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Friday, September 25, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2020

Employment fell in seven of the eight largest counties in Indiana from March 2019 to March 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2019.) Acting Regional Commissioner Bryan Droste noted that Elkhart County had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment at -3.4 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Employment increased 0.4 percent over the year with 202 of the 357 largest U.S. counties reporting increases. St. Johns, FL, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 3.7 percent over the year. Ector, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 5.5 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (592,500) in March 2020. Within Marion County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 357 largest counties made up 73.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 82 of the 84 smaller counties were below the national average in the first quarter of 2020. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Seven of the eight large Indiana counties reported average weekly wage gains from the first quarter of 2019 to the first quarter of 2020. (See chart 2.) Five counties had rates of wage gains that were above the national rate of 3.3 percent. Allen and Marion Counties had the largest gains (+3.9 percent each), followed by Elkhart and Hamilton Counties (+3.8 percent each), and St. Joseph County (+3.6 percent). Over-the-year wage changes among Indiana’s other three large counties ranged from 2.2 percent to -4.9 percent.

Among the 357 largest counties in the United States, 335 had over-the-year wage increases. McLean, IL, had the largest percentage wage increase (+13.3 percent). Twenty large counties had wage declines during the period. Peoria, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-12.8 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in one of the eight largest counties in Indiana were above the national average of $1,222 in the first quarter of 2020. Marion County’s average weekly wage of $1,278 ranked among the top 75 nationwide.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 92 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2020. New York, NY, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,270. Average weekly wages were below the national average in 265 counties. At $666 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 smaller counties in Indiana–those with employment below 75,000–Martin County ($1,309) and Bartholomew County ($1,256) reported an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,222. Brown County ($554) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages of less than $750, 37 registered wages from $750 to $849, 15 had wages from $850 to $949, and 17 had average weekly wages of $950 or higher. (See chart 3.)

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 2018 edition of this publication was published in September 2019. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm. The 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2020.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

QCEW Data and Response Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beginning with this release of first quarter 2020 data, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program will publish response rate tables for establishments, employment, and total quarterly wages. Tables for the first quarter of 2020 are available at www.bls.gov/covid19/county-employment-and-wages-covid-19-impact-first-quarter-2020.htm. For more information about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on QCEW data, please visit www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-county-employment-and-wages-data.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 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 eight largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2020
AreaEstablishments, first quarter 2020 (thousands)EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2020 (thousands)Percent change, March 2019-20 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)First quarter 2020National ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2019-20 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,447.2147,088.90.4--$1,222--3.3--

Indiana

171.13,028.5-1.0--994333.223

Allen

9.2188.2-0.82819742403.9109

Elkhart

4.8130.1-3.43559762383.8114

Hamilton

10.0143.20.61331,1671153.8114

Lake

10.6183.5-1.93409522610.7319

Marion

24.9592.5-1.13001,278723.9109

St. Joseph

5.9122.2-1.53298963093.6128

Tippecanoe

3.885.2-1.53299842322.2250

Vanderburgh

4.8106.4-2.2350916300-4.9356

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 2020
AreaEmployment March 2020Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

147,088,945$1,222

Indiana

3,028,516994

Adams

13,386761

Allen

188,159974

Bartholomew

50,8781,256

Benton

2,332777

Blackford

2,885732

Boone

33,448862

Brown

2,625554

Carroll

5,657754

Cass

14,302735

Clark

54,127827

Clay

7,780685

Clinton

11,175820

Crawford

1,853681

Daviess

12,272720

Dearborn

14,340777

Decatur

14,469904

De Kalb

21,580970

Delaware

45,031822

Dubois

28,647839

Elkhart

130,143976

Fayette

5,936784

Floyd

30,553838

Fountain

4,687707

Franklin

4,367657

Fulton

6,168748

Gibson

21,319945

Grant

26,763796

Greene

6,341699

Hamilton

143,2401,167

Hancock

25,720915

Harrison

10,306736

Hendricks

73,539808

Henry

13,077730

Howard

37,3841,023

Huntington

13,532765

Jackson

22,462961

Jasper

11,746797

Jay

6,700749

Jefferson

12,234802

Jennings

7,538757

Johnson

56,745784

Knox

17,239795

Kosciusko

38,0431,114

La Porte

39,456811

Lagrange

13,678823

Lake

183,516952

Lawrence

13,634856

Madison

39,392781

Marion

592,4571,278

Marshall

18,171764

Martin

7,9461,309

Miami

8,640754

Monroe

64,768968

Montgomery

15,016885

Morgan

15,305765

Newton

3,389725

Noble

18,110796

Ohio

1,209601

Orange

7,843653

Owen

5,116855

Parke

2,992635

Perry

6,407774

Pike

2,680960

Porter

60,283875

Posey

8,7781,200

Pulaski

4,853906

Putnam

13,372722

Randolph

6,434761

Ripley

12,364835

Rush

4,802763

St. Joseph

122,187896

Scott

8,238770

Shelby

18,042857

Spencer

6,172911

Starke

4,086636

Steuben

15,866724

Sullivan

5,550839

Switzerland

1,984656

Tippecanoe

85,204984

Tipton

5,301939

Union

1,223610

Vanderburgh

106,434916

Vermillion

4,1081,025

Vigo

46,724845

Wabash

11,964776

Warren

1,876845

Warrick

16,658959

Washington

6,010693

Wayne

29,769780

Wells

10,553771

White

9,186765

Whitley

13,486871

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 2020
StateEstablishments, first quarter 2020 (thousands)EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2020 (thousands)Percent change, March 2019-20First quarter 2020National ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2019-20National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

10,447.2147,088.90.4$1,222--3.3--

Alabama

132.61,983.80.3974363.223

Alaska

22.6312.8-0.11,130192.144

Arizona

170.42,957.21.91,098224.41

Arkansas

93.61,220.50.2922453.029

California

1,631.117,570.50.81,45954.23

Colorado

214.52,725.21.21,28494.32

Connecticut

124.11,639.4-0.71,51041.548

Delaware

34.6443.7-0.31,251111.745

District of Columbia

42.3778.10.61,99413.814

Florida

740.58,975.10.81,051253.618

Georgia

301.54,522.20.91,159173.419

Hawaii

45.4655.5-1.01,033273.029

Idaho

66.8755.23.1864504.23

Illinois

381.55,872.9-0.71,30282.341

Indiana

171.13,028.5-1.0994333.223

Iowa

104.81,523.4-0.2978353.716

Kansas

89.81,383.30.2969373.223

Kentucky

124.01,884.90.1943432.538

Louisiana

137.41,897.0-1.3969371.745

Maine

53.9601.00.1955404.011

Maryland

175.72,661.5-0.41,277104.18

Massachusetts

263.33,565.1-0.21,60533.029

Michigan

267.04,281.4-0.61,103202.341

Minnesota

183.92,838.2-0.11,235122.735

Mississippi

73.91,128.1-0.2801512.834

Missouri

214.82,795.70.31,016313.029

Montana

50.6465.21.5869493.127

Nebraska

72.3972.40.8956394.18

Nevada

86.11,410.81.31,033274.23

New Hampshire

54.3657.00.21,194153.320

New Jersey

285.84,052.70.41,45563.913

New Mexico

64.0835.60.9923443.716

New York

657.29,415.7-0.31,69323.320

North Carolina

296.04,501.10.91,094234.18

North Dakota

32.2414.30.01,046262.439

Ohio

304.45,349.6-0.31,063242.933

Oklahoma

112.81,598.0-1.394942-0.551

Oregon

162.41,938.90.71,103204.23

Pennsylvania

363.55,851.30.01,177162.735

Rhode Island

39.5473.9-0.21,132182.735

South Carolina

142.72,112.80.1922452.243

South Dakota

34.7420.60.4901484.23

Tennessee

171.23,033.51.01,027293.127

Texas

725.712,626.21.21,232142.439

Utah

109.81,526.81.81,026303.223

Vermont

26.1303.9-1.8980343.320

Virginia

282.93,921.00.61,233134.011

Washington

255.63,427.31.71,41473.814

West Virginia

51.2674.9-1.8904470.949

Wisconsin

178.22,836.5-0.21,008321.745

Wyoming

27.2268.5-0.5955400.650

Puerto Rico

47.5886.41.0551(3)0.0(3)

Virgin Islands

3.340.15.71,046(3)6.3(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, September 25, 2020