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Friday, September 22, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Virginia – First Quarter 2017

Average weekly wage increase in Henrico County ranked 23rd in the nation

Eleven of the 12 largest counties in Virginia registered employment increases from March 2016 to March 2017, 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 2016 annual average employment.) Loudoun County had the fastest rate of employment growth at 3.4 percent, followed by Arlington County, Prince William County and Richmond City at 1.7 percent each. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that Loudoun County’s employment growth rate ranked 26th among the nation’s 346 largest counties. Alexandria City recorded no employment change over the year.

Nationally, employment grew 1.6 percent during this 12-month period, as 299 of the 346 large counties nationwide gained jobs. York S.C., had the largest percentage increase in employment, up 6.8 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest employment decrease with a loss of 2.7 percent.

Among the 12 largest counties in Virginia, employment was highest in Fairfax (594,700) in March 2017. No other county in the commonwealth had employment above 200,000. Together, Virginia’s large counties accounted for 56.3 percent of total employment within the commonwealth. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Henrico County increased 9.7 percent from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, the fastest increase among Virginia’s 12 largest counties. Chesterfield County had the second largest average weekly wage increase, up 9.2 percent. Arlington County had the highest average weekly wage among the largest counties in the commonwealth at $1,847, followed by Fairfax County ($1,748) and Alexandria City ($1,467). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 6.6 percent over the year to $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 121 counties in Virginia with employment below 75,000. Seven of these 121 counties had average weekly wages above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, all 12 of the large counties in Virginia recorded wage increases. Over-the-year gaines in Henrico County (9.7 percent) and Chesterfield County (9.2 percent), ranked 23rd and 29th, respectively, among the nation’s 346 large U.S. counties.

Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 345 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage increase, (27.8 percent). Peoria, Ill., had the only percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-1.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Arlington County had the ninth highest average weekly wage among the 346 large U.S. counties. Fairfax County and Alexandria City ranked 11th and 21st, respectively. Additionally, Loudoun County, Richmond City, and Henrico County recorded average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,111.

In Chesapeake City and Virginia Beach City, average weekly wages placed in the bottom fifth of the national ranking at 298th and 317th, respectively.

Average weekly wages in Virginia’s smaller counties

Seven of the 121 counties in Virginia with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages higher than the national average of $1,111. Among these smaller counties, Goochland ($2,374), Surry ($1,601) and King George ($1,431) had the highest average weekly wages. Mathews County reported the lowest average weekly wage at $525. (See table 2.)

When all 133 counties in Virginia were considered, 120 had wages below the national average of $1,111. Twelve counties reported wages below $599, 43 had wages from $600 to $699, 29 had wages from $700 to $799, 19 had wages from $800 to $899, and 30 had wages above $900.

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 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 2016 edition of this publication is now available and contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Online will be available in September 2018.


 


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 9.9 million employer reports cover 142.3 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 12 largest counties in Virginia, first quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)
United States (4) 142,309.2 1.6 -- $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Virginia

3,796.3 1.4 -- 1,129 13 6.9 18

Alexandria City, Va.

93.2 0.0 300 1,467 21 5.0 267

Arlington, Va.

174.3 1.7 157 1,847 9 6.6 158

Chesapeake City, Va.

98.4 0.9 229 831 298 8.3 50

Chesterfield, Va.

132.8 0.4 274 915 216 9.2 29

Fairfax, Va.

594.7 1.1 209 1,748 11 7.7 73

Henrico, Va.

190.5 0.8 237 1,119 89 9.7 23

Loudoun, Va.

160.8 3.4 26 1,239 55 3.6 325

Newport News City, Va.

96.5 0.1 294 1,064 117 4.6 289

Norfolk City, Va.

141.6 1.2 201 1,025 138 4.3 302

Prince William, Va.

125.3 1.7 157 900 235 7.3 98

Richmond City, Va.

155.1 1.7 157 1,247 54 6.8 140

Virginia Beach City, Va.

174.9 0.9 229 801 317 5.1 260

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.

(2) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.

(3) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Virginia, first quarter 2017
Area Employment March 2017 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185 $1,111

Virginia

3,796,290 1,129

Accomack

12,604 716

Albemarle

55,324 1,050

Alleghany

3,767 653

Amelia

2,515 659

Amherst

8,401 709

Appomattox

3,263 541

Arlington

174,255 1,847

Augusta

26,676 809

Bath

2,164 792

Bedford

18,422 712

Bland

1,896 815

Botetourt

10,065 753

Brunswick

3,819 656

Buchanan

6,460 840

Buckingham

3,271 687

Campbell

16,973 980

Caroline

5,716 737

Carroll

6,504 589

Charles City

1,743 829

Charlotte

2,783 649

Chesterfield

132,780 915

Clarke

3,981 841

Craig

715 670

Culpeper

15,465 792

Cumberland

1,265 601

Dickenson

3,245 745

Dinwiddie

8,111 795

Essex

3,917 621

Fairfax County

594,737 1,748

Fauquier

21,932 902

Floyd

3,133 558

Fluvanna

4,150 729

Franklin

14,907 611

Frederick

30,752 888

Giles

4,567 761

Gloucester

9,387 632

Goochland

15,755 2,374

Grayson

2,841 569

Greene

3,675 650

Greensville

4,703 764

Halifax

12,156 683

Hanover

50,542 821

Henrico

190,537 1,119

Henry

15,869 610

Highland

474 609

Isle of Wight

10,688 1,126

James City

28,513 756

King and Queen

1,053 744

King George

11,385 1,431

King William

3,887 841

Lancaster

4,394 678

Lee

4,346 623

Loudoun

160,820 1,239

Louisa

9,282 933

Lunenburg

2,584 612

Madison

3,046 692

Mathews

1,466 525

Mecklenburg

11,457 630

Middlesex

3,261 670

Montgomery

42,506 805

Nelson

4,024 631

New Kent

4,010 689

Northampton

4,536 623

Northumberland

2,289 709

Nottoway

5,660 652

Orange

9,780 687

Page

5,231 596

Patrick

4,827 547

Pittsylvania

12,196 648

Powhatan

6,911 728

Prince Edward

9,017 672

Prince George

14,827 1,012

Prince William

125,260 900

Pulaski

13,089 722

Rappahannock

1,513 1,052

Richmond County

2,782 704

Roanoke County

38,219 778

Rockbridge

5,892 585

Rockingham

32,690 820

Russell

7,031 755

Scott

4,511 612

Shenandoah

13,624 698

Smyth

12,155 648

Southampton

3,637 676

Spotsylvania

34,952 734

Stafford

42,864 991

Surry

2,285 1,601

Sussex

3,675 740

Tazewell

14,919 651

Warren

12,147 717

Washington

20,522 680

Westmoreland

3,341 577

Wise

11,899 643

Wythe

11,609 637

York

21,058 706

Alexandria City

93,174 1,467

Bristol City

9,271 681

Buena Vista City

2,658 748

Charlottesville City

38,529 1,120

Chesapeake City

98,430 831

Colonial Heights City

10,665 615

Covington City

4,147 922

Danville City

26,790 673

Emporia City

3,429 630

Fairfax City

19,098 1,083

Falls Church City

11,782 1,300

Franklin City

4,205 580

Fredericksburg City

24,215 800

Galax City

6,091 569

Hampton City

54,065 873

Harrisonburg City

31,389 699

Hopewell City

7,728 1,047

Lexington City

4,770 766

Lynchburg City

51,286 821

Manassas City

21,971 1,215

Manassas Park City

3,492 807

Martinsville City

8,897 655

Newport News City

96,470 1,064

Norfolk City

141,629 1,025

Norton City

3,511 655

Petersburg City

13,007 730

Poquoson City

1,752 591

Portsmouth City

43,518 969

Radford City

6,038 830

Richmond City

155,055 1,247

Roanoke City

66,225 856

Salem City

20,098 926

Staunton City

11,273 674

Suffolk City

30,210 899

Virginia Beach City

174,884 801

Waynesboro City

9,450 755

Williamsburg City

12,796 778

Winchester City

24,814 907

Footnotes:

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

NOTE: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
 

 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, first quarter 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 National ranking by percent change
United States (2) 142,309.2 1.6 $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Alabama

1,928.9 1.4 893 36 6.2 35

Alaska

312.8 -1.8 1,061 18 3.9 50

Arizona

2,743.0 2.4 991 21 8.1 4

Arkansas

1,199.9 0.7 859 45 8.5 3

California

16,831.4 2.3 1,295 6 7.6 7

Colorado

2,573.2 2.3 1,136 12 7.5 10

Connecticut

1,651.5 0.1 1,417 4 4.0 49

Delaware

433.2 0.8 1,185 9 10.7 1

District of Columbia

760.7 1.2 1,885 1 7.0 16

Florida

8,532.6 2.8 949 27 7.2 13

Georgia

4,317.1 2.7 1,068 17 6.1 37

Hawaii

653.6 0.9 954 25 6.8 22

Idaho

690.4 3.0 775 50 7.0 16

Illinois

5,842.0 0.5 1,195 8 6.3 34

Indiana

2,985.8 1.2 918 32 7.6 7

Iowa

1,518.3 0.0 899 35 6.5 30

Kansas

1,368.0 0.4 888 38 6.7 25

Kentucky

1,864.1 1.1 879 41 6.9 18

Louisiana

1,901.3 -0.5 906 33 5.5 43

Maine

586.7 1.0 860 44 7.2 13

Maryland

2,626.0 1.2 1,171 10 5.8 42

Massachusetts

3,464.0 1.1 1,428 3 7.7 6

Michigan

4,230.6 1.7 1,041 20 6.8 22

Minnesota

2,806.4 2.1 1,149 11 7.9 5

Mississippi

1,122.9 0.1 750 51 5.3 46

Missouri

2,767.0 1.4 930 31 5.9 38

Montana

451.5 1.4 800 49 6.5 30

Nebraska

960.7 0.4 868 42 6.4 33

Nevada

1,311.6 3.8 932 30 6.9 18

New Hampshire

643.2 1.2 1,070 16 7.3 11

New Jersey

3,955.1 1.5 1,333 5 5.0 47

New Mexico

803.3 0.2 838 46 5.9 38

New York

9,159.3 1.3 1,541 2 5.9 38

North Carolina

4,287.0 1.8 991 21 6.9 18

North Dakota

405.7 -1.0 953 26 5.0 47

Ohio

5,278.3 0.8 976 24 6.7 25

Oklahoma

1,563.9 -1.0 883 39 5.9 38

Oregon

1,855.0 2.5 984 23 5.4 45

Pennsylvania

5,712.3 0.8 1,078 15 6.5 30

Rhode Island

465.4 0.3 1,055 19 7.2 13

South Carolina

2,017.9 2.2 864 43 7.3 11

South Dakota

413.4 0.7 819 48 6.2 35

Tennessee

2,906.2 1.8 945 28 6.7 25

Texas

11,924.5 1.7 1,124 14 5.5 43

Utah

1,411.3 3.1 905 34 6.6 29

Vermont

305.6 0.2 889 37 6.7 25

Virginia

3,796.3 1.4 1,129 13 6.9 18

Washington

3,225.9 2.6 1,215 7 8.6 2

West Virginia

678.2 -0.8 837 47 7.6 7

Wisconsin

2,803.7 1.1 933 29 6.8 22

Wyoming

262.4 -2.3 880 40 3.3 51

Puerto Rico

887.7 -0.9 526 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.7 0.0 797 (3) 3.1 (3)

Footnotes:

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.

(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

(3) Data not included in the national ranking.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, September 22, 2017