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18-1273-CHI
Friday, October 12, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2018

Employment rose in 7 of the 8 large counties in Indiana from March 2017 to March 2018, 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 2017 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Elkhart County had the largest increase, up 4.7 percent, followed by the counties of Hamilton (2.3 percent) and Vanderburgh (1.9 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2017 to March 2018, as 314 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in employment, up 12.6 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest decrease with a loss of 1.4 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (591,900). Two other counties, Lake (185,900) and Allen (185,100), had employment levels above 175,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.1 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 144.6 million in March 2018.

Average weekly wages increased in all of the eight large counties in Indiana from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. Tippecanoe County had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages, up 6.6 percent, followed by Marion County at 5.0 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,218, followed by Hamilton County at $1,134. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.7 percent over the year to $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018.

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. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,273 to $506. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in all of Indiana’s large counties from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. Wage gains in two of the state’s large counties placed in the top 50 of the national ranking—Tippecanoe (6.6 percent, 17th) and Marion (5.0 percent, 36th). The counties of Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, and St. Joseph each had a wage gain of 3.8 percent and ranked 101st among the 349 largest U.S. counties.

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Peoria, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 23.8 percent from the first quarter of 2017. Suffolk, Mass., followed with an increase of 12.1 percent.

Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 13 experienced an over-the-year decrease in average weekly wages. Forsyth, N.C., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-4.8 percent), followed by Washington, Ark. (-3.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Marion County’s average weekly wage of $1,218 was the highest among the state’s large counties and ranked 70th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,152. Hamilton County ($1,134, 101st) and Elkhart County ($1,006, 169th) were the only other large counties in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($857) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 298th nationwide.

Among the 349 largest U.S. counties, 259 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2018. Cameron, Texas, reported the lowest wage ($628), followed by Horry County, S.C. ($631), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($657) and Webb ($690).

Nationwide, 90 large counties had average weekly wages at or above the U.S. average of $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018. New York, N.Y., had the highest average weekly wage at $3,087. Santa Clara, Calif. ($2,651) was second, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,606); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,485); Suffolk, Mass. ($2,268); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,078).

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, 3 counties had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,152: Bartholomew ($1,273), Martin ($1,268), and Tipton ($1,199). Average weekly wages in Brown ($506) and Ohio ($520) were the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 4 had wages below the national average. Six reported average weekly wages less than $600, 12 had wage from $600 to $699, 41 reported wages from $700 to $799, 16 reported wages from $800 to $899, and 17 had wages of $900 or higher. (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 2017 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 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.


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 10.0 million employer reports cover 144.6 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 2018
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2018 (thousands)Percent change, March 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

144,562.91.6--$1,152--3.7--

Indiana

3,018.81.2--954323.910

Allen, Ind.

185.11.12009292393.8101

Elkhart, Ind.

137.54.761,0061693.8101

Hamilton, Ind.

139.82.3761,1341013.8101

Lake, Ind.

185.90.72479202482.1264

Marion, Ind.

591.90.52731,218705.036

St. Joseph, Ind.

122.3-0.13198572983.8101

Tippecanoe, Ind.

83.91.21819642056.617

Vanderburgh, Ind.

108.41.91138882752.3243

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 2018
AreaEmployment March 2018Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

144,562,926$1,152

Indiana

3,018,841954

Adams

13,872716

Allen

185,121929

Bartholomew

50,6631,273

Benton

2,389758

Blackford

3,302719

Boone

28,925795

Brown

2,753506

Carroll

5,201690

Cass

14,750707

Clark

52,807786

Clay

7,680660

Clinton

10,758792

Crawford

1,850590

Daviess

11,796679

Dearborn

13,518741

Decatur

13,987899

De Kalb

21,705949

Delaware

44,948764

Dubois

29,185803

Elkhart

137,5391,006

Fayette

6,300688

Floyd

30,569796

Fountain

4,645659

Franklin

4,240640

Fulton

6,135705

Gibson

20,374958

Grant

26,920792

Greene

6,365687

Hamilton

139,8061,134

Hancock

23,162884

Harrison

10,372704

Hendricks

70,039733

Henry

13,480694

Howard

38,6581,001

Huntington

13,767743

Jackson

21,478896

Jasper

11,647787

Jay

7,299713

Jefferson

12,105773

Jennings

7,514713

Johnson

54,325744

Knox

17,342752

Kosciusko

38,6281,035

La Porte

39,868769

Lagrange

14,440851

Lake

185,902920

Lawrence

13,502784

Madison

39,633739

Marion

591,8631,218

Marshall

18,250748

Martin

7,2061,268

Miami

9,257714

Monroe

63,010895

Montgomery

15,379862

Morgan

15,604732

Newton

3,200720

Noble

18,289781

Ohio

1,310520

Orange

7,351649

Owen

4,731793

Parke

3,036598

Perry

6,471751

Pike

2,793979

Porter

59,246858

Posey

8,5271,143

Pulaski

4,668819

Putnam

13,426702

Randolph

6,549686

Ripley

12,175816

Rush

4,891727

St. Joseph

122,256857

Scott

8,398703

Shelby

18,159843

Spencer

6,252846

Starke

4,488583

Steuben

15,455705

Sullivan

5,513756

Switzerland

2,128623

Tippecanoe

83,945964

Tipton

5,1391,199

Union

1,279590

Vanderburgh

108,447888

Vermillion

4,187975

Vigo

48,531806

Wabash

12,142733

Warren

1,860791

Warrick

16,017919

Washington

6,107651

Wayne

30,320756

Wells

10,649748

White

9,042743

Whitley

12,587819

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 2018
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2018 (thousands)Percent change, March 2017-18Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2017-18National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

144,562.91.6$1,152--3.7--

Alabama

1,948.91.1919362.934

Alaska

311.2-0.51,074202.344

Arizona

2,822.52.81,025223.519

Arkansas

1,211.40.9879442.440

California

17,152.52.11,35264.46

Colorado

2,639.52.51,175113.422

Connecticut

1,651.90.11,44742.440

Delaware

438.71.21,202101.351

District of Columbia

770.21.21,91711.949

Florida

8,716.82.2988254.19

Georgia

4,409.12.31,095172.344

Hawaii

658.40.3974292.344

Idaho

712.63.5809504.37

Illinois

5,909.31.01,24183.910

Indiana

3,018.81.2954323.910

Iowa

1,525.80.5921352.440

Kansas

1,370.60.2912402.738

Kentucky

1,873.70.5901412.539

Louisiana

1,914.70.5932343.030

Maine

592.10.9891433.616

Maryland

2,646.90.91,20993.226

Massachusetts

3,509.91.11,51035.62

Michigan

4,289.01.41,078193.422

Minnesota

2,823.60.71,175112.147

Mississippi

1,125.90.1765512.147

Missouri

2,777.60.5960313.128

Montana

455.51.0819492.440

Nebraska

966.00.4898423.616

Nevada

1,351.63.0977284.85

New Hampshire

648.20.81,122154.93

New Jersey

3,997.61.31,37353.030

New Mexico

813.31.0862472.934

New York

9,318.91.81,59723.422

North Carolina

4,370.61.81,022233.030

North Dakota

408.20.6988253.715

Ohio

5,328.50.91,005242.934

Oklahoma

1,600.91.8914383.519

Oregon

1,894.32.01,026214.37

Pennsylvania

5,787.21.41,115163.422

Rhode Island

469.91.11,086183.226

South Carolina

2,067.42.2877451.750

South Dakota

417.51.0842482.837

Tennessee

2,950.01.6978273.519

Texas

12,179.22.01,168133.910

Utah

1,458.83.3949334.93

Vermont

307.10.4917373.128

Virginia

3,854.41.51,162143.030

Washington

3,316.12.81,30677.71

West Virginia

684.80.6868463.616

Wisconsin

2,831.71.0968303.814

Wyoming

263.70.3914383.910

Puerto Rico

856.7-3.8563(3)7.0(3)

Virgin Islands

33.3-15.5969(3)24.4(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, October 12, 2018