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Friday, October 06, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2017

Employment rose in all eight of the large counties in Indiana 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 Elkhart County had the largest increase, up 3.3 percent, followed by the counties of Hamilton (2.7 percent), and Vanderburgh (1.4 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 eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (588,300). Two other counties, Lake (185,100) and Allen (182,700), had employment levels above 150,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.5 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 eight large counties in Indiana from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. Elkhart County had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages, up 15.1 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,157, followed by Hamilton County at $1,093. 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 84 counties in Indiana with employment levels below 75,000. Excluding Martin County ($1,292), all of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (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 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—Elkhart (15.1 percent, 2nd), Vanderburgh (8.4 percent, 45th), Marion (8.2 percent, 54th), and Allen (7.3 percent, 98th).

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

Marion County’s average weekly wage of $1,157 was the highest among the state’s large counties and ranked 72nd among the 346 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,111. Hamilton County ($1,093, 106th) was the only other large county in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($824) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 304th 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 Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, only Martin County ($1,292) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,111. Average weekly wages in Brown ($491) and Starke ($543) Counties were the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Eleven reported average weekly wages less than $650, 37 had wage from $650 to $749, 23 reported wages from $750 to $849, and 21 had wages of $850 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 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 8 largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,309.2 1.6 -- $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Indiana

2,985.8 1.2 -- 918 32 7.6 7

Allen, Ind.

182.7 1.2 201 895 242 7.3 98

Elkhart, Ind.

130.9 3.3 31 977 172 15.1 2

Hamilton, Ind.

137.5 2.7 73 1,093 106 6.4 170

Lake, Ind.

185.1 0.7 248 898 240 5.8 215

Marion, Ind.

588.3 0.6 259 1,157 72 8.2 54

St. Joseph, Ind.

122.4 0.4 274 824 304 5.0 267

Tippecanoe, Ind.

83.2 1.3 190 914 219 5.2 255

Vanderburgh, Ind.

107.1 1.4 181 863 273 8.4 45

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 2017
Area Employment March 2017 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185 $1,111

Indiana

2,985,799 918

Adams

13,548 690

Allen

182,655 895

Bartholomew

50,910 1,060

Benton

2,273 710

Blackford

3,306 685

Boone

27,443 771

Brown

2,854 491

Carroll

5,058 680

Cass

14,612 686

Clark

53,421 779

Clay

7,536 665

Clinton

10,708 768

Crawford

1,942 590

Daviess

11,417 662

Dearborn

14,321 700

Decatur

13,811 875

De Kalb

21,630 901

Delaware

45,800 736

Dubois

28,718 785

Elkhart

130,928 977

Fayette

6,319 648

Floyd

29,507 780

Fountain

4,519 667

Franklin

4,196 640

Fulton

6,134 696

Gibson

20,379 977

Grant

26,799 758

Greene

6,185 643

Hamilton

137,533 1,093

Hancock

22,760 952

Harrison

10,219 685

Hendricks

66,560 713

Henry

13,353 661

Howard

39,517 997

Huntington

13,837 709

Jackson

21,085 835

Jasper

11,967 755

Jay

7,387 680

Jefferson

12,367 740

Jennings

7,149 717

Johnson

52,198 713

Knox

17,206 745

Kosciusko

37,478 1,007

La Porte

39,792 744

Lagrange

13,292 807

Lake

185,140 898

Lawrence

13,361 761

Madison

39,520 717

Marion

588,289 1,157

Marshall

18,938 711

Martin

7,039 1,292

Miami

9,443 688

Monroe

62,119 879

Montgomery

15,329 821

Morgan

16,780 750

Newton

3,234 698

Noble

17,930 745

Ohio

1,404 702

Orange

7,704 614

Owen

4,575 878

Parke

3,112 586

Perry

6,420 753

Pike

3,271 1,013

Porter

58,524 840

Posey

8,229 1,075

Pulaski

4,452 835

Putnam

13,569 706

Randolph

6,582 678

Ripley

12,354 799

Rush

4,860 717

St. Joseph

122,402 824

Scott

8,164 684

Shelby

18,107 813

Spencer

6,060 844

Starke

4,465 543

Steuben

15,503 665

Sullivan

5,680 724

Switzerland

2,027 644

Tippecanoe

83,200 914

Tipton

4,376 792

Union

1,231 603

Vanderburgh

107,075 863

Vermillion

4,356 976

Vigo

48,218 785

Wabash

12,407 690

Warren

1,781 769

Warrick

15,746 887

Washington

6,214 635

Wayne

29,877 735

Wells

10,745 717

White

8,631 700

Whitley

12,296 794

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
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,309.2 1.6 $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Alabama

1,928.9 1.4 893 36 6.2 35

Alaska

312.8 -1.8 1,061 18 3.9 50

Arizona

2,743.0 2.4 991 21 8.1 4

Arkansas

1,199.9 0.7 859 45 8.5 3

California

16,831.4 2.3 1,295 6 7.6 7

Colorado

2,573.2 2.3 1,136 12 7.5 10

Connecticut

1,651.5 0.1 1,417 4 4.0 49

Delaware

433.2 0.8 1,185 9 10.7 1

District of Columbia

760.7 1.2 1,885 1 7.0 16

Florida

8,532.6 2.8 949 27 7.2 13

Georgia

4,317.1 2.7 1,068 17 6.1 37

Hawaii

653.6 0.9 954 25 6.8 22

Idaho

690.4 3.0 775 50 7.0 16

Illinois

5,842.0 0.5 1,195 8 6.3 34

Indiana

2,985.8 1.2 918 32 7.6 7

Iowa

1,518.3 0.0 899 35 6.5 30

Kansas

1,368.0 0.4 888 38 6.7 25

Kentucky

1,864.1 1.1 879 41 6.9 18

Louisiana

1,901.3 -0.5 906 33 5.5 43

Maine

586.7 1.0 860 44 7.2 13

Maryland

2,626.0 1.2 1,171 10 5.8 42

Massachusetts

3,464.0 1.1 1,428 3 7.7 6

Michigan

4,230.6 1.7 1,041 20 6.8 22

Minnesota

2,806.4 2.1 1,149 11 7.9 5

Mississippi

1,122.9 0.1 750 51 5.3 46

Missouri

2,767.0 1.4 930 31 5.9 38

Montana

451.5 1.4 800 49 6.5 30

Nebraska

960.7 0.4 868 42 6.4 33

Nevada

1,311.6 3.8 932 30 6.9 18

New Hampshire

643.2 1.2 1,070 16 7.3 11

New Jersey

3,955.1 1.5 1,333 5 5.0 47

New Mexico

803.3 0.2 838 46 5.9 38

New York

9,159.3 1.3 1,541 2 5.9 38

North Carolina

4,287.0 1.8 991 21 6.9 18

North Dakota

405.7 -1.0 953 26 5.0 47

Ohio

5,278.3 0.8 976 24 6.7 25

Oklahoma

1,563.9 -1.0 883 39 5.9 38

Oregon

1,855.0 2.5 984 23 5.4 45

Pennsylvania

5,712.3 0.8 1,078 15 6.5 30

Rhode Island

465.4 0.3 1,055 19 7.2 13

South Carolina

2,017.9 2.2 864 43 7.3 11

South Dakota

413.4 0.7 819 48 6.2 35

Tennessee

2,906.2 1.8 945 28 6.7 25

Texas

11,924.5 1.7 1,124 14 5.5 43

Utah

1,411.3 3.1 905 34 6.6 29

Vermont

305.6 0.2 889 37 6.7 25

Virginia

3,796.3 1.4 1,129 13 6.9 18

Washington

3,225.9 2.6 1,215 7 8.6 2

West Virginia

678.2 -0.8 837 47 7.6 7

Wisconsin

2,803.7 1.1 933 29 6.8 22

Wyoming

262.4 -2.3 880 40 3.3 51

Puerto Rico

887.7 -0.9 526 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.7 0.0 797 (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