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16-1794-CHI
Monday, October 24, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2016

Employment rose in 7 of the 8 large counties in Indiana from March 2015 to March 2016, 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 2015 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Hamilton County had the largest increase, up 4.4 percent, followed by the counties of Elkhart (3.4 percent) and St. Joseph (3.0 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.0 percent from March 2015 to March 2016 as 318 of the 344 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.9 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties, with a loss of 9.0 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (583,600). Two other counties, Lake (183,300) and Allen (180,400), had employment levels above 150,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages declined in 6 of the 8 large counties in Indiana from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. Lake County had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, down 4.2 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,069, followed by Hamilton County at $1,027. Nationally, the average weekly wage decreased 0.5 percent over the year to $1,043 in the first quarter of 2016.

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. All but one of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

In addition to Lake County’s 4.2-percent decline in average weekly wages from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, three other large counties in the state had wage declines greater than the national decrease of 0.5 percent: Vanderburgh (-3.0 percent), St. Joseph (-1.1 percent), and Allen (-0.7 percent). (See table 1.) Two of Indiana’s large counties registered wage increases over the year. Wages in Elkhart County increased 1.8 percent, ranking 47th among the nation’s 344 large counties and wages in Tippecanoe County rose 0.2 percent and ranked 147th nationwide.

Among the 344 largest U.S. counties, 167 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2016. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 13.3 percent. Nationally, 164 large counties experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Clayton, Ga., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 15.5 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, Marion County ($1,069) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 79th among the 344 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,043. Hamilton County ($1,027, 104th) was the only other large county in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($781) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 299th nationwide.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $1,043 in 91 of the 344 largest counties. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,783. Santa Clara, Calif., was second at $2,210, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,195); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,054); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,022). Among the 253 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2016, Horry, S.C. ($587) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, only Martin County ($1,210) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,043. Average weekly wages in Brown ($480) and Ohio ($493) Counties were the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Eleven reported average weekly wages less than $600, 39 had wages from $600 to $699, 22 reported wages from $700 to $799, 13 had wages from $800 to $899, and 7 had wages of $900 or more. (See chart 1.)

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 2015 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 fourth quarter 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 140.1 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 8 largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands)Percent change, March 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,070.82.0--$1,043---0.5--

Indiana

2,949.51.9--85333-0.528

Allen, Ind.

180.41.9176835252-0.7216

Elkhart, Ind.

126.33.4558492341.847

Hamilton, Ind.

134.04.4161,027104-0.4201

Lake, Ind.

183.3-0.4321850232-4.2319

Marion, Ind.

583.61.42351,06979-0.4201

St. Joseph, Ind.

121.33.086781299-1.1224

Tippecanoe, Ind.

81.80.82838712070.2147

Vanderburgh, Ind.

105.60.8283799285-3.0301

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 2016
AreaEmployment March 2016Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

140,070,814$1,043

Indiana

2,949,474853

Adams

13,167639

Allen

180,369835

Bartholomew

50,3201,023

Benton

2,266673

Blackford

3,168619

Boone

26,302732

Brown

2,903480

Carroll

5,063643

Cass

14,546637

Clark

53,641718

Clay

7,856586

Clinton

10,749693

Crawford

1,983557

Daviess

11,388615

Dearborn

14,212677

Decatur

13,465820

De Kalb

21,206823

Delaware

45,115693

Dubois

28,690750

Elkhart

126,326849

Fayette

6,421628

Floyd

29,444744

Fountain

4,419612

Franklin

4,490575

Fulton

5,919669

Gibson

20,304874

Grant

26,943731

Greene

6,216583

Hamilton

133,9601,027

Hancock

22,411831

Harrison

10,079663

Hendricks

65,317647

Henry

13,214607

Howard

40,258904

Huntington

14,166665

Jackson

20,705825

Jasper

11,891689

Jay

7,330629

Jefferson

12,432709

Jennings

7,147651

Johnson

50,601664

Knox

17,587681

Kosciusko

37,020964

La Porte

39,674698

Lagrange

12,868711

Lake

183,320850

Lawrence

12,891699

Madison

38,922667

Marion

583,6131,069

Marshall

19,157662

Martin

6,9811,210

Miami

9,306645

Monroe

61,554831

Montgomery

15,284768

Morgan

15,645681

Newton

3,418649

Noble

18,337707

Ohio

1,358493

Orange

7,527577

Owen

4,451787

Parke

3,045572

Perry

6,542708

Pike

2,926875

Porter

58,579781

Posey

8,2551,027

Pulaski

4,495741

Putnam

13,142657

Randolph

7,252662

Ripley

12,036731

Rush

4,793696

St. Joseph

121,348781

Scott

7,746643

Shelby

17,903773

Spencer

6,163764

Starke

4,713526

Steuben

15,317614

Sullivan

5,719680

Switzerland

2,034598

Tippecanoe

81,824871

Tipton

4,335727

Union

1,289586

Vanderburgh

105,553799

Vermillion

4,329859

Vigo

47,940729

Wabash

12,528663

Warren

1,777718

Warrick

15,744831

Washington

5,845604

Wayne

29,958675

Wells

10,814699

White

8,981672

Whitley

12,370720

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 2016
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands)Percent change, March 2015-16Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2015-16National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,070.82.01043---0.5--

Alabama

1,902.61.684237-0.222

Alaska

317.6-1.4102815-243

Arizona

2,679.82.891823-0.830

Arkansas

1,191.12.1793450.513

California

16,455.52.612066020

Colorado

2,514.62.4105713-1.336

Connecticut

1,650.60.613623-1.438

Delaware

429.71.5107210-348

District of Columbia

749.62.0176610.414

Florida

8,301.83.5887270.218

Georgia

4,215.13.01008171.92

Hawaii

645.11.4896261.73

Idaho

670.43.572550-1.539

Illinois

5,800.61.211267-0.528

Indiana

2,949.51.985333-0.528

Iowa

1,518.20.984436-0.427

Kansas

1,362.30.483338-243

Kentucky

1,843.91.9823410.119

Louisiana

1,910.5-0.886032-2.647

Maine

580.51.8804441.18

Maryland

2,591.71.911039-0.830

Massachusetts

3,414.82.113274-133

Michigan

4,163.72.1976200.711

Minnesota

2,750.11.5106512-1.234

Mississippi

1,121.01.7713510.414

Missouri

2,729.51.987929-0.325

Montana

447.81.8751490.316

Nebraska

956.61.481742020

Nevada

1,264.13.0875301.25

New Hampshire

635.11.9998181.64

New Jersey

3,909.72.412685-1.741

New Mexico

800.40.079246-1.640

New York

9,042.22.014562-0.325

North Carolina

4,220.33.092822-0.222

North Dakota

409.4-6.290825-7.651

Ohio

5,236.21.891324-0.830

Oklahoma

1,578.6-0.983338-4.149

Oregon

1,808.23.2929211.25

Pennsylvania

5,662.21.1101216-1.942

Rhode Island

464.61.998519-2.246

South Carolina

1,974.62.7806430.810

South Dakota

410.50.9771481.25

Tennessee

2,859.23.3887270.316

Texas

11,638.70.7106611-2.145

Utah

1,369.23.8849350.612

Vermont

304.60.18324019

Virginia

3,748.12.6105713-1.234

Washington

3,147.73.11121831

West Virginia

683.9-1.278247-1.336

Wisconsin

2,771.41.387530-0.222

Wyoming

267.9-3.785034-4.750

Puerto Rico

895.2-1.2520(3)-0.4(3)

Virgin Islands

38.60.4769(3)2.9(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: Monday, October 24, 2016