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County Employment and Wages in Idaho – First Quarter 2013


Employment advanced in Idaho’s only large county, Ada, 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.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that employment in Ada County increased 3.5 percent from March a year ago, a pace faster than the national increase of 1.6 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased in 282 of the 334 largest U.S. counties from March 2012 to March 2013. Fort Bend, Texas, recorded the largest employment increase with a gain of 7.0 percent, while Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest decline, down 2.4 percent.

Employment in Ada County was 202,200 in March 2013 and accounted for 33 percent of the total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Ada County was $805 in the first quarter of 2013, a decline of 0.4 percent from the first quarter of 2012. 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 43 counties in Idaho with employment below 75,000. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Ada County’s 0.4-percent wage decrease placed 259th in the national ranking. Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 92 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Williamson, Texas, had the largest wage decline with a loss of 13.4 percent over the year. Middlesex, N.J., had the second largest wage decline among large counties (-5.8 percent), followed by Peoria, Ill. (-5.5 percent), Washington, Ore. (-3.5 percent), and Santa Cruz, Calif. (-3.4 percent).

Over the year, the national average weekly wage rose 0.6 percent with 232 of the 334 largest counties registering gains. San Mateo, Calif., experienced the largest increase in the nation, up 14.8 percent. Benton, Ark., had the second largest increase (14.3 percent), followed by the counties of McLean, Ill. (11.8 percent), and Clayton, Ga. and Somerset, N.J. (both up 6.7 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Ada County’s $805 average weekly wage placed 245th among the 334 largest counties in the first quarter of 2013. During the same period, 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. 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 Idaho’s smaller counties

Forty-one of the 43 counties in Idaho with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower the national average of $989. Butte and Camas reported the highest weekly wages in the state for the first quarter of 2013, at $1,555 and $994, respectively. (See table 2.)

When all 44 counties in Idaho were considered, Butte, Camus, Caribou, and Clark reported an average weekly wage of $900 or more. One county had wages between $800 and $899 and four counties had average weekly wages from $700 to $799. Sixteen counties reported average weekly wages from $600 to $699, and 19 reported wages below $600.

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 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/cewbultn12.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 9.2 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 one largest county in Idaho, 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 --

Idaho

613.4 3.0 -- 695 51 0.6 30

Ada, Idaho.

202.2 3.5 25 805 245 -0.4 259

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 Idaho, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment March 2013 Average Weekly Wage (3)

United States (4)

132,338,943
$989

  Idaho

613,413
695

    Ada

202,237
805

    Adams

845
604

    Bannock

30,326
619

    Bear Lake

1,612
495

    Benewah

3,120
682

    Bingham

14,379
613

    Blaine

11,437
709

    Boise

1,622
386

    Bonner

12,169
605

    Bonneville

43,018
617

    Boundary

3,128
593

    Butte

7,259
1,555

    Camas

430
994

    Canyon

53,104
597

    Caribou

3,120
953

    Cassia

9,987
573

    Clark

436
909

    Clearwater

2,603
630

    Custer

1,321
760

    Elmore

6,071
583

    Franklin

3,032
478

    Fremont

2,634
575

    Gem

2,904
514

    Gooding

5,936
643

    Idaho

3,994
614

    Jefferson

5,728
487

    Jerome

8,722
613

    Kootenai

50,219
652

    Latah

12,956
618

    Lemhi

2,095
540

    Lewis

1,490
533

    Lincoln

1,467
611

    Madison

12,391
539

    Minidoka

6,717
597

    Nez Perce

20,231
701

    Oneida

1,085
460

    Owyhee

2,773
562

    Payette

5,565
609

    Power

3,195
673

    Shoshone

4,621
753

    Teton

2,345
569

    Twin Falls

33,839
589

    Valley

3,494
621

    Washington

2,890
532

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.

SOURCE: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages


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 by county in Idaho, First Quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: December 13, 2013