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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Green Bay — May 2015

Workers in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.40 in May 2015, about 12 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 15 of the 22 major occupational groups including legal; management; and computer and mathematical. Two groups had significantly higher wages than their respective national averages.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 2 of the 22 occupational groups: production, and personal care and service. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; and healthcare support. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2015
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesGreen BayUnited StatesGreen BayPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0%100.0%$23.23$20.40*-12

Management

5.04.3*55.3043.66*-21

Business and Financial Operations

5.14.935.4828.30*-20

Computer and Mathematical

2.92.641.4332.50*-22

Architecture and Engineering

1.81.6*39.8931.48*-21

Life, Physical, and Social Science

0.80.6*34.2427.33*-20

Community and Social Services

1.41.1*22.1920.03*-10

Legal

0.80.3*49.7435.44*-29

Education, Training, and Library

6.25.2*25.4823.71-7

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

1.31.327.3919.27*-30

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical

5.85.537.4035.86-4

Healthcare Support

2.92.2*14.1914.583

Protective Service

2.42.1*21.4518.42*-14

Food Preparation and Serving Related

9.18.5*10.989.82*-11

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

3.22.5*13.0212.39*-5

Personal Care and Service

3.14.0*12.3310.73*-13

Sales and Related

10.510.518.9017.60*-7

Office and Administrative Support

15.816.117.4716.72*-4

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

0.30.1*12.6716.66*31

Construction and Extraction

4.03.722.8823.77*4

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

3.93.922.1121.61*-2

Production

6.611.0*17.4117.430

Transportation and Material Moving

6.97.916.9016.850

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Green Bay is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.
 

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Green Bay had 18,450 jobs in production, accounting for 11.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.43, compared to the national wage of $17.41.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (1,620); printing press operators (1,200); and packaging and filling machine operators and tenders (1,190). Among the higher paying jobs were chemical equipment operators and tenders ($29.69) and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers ($26.77). At the lower end of the wage scale were laundry and dry-cleaning workers ($10.44) and bakers ($11.67). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/oes_24580.htm .)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders were employed at 10.3 times the national rate in Green Bay, and prepress technicians and workers, at 8.1 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, laundry and dry-cleaning workers had a location quotient of 0.9 in Green Bay, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

With the issuance of data for May 2015, the OES program has incorporated redefined metropolitan area definitions as designated by the Office of Management and Budget. OES data are available for 394 metropolitan areas, 38 metropolitan divisions, and 167 OES-defined nonmetropolitan areas. A listing of the areas and their definitions can be found at www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations for all industries combined in the nation; the 50 states and the District of Columbia; 432 metropolitan areas and divisions; 167 nonmetropolitan areas; and Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. National estimates are also available by industry for NAICS sectors, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industries, and by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year. May 2015 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, November 2013, May 2013, and November 2012. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 73.5 percent based on establishments and 69.6 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57.9 percent of total national employment. (Response rates are slightly lower for these estimates due to the federal shutdown in October 2013.) The sample in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,947 establishments with a response rate of 75 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2015 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Green Bay, Wis. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto Counties.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2015/may/methods_statement.pdf.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request . Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2015
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Production Occupations

18,4501.7$17.43$36,250

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

1,1701.626.7755,680

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

3001.214.4630,080

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

400.722.3146,390

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

400.919.0339,590

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

3703.822.2246,220

Team Assemblers

1,6201.214.9731,140

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

1700.612.2825,550

Bakers

2801.311.6724,270

Butchers and Meat Cutters

1901.118.2237,900

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

6503.513.6428,370

Slaughterers and Meat Packers

1301.416.2733,840

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

1004.1(5)(5)

Food Batchmakers

5003.115.6632,570

Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

801.917.8437,100

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

3502.021.5344,770

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

401.422.9947,830

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1400.617.5136,420

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

2703.014.7730,730

Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

300.718.7739,040

Machinists

8601.821.3844,480

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

800.515.8032,860

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

800.715.1231,460

Tool and Die Makers

300.421.9845,730

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

6901.518.9539,410

Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

602.517.5236,430

Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1503.414.1329,400

Prepress Technicians and Workers

3508.118.7639,020

Printing Press Operators

1,2005.918.9139,340

Print Binding and Finishing Workers

4406.915.0731,340

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

2300.910.4421,720

Sewing Machine Operators

700.413.6828,440

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

3603.216.0233,320

Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

400.715.1131,440

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

1401.515.0831,370

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

1002.325.0552,100

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

1000.724.0049,910

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

(5)(5)29.6961,750

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

701.221.9245,600

Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

4302.717.2935,960

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

3905.016.2433,770

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1802.019.9041,380

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

6901.116.8034,940

Dental Laboratory Technicians

(5)(5)20.6242,890

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

702.015.6432,540

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

1,1902.615.0731,350

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

3903.616.4634,240

Painters, Transportation Equipment

(5)(5)17.0435,440

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

602.212.9626,960

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

602.916.8835,110

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

1,14010.317.4136,220

Helpers--Production Workers

8701.614.1929,520

Production Workers, All Other

3301.116.3634,020

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24580.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a ‘year-round, full-time’ hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimates not released.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, June 24, 2016