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20-1153-CHI
Monday, June 29, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Illinois — Fourth Quarter 2019

Employment increased in 5 of Illinois’ 13 large counties from December 2018 to December 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Acting Regional Commissioner Julie Wilson noted that Will County (2.1 percent) and Sangamon County (2.0 percent) had the fastest rates of job growth. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.2 percent over the year with 285 of the 355 largest U.S. counties reporting increases. Cleveland, OK, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 5.8 percent over the year. Ector, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 4.2 percent.

Among the 13 largest counties in Illinois, employment was highest in Cook County (2,636,500) in December 2019. DuPage and Lake Counties had employment levels of 617,200 and 339,700, respectively. Together, the 13 largest Illinois counties accounted for 80.9 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Twelve of Illinois’ large counties reported average weekly wage gains from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2019, with the fastest rates of increase in Sangamon and Peoria Counties, up 6.0 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively. Lake County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $1,458. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.5 percent from a year ago to $1,185 in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 89 counties in Illinois with employment below 75,000. With the exception of Rock Island and Grundy Counties, wage levels in the remaining small counties were below the national average in December 2019. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The 6.0-percent annual average weekly wage gain in Sangamon County ranked 18th among the nation’s 355 largest counties in the fourth quarter of 2019. Over-the-year wage changes among Illinois’ remaining 12 large counties ranged from a 4.9-percent increase in Peoria County to a 0.4-percent decrease in Winnebago County.

Nationally, 341 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year wage increases. Santa Cruz, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (20.7 percent). The remaining 14 large counties had wage declines during the period. Linn, IA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in three of the state’s large counties were above the national average of $1,185 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Lake County ($1,458), had the highest average weekly wage in the state, ranking 24th among the 355 largest U.S. counties. Average weekly wages in Cook ($1,369) and DuPage ($1,301) Counties ranked in the top quarter for the nation. The average weekly wage in St. Clair County ($907) ranked 316th.

Nationally, 93 large counties reported average weekly wages at or above the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2019. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,825. Average weekly wages were below the national average in 262 counties. At $701 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Illinois’ smaller counties

Two of the 89 smaller counties in Illinois–those with employment below 75,000–reported average weekly wages above the national average of $1,185. Rock Island and Grundy Counties reported average weekly wages of $1,362 and $1,201, respectively. The remaining 87 smaller counties in Illinois reported average weekly wages below the national average. Among these smaller counties, Pope County posted the lowest average wage in the state at $560 per week, followed by Calhoun County at $567 per week.

When all 102 counties in Illinois were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages of less than $750, 34 registered wages from $750 to $849, 25 had wages from $850 to $949, and 20 had average weekly wages of $950 or more. (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 2018 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2019, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2019 version of this news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now 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 first quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The County Employment and Wages full data update for first quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.


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 13 largest counties in Illinois, fourth quarter 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2019 (thousands) Percent change, December 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, fourth quarter 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

149,857.1 1.2 -- 1185 -- 3.5 --

Illinois

6,043.5 0.2 -- 1221 10 2.7 38

Champaign

92.9 1.4 132 980 253 3.4 161

Cook

2,636.5 0.3 251 1369 44 2.5 246

DuPage

617.2 -0.9 335 1301 55 1.5 315

Kane

211.9 -1.1 340 1033 203 2.3 261

Lake

339.7 -0.7 327 1458 24 0.8 336

Madison

103.1 0.7 204 917 307 1.3 324

McHenry

96.7 -0.8 331 927 302 2.2 272

McLean

82.3 0.0 286 991 241 2.6 234

Peoria

103.6 -2.4 352 1157 108 4.9 49

Sangamon

132.0 2.0 73 1128 128 6.0 18

St. Clair

93.6 -0.9 335 907 316 4.3 79

Will

254.0 2.1 66 971 261 0.9 333

Winnebago

126.3 -1.2 343 967 269 -0.4 345

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. 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 Illinois, fourth quarter 2019
Area Employment December 2019 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

149,857,130 1,185

Illinois

6,043,515 1,221

Adams

32,796 902

Alexander

1,013 725

Bond

4,527 812

Boone

18,820 1,055

Brown

4,584 953

Bureau

11,102 850

Calhoun

711 567

Carroll

4,101 862

Cass

5,518 825

Champaign

92,937 980

Christian

9,818 794

Clark

4,759 743

Clay

5,162 760

Clinton

12,377 786

Coles

23,668 768

Cook

2,636,486 1,369

Crawford

7,195 944

Cumberland

2,884 714

De Kalb

36,887 924

De Witt

4,948 1,091

Douglas

7,537 816

Du Page

617,161 1,301

Edgar

6,901 910

Edwards

2,189 803

Effingham

22,741 831

Fayette

5,503 708

Ford

4,737 854

Franklin

8,886 761

Fulton

8,216 725

Gallatin

1,167 999

Greene

2,382 678

Grundy

21,569 1,201

Hamilton

2,033 859

Hancock

4,058 729

Hardin

680 640

Henderson

1,258 638

Henry

14,201 802

Iroquois

7,696 727

Jackson

25,111 805

Jasper

2,041 778

Jefferson

20,000 875

Jersey

4,814 725

Jo Daviess

6,979 756

Johnson

2,345 821

Kane

211,924 1,033

Kankakee

44,869 878

Kendall

28,825 841

Knox

17,473 723

La Salle

41,551 905

Lake

339,673 1,458

Lawrence

4,500 824

Lee

13,085 920

Livingston

13,953 929

Logan

9,043 854

Macon

47,987 1,009

Macoupin

10,435 763

Madison

103,070 917

Marion

13,003 754

Marshall

2,853 781

Mason

2,886 845

Massac

3,056 855

McDonough

10,677 798

McHenry

96,727 927

McLean

82,345 991

Menard

1,681 693

Mercer

3,047 670

Monroe

8,103 761

Montgomery

8,601 817

Morgan

14,237 818

Moultrie

5,244 793

Ogle

14,787 924

Peoria

103,566 1,157

Perry

4,652 787

Piatt

3,506 734

Pike

3,958 684

Pope

473 560

Pulaski

1,475 953

Putnam

1,676 1,170

Randolph

12,384 884

Richland

5,944 777

Rock Island

73,768 1,362

Saline

7,518 662

Sangamon

131,967 1,128

Schuyler

1,457 838

Scott

999 773

Shelby

5,080 740

St. Clair

93,556 907

Stark

1,377 858

Stephenson

17,573 850

Tazewell

47,755 895

Union

5,076 680

Vermilion

26,728 882

Wabash

3,429 814

Warren

6,267 743

Washington

6,424 968

Wayne

3,973 663

White

4,250 771

Whiteside

21,382 791

Will

253,968 971

Williamson

28,572 802

Winnebago

126,348 967

Woodford

10,215 879

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, fourth quarter 2019
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2019 (thousands) Percent change, December 2018-19 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

149,857.1 1.2 $1,185 -- 3.5 --

Alabama

2,007.9 1.0 985 36 2.6 39

Alaska

309.9 0.6 1,139 16 3.2 27

Arizona

2,999.8 2.7 1,059 23 4.1 7

Arkansas

1,232.9 0.5 898 50 3.2 27

California

17,836.3 1.5 1,457 4 4.7 4

Colorado

2,772.6 2.2 1,227 9 4.0 8

Connecticut

1,687.4 -0.7 1,383 5 3.8 11

Delaware

455.3 0.8 1,136 17 2.6 39

District of Columbia

782.5 0.8 1,992 1 2.5 42

Florida

9,085.5 2.0 1,044 26 3.6 14

Georgia

4,576.1 1.7 1,090 21 3.6 14

Hawaii

665.1 -0.8 1,053 24 3.5 17

Idaho

756.9 3.1 918 46 3.1 32

Illinois

6,043.5 0.2 1,221 10 2.7 38

Indiana

3,106.0 0.6 969 38 3.0 34

Iowa

1,560.4 0.1 984 37 1.9 47

Kansas

1,410.7 0.6 959 40 3.5 17

Kentucky

1,928.3 0.8 955 41 3.2 27

Louisiana

1,927.7 -0.5 993 34 2.5 42

Maine

620.2 0.7 955 41 5.3 2

Maryland

2,728.1 0.9 1,271 8 3.5 17

Massachusetts

3,660.8 0.9 1,511 2 3.8 11

Michigan

4,385.3 0.4 1,115 18 3.4 22

Minnesota

2,912.8 0.4 1,177 14 3.2 27

Mississippi

1,145.0 0.0 818 51 3.2 27

Missouri

2,846.2 0.9 1,010 32 3.0 34

Montana

474.1 1.1 918 46 3.4 22

Nebraska

990.9 0.7 969 38 4.2 6

Nevada

1,435.5 2.7 1,030 29 2.4 45

New Hampshire

671.3 0.8 1,192 12 2.9 37

New Jersey

4,157.4 0.8 1,332 7 2.5 42

New Mexico

844.0 1.5 942 44 4.0 8

New York

9,691.0 0.8 1,499 3 3.7 13

North Carolina

4,546.9 1.9 1,036 28 2.4 45

North Dakota

424.6 0.5 1,085 22 2.6 39

Ohio

5,477.2 0.5 1,037 27 3.1 32

Oklahoma

1,639.4 0.3 945 43 1.4 49

Oregon

1,969.3 1.6 1,100 19 4.6 5

Pennsylvania

5,985.9 0.8 1,143 15 3.6 14

Rhode Island

489.8 0.6 1,099 20 1.1 50

South Carolina

2,144.8 1.2 931 45 4.0 8

South Dakota

430.7 0.6 916 48 3.5 17

Tennessee

3,085.4 1.6 1,047 25 1.6 48

Texas

12,793.0 2.0 1,187 13 3.4 22

Utah

1,547.8 2.5 1,022 30 5.0 3

Vermont

314.0 -0.4 987 35 3.5 17

Virginia

3,978.7 1.2 1,204 11 3.4 22

Washington

3,457.7 2.2 1,370 6 6.4 1

West Virginia

690.3 -2.0 904 49 -1.4 51

Wisconsin

2,898.0 0.2 1,022 30 3.3 26

Wyoming

276.3 1.4 1,007 33 3.0 34

Puerto Rico

910.7 1.5 575 (3) -0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

39.2 10.8 1,065 (3) 13.5 (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. Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, June 29, 2020