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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana – First Quarter 2013


Five out of eight large counties in Indiana reported employment increases from March 2012 to March 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.) Elkhart County had the largest increase, up 6.0 percent, followed by Hamilton County, up 2.6 percent, and Marion County, up 1.2 percent. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that two of the state's large counties experienced over-the-year employment gains greater than the national increase.

Nationally, employment increased 1.6 percent during the 12-month period, as 282 of the 334 large U.S. counties gained jobs. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.0 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.4 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (563,300) in March 2013. Two other counties, Lake (186,900) and Allen (172,300), had employment levels above 150,000. Collectively, Indiana's eight large counties accounted for 51.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.6 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 132.3 million in March 2013.

The average weekly wage in Hamilton County rose 2.9 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, the largest increase among Indiana's large counties. Marion County had the highest average weekly wage of the state’s large counties at $1,052, followed by Hamilton ($983) and Lake ($869). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 0.6 percent over the year to $989 in the first quarter of 2013.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000. Excluding the counties of Martin, Bartholomew, and Posey, all of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Six of Indiana's large counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 0.6 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. (See table 1.) As noted, Hamilton County experienced the state’s largest average weekly wage increase of 2.9 percent, ranking 23rd among the 334 largest counties in the nation. Marion (2.6 percent, 31st), Lake (2.4 percent, 39th), and Vanderburgh (1.3 percent, 108th) also reported wage growth above the national average. Conversely, there were two counties with wage declines—Tippecanoe (-0.8 percent, 290th) and Allen (-0.4 percent, 259th).

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 232 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2013. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest increase (14.8 percent), followed by the counties of Benton, Ark. (14.3 percent), McLean, Ill. (11.8 percent), and Clayton, Ga. and Somerset, N.J. (both up 6.7 percent).

Of the 334 largest counties, 92 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Williamson, Texas, had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 13.4 percent. Middlesex, N.J., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages (-5.8 percent), followed by Peoria, Ill. (-5.5 percent); Washington, Ore. (-3.5 percent); and Santa Cruz, Calif. (-3.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in only one of Indiana’s eight large counties, Marion ($1,052), was above the national average of $989 in the first quarter of 2013. As noted, this county also had the highest average weekly wage of the state’s large counties and ranked 73rd nationwide. Elkhart ($756) reported the lowest average weekly wage among Indiana’s large counties and ranked 291st nationwide in March 2013.

In the first quarter of 2013, more than two-thirds of the largest U.S. counties (235) reported wages below the national weekly average of $989. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($564), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($573) and Hidalgo ($580).

Among the nation’s 334 largest counties, 96 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,448, more than four times the wage levels in the three lowest–paid counties. Somerset, N.J., was second-highest at $2,009, followed by the counties of Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,937), Fairfield, Conn. ($1,878), and San Mateo, Calif. ($1,859).

Average weekly wages in Indiana's smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, three counties—Martin ($1,288), Bartholomew ($1,029), and Posey ($1,018)—had average weekly wages above the national average of $989. Average weekly wages in Ohio ($471) and Brown ($464) counties were among the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 4 had wages below the national average of $989. Three reported average weekly wages under $500, 13 had wages from $500 to $599, 40 reported wages from $600 to $699, 21 had wages from $700 to $799, and 15 had wages of $800 or more. (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 2012 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 2013 version of the news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12htm.

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.


Updated MSA Definitions

New Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions, and those for other types of Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), were announced in March 2013. The QCEW program will be using those definitions for tabulating data referencing 2013 and future years effective with the release of the first quarter 2013 data. Prior year data will not be re-tabulated to the new definitions. For more information regarding the new area definitions, see www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_statpolicy#ms.


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 132.3 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 (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 8 largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average weekly wage (3)
March 2013 (thousands) Percent change, March 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, first quarter 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

132,338.9 1.6 -- $989 -- 0.6 --

Indiana

2,808.1 1.1 -- 832 34 1.2 14

Allen, Ind.

172.3 0.5 243.0 809 241 -0.4 259

Elkhart, Ind.

113.3 6.0 3 756 291 0.9 141

Hamilton, Ind.

116.1 2.6 74 983 104 2.9 23

Lake, Ind.

186.9 0.7 225 869 174 2.4 39

Marion, Ind.

563.3 1.2 178 1,052 73 2.6 31

St. Joseph, Ind.

114.3 -0.5 305 768 278 1.2 115

Tippecanoe, Ind.

78.3 -0.4 299 818 232 -0.8 290

Vanderburgh, Ind.

103.7 -2.0 333 776 272 1.3 108

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 data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(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 Indiana, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment March 2013 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

132,338,943 $989

Indiana

2,808,091 832

Adams

12,185 624

Allen

172,287 809

Bartholomew

46,476 1,029

Benton

2,307 603

Blackford

3,302 647

Boone

22,627 696

Brown

2,666 464

Carroll

5,126 586

Cass

14,272 613

Clark

47,780 675

Clay

7,444 559

Clinton

10,554 694

Crawford

1,920 480

Daviess

10,735 600

Dearborn

14,295 662

Decatur

12,877 717

De Kalb

19,815 800

Delaware

44,486 681

Dubois

26,896 711

Elkhart

113,324 756

Fayette

6,206 632

Floyd

28,020 688

Fountain

5,237 621

Franklin

3,814 549

Fulton

6,226 643

Gibson

18,692 856

Grant

27,342 715

Greene

6,342 544

Hamilton

116,105 983

Hancock

20,260 818

Harrison

9,990 600

Hendricks

53,734 664

Henry

12,498 597

Howard

36,758 913

Huntington

13,712 642

Jackson

19,243 752

Jasper

11,862 683

Jay

7,509 644

Jefferson

12,377 702

Jennings

6,977 617

Johnson

45,974 645

Knox

17,270 683

Kosciusko

35,237 953

La Porte

40,045 711

Lagrange

12,160 675

Lake

186,868 869

Lawrence

12,758 645

Madison

37,497 673

Marion

563,348 1,052

Marshall

18,029 657

Martin

7,083 1,288

Miami

9,130 646

Monroe

59,663 773

Montgomery

14,684 747

Morgan

14,296 634

Newton

3,375 630

Noble

17,413 664

Ohio

1,479 471

Orange

7,393 552

Owen

4,507 724

Parke

2,934 539

Perry

6,103 670

Pike

3,069 937

Porter

56,462 789

Posey

8,374 1,018

Pulaski

4,392 663

Putnam

12,981 621

Randolph

7,179 633

Ripley

11,627 765

Rush

4,514 662

St. Joseph

114,278 768

Scott

6,944 597

Shelby

16,452 740

Spencer

6,442 700

Starke

4,209 532

Steuben

14,472 590

Sullivan

6,220 748

Switzerland

2,138 559

Tippecanoe

78,333 818

Tipton

4,037 721

Union

1,329 561

Vanderburgh

103,708 776

Vermillion

4,310 974

Vigo

48,587 697

Wabash

12,278 624

Warren

1,835 665

Warrick

15,051 792

Washington

5,673 596

Wayne

28,626 663

Wells

10,661 710

White

8,461 636

Whitley

11,105 723

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, first quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
March 2013
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2012-13
Average
weekly wage
National
ranking
by level
Percent change,
first quarter
2012-13
National
ranking by
percent change

United States (4)

132,338.9 1.6 $989 -- 0.6 --

Alabama

1,840.4 1.0 812 36 0.5 35

Alaska

317.9 0.5 988 15 1.5 12

Arizona

2,494.6 2.2 891 21 0.6 30

Arkansas

1,151.1 0.0 765 47 2.4 2

California

15,168.9 3.0 1,116 6 -0.2 45

Colorado

2,298.0 3.0 1,004 13 0.1 41

Connecticut

1,618.4 0.4 1,319 3 -0.5 49

Delaware

403.7 1.4 1,070 7 -0.2 45

District of Columbia

717.6 1.0 1,613 1 0.5 35

Florida

7,540.7 2.2 843 30 0.7 28

Georgia

3,878.7 1.8 940 18 1.0 20

Hawaii

616.3 2.4 842 31 1.2 14

Idaho

613.4 3.0 695 51 0.6 30

Illinois

5,601.4 0.7 1,058 9 -0.2 45

Indiana

2,808.1 1.1 832 34 1.2 14

Iowa

1,463.2 1.0 799 39 1.8 6

Kansas

1,322.0 0.7 807 37 0.4 37

Kentucky

1,765.2 0.9 791 40 0.8 23

Louisiana

1,885.8 1.0 847 28 1.3 13

Maine

561.6 0.0 771 45 1.8 6

Maryland

2,509.0 0.8 1,066 8 -0.6 50

Massachusetts

3,218.5 1.0 1,236 4 0.7 28

Michigan

3,950.7 2.1 922 20 0.3 39

Minnesota

2,632.9 1.9 1,002 14 1.2 14

Mississippi

1,088.9 0.4 696 50 1.2 14

Missouri

2,610.3 0.7 842 31 0.6 30

Montana

427.4 1.9 707 49 0.1 41

Nebraska

914.9 1.0 777 43 1.7 9

Nevada

1,144.1 2.3 844 29 -0.2 45

New Hampshire

606.0 0.7 938 19 1.6 11

New Jersey

3,780.4 1.1 1,234 5 0.6 30

New Mexico

784.7 0.6 778 42 -0.6 50

New York

8,565.7 1.0 1,362 2 0.4 37

North Carolina

3,934.4 1.6 884 23 1.7 9

North Dakota

415.0 4.4 885 22 3.1 1

Ohio

5,004.8 0.7 884 23 1.1 19

Oklahoma

1,551.3 1.2 823 35 2.4 2

Oregon

1,644.4 1.9 864 25 0.0 43

Pennsylvania

5,543.3 0.1 968 16 0.9 21

Rhode Island

445.3 0.8 954 17 2.4 2

South Carolina

1,823.7 1.4 773 44 1.2 14

South Dakota

394.3 1.0 709 48 0.9 21

Tennessee

2,675.0 1.5 854 27 0.8 23

Texas

10,928.5 3.0 1,015 12 0.3 39

Utah

1,233.4 3.3 804 38 0.6 30

Vermont

299.3 0.7 791 40 2.3 5

Virginia

3,616.8 0.9 1,027 11 0.8 23

Washington

2,890.8 2.3 1,028 10 1.8 6

West Virginia

701.0 -0.7 767 46 -0.1 44

Wisconsin

2,664.9 0.9 833 33 0.8 23

Wyoming

272.2 0.1 859 26 0.8 23

Puerto Rico

931.3 0.0 515 (5) -1.2 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -6.7 726 (5) 0.4 (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 Indiana, first quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: November 19, 2013