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County Employment and Wages in Utah – First Quarter 2013


Employment rose in the four largest counties in Utah from March 2012 to March 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that Utah County experienced the fastest growth, up 5.5 percent over the year. All four counties registered employment gains exceeding the national average of 1.6 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 282 of the 334 largest U.S. counties from March 2012 to March 2013. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest increase with a gain of 7.0 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 2.4 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Utah, employment was highest in Salt Lake County (598,800) and lowest in Weber (92,800). Together, the four largest counties accounted for 79.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 large counties made up 71.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

Two of Utah’s four large counties experienced wage growth that exceeded the 0.6-percent national gain from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013; however, the counties’ average weekly wage levels were all below the $989 national average. Utah County recorded the fastest rate of wage growth (0.8 percent) while Salt Lake County had the highest average weekly wage ($916) among Utah’s large counties. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 25 counties in Utah with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As mentioned, Utah County had the largest wage gain at 0.8 percent, placing it 154th in the national ranking. (See table 1.) Davis and Salt Lake Counties followed closely with increases of 0.7 and 0.5 percent, respectively, and ranked 168th and 179th. Wage growth in Weber County, at 0.1 percent, ranked 216th.

Among the 334 largest counties in the U.S., 232 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2013. San Mateo, Calif., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with an increase of 14.8 percent. Williamson, Texas, had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 13.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

At $916, Salt Lake County’s average weekly wage ranked 148th among the 334 largest counties in the United States in the first quarter of 2013. The three remaining large counties in Utah had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom quartile of the national ranking—Davis ($769, 276th); Utah ($729, 308th); and Weber ($687, 322nd).

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the average of $989 in 96 of the 334 largest U.S. counties. New York, N.Y., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,448. Somerset, N.J., was second at $2,009, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,937), and Fairfield, Conn. ($1,878). Among the 235 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2013, Horry, S.C. ($564) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Utah's smaller counties

Each of the 25 counties in Utah with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average. Uintah County’s wage of $949 was the highest among the small counties, while Piute’s wage was the lowest ($456). (See table 2.)

When all 29 counties in Utah were considered, 13 reported average weekly wages under $600, 7 reported wages from $600 to $699, 4 posted wages from $700 to $799, and 5 had wages of $800 or more. (See chart 1.) Most of the counties with average weekly wages above $600 were located in the northern half of the state while counties with wages under $600 were predominantly located in the southern half.

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 September 2013, 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 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm.

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 http://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 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 4 largest counties in Utah, 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 --

Utah

1,233.4 3.3 -- 804 38 0.6 30

Davis, Utah

107.2 2.2 101 769 276 0.7 168

Salt Lake, Utah

598.8 3.6 24 916 148 0.5 179

Utah, Utah

181.3 5.5 5 729 308 0.8 154

Weber, Utah

92.8 2.6 74 687 322 0.1 216

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 Utah, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment March 2013 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

132,338,943 $989

Utah

1,233,434 804

Beaver

2,682 591

Box Elder

16,870 656

Cache

48,058 604

Carbon

8,538 732

Daggett

298 804

Davis

107,158 769

Duchesne

8,975 904

Emery

3,374 752

Garfield

1,888 517

Grand

4,671 531

Iron

14,672 542

Juab

3,224 590

Kane

2,697 535

Millard

4,304 683

Morgan

1,793 685

Piute

241 456

Rich

530 524

Salt Lake

598,793 916

San Juan

3,836 631

Sanpete

6,771 541

Sevier

7,789 574

Summit

25,951 659

Tooele

15,417 800

Uintah

14,470 949

Utah

181,299 729

Wasatch

6,424 595

Washington

49,224 578

Wayne

711 525

Weber

92,776 687

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)

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.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.

Chart 1. Average weekly wages for counties in Utah, first quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: November 1, 2013