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Friday, September 25, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Ohio — First Quarter 2020

Employment fell in 9 of the 14 largest counties in Ohio 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 Mahoning County and Stark County had the largest over-the-year decreases in employment at 1.3 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. (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 14 largest counties in Ohio, employment was highest in Franklin County (757,000) in March 2020. Within Franklin County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the 14 largest Ohio counties accounted for 66.7 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 74 counties in Ohio with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in all of the 74 smaller counties were below the national average in the first quarter of 2020. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All 14 large Ohio 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. Greene County had the largest gain (+5.6 percent), followed by Cuyahoga County (+4.1 percent), Delaware County and Montgomery County  (+4.0 percent each), and Butler County (+3.5 percent). Over-the-year wage gains among Ohio’s other nine large counties ranged from 3.3 percent to 0.2 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 the 3 of the 14 largest counties in Ohio were above the national average of $1,222 in the first quarter of 2020. Average weekly wages in these counties ranked among the top 100 nationwide: Hamilton ($1,307, 65th), Delaware ($1,289, 67th), and Franklin ($1,223, 92nd).

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 Ohio’s smaller counties

Among the 74 smaller counties in Ohio–those with employment below 75,000–all reported an average weekly wage below the national average of $1,222. Meigs County ($607) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 88 counties in Ohio were considered, 5 reported average weekly wages of less than $700, 28 registered wages from $700 to $799, 32 had wages from $800 to $899, 11 had wages from $900 to $999, and 12 had average weekly wages of $1,000 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.

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 14 largest counties in Ohio, 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--

Ohio

304.45,349.6-0.3--1,063242.933

Butler

8.1156.60.02031,0541783.5142

Cuyahoga

36.5717.7-0.72721,219934.187

Delaware

5.887.5-0.12131,289674.098

Franklin

34.3757.00.51461,223923.3158

Greene

3.876.50.81101,1141435.621

Hamilton

24.7514.0-0.12131,307651.7274

Lake

6.494.8-0.42519402741.7274

Lorain

6.395.6-1.13008723201.2301

Lucas

10.2205.0-0.92871,0351912.8195

Mahoning

5.995.4-1.33177833471.7274

Montgomery

12.1252.5-0.32409922234.098

Stark

8.7156.0-1.23088463370.8312

Summit

14.6263.80.02031,0222022.0259

Warren

5.396.01.9351,1021510.2333

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 2020
AreaEmployment March 2020Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

147,088,945$1,222

Ohio

5,349,6381,063

Adams

5,934794

Allen

50,009916

Ashland

18,611776

Ashtabula

30,066738

Athens

21,152809

Auglaize

21,547872

Belmont

20,832781

Brown

7,649665

Butler

156,5721,054

Carroll

6,252746

Champaign

10,648829

Clark

46,269842

Clermont

58,047899

Clinton

17,6061,031

Columbiana

29,324760

Coshocton

9,671797

Crawford

12,674812

Cuyahoga

717,6951,219

Darke

18,005820

Defiance

14,988890

Delaware

87,4991,289

Erie

34,376800

Fairfield

43,780766

Fayette

11,096731

Franklin

757,0471,223

Fulton

17,711818

Gallia

11,107743

Geauga

34,439854

Greene

76,5121,114

Guernsey

14,448823

Hamilton

514,0301,307

Hancock

45,4011,123

Hardin

8,292727

Harrison

3,533918

Henry

10,207831

Highland

10,262742

Hocking

6,524633

Holmes

19,832768

Huron

20,233790

Jackson

10,276699

Jefferson

20,505820

Knox

20,065833

Lake

94,836940

Lawrence

13,413701

Licking

66,190870

Logan

18,397874

Lorain

95,566872

Lucas

204,9901,035

Madison

17,833826

Mahoning

95,366783

Marion

24,230834

Medina

59,047894

Meigs

3,632607

Mercer

19,982765

Miami

40,588867

Monroe

3,086816

Montgomery

252,517992

Morgan

2,717750

Morrow

5,328711

Muskingum

33,250826

Noble

2,888764

Ottawa

12,149963

Paulding

4,810793

Perry

6,299750

Pickaway

14,050910

Pike

9,471955

Portage

54,805883

Preble

10,547868

Putnam

11,652792

Richland

49,058792

Ross

29,124885

Sandusky

24,760812

Scioto

23,383746

Seneca

19,156747

Shelby

26,859954

Stark

155,980846

Summit

263,8401,022

Trumbull

61,600805

Tuscarawas

35,687778

Union

32,7801,111

Van Wert

11,321771

Vinton

2,330675

Warren

95,9531,102

Washington

24,345926

Wayne

47,243901

Williams

17,266822

Wood

67,877933

Wyandot

9,617881

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