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17-529-CHI
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Green Bay — May 2016

Workers in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.97 in May 2016, about 12 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, 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 architecture and engineering.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 2 of the 22 occupational groups: production, and transportation and material moving. Conversely, 10 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including food preparation and serving related; education, training, and library; and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance. (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 2016
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesGreen BayUnited StatesGreen BayPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0100.0$23.86$20.97*-12

Management

5.14.5*56.7445.94*-19

Business and financial operations

5.25.036.0927.33*-24

Computer and mathematical

3.02.642.2533.17*-21

Architecture and engineering

1.81.640.5331.41*-23

Life, physical, and social science

0.80.6*35.0627.98*-20

Community and social service

1.41.2*22.6920.82*-8

Legal

0.80.3*50.9535.75*-30

Education, training, and library

6.25.4*26.2122.80*-13

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.41.428.0720.13*-28

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.95.738.0636.21-5

Healthcare support

2.92.3*14.6515.002

Protective service

2.42.0*22.0319.10*-13

Food preparation and serving related

9.28.3*11.479.93*-13

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.22.5*13.4712.71*-6

Personal care and service

3.23.712.7411.35*-11

Sales and related

10.49.819.5019.11-2

Office and administrative support

15.716.017.9116.94*-5

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.30.1*13.3718.44*38

Construction and extraction

4.03.923.5124.082

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.94.122.4521.71*-3

Production

6.510.8*17.8817.920

Transportation and material moving

6.98.1*17.3417.350

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area 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 18,520 jobs in production, accounting for 10.8 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.5-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $17.92, compared to the national wage of $17.88.

Some of the largest detailed occupations within the production group included team assemblers (1,550); first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (1,390); and paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders (1,320). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers with mean hourly wages of $26.74 and water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators, $25.12. At the lower end of the wage scale were tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers ($10.34) and textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders ($10.98). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/2016/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 11.7 times the national rate in Green Bay, and print binding and finishing workers, at 5.9 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, laundry and dry-cleaning workers had a location quotient of 1.0 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.

Note

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 data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates 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. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,920 establishments with a response rate of 76 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2016 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/current/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 2016
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Production occupations

18,5201.7$17.92$37,280

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

1,3901.926.7455,620

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers

3701.414.3729,890

Electromechanical equipment assemblers

901.623.2648,390

Engine and other machine assemblers

400.819.6440,860

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

5005.321.9145,570

Team assemblers

1,5501.214.6030,370

Assemblers and fabricators, all other

(5)(5)11.7724,490

Bakers

3401.513.9829,080

Butchers and meat cutters

2101.318.6838,860

Meat, poultry, and fish cutters and trimmers

6603.614.1229,360

Slaughterers and meat packers

1301.316.7134,760

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

1405.8(5)(5)

Food batchmakers

6503.617.0935,550

Food cooking machine operators and tenders

1002.318.1137,670

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

3301.922.2146,190

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic

601.922.6347,060

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

401.614.4630,080

Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5)(5)20.1141,830

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1900.818.5038,470

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5)(5)14.0729,270

Machinists

7301.521.5344,780

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1000.615.9933,260

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1701.216.2633,820

Tool and die makers

600.720.9243,510

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

6301.419.6240,810

Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5)(5)16.8435,020

Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1403.214.1029,320

Prepress technicians and workers

2305.616.4934,300

Printing press operators

9504.618.3038,070

Print binding and finishing workers

3805.914.3629,870

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

2601.011.4323,770

Sewing machine operators

1000.612.4225,830

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

(5)(5)10.3421,510

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

(5)(5)10.9822,830

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

2802.316.9735,310

Furniture finishers

(5)(5)15.5732,390

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

701.215.8032,860

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

1601.715.6132,470

Stationary engineers and boiler operators

1002.324.2050,340

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

1000.725.1252,250

Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

300.623.2248,300

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

4402.817.3836,150

Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders

3705.017.5036,400

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

1101.219.5940,750

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

7001.117.8837,200

Dental laboratory technicians

(5)(5)21.6545,040

Ophthalmic laboratory technicians

1002.814.9531,090

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

1,2202.615.9333,140

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

3703.617.5736,540

Painters, transportation equipment

500.719.2640,050

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

1,32011.719.2440,030

Helpers--production workers

8801.716.3734,050

Production workers, all other

1600.515.3932,000

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Green Bay, WI, 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) Estimate not released.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017