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15-1844-CHI
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2015

All eight of the large counties in Indiana reported employment gains from March 2014 to March 2015, 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 2014 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that Hamilton County had the largest increase, up 3.9 percent, followed by the counties of Elkhart (3.6 percent) and Tippecanoe (2.7 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.1 percent from March 2014 to March 2015 as 323 of the 342 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Utah, Utah, recorded the largest percentage increase in the country, up 6.1 percent over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 4.3 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (575,000). Two other counties, Lake (183,900) and Allen (177,900), had employment levels above 150,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.3 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 137.4 million in March 2015.

From the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, Tippecanoe County recorded the fastest rate of increase in average weekly wages among the eight large counties in Indiana, registering a gain of 4.8 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among these large counties at $1,071 per week, followed by Hamilton County at $1,027. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 2.1 percent over the year to $1,048 in the first quarter of 2015.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment levels 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

Tippecanoe County’s 4.8-percent rise in average weekly wages from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015 ranked 26th among the nation’s 342 largest counties. (See table 1.) Four other large counties in the state recorded increases at or above the national increase of 2.1 percent: Lake (3.6 percent, 45th), Elkhart (3.0 percent, 67th), Vanderburgh (2.2 percent, 127th), and St. Joseph (2.1 percent, 133th). Marion County had the lowest wage increase at 0.8 percent, ranking 266th.

Nationally, 297 of the 342 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Olmsted, Minn., experienced the largest wage gain in the nation, up 11.7 percent from the first quarter of 2014. Washington, Pa., had the second largest increase (10.7 percent), followed by Riverside, Calif. (10.1 percent).

Among the nation’s 342 largest counties, 39 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Snohomish, Wash., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 4.8 percent. Chester, Pa., had the second largest wage decline (-4.0 percent), followed by Williamson, Texas (-3.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, Marion County ($1,071) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 82nd among the 342 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,048. Hamilton County ($1,027, 108th) was the only other large county in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($790) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 291st nationwide.

In the first quarter of 2015, nearly three-fourths of the largest U.S. counties (248) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($583), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($593) and Hidalgo ($607).

Among the nation’s 342 largest counties, 93 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,847. Santa Clara, Calif., was second at $2,203, followed by Somerset, N.J. ($2,080), San Francisco, Calif. ($2,070), and San Mateo, Calif. ($2,066). Average wages in the highest-ranked county, New York, N.Y., were nearly five times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, S.C. ($583).

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, three counties—Martin ($1,327), Bartholomew ($1,065), and Posey ($1,054)—had average weekly wages above the national average of $1,048. Average weekly wages in Brown ($470) and Ohio ($490) Counties were 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. Ten reported average weekly wages less than $600, 39 had wages from $600 to $699, 24 reported wages from $700 to $799, 11 had wages from $800 to $899, and 8 had wages of $900 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 2014 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 2015 version of the national QCEW news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, December 17, 2015.


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 9.5 million employer reports cover 137.4 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.

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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 8 largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2015
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2015 (thousands)Percent change, March 2014-15 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2014-15 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

137,412.42.1--$1,048--2.1--

Indiana

2,894.81.8--857351.438

Allen, Ind.

177.92.21508412441.1239

Elkhart, Ind.

122.33.6528342483.067

Hamilton, Ind.

128.03.9371,0271080.9256

Lake, Ind.

183.90.23148901923.645

Marion, Ind.

575.01.91651,071820.8266

St. Joseph, Ind.

117.61.71867902912.1133

Tippecanoe, Ind.

81.42.71128672154.826

Vanderburgh, Ind.

105.21.12438222622.2127

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 Indiana, first quarter 2015
AreaEmployment March 2015Average weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

137,412,381$1,048

Indiana

2,894,772857

Adams

13,168648

Allen

177,936841

Bartholomew

48,9801,065

Benton

2,156678

Blackford

3,184663

Boone

25,413744

Brown

2,753470

Carroll

5,204603

Cass

14,437627

Clark

51,025708

Clay

7,407613

Clinton

10,726694

Crawford

1,945533

Daviess

11,096604

Dearborn

14,174675

Decatur

13,472719

De Kalb

21,024810

Delaware

44,384724

Dubois

27,678739

Elkhart

122,342834

Fayette

6,288643

Floyd

28,585727

Fountain

4,649594

Franklin

4,532536

Fulton

6,096653

Gibson

19,675851

Grant

27,568720

Greene

6,312571

Hamilton

127,9871,027

Hancock

21,010850

Harrison

9,897622

Hendricks

60,504671

Henry

12,787590

Howard

38,307937

Huntington

14,206638

Jackson

20,272778

Jasper

11,851711

Jay

7,371641

Jefferson

12,400715

Jennings

7,197632

Johnson

48,116661

Knox

17,438665

Kosciusko

36,672972

La Porte

39,549711

Lagrange

12,790706

Lake

183,890890

Lawrence

12,502690

Madison

38,019655

Marion

574,9901,071

Marshall

18,923664

Martin

6,8101,327

Miami

9,363667

Monroe

61,181797

Montgomery

15,627754

Morgan

14,870641

Newton

3,363652

Noble

18,639687

Ohio

1,382490

Orange

7,373565

Owen

4,391797

Parke

2,901551

Perry

6,391660

Pike

2,928953

Porter

58,156808

Posey

8,0561,054

Pulaski

4,453731

Putnam

12,508644

Randolph

7,341663

Ripley

11,535798

Rush

4,823692

St. Joseph

117,620790

Scott

7,280627

Shelby

17,638751

Spencer

6,131747

Starke

4,372531

Steuben

15,312610

Sullivan

6,255735

Switzerland

1,987634

Tippecanoe

81,403867

Tipton

4,256729

Union

1,240603

Vanderburgh

105,221822

Vermillion

4,251896

Vigo

48,390710

Wabash

12,399654

Warren

1,854696

Warrick

15,394834

Washington

5,782606

Wayne

29,507668

Wells

10,470669

White

9,016673

Whitley

11,987723

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 2015
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2015 (thousands)Percent change, March 2014-15Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2014-15National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,412.42.1$1,048--2.1--

Alabama

1,873.51.3844392.219

Alaska

322.21.01,051152.610

Arizona

2,605.62.5926231.045

Arkansas

1,166.61.3790470.847

California

16,029.53.01,20763.73

Colorado

2,458.03.71,071132.416

Connecticut

1,640.50.81,38231.535

Delaware

422.82.51,1059-0.551

District of Columbia

732.61.41,76413.24

Florida

8,018.03.6885281.827

Georgia

4,107.03.5989181.731

Hawaii

633.71.3881312.89

Idaho

650.33.1736502.219

Illinois

5,724.61.21,13072.416

Indiana

2,894.81.8857351.438

Iowa

1,504.31.3848372.97

Kansas

1,357.11.0851361.438

Kentucky

1,810.31.5823411.535

Louisiana

1,927.11.0885282.021

Maine

571.40.9793450.946

Maryland

2,540.81.21,11382.512

Massachusetts

3,338.61.71,34143.24

Michigan

4,079.51.8969211.924

Minnesota

2,709.21.81,079124.31

Mississippi

1,102.30.6711510.748

Missouri

2,678.01.7882301.827

Montana

441.02.7750492.610

Nebraska

943.11.4818422.512

Nevada

1,227.73.786534-0.250

New Hampshire

623.51.5982201.243

New Jersey

3,834.61.41,28851.924

New Mexico

798.71.4805431.535

New York

8,865.01.91,46320.249

North Carolina

4,099.42.5930221.924

North Dakota

436.01.6984194.22

Ohio

5,144.51.4922241.438

Oklahoma

1,592.71.3869332.021

Oregon

1,748.73.5919252.97

Pennsylvania

5,606.90.91,031162.416

Rhode Island

456.11.41,008171.243

South Carolina

1,919.12.5801441.827

South Dakota

406.51.5763483.06

Tennessee

2,772.72.1886271.438

Texas

11,557.02.91,089102.512

Utah

1,318.83.7845381.731

Vermont

303.90.9824402.021

Virginia

3,649.31.11,068141.731

Washington

3,064.43.21,087111.827

West Virginia

692.4-0.3792461.438

Wisconsin

2,734.31.5877322.512

Wyoming

277.80.8892261.731

Puerto Rico

904.9-1.1524(3)1.0(3)

Virgin Islands

38.50.0738(3)-0.7(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: Wednesday, October 14, 2015