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Friday, August 9, 2013

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County Employment and Wages in Illinois – Fourth Quarter 2012


Nine of Illinois’ 13 large counties reported employment increases 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 Charlene Peiffer noted that, at 2.1 percent each, Du Page and Lake were the only large counties in the state to exceed the national rate of job growth of 1.9 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties. Elkhart, Ind., recorded the highest percentage increase in the country, up 7.4 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., registered the largest percentage employment decline, down 2.5 percent.

Among the 13 largest counties in Illinois, employment was highest in Cook County (2,441,200) in December 2012. Two other large counties, Du Page (578,300) and Lake (326,300) had employment levels of more than 300,000. Collectively, Illinois' 13 large counties accounted for 80.0 percent of the state's employment with Cook County alone accounting for 42.8 percent. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties made up 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages rose in all 13 large counties in Illinois from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Lake County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,272, followed by Cook ($1,184), and Du Page ($1,168) Counties. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly rose 4.7 percent over the year to $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 89 counties in Illinois with employment below 75,000. Eighty-six of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Three of Illinois' 13 large counties recorded wage gains greater than the national increase of 4.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 1.) McHenry, Lake, and Cook Counties experienced the state's largest wage increases, ranking 7th, 28th, and 60th, respectively, among the nation's 328 largest counties.

Nationally, 316 of the 328 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage gain, up 107.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Douglas, Colo., was second with a wage increase of 48.0 percent, followed by the counties of Virginia Beach City, Va. (13.3 percent), and Rockingham, N.H. (12.0 percent).

Among the large U.S. counties, 10 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Lake, Ohio, had the largest wage decrease with a loss of 3.2 percent. Passaic, N.J., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, down 2.1 percent from the fourth quarter 2011, followed by 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 3 of Illinois' 13 large counties were above the national average of $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Lake County ($1,272) placed 23rd, followed by Cook ($1,184, 38th), and Du Page ($1,168, 43rd). St. Claire ($781) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 286th nationwide.

Nationally, 97 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. San Mateo, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $3,240. New York, N.Y., was second at $2,107, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906).

Seventy percent of the largest U.S. counties (231) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($576), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($609) and Hidalgo ($612). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than twenty percent of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, San Mateo.

Average weekly wages in Illinois' smaller counties

Eight-six of the 89 counties in Illinois with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,000. The exceptions were Rock Island ($1,269), Tazewell ($1,190), and Grundy ($1,021). Calhoun reported the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties, averaging $451 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

When all 102 counties in Illinois were considered, all but six had wages below the national average of $1,000. Two counties reported average weekly wages below $550, 25 reported wages from $550 to $649, 41 had wages from $650 to $749, 20 had wages from $750 to $849, and 14 had wages above $850. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW 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 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 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 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.

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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 9.2 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 www.bls.gov/cew/;however, data in QCEW press releases have been revised (see Technical Note below) 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 13 largest counties in Illinois, 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 --

Illinois

5,697.9 1.1 -- 1,058 8 4.4 17

Champaign, Ill.

88.1 0.6 244.0 806 271 2.5 209

Cook, Ill.

2,441.2 1.2 194 1,184 38 5.3 60

Du Page, Ill.

578.3 2.1 114 1,168 43 4.5 85

Kane, Ill.

195.7 1.2 194 874 198 2.0 246

Lake, Ill.

326.3 2.1 114 1,272 23 6.7 28

Madison, Ill.

94.7 -0.4 305 804 272 1.5 265

McHenry, Ill.

93.6 0.8 236 907 163 11.2 7

McLean, Ill.

87.3 1.5 172 948 137 1.2 281

Peoria, Ill.

103.7 0.6 244 936 144 1.1 287

Sangamon, Ill.

126.8 -2.5 328 986 106 3.0 173

St. Clair, Ill.

94.0 -1.2 318 781 286 0.4 303

Will, Ill.

204.8 0.7 242 847 222 2.8 189

Winnebago, Ill.

124.6 -0.9 315 824 253 1.2 281

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.


Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Illinois, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment December 2012 Average Weekly Wage (3)

United States (4)

133,726,808 $1,000

Illinois

5,697,934 1,058

Adams

32,825 766

Alexander

1,821 748

Bond

4,394 739

Boone

17,019 868

Brown

3,450 832

Bureau

11,523 693

Calhoun

849 451

Carroll

4,042 617

Cass

5,604 678

Champaign

88,112 806

Christian

11,086 682

Clark

4,337 604

Clay

4,981 666

Clinton

12,136 661

Coles

22,317 664

Cook

2,441,166 1,184

Crawford

8,007 772

Cumberland

2,398 622

De Kalb

35,518 750

De Witt

5,644 940

Douglas

6,864 697

Du Page

578,334 1,168

Edgar

6,518 710

Edwards

2,400 721

Effingham

20,357 744

Fayette

5,884 617

Ford

4,589 721

Franklin

8,562 641

Fulton

8,572 600

Gallatin

1,115 680

Greene

2,627 556

Grundy

16,719 1,021

Hamilton

1,675 673

Hancock

3,965 602

Hardin

877 585

Henderson

1,073 555

Henry

13,906 674

Iroquois

7,989 604

Jackson

25,535 746

Jasper

2,273 735

Jefferson

18,881 812

Jersey

4,739 601

Jo Daviess

7,525 628

Johnson

2,183 769

Kane

195,734 874

Kankakee

43,185 744

Kendall

25,117 720

Knox

19,713 631

La Salle

43,287 778

Lake

326,288 1,272

Lawrence

4,311 689

Lee

12,542 748

Livingston

13,656 797

Logan

8,960 719

Macon

49,689 870

Macoupin

9,991 662

Madison

94,669 804

Marion

12,950 686

Marshall

2,988 687

Mason

3,142 658

Massac

3,543 796

McDonough

12,123 686

McHenry

93,570 907

McLean

87,304 948

Menard

1,984 584

Mercer

3,051 606

Monroe

8,428 646

Montgomery

8,930 725

Morgan

14,203 699

Moultrie

4,560 678

Ogle

15,398 813

Peoria

103,685 936

Perry

4,843 639

Piatt

3,250 645

Pike

3,997 545

Pope

596 593

Pulaski

1,570 720

Putnam

1,622 792

Randolph

12,013 720

Richland

6,097 633

Rock Island

74,968 1,269

Saline

9,121 791

Sangamon

126,805 986

Schuyler

1,837 812

Scott

1,000 664

Shelby

4,703 586

St. Clair

94,016 781

Stark

1,343 667

Stephenson

17,701 769

Tazewell

60,274 1,190

Union

4,874 628

Vermilion

28,023 741

Wabash

3,307 694

Warren

6,247 628

Washington

5,464 846

Wayne

4,331 591

White

4,449 709

Whiteside

21,570 671

Will

204,838 847

Williamson

26,124 704

Winnebago

124,645 824

Woodford

10,801 693

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.

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)

(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 Illinois, fourth quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: August 12, 2013