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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Minnesota — Third Quarter 2018

Employment increased in seven of the eight large counties in Minnesota from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or greater as measured by 2017 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Anoka County had the largest increase, up 2.5 percent, followed by Olmsted, up 1.3 percent. Employment in St. Louis County declined 0.4 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from September 2017 to September 2018 as 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 11.9 percent. New Hanover, NC, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Minnesota, employment was highest in Hennepin (932,400) in September 2018, followed by Ramsey (335,200). The remaining six large counties each had employment levels of less than 200,000. Collectively, Minnesota's eight large counties accounted for 67.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

The eight large counties in Minnesota had average weekly wage increases from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018, with the largest gain in Dakota County (5.4 percent). Hennepin County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,289, followed by Olmsted ($1,230) and Ramsey ($1,171). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 3.3 percent over the year to $1,055 in the third quarter of 2018.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 79 counties in Minnesota with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All of the eight large counties in Minnesota had wage increases from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018. Seven of these counties had wage gains that were greater than the national increase of 3.3 percent. (See table 1.) Dakota County’s 5.4-percent wage gain ranked 19th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Three other large counties in the state had over-the-year wage increases that ranked among the top 50 nationwide: St. Louis (4.8 percent, 32nd), Anoka (4.5 percent, 41st), and Ramsey (4.4 percent, 44th).

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year wage growth. Chatham, GA, had the largest increase, up 8.5 percent from the third quarter of 2017. King, WA, was second with a wage increase of 7.9 percent, followed by Santa Clara, CA, and Stanislaus, CA, at 7.8 percent each.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 11 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Elkhart, IN, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-4.2 percent), followed by Union, NJ (-3.7 percent); Providence, RI (-3.4 percent); and Forsyth, NC (-3.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in three of Minnesota’s eight large counties were above the national average of $1,055 in the third quarter of 2018. As noted, Hennepin County ($1,289) had the highest average weekly wage in the state, ranking 24th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Olmsted ($1,230) and Ramsey ($1,171) placed 40th and 51st, respectively. Washington ($871) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties and ranked 269th nationwide.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($1,055) in 94 of the 349 largest counties in the third quarter of 2018. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position among the highest-paid large counties in the nation with an average weekly wage of $2,460. San Mateo, CA, was second at $2,363, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,097); New York, NY ($1,997); and Washington, DC ($1,807).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 255 had weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2018. Cameron, TX, had the lowest wage at $632, followed by Horry, SC ($635); Hidalgo, TX ($662); and Webb, TX ($698).

Average weekly wages in Minnesota’s smaller counties

Among the 79 smaller counties in the state (those with employment below 75,000), Carver County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,002, followed by Scott County at $976. Cass County had the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties at $618, followed by Cook and Pine Counties each at $622. (See table 2.)

When all 87 counties in Minnesota were considered, 4 reported average weekly wages of $649 or lower, 29 had wages from $650 to $749, 31 reported wages from $750 to $849, and 23 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 2017 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2018, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.


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. 13, the number of weeks in a quarter, then divide the result. 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 Minnesota, third quarter 2018
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands) Percent change, September 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

146,824.1 1.6 -- $1,055 -- 3.3 --

Minnesota

2,904.3 0.8 -- 1,074 12 4.2 5

Anoka, MN

127.0 2.5 65 1,053 96 4.5 41

Dakota, MN

190.3 0.4 249 1,018 124 5.4 19

Hennepin, MN

932.4 0.6 219 1,289 24 4.0 65

Olmsted, MN

100.0 1.3 148 1,230 40 3.6 101

Ramsey, MN

335.2 0.4 249 1,171 51 4.4 44

St. Louis, MN

98.8 -0.4 320 887 250 4.8 32

Stearns, MN

87.7 1.1 168 911 223 3.5 115

Washington, MN

87.8 1.1 168 871 269 1.5 304

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 Minnesota, third quarter 2018
Area Employment September 2018 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093 $1,055

Minnesota

2,904,306 1,074

Aitkin

4,115 696

Anoka

126,997 1,053

Becker

14,617 709

Beltrami

20,247 821

Benton

17,494 824

Big Stone

1,714 735

Blue Earth

40,357 852

Brown

14,380 782

Carlton

13,470 872

Carver

41,015 1,002

Cass

11,266 618

Chippewa

5,809 747

Chisago

15,649 850

Clay

19,228 774

Clearwater

2,755 765

Cook

3,147 622

Cottonwood

5,009 715

Crow Wing

30,542 763

Dakota

190,311 1,018

Dodge

6,211 921

Douglas

19,122 805

Faribault

4,667 767

Fillmore

6,184 640

Freeborn

12,021 783

Goodhue

21,689 893

Grant

1,894 728

Hennepin

932,355 1,289

Houston

5,158 652

Hubbard

6,459 734

Isanti

11,079 796

Itasca

16,395 789

Jackson

5,087 724

Kanabec

3,881 780

Kandiyohi

24,672 767

Kittson

1,495 690

Koochiching

4,641 848

Lac qui Parle

2,148 663

Lake

4,386 801

Lake of the Woods

1,619 670

Le Sueur

8,932 854

Lincoln

1,693 679

Lyon

14,510 819

McLeod

16,349 849

Mahnomen

1,924 695

Marshall

2,302 822

Martin

8,620 818

Meeker

7,346 749

Mille Lacs

9,796 687

Morrison

10,984 728

Mower

16,418 934

Murray

3,060 697

Nicollet

15,417 865

Nobles

10,510 810

Norman

1,641 720

Olmsted

100,004 1,230

Otter Tail

23,437 743

Pennington

10,503 890

Pine

8,341 622

Pipestone

4,630 733

Polk

12,449 775

Pope

4,539 818

Ramsey

335,188 1,171

Red Lake

1,032 700

Redwood

6,063 756

Renville

6,174 749

Rice

25,424 885

Rock

3,397 732

Roseau

7,979 826

St. Louis

98,809 887

Scott

54,405 976

Sherburne

26,908 881

Sibley

4,694 785

Stearns

87,744 911

Steele

21,189 863

Stevens

5,650 917

Swift

3,663 754

Todd

6,628 775

Traverse

1,133 674

Wabasha

7,020 722

Wadena

5,590 731

Waseca

6,155 816

Washington

87,793 871

Watonwan

4,324 713

Wilkin

1,878 809

Winona

24,802 813

Wright

44,697 830

Yellow Medicine

4,050 712

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, third quarter 2018
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands) Percent change, September 2017-18 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

146,824.1 1.6 $1,055 -- 3.3 --

Alabama

1,966.0 1.2 885 38 3.1 25

Alaska

334.0 -0.4 1,065 13 3.7 12

Arizona

2,838.6 2.8 974 23 2.9 31

Arkansas

1,222.1 0.7 811 49 2.9 31

California

17,457.5 1.8 1,260 5 3.8 9

Colorado

2,684.0 2.1 1,104 9 3.5 18

Connecticut

1,681.5 0.3 1,209 6 2.5 41

Delaware

447.8 0.6 1,046 15 2.4 42

District of Columbia

770.7 0.7 1,807 1 2.8 36

Florida

8,690.7 4.6 924 29 3.1 25

Georgia

4,448.8 2.3 993 20 3.3 21

Hawaii

654.7 0.0 975 22 2.4 42

Idaho

743.5 3.0 805 50 3.2 23

Illinois

6,029.2 0.8 1,087 10 3.0 28

Indiana

3,072.3 0.9 883 39 2.4 42

Iowa

1,555.0 0.6 887 37 3.7 12

Kansas

1,390.4 1.0 867 42 3.5 18

Kentucky

1,898.7 0.5 855 43 2.2 47

Louisiana

1,915.4 0.5 901 33 3.7 12

Maine

626.5 0.6 851 45 3.7 12

Maryland

2,683.9 0.7 1,130 8 2.4 42

Massachusetts

3,598.1 0.7 1,305 2 3.2 23

Michigan

4,366.5 0.8 991 21 2.8 36

Minnesota

2,904.3 0.8 1,074 12 4.2 5

Mississippi

1,133.7 0.2 754 51 3.4 20

Missouri

2,812.0 0.4 907 31 3.3 21

Montana

473.3 1.0 815 48 2.8 36

Nebraska

980.3 0.6 873 41 2.8 36

Nevada

1,382.9 3.4 936 28 2.4 42

New Hampshire

662.3 0.5 1,040 16 1.7 49

New Jersey

4,072.6 0.8 1,181 7 2.1 48

New Mexico

826.2 1.2 855 43 3.9 7

New York

9,467.5 1.4 1,272 4 4.2 5

North Carolina

4,398.0 1.1 938 26 3.8 9

North Dakota

424.3 1.1 995 19 4.4 3

Ohio

5,424.4 0.7 947 25 2.9 31

Oklahoma

1,616.8 1.2 874 40 3.6 16

Oregon

1,939.8 1.5 1,005 18 3.8 9

Pennsylvania

5,894.8 1.0 1,031 17 3.0 28

Rhode Island

489.4 1.0 963 24 -1.3 51

South Carolina

2,088.2 2.8 834 46 0.8 50

South Dakota

431.5 1.3 827 47 3.0 28

Tennessee

3,005.6 1.7 938 26 3.9 7

Texas

12,327.0 2.6 1,064 14 3.1 25

Utah

1,494.4 3.4 911 30 3.6 16

Vermont

310.9 0.0 892 36 2.6 40

Virginia

3,889.6 1.1 1,082 11 2.9 31

Washington

3,425.6 2.4 1,280 3 6.2 2

West Virginia

706.0 1.7 894 35 8.1 1

Wisconsin

2,888.9 0.7 901 33 2.9 31

Wyoming

278.2 0.6 905 32 4.3 4

Puerto Rico

862.5 0.2 534 (3) 5.3 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -8.0 888 (3) 18.6 (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: Wednesday, May 01, 2019