 516

Crawford

1,213 627 Rabun 4,326 580

Crisp

7,964 599 Randolph 1,891 596

Dade

3,141 612 Richmond 100,666 823

Dawson

8,179 493 Rockdale 30,646 877

Decatur

8,167 592 Schley 917 694

De Kalb

282,943 994 Screven 3,402 620

Dodge

5,194 535 Seminole 2,084 643

Dooly

2,677 621 Spalding 20,211 653

Dougherty

47,002 735 Stephens 9,329 668

Douglas

38,917 681 Stewart 1,126 669

Early

4,266 859 Sumter 10,431 584

Echols

622 384 Talbot 795 548

Effingham

9,245 747 Taliaferro 159 479

Elbert

5,856 611 Tattnall 5,677 622

Emanuel

6,515 568 Taylor 1,546 634

Evans

4,317 651 Telfair 3,744 487

Fannin

5,140 554 Terrell 2,479 610

Fayette

39,127 782 Thomas 20,562 761

Floyd

37,447 760 Tift 18,506 657

Forsyth

65,522 922 Toombs 11,818 646

Franklin

6,629 644 Towns 3,040 519

Fulton

761,210 1,290 Treutlen 1,034 489

Gilmer

7,135 543 Troup 37,012 820

Glascock

420 460 Turner 1,991 593

Glynn

35,039 751 Twiggs 1,148 637

Gordon

20,100 722 Union 6,131 605

Grady

5,762 602 Upson 7,035 634

Greene

5,327 657 Walker 12,477 630

Gwinnett

318,934 958 Walton 19,299 700

Habersham

14,103 612 Ware 14,204 645

Hall

75,533 836 Warren 1,357 684

Hancock

1,663 597 Washington 6,563 673

Haralson

6,332 728 Wayne 7,971 717

Harris

4,502 534 Webster 567 654

Hart

5,948 678 Wheeler 1,312 606

Heard

2,271 803 White 6,800 581

Henry

51,234 674 Whitfield 53,254 782

Houston

56,706 798 Wilcox 1,139 517

Irwin

1,964 536 Wilkes 2,861 583

Jackson

19,876 726 Wilkinson 3,004 886

Jasper

2,047 528 Worth 3,398 629

(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


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

United States (2)

136,129.4 1.8 $1,000 -- 0.0 --

Alabama

1,866.5 1.0 851 34 -0.5 39

Alaska

315.1 0.0 1,022 14 1.6 7

Arizona

2,571.0 2.4 906 23 -0.5 39

Arkansas

1,154.3 -0.5 771 47 0.4 22

California

15,650.3 2.8 1,175 6 -0.9 43

Colorado

2,383.9 3.1 1,023 13 -0.9 43

Connecticut

1,661.2 0.3 1,238 4 -1.3 49

Delaware

419.6 1.8 1,035 9 -0.6 41

District of Columbia

727.3 0.6 1,638 1 -3.9 51

Florida

7,739.5 2.7 883 29 0.2 27

Georgia

3,986.9 2.5 924 21 -0.1 32

Hawaii

632.9 1.7 871 30 0.3 25

Idaho

634.5 2.6 754 50 3.0 2

Illinois

5,758.9 1.0 1,060 8 0.2 27

Indiana

2,896.9 1.6 814 40 -0.2 35

Iowa

1,510.9 1.4 834 38 1.6 7

Kansas

1,359.5 1.6 832 39 -0.4 38

Kentucky

1,818.0 1.2 804 42 0.2 27

Louisiana

1,911.6 0.9 889 26 0.5 20

Maine

586.8 0.8 786 46 1.7 5

Maryland

2,555.1 0.4 1,076 7 -0.9 43

Massachusetts

3,332.9 1.5 1,258 3 0.8 17

Michigan

4,072.4 2.0 952 20 -0.2 35

Minnesota

2,720.6 1.7 988 16 0.3 25

Mississippi

1,108.1 1.1 729 51 1.3 11

Missouri

2,670.4 1.1 861 32 -0.2 35

Montana

440.0 1.3 760 48 0.4 22

Nebraska

944.3 1.4 796 43 -0.1 32

Nevada

1,180.5 3.0 884 28 0.7 18

New Hampshire

629.3 1.4 1,017 15 -0.8 42

New Jersey

3,887.5 1.2 1,186 5 1.1 14

New Mexico

796.2 -0.1 814 40 1.4 10

New York

8,888.6 1.7 1,266 2 -1.1 48

North Carolina

4,045.5 1.9 860 33 0.7 18

North Dakota

435.0 3.3 980 17 3.8 1

Ohio

5,175.4 1.4 887 27 0.0 30

Oklahoma

1,581.3 0.6 851 34 -0.1 32

Oregon

1,699.6 2.5 894 25 2.6 3

Pennsylvania

5,650.3 0.4 976 18 0.4 22

Rhode Island

462.7 1.4 960 19 1.5 9

South Carolina

1,875.8 2.3 793 44 1.0 15

South Dakota

407.1 1.3 759 49 1.3 11

Tennessee

2,758.3 1.8 895 24 -0.9 43

Texas

11,246.3 2.6 1,027 12 0.0 30

Utah

1,284.7 3.1 836 37 -0.9 43

Vermont

308.5 0.6 848 36 2.3 4

Virginia

3,670.0 0.1 1,028 11 -1.3 49

Washington

2,976.0 2.5 1,034 10 1.7 5

West Virginia

710.1 -0.6 792 45 0.5 20

Wisconsin

2,751.8 1.0 865 31 1.2 13

Wyoming

279.2 0.6 917 22 1.0 15

Puerto Rico

958.3 -2.3 551 (3) 0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.5 -3.6 754 (3) 2.4 (3)

(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.

Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Georgia, fourth quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: July 10, 2014