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20-1596-CHI
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
Area Establishments, first quarter 2020 (thousands) Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2020 (thousands) Percent change, March 2019-20 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) First quarter 2020 National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2019-20 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,447.2 147,088.9 0.4 -- $1,222 -- 3.3 --

Indiana

171.1 3,028.5 -1.0 -- 994 33 3.2 23

Allen

9.2 188.2 -0.8 281 974 240 3.9 109

Elkhart

4.8 130.1 -3.4 355 976 238 3.8 114

Hamilton

10.0 143.2 0.6 133 1,167 115 3.8 114

Lake

10.6 183.5 -1.9 340 952 261 0.7 319

Marion

24.9 592.5 -1.1 300 1,278 72 3.9 109

St. Joseph

5.9 122.2 -1.5 329 896 309 3.6 128

Tippecanoe

3.8 85.2 -1.5 329 984 232 2.2 250

Vanderburgh

4.8 106.4 -2.2 350 916 300 -4.9 356

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
Area Employment March 2020 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

147,088,945 $1,222

Indiana

3,028,516 994

Adams

13,386 761

Allen

188,159 974

Bartholomew

50,878 1,256

Benton

2,332 777

Blackford

2,885 732

Boone

33,448 862

Brown

2,625 554

Carroll

5,657 754

Cass

14,302 735

Clark

54,127 827

Clay

7,780 685

Clinton

11,175 820

Crawford

1,853 681

Daviess

12,272 720

Dearborn

14,340 777

Decatur

14,469 904

De Kalb

21,580 970

Delaware

45,031 822

Dubois

28,647 839

Elkhart

130,143 976

Fayette

5,936 784

Floyd

30,553 838

Fountain

4,687 707

Franklin

4,367 657

Fulton

6,168 748

Gibson

21,319 945

Grant

26,763 796

Greene

6,341 699

Hamilton

143,240 1,167

Hancock

25,720 915

Harrison

10,306 736

Hendricks

73,539 808

Henry

13,077 730

Howard

37,384 1,023

Huntington

13,532 765

Jackson

22,462 961

Jasper

11,746 797

Jay

6,700 749

Jefferson

12,234 802

Jennings

7,538 757

Johnson

56,745 784

Knox

17,239 795

Kosciusko

38,043 1,114

La Porte

39,456 811

Lagrange

13,678 823

Lake

183,516 952

Lawrence

13,634 856

Madison

39,392 781

Marion

592,457 1,278

Marshall

18,171 764

Martin

7,946 1,309

Miami

8,640 754

Monroe

64,768 968

Montgomery

15,016 885

Morgan

15,305 765

Newton

3,389 725

Noble

18,110 796

Ohio

1,209 601

Orange

7,843 653

Owen

5,116 855

Parke

2,992 635

Perry

6,407 774

Pike

2,680 960

Porter

60,283 875

Posey

8,778 1,200

Pulaski

4,853 906

Putnam

13,372 722

Randolph

6,434 761

Ripley

12,364 835

Rush

4,802 763

St. Joseph

122,187 896

Scott

8,238 770

Shelby

18,042 857

Spencer

6,172 911

Starke

4,086 636

Steuben

15,866 724

Sullivan

5,550 839

Switzerland

1,984 656

Tippecanoe

85,204 984

Tipton

5,301 939

Union

1,223 610

Vanderburgh

106,434 916

Vermillion

4,108 1,025

Vigo

46,724 845

Wabash

11,964 776

Warren

1,876 845

Warrick

16,658 959

Washington

6,010 693

Wayne

29,769 780

Wells

10,553 771

White

9,186 765

Whitley

13,486 871

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
State Establishments, first quarter 2020 (thousands) Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2020 (thousands) Percent change, March 2019-20 First quarter 2020 National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2019-20 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

10,447.2 147,088.9 0.4 $1,222 -- 3.3 --

Alabama

132.6 1,983.8 0.3 974 36 3.2 23

Alaska

22.6 312.8 -0.1 1,130 19 2.1 44

Arizona

170.4 2,957.2 1.9 1,098 22 4.4 1

Arkansas

93.6 1,220.5 0.2 922 45 3.0 29

California

1,631.1 17,570.5 0.8 1,459 5 4.2 3

Colorado

214.5 2,725.2 1.2 1,284 9 4.3 2

Connecticut

124.1 1,639.4 -0.7 1,510 4 1.5 48

Delaware

34.6 443.7 -0.3 1,251 11 1.7 45

District of Columbia

42.3 778.1 0.6 1,994 1 3.8 14

Florida

740.5 8,975.1 0.8 1,051 25 3.6 18

Georgia

301.5 4,522.2 0.9 1,159 17 3.4 19

Hawaii

45.4 655.5 -1.0 1,033 27 3.0 29

Idaho

66.8 755.2 3.1 864 50 4.2 3

Illinois

381.5 5,872.9 -0.7 1,302 8 2.3 41

Indiana

171.1 3,028.5 -1.0 994 33 3.2 23

Iowa

104.8 1,523.4 -0.2 978 35 3.7 16

Kansas

89.8 1,383.3 0.2 969 37 3.2 23

Kentucky

124.0 1,884.9 0.1 943 43 2.5 38

Louisiana

137.4 1,897.0 -1.3 969 37 1.7 45

Maine

53.9 601.0 0.1 955 40 4.0 11

Maryland

175.7 2,661.5 -0.4 1,277 10 4.1 8

Massachusetts

263.3 3,565.1 -0.2 1,605 3 3.0 29

Michigan

267.0 4,281.4 -0.6 1,103 20 2.3 41

Minnesota

183.9 2,838.2 -0.1 1,235 12 2.7 35

Mississippi

73.9 1,128.1 -0.2 801 51 2.8 34

Missouri

214.8 2,795.7 0.3 1,016 31 3.0 29

Montana

50.6 465.2 1.5 869 49 3.1 27

Nebraska

72.3 972.4 0.8 956 39 4.1 8

Nevada

86.1 1,410.8 1.3 1,033 27 4.2 3

New Hampshire

54.3 657.0 0.2 1,194 15 3.3 20

New Jersey

285.8 4,052.7 0.4 1,455 6 3.9 13

New Mexico

64.0 835.6 0.9 923 44 3.7 16

New York

657.2 9,415.7 -0.3 1,693 2 3.3 20

North Carolina

296.0 4,501.1 0.9 1,094 23 4.1 8

North Dakota

32.2 414.3 0.0 1,046 26 2.4 39

Ohio

304.4 5,349.6 -0.3 1,063 24 2.9 33

Oklahoma

112.8 1,598.0 -1.3 949 42 -0.5 51

Oregon

162.4 1,938.9 0.7 1,103 20 4.2 3

Pennsylvania

363.5 5,851.3 0.0 1,177 16 2.7 35

Rhode Island

39.5 473.9 -0.2 1,132 18 2.7 35

South Carolina

142.7 2,112.8 0.1 922 45 2.2 43

South Dakota

34.7 420.6 0.4 901 48 4.2 3

Tennessee

171.2 3,033.5 1.0 1,027 29 3.1 27

Texas

725.7 12,626.2 1.2 1,232 14 2.4 39

Utah

109.8 1,526.8 1.8 1,026 30 3.2 23

Vermont

26.1 303.9 -1.8 980 34 3.3 20

Virginia

282.9 3,921.0 0.6 1,233 13 4.0 11

Washington

255.6 3,427.3 1.7 1,414 7 3.8 14

West Virginia

51.2 674.9 -1.8 904 47 0.9 49

Wisconsin

178.2 2,836.5 -0.2 1,008 32 1.7 45

Wyoming

27.2 268.5 -0.5 955 40 0.6 50

Puerto Rico

47.5 886.4 1.0 551 (3) 0.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.3 40.1 5.7 1,046 (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