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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Tennessee – First Quarter 2014


Employment rose in 5 of the 6 large counties in Tennessee from March 2013 to March 2014, 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 2013 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 3.9 percent in Rutherford County to 0.2 percent in Hamilton County. Shelby County was the only large county in Tennessee to experience an employment decline, down 0.4 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.7 percent during the 12-month period, as 281 of the 339 large U.S. counties gained jobs. Weld, Colo., posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.5 percent over the year. Peoria, Ill., had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 2.6 percent.

Among the largest counties in Tennessee, employment was highest in Shelby (470,100) in March 2014. One other county, Davidson, had an employment exceeding 400,000. Together, Tennessee’s six large counties accounted for 56.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 72.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 134.6 million in March 2014.

Average weekly wages increased in 5 of Tennessee’s 6 largest counties from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. Shelby County recorded the largest wage increase at 3.9 percent. Davidson (3.3 percent) was the only other Tennessee county with an average weekly wage increase above 3.0 percent. Williamson County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,189, followed by the counties of Davidson ($1,041) and Shelby ($1,017). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.8 percent over the year to $1,027 in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the 2.2 percent growth rate for wages in Tennessee. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 89 counties with employment levels below 75,000 in Tennessee. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,100 to $446. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in five of Tennessee's large counties from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. Shelby's 3.9-percent wage increase ranked 79th among the nation's 339 large counties; Davidson's 3.3-percent gain ranked 117th. (See table 1.)

Among the 339 largest U.S. counties, 323 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2014. Chester, Pa., had the largest increase among the largest U.S. counties (13.9 percent), followed by the counties of New York, N.Y. (12.0 percent), San Mateo, Calif. (9.6 percent), Forsyth, N.C. (9.6 percent), and San Francisco, Calif. (9.3 percent).

Nationwide, 15 large counties experienced average weekly wage declines. Benton, Ark., experienced the largest over-the-year decline with a loss of 3.2 percent. Cumberland N.C., had the second largest decrease (-2.0 percent), followed by the counties of Dutchess, N.Y. (-1.6 percent), Ocean, N.J. (-1.3 percent), and McLean, Ill. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 3 of Tennessee's 6 largest counties placed in the top half of the national ranking among the 339 largest counties in the first quarter of 2014. The highest-paid countiesóWilliamson and Davidson ówere above the U.S. average of $1,027 and ranked in the top 100 nationwide at 48th and 87th, respectively. Shelby County with an average weekly wage of $1,017 ranked 101st. Average weekly wages in the remaining three large counties placed in the bottom half of the national ranking. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, there were 95 large counties with an average weekly wage above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2014. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,749, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,074. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,058), Somerset, N.J. ($2,048), and San Francisco, Calif., ($1,944).

Nationally, average weekly wages were lower than average in 244 of the 339 largest counties. Horry, S.C. ($571), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($581), Hidalgo, Texas ($597), Lake, Fla. ($639), and Webb, Texas ($650).

Average weekly wages in Tennessee's smaller counties

Among the 89 counties in Tennessee with employment below 75,000, only Roane County ($1,100) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,027. Grundy County reported the lowest average weekly in the state, averaging $446 in the first quarter of 2014. (See table 2.)

When all 95 counties in Tennessee were considered, 32 reported average weekly wages under $600, 34 reported wages from $600 to $699, 15 had wages from $700 to $799, and 14 had wages at $800 or above. (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 2013 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2014, contains selected data produced by 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 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13.htm.

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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 9.4 million employer reports cover 134.6 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 employment and wages in the United States and the 6 largest counties in Tennessee, first quarter 2014
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

134,555.0 1.7 -- $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Tennessee

2,718.2 1.7 -- 874 27 2.2 38

Davidson, Tenn.

448.5 3.0 64 1,041 87 3.3 117

Hamilton, Tenn.

184.1 0.2 275 863 205 2.3 187

Knox, Tenn.

220.6 1.0 195 837 230 0.8 296

Rutherford, Tenn.

110.6 3.9 31 837 230 2.3 187

Shelby, Tenn.

470.1 -0.4 303 1,017 101 3.9 79

Williamson, Tenn.

105.1 4.0 27 1,189 48 -0.9 333
(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.


Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Tennessee, first quarter 2014
Area Employment March 2014 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

134,554,959 $1,027

Tennessee

2,718,237 874

Anderson

38,616 983

Bedford

17,942 683

Benton

3,849 537

Bledsoe

2,125 547

Blount

43,739 810

Bradley

39,983 719

Campbell

8,608 587

Cannon

2,091 531

Carroll

7,360 609

Carter

10,391 569

Cheatham

7,469 757

Chester

3,394 575

Claiborne

8,334 589

Clay

1,442 505

Cocke

7,330 593

Coffee

24,841 796

Crockett

3,515 730

Cumberland

16,767 589

Davidson

448,491 1,041

Decatur

3,584 657

De Kalb

5,185 606

Dickson

15,187 644

Dyer

14,914 678

Fayette

7,333 741

Fentress

4,640 573

Franklin

11,120 621

Gibson

13,151 608

Giles

9,571 654

Grainger

3,303 555

Greene

24,231 664

Grundy

2,093 446

Hamblen

28,934 693

Hamilton

184,129 863

Hancock

814 497

Hardeman

6,606 658

Hardin

7,726 740

Hawkins

12,094 662

Haywood

4,760 703

Henderson

7,793 607

Henry

10,520 629

Hickman

3,527 587

Houston

1,519 534

Humphreys

5,399 884

Jackson

1,438 588

Jefferson

12,229 683

Johnson

3,844 657

Knox

220,612 837

Lake

1,932 554

Lauderdale

6,246 610

Lawrence

9,694 600

Lewis

2,422 521

Lincoln

9,215 607

Loudon

13,442 718

McMinn

16,631 719

McNairy

5,484 549

Macon

4,356 624

Madison

54,818 715

Marion

6,899 615

Marshall

8,084 644

Maury

29,789 803

Meigs

1,990 607

Monroe

12,978 645

Montgomery

47,547 644

Moore

1,765 731

Morgan

3,035 644

Obion

9,841 639

Overton

4,342 615

Perry

1,741 521

Pickett

941 519

Polk

2,140 545

Putnam

32,661 670

Rhea

10,804 740

Roane

17,093 1,100

Robertson

20,637 670

Rutherford

110,607 837

Scott

5,158 552

Sequatchie

2,582 516

Sevier

39,309 507

Shelby

470,104 1,017

Smith

4,878 697

Stewart

2,512 942

Sullivan

68,617 989

Sumner

47,325 703

Tipton

10,336 621

Trousdale

1,421 561

Unicoi

4,781 838

Union

2,188 539

Van Buren

681 556

Warren

12,998 670

Washington

58,569 714

Wayne

3,766 549

Weakley

10,538 568

White

6,521 588

Williamson

105,142 1,189

Wilson

34,690 721
(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: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, first quarter 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

134,555.0 1.7 $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Alabama

1,849.5 0.6 825 38 1.6 50

Alaska

319.1 0.3 1,023 15 3.5 17

Arizona

2,540.8 1.9 918 22 3.1 26

Arkansas

1,152.6 0.3 784 46 2.5 37

California

15,572.9 2.8 1,165 6 4.5 5

Colorado

2,370.1 3.1 1,046 13 4.2 9

Connecticut

1,627.2 0.5 1,362 3 3.3 24

Delaware

412.5 2.0 1,110 7 3.9 13

District of Columbia

727.3 1.2 1,701 1 5.3 3

Florida

7,752.4 2.9 868 28 3.0 28

Georgia

3,974.8 2.6 972 18 3.4 18

Hawaii

624.9 1.2 857 32 1.9 42

Idaho

631.5 3.3 722 50 3.9 13

Illinois

5,651.2 0.9 1,104 8 4.2 9

Indiana

2,842.5 1.2 845 35 1.7 48

Iowa

1,485.4 1.5 824 39 3.0 28

Kansas

1,343.0 1.7 840 36 4.1 11

Kentucky

1,784.1 1.1 811 40 2.7 33

Louisiana

1,909.8 1.2 868 28 2.6 35

Maine

565.9 0.7 786 45 1.9 42

Maryland

2,512.8 0.1 1,086 9 1.8 47

Massachusetts

3,272.2 1.3 1,300 4 5.3 3

Michigan

4,013.5 1.7 950 20 3.1 26

Minnesota

2,652.3 0.8 1,036 14 3.4 18

Mississippi

1,096.8 0.6 707 51 1.7 48

Missouri

2,634.6 1.0 866 31 2.9 30

Montana

429.9 0.7 730 49 3.3 24

Nebraska

930.7 1.7 797 42 2.6 35

Nevada

1,183.5 3.4 867 30 2.7 33

New Hampshire

614.2 1.3 970 19 3.4 18

New Jersey

3,794.3 0.6 1,263 5 2.2 38

New Mexico

787.0 0.2 793 43 1.9 42

New York

8,699.5 1.6 1,460 2 7.3 1

North Carolina

4,003.2 1.7 914 23 3.4 18

North Dakota

428.9 3.3 944 21 6.7 2

Ohio

5,071.5 1.3 909 24 2.8 32

Oklahoma

1,565.2 0.7 854 34 3.9 13

Oregon

1,688.5 2.8 893 25 3.4 18

Pennsylvania

5,560.9 0.3 1,007 16 4.1 11

Rhode Island

449.7 1.1 996 17 4.4 8

South Carolina

1,873.6 2.7 787 44 1.9 42

South Dakota

400.2 1.4 741 48 4.5 5

Tennessee

2,718.2 1.7 874 27 2.2 38

Texas

11,220.6 2.6 1,062 11 4.5 5

Utah

1,270.8 3.1 831 37 3.4 18

Vermont

301.1 0.5 807 41 1.9 42

Virginia

3,613.2 0.0 1,050 12 2.2 38

Washington

2,966.3 2.6 1,068 10 3.8 16

West Virginia

694.6 -0.9 779 47 1.4 51

Wisconsin

2,694.5 1.0 856 33 2.9 30

Wyoming

275.4 1.0 877 26 2.1 41

Puerto Rico

914.9 -1.8 521 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.3 -3.6 744 (3) 2.6 (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 Tennessee, First Quarter 2014

 

Last Modified Date: October 28, 2014