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Friday, December 30, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Iowa — Second Quarter 2016

Two of the four largest counties in Iowa reported employment growth from June 2015 to June 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.) Polk County had the larger increase, up 1.6 percent, followed by Johnson County, up 1.3 percent. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Scott and Linn Counties had over-the-year employment declines of 0.6 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Nationally, employment increased 1.5 percent. (See table 1.)

Among the four largest counties in Iowa, employment was highest in Polk County (297,200) in June 2016. Collectively, Iowa’s four large counties accounted for 38.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.7 million in June 2016.

The average weekly wage in Polk County rose 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, the largest increase among Iowa’s large counties. Polk County also had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $974. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 2.2 percent over the year to $989 in the second quarter of 2016.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 94 counties in Iowa 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

Two of Iowa’s large counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.2 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. (See table 1.) Polk County’s 3.2-percent increase in average weekly wages ranked 87th among the 344 largest U.S. counties. Linn County (2.5 percent) also placed in the top half of the national ranking at 146th.

Among the 344 largest U.S. counties, 304 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2016. McLean, Ill., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with a gain of 21.0 percent. Of the largest U.S. counties, 36 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura Calif., had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 8.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in all four large Iowa counties were below the national average of $989 in the second quarter of 2016. As noted, Polk County ($974) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 115th among the 344 largest counties in the nation. Scott County ($794) reported the lowest average weekly wage among Iowa’s large counties and ranked 291st nationwide.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $989 in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,252. Santa Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,866), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,806). There were 241 large counties with an average weekly wage below the national average in the second quarter of 2016. Horry, S.C. ($598) reported the lowest average weekly wage, followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($602), Hidalgo ($626), and Webb ($659).

Average weekly wages in Iowa’s smaller counties

All 94 counties in Iowa with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $989. Among these smaller counties, Muscatine County had the highest average weekly wage at $903 and Decatur County had the lowest at $591. (See table 2.)

When all 99 counties in Iowa were considered, 15 reported average weekly wages of $649 or less, 28 reported wages from $650 to $699, 27 had wages from $700 to $749, and 29 had wages of $750 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/home.htm.

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 first quarter 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm. The 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2017.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.


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 142.7 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 4 largest counties in Iowa, second quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.21.5--$989--2.2--

Iowa

1,566.00.3--825402.99

Johnson, Iowa

82.91.31889161652.0201

Linn, Iowa

131.8-0.33069461382.5146

Polk, Iowa

297.21.61609741153.287

Scott, Iowa

91.6-0.63147942911.4246

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 Iowa, second quarter 2016
AreaEmployment June 2016Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157$989

Iowa

1,565,972825

Adair

2,867660

Adams

1,310649

Allamakee

5,340622

Appanoose

4,807663

Audubon

1,846649

Benton

6,029669

Black Hawk

74,353799

Boone

9,780726

Bremer

10,279737

Buchanan

6,699668

Buena Vista

10,990703

Butler

3,534643

Calhoun

3,011685

Carroll

12,037669

Cass

6,321667

Cedar

5,650697

Cerro Gordo

24,843753

Cherokee

5,000719

Chickasaw

4,921718

Clarke

4,575698

Clay

8,835728

Clayton

7,005692

Clinton

21,787719

Crawford

7,058743

Dallas

42,480882

Davis

2,135657

Decatur

2,345591

Delaware

6,925760

Des Moines

22,861755

Dickinson

11,273649

Dubuque

58,799778

Emmet

3,977697

Fayette

7,312657

Floyd

6,010721

Franklin

4,146754

Fremont

2,564712

Greene

3,583690

Grundy

4,222750

Guthrie

3,259714

Hamilton

6,111705

Hancock

7,267775

Hardin

7,274700

Harrison

4,433644

Henry

9,358748

Howard

4,200644

Humboldt

4,205713

Ida

3,719801

Iowa

10,312713

Jackson

6,520600

Jasper

11,848704

Jefferson

7,569712

Johnson

82,947916

Jones

6,460707

Keokuk

2,300655

Kossuth

7,243755

Lee

16,662857

Linn

131,751946

Louisa

3,818690

Lucas

3,473777

Lyon

4,780657

Madison

4,017668

Mahaska

8,029708

Marion

17,853778

Marshall

18,230803

Mills

4,084819

Mitchell

4,047713

Monona

2,867618

Monroe

3,501863

Montgomery

4,329692

Muscatine

24,424903

O'Brien

6,969696

Osceola

2,479712

Page

6,290704

Palo Alto

3,983654

Plymouth

11,508823

Pocahontas

3,046773

Polk

297,157974

Pottawattamie

38,737718

Poweshiek

10,021768

Ringgold

1,442625

Sac

3,270655

Scott

91,604794

Shelby

5,961686

Sioux

20,877723

Story

46,158873

Tama

5,711663

Taylor

1,967655

Union

6,216695

Van Buren

2,098620

Wapello

16,160711

Warren

11,300696

Washington

8,532628

Wayne

1,878649

Webster

19,727817

Winnebago

4,513658

Winneshiek

10,722709

Woodbury

54,939853

Worth

2,461615

Wright

5,847787

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

United States (2)

142,717.21.5$989--2.2--

Alabama

1,923.51.2835372.029

Alaska

338.7-2.41,01110-1.749

Arizona

2,619.62.6921221.933

Arkansas

1,197.51.1785473.07

California

16,754.12.51,15752.419

Colorado

2,574.52.3999141.043

Connecticut

1,689.9-0.11,21333.07

Delaware

444.00.999016-0.648

District of Columbia

756.01.71,62311.142

Florida

8,161.83.2883252.614

Georgia

4,269.52.7929212.711

Hawaii

643.41.0906243.55

Idaho

699.73.3740503.83

Illinois

5,945.00.21,03892.419

Indiana

2,995.41.0828392.127

Iowa

1,566.00.3825402.99

Kansas

1,378.4-0.2829381.239

Kentucky

1,877.21.5838361.933

Louisiana

1,905.2-1.4852320.246

Maine

622.81.0795463.55

Maryland

2,656.00.91,07082.515

Massachusetts

3,538.21.21,23322.029

Michigan

4,300.91.9942192.711

Minnesota

2,846.80.7997152.029

Mississippi

1,120.10.5727512.515

Missouri

2,785.61.4863302.419

Montana

468.62.2767481.735

Nebraska

978.30.9805432.419

Nevada

1,289.43.3874272.226

New Hampshire

655.11.11,003123.74

New Jersey

4,051.21.71,14761.735

New Mexico

808.1-0.3812420.944

New York

9,264.01.51,21042.515

North Carolina

4,285.32.5865292.127

North Dakota

423.3-4.990823-3.351

Ohio

5,353.10.8882262.029

Oklahoma

1,570.5-1.4823410.645

Oregon

1,867.82.7933204.12

Pennsylvania

5,786.80.4971171.437

Rhode Island

482.90.6949182.515

South Carolina

2,013.72.4804442.810

South Dakota

432.71.0760492.711

Tennessee

2,900.42.4874271.338

Texas

11,810.71.01,000131.239

Utah

1,395.93.8840352.325

Vermont

310.6-0.1850332.419

Virginia

3,833.41.61,011101.239

Washington

3,281.62.81,08375.41

West Virginia

693.2-1.980045-0.447

Wisconsin

2,869.10.9856312.419

Wyoming

281.7-3.784934-2.250

Puerto Rico

879.5-0.7512(3)0.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.40.9743(3)-0.4(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, December 30, 2016