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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. Metropolitan Division – May 2013


Workers in the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan Division had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.80 in May 2013, about 2 percent above the nationwide average of $22.33, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 4 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; sales and related; and production. Five groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including computer and mathematical; life, physical, and social science; and protective service.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including production; architecture and engineering; and sales and related. Conversely, 13 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; transportation and material moving; and construction and extraction. (See table A and box note at end of release.)


Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan Division, and measures of statistical significance, May 2013
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Warren United States Warren Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.33 $22.80* 2

Management

4.9 5.3* 53.15 52.87 -1

Business and financial operations

5.0 5.2 34.14 33.62 -2

Computer and mathematical

2.8 3.4* 39.43 33.84* -14

Architecture and engineering

1.8 4.5* 38.51 37.72 -2

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.3* 33.37 29.41* -12

Community and social services

1.4 0.9* 21.50 22.02 2

Legal

0.8 0.9* 47.89 46.39 -3

Education, training, and library

6.3 4.4* 24.76 24.95 1

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.2* 26.72 25.82 -3

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.8 5.9 35.93 36.32 1

Healthcare support

3.0 3.4* 13.61 13.06* -4

Protective service

2.5 1.6* 20.92 19.43* -7

Food preparation and serving related

9.0 8.7* 10.38 10.24 -1

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.9* 12.51 12.25 -2

Personal care and service

3.0 2.7* 11.88 11.65 -2

Sales and related

10.6 11.5* 18.37 19.67* 7

Office and administrative support

16.2 15.4* 16.78 16.53 -1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 (2)* 11.70 13.14* 12

Construction and extraction

3.8 2.7* 21.94 23.46* 7

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.5* 21.35 21.13 -1

Production

6.6 10.5* 16.79 17.50* 4

Transportation and material moving

6.8 4.9* 16.28 15.41* -5

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Warren 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.

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills had 117,030 jobs in production, accounting for 10.5 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.50, measurably above the national wage of $16.79.

With employment of 25,530, team assemblers was the largest occupation within the production group, followed by machinists (9,910) and inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (8,000). Among the higher paying jobs were power plant operators along with painters, transportation equipment, with mean hourly wages of $35.14 and $31.19, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pressers of textile, garment, and related materials ($9.83) and meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers ($11.19). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2013/may/oes_47644.htm.)

Location quotients allow for the exploration of an area’s occupational make-up 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 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan Division, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, model makers of metal and plastic were employed at 11.6 times the national rate in Warren, and forging machine setters, operators, and tenders of metal and plastic, at 8.8 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, structural metal fabricators and fitters had a location quotient of 1.0 in Warren, 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 Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Warren Metropolitan Division 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 2013 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2013, November 2012, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, and November 2010. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 75.3 percent based on establishments and 71.6 percent based on employment. The sample in the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan Division included 5,840 establishments with a response rate of 74 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 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. OES data by state and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan area are available from www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm and www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcma.htm , respectively.

The May 2013 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.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 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich. Metropolitan Division  includes Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro5/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/2013/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: 1-800-877-8339.

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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills Metropolitan Division, May 2013
Occupation (1)< Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual(4)

Production Occupations

117,0301.6$17.50$36,410

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

6,0801.329.9662,320

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

700.614.6230,410

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

1,9001.115.4732,180

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

1300.317.4036,190

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

7302.224.3250,590

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

6501.020.2642,130

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

500.315.1731,550

Team Assemblers

25,5302.915.9233,120

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

4,8002.313.6128,300

Bakers

1,4001.013.3927,850

Butchers and Meat Cutters

7200.615.6432,540

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

6900.511.1923,280

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

400.213.6028,290

Food Batchmakers

3200.413.4127,900

Food Processing Workers, All Other

600.210.4621,760

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

2,8002.418.4238,310

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

5602.723.8649,640

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

1,1501.914.6630,490

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

1,6708.813.2127,470

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

3101.115.5232,280

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

4,7503.016.4934,290

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

3502.118.5138,500

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

1,1702.017.5536,510

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

6802.017.9337,290

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

4702.318.7138,920

Machinists

9,9103.020.3242,270

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

500.314.9731,130

Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

60011.626.1054,280

Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)21.7145,150

Foundry Mold and Coremakers

500.417.5336,470

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

3,4003.213.2027,450

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

2,6303.416.1433,570

Tool and Die Makers

4,5806.925.6253,300

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

2,6400.917.3736,130

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

5101.215.4232,060

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

9505.314.0929,310

Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

(5)(5)23.6349,140

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

6802.313.2627,570

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

(5)(5)21.3144,320

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

5002.714.8130,800

Prepress Technicians and Workers

3000.917.8237,070

Printing Press Operators

8500.616.2333,750

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

2600.614.7330,640

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

1,3100.811.3123,520

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

2600.69.8320,440

Sewing Machine Operators

8000.711.8524,650

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

7204.014.1129,350

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

400.314.9231,040

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

400.212.6426,290

Upholsterers

600.314.5930,350

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

500.411.5924,110

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

4700.716.6034,520

Furniture Finishers

600.514.5030,160

Patternmakers, Wood

709.221.3444,390

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

(5)(5)14.2429,620

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

900.215.2031,610

Power Plant Operators

1300.435.1473,100

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

600.232.9068,440

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

3500.422.4146,610

Chemical Plant and System Operators

900.318.9139,330

Gas Plant Operators

1401.230.9964,450

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

2200.419.2440,010

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

1300.416.2133,710

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

(5)(5)17.7936,990

Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

2000.813.6128,310

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1,2301.316.7334,810

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

4200.815.4932,210

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

2500.414.1029,340

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

1500.918.6638,800

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

8,0002.017.5336,470

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

3701.918.0037,440

Dental Laboratory Technicians

6402.120.7343,110

Medical Appliance Technicians

(5)(5)34.8272,430

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

6602.717.6836,760

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

1,0900.414.5430,230

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

1,5302.113.0027,040

Painters, Transportation Equipment

3400.931.1964,870

Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

1100.814.8030,780

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

2901.014.6530,480

Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

1000.714.6730,520

Etchers and Engravers

(5)(5)15.5832,410

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

3301.217.3136,000

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

3300.416.7134,750

Helpers--Production Workers

5,2901.514.8330,860

Production Workers, All Other

3,8302.216.2133,710

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_47644.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: July 17, 2014