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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Wisconsin — Third Quarter 2018

Wisconsin’s six large counties had employment increases from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Brown County had the largest increase, up 1.6 percent, matching the national average. Employment increases in Wisconsin’s remaining five large counties ranged from 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. (See table 1.)

From September 2017 to September 2018, 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered employment 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 six large counties in Wisconsin, employment was highest in Milwaukee (490,500) in September 2018, followed by Dane (335,600) and Waukesha (244,500). Each of the three other counties—Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago—had employment levels of less than 170,000. Collectively, Wisconsin's six large counties accounted for 49.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018, the six large counties in Wisconsin had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages, with the largest gain in Brown County (4.0 percent). Dane County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,028, followed by Waukesha County at $1,022 and Milwaukee County at $980. (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 66 counties in Wisconsin 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

Brown County’s 4.0-percent wage increase from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018 ranked 65th among the nation’s 349 largest counties. (See table 1.) Nationally, average weekly wages increased 3.3 percent over the year. In the state’s remaining five large counties, wage gains ranged from 2.9 percent in Waukesha County to 1.3 percent in Dane County.

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties registered 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 Wisconsin’s large counties placed in the top half of the national ranking in the third quarter of 2018. However, average weekly wages in these three counties were below the national average of $1,055. Dane County’s $1,028 average weekly wage ranked 117th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Waukesha ($1,022) and Milwaukee ($980) Counties placed 121st and 160th, respectively. Outagamie County’s $895 weekly wage was the lowest among the state’s large counties, ranking 242nd 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 Wisconsin’s smaller counties

Of the 66 counties in Wisconsin with employment below 75,000, Sheboygan County had the highest average weekly wage at $907, followed by Marathon County at $900. Florence County had the lowest weekly wage at $527, followed by Iron at $589. (See table 2.)

When all 72 counties in Wisconsin were considered, 10 reported average weekly wages of $649 or lower, 25 had wages from $650 to $749, 23 had wages from $750 to $849, and 14 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. 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 6 largest counties in Wisconsin, 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 --

Wisconsin

2,888.9 0.7 -- 901 33 2.9 31

Brown, WI

160.5 1.6 123 917 210 4.0 65

Dane, WI

335.6 0.5 235 1,028 117 1.3 312

Milwaukee, WI

490.5 0.4 249 980 160 2.6 208

Outagamie, WI

108.0 0.3 262 895 242 2.6 208

Waukesha, WI

244.5 0.5 235 1,022 121 2.9 169

Winnebago, WI

93.6 0.3 262 936 192 2.0 272

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

United States(2)

146,824,093 $1,055

Wisconsin

2,888,858 901

Adams

4,682 693

Ashland

8,139 733

Barron

22,638 753

Bayfield

4,439 607

Brown

160,462 917

Buffalo

3,920 680

Burnett

4,776 622

Calumet

13,978 749

Chippewa

24,488 788

Clark

11,244 804

Columbia

23,278 773

Crawford

7,489 662

Dane

335,559 1,028

Dodge

36,147 835

Door

14,980 640

Douglas

16,021 762

Dunn

17,828 758

Eau Claire

58,437 857

Florence

1,040 527

Fond du Lac

47,804 882

Forest

3,178 716

Grant

17,911 681

Green

15,850 735

Green Lake

6,386 724

Iowa

10,315 761

Iron

1,623 589

Jackson

9,216 834

Jefferson

33,424 750

Juneau

9,359 760

Kenosha

66,598 794

Kewaunee

6,987 751

La Crosse

69,824 830

Lafayette

4,305 692

Langlade

7,433 665

Lincoln

11,207 784

Manitowoc

33,678 805

Marathon

71,111 900

Marinette

18,381 785

Marquette

3,996 641

Menominee

2,084 611

Milwaukee

490,538 980

Monroe

21,142 811

Oconto

9,285 668

Oneida

16,753 764

Outagamie

108,002 895

Ozaukee

42,922 859

Pepin

2,270 709

Pierce

10,593 680

Polk

15,916 695

Portage

34,131 794

Price

5,350 724

Racine

75,746 899

Richland

5,839 695

Rock

67,216 869

Rusk

5,046 689

St. Croix

34,361 785

Sauk

36,998 746

Sawyer

7,234 668

Shawano

12,832 643

Sheboygan

62,091 907

Taylor

8,184 721

Trempealeau

14,085 770

Vernon

8,777 685

Vilas

8,295 607

Walworth

42,804 716

Washburn

5,842 662

Washington

56,733 844

Waukesha

244,544 1,022

Waupaca

19,563 727

Waushara

6,485 639

Winnebago

93,600 936

Wood

39,238 859

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