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17-1226-CHI
Friday, October 06, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Ohio — First Quarter 2017

Eight of the 13 large counties in Ohio reported employment gains 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.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Butler County had the largest increase, up 2.4 percent, followed by Franklin County, up 2.3 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2016 to March 2017 as 299 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. York, S.C., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.8 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a loss of 2.7 percent.

Among the 13 largest counties in Ohio, employment was highest in Franklin County (737,500) and Cuyahoga County (709,400) in March 2017. Four other counties—Hamilton (506,200), Summit (262,000), Montgomery (250,400), and Lucas (206,600)—had employment levels of more than 200,000. Collectively, Ohio's 13 large counties accounted for 65.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment in March 2017.

Average weekly wages increased in all of the 13 largest counties in Ohio from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. Butler County had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages, up 9.9 percent. (See table 1.) Hamilton County recorded the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,207, followed by Delaware County ($1,171), and Cuyahoga ($1,114). 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 75 counties in Ohio with employment levels below 75,000. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in the first quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in all of Ohio’s large counties from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. Wage gains in four of the state’s large counties placed in the top 100 of the national ranking—Butler (9.9 percent, 19th), Montgomery, (7.9 percent, 63rd), and Delaware and Lorain (both 7.3 percent, 98th). (See table 1.)

Nationally, 345 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 27.8 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Peoria, Ill., had the only percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-1.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Hamilton County’s average weekly wage of $1,207 was the highest among the state’s 13 large counties and ranked 62nd among the 346 largest U.S. counties. Delaware County ($1,171, 70th) and Cuyahoga County ($1,114, 93rd) also reported average weekly wages above the national average of $1,111. Mahoning ($733) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 335th nationwide.

Nationwide, 94 large counties had average weekly wages at or above the U.S. average of $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,954, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,450. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,385); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,264); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,026).

Average weekly wages in Ohio’s smaller counties

All 75 smaller counties in Ohio with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,111. Among these smaller counties, Union had the highest average weekly wage at $1,061, while Meigs had the lowest at $580. (See table 2.)

When all 88 counties in Ohio were considered, all but 3 had wages below the national average. One reported average weekly wages less than $600, 16 had wages from $600 to $699, 37 reported wages from $700 to $799, 21 had wages from $800 to $899, and 13 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 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 are now available online at https://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Industry Changes

Beginning with this release, the QCEW program now uses the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for the assignment and tabulation of economic data by industry. For more information on the change to NAICS, please see the Federal Register notice at www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/federal_register_notices/notices/fr08au16.pdf. For information on the use of the 2017 version of NAICS in QCEW, see www.bls.gov/cew/naics2017.htm.


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.

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. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 13 largest counties in Ohio, first quarter 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands)Percent change, March 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,309.21.6--$1,111--6.6--

Ohio

5,278.30.8--976246.725

Butler, Ohio

152.12.4959911619.919

Cuyahoga, Ohio

709.40.12941,114936.7148

Delaware, Ohio

85.32.11141,171707.398

Franklin, Ohio

737.52.3981,106996.2189

Hamilton, Ohio

506.20.82371,207626.5163

Lake, Ohio

93.4-0.33208782625.9210

Lorain, Ohio

96.20.92298352947.398

Lucas, Ohio

206.6-0.33209461957.0126

Mahoning, Ohio

95.2-0.13087333357.0126

Montgomery, Ohio

250.40.03009042317.963

Stark, Ohio

156.2-0.23147733276.6158

Summit, Ohio

262.00.12949791703.7321

Warren, Ohio

89.71.12099961605.8215
 

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 Ohio, first quarter 2017
AreaEmployment March 2017Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185$1,111

Ohio

5,278,342976

Adams

6,076719

Allen

50,384861

Ashland

18,326727

Ashtabula

29,421714

Athens

21,534762

Auglaize

21,007795

Belmont

22,763816

Brown

8,189710

Butler

152,071991

Carroll

6,747758

Champaign

10,530790

Clark

48,040761

Clermont

57,541824

Clinton

17,507866

Columbiana

29,215689

Coshocton

10,069766

Crawford

13,238719

Cuyahoga

709,4421,114

Darke

18,420783

Defiance

15,677895

Delaware

85,2741,171

Erie

34,665754

Fairfield

43,429708

Fayette

11,805650

Franklin

737,4671,106

Fulton

18,394772

Gallia

11,359657

Geauga

33,537787

Greene

73,1631,005

Guernsey

14,914745

Hamilton

506,1941,207

Hancock

44,9601,001

Hardin

8,599683

Harrison

4,091878

Henry

10,777743

Highland

10,408661

Hocking

6,696610

Holmes

19,005691

Huron

20,205758

Jackson

10,094660

Jefferson

20,126794

Knox

19,971750

Lake

93,354878

Lawrence

12,527639

Licking

52,676816

Logan

19,755803

Lorain

96,230835

Lucas

206,586946

Madison

17,106780

Mahoning

95,241733

Marion

23,859775

Medina

59,221823

Meigs

3,382580

Mercer

19,750727

Miami

40,131797

Monroe

2,675606

Montgomery

250,416904

Morgan

2,619676

Morrow

5,165673

Muskingum

32,686742

Noble

3,024702

Ottawa

12,327858

Paulding

4,797683

Perry

5,885730

Pickaway

13,615844

Pike

9,730920

Portage

54,217833

Preble

10,480730

Putnam

11,601709

Richland

49,850728

Ross

27,665835

Sandusky

26,133747

Scioto

23,784681

Seneca

19,193693

Shelby

26,775898

Stark

156,174773

Summit

262,009979

Trumbull

66,662817

Tuscarawas

35,590708

Union

32,2521,061

Van Wert

10,807726

Vinton

2,122657

Warren

89,650996

Washington

24,745867

Wayne

47,364817

Williams

17,064769

Wood

66,904874

Wyandot

9,045818

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
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands)Percent change, March 2016-17Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2016-17National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,309.21.6$1,111--6.6--

Alabama

1,928.91.4893366.235

Alaska

312.8-1.81,061183.950

Arizona

2,743.02.4991218.14

Arkansas

1,199.90.7859458.53

California

16,831.42.31,29567.67

Colorado

2,573.22.31,136127.510

Connecticut

1,651.50.11,41744.049

Delaware

433.20.81,185910.71

District of Columbia

760.71.21,88517.016

Florida

8,532.62.8949277.213

Georgia

4,317.12.71,068176.137

Hawaii

653.60.9954256.822

Idaho

690.43.0775507.016

Illinois

5,842.00.51,19586.334

Indiana

2,985.81.2918327.67

Iowa

1,518.30.0899356.530

Kansas

1,368.00.4888386.725

Kentucky

1,864.11.1879416.918

Louisiana

1,901.3-0.5906335.543

Maine

586.71.0860447.213

Maryland

2,626.01.21,171105.842

Massachusetts

3,464.01.11,42837.76

Michigan

4,230.61.71,041206.822

Minnesota

2,806.42.11,149117.95

Mississippi

1,122.90.1750515.346

Missouri

2,767.01.4930315.938

Montana

451.51.4800496.530

Nebraska

960.70.4868426.433

Nevada

1,311.63.8932306.918

New Hampshire

643.21.21,070167.311

New Jersey

3,955.11.51,33355.047

New Mexico

803.30.2838465.938

New York

9,159.31.31,54125.938

North Carolina

4,287.01.8991216.918

North Dakota

405.7-1.0953265.047

Ohio

5,278.30.8976246.725

Oklahoma

1,563.9-1.0883395.938

Oregon

1,855.02.5984235.445

Pennsylvania

5,712.30.81,078156.530

Rhode Island

465.40.31,055197.213

South Carolina

2,017.92.2864437.311

South Dakota

413.40.7819486.235

Tennessee

2,906.21.8945286.725

Texas

11,924.51.71,124145.543

Utah

1,411.33.1905346.629

Vermont

305.60.2889376.725

Virginia

3,796.31.41,129136.918

Washington

3,225.92.61,21578.62

West Virginia

678.2-0.8837477.67

Wisconsin

2,803.71.1933296.822

Wyoming

262.4-2.3880403.351

Puerto Rico

887.7-0.9526(3)1.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.70.0797(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, October 06, 2017