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16-2340-KAN
Thursday, December 15, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2016

Employment rose in the four largest counties in Kansas from June 2015 to June 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2015 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that Wyandotte County experienced the fastest rate of job growth, up 1.6 percent over the year, and exceeded the national job growth rate of 1.5 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 291 of the 344 largest U.S. counties from June 2015 to June 2016. Williamson, Tenn., posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.7 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties with a loss of 8.3 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson County (338,700) and lowest in Wyandotte (91,100). Together, the four largest counties accounted for 56.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 large counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in three of the four large counties in Kansas from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. Wyandotte County recorded over-the-year wage growth of 3.5 percent, exceeding the 2.2-percent increase for the nation. Johnson had the highest average weekly wage ($1,020) among Kansas’s large counties and was above the national average of $989. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000. Of these smaller counties, only Coffey ($1,072) had an average weekly wage above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Wyandotte County’s 3.5-percent wage gain was the largest among the state’s large counties and placed 66th in the national ranking. (See table 1.) The state’s three remaining large counties placed in the bottom quartile of the national ranking in wage growth—Shawnee (0.9 percent, 277th), Sedgwick (0.7 percent, 289th), and Johnson (0.0 percent, 305th).

Among the 344 largest U.S. counties, 304 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2016. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 21.0 percent. Nationally, 36 large counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura, Calif., had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 8.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Johnson County’s average weekly wage of $1,020 ranked 81st among the 344 largest U.S. counties in the second quarter of 2016. Wyandotte recorded an average weekly wage of $928 and placed 156th in the national ranking. The state’s remaining large counties, Sedgwick ($858, 222nd) and Shawnee ($802, 283rd), had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom half of the ranking.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $989 in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,252. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,866) and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,806). Among the 241 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2016, Horry, S.C. ($598) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Kansas’s smaller counties

Of the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000, only Coffey County ($1,072) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $989. Elk County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $456 in the second quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Twenty-nine reported average weekly wages under $600, 25 reported wages from $600 to $649, 28 had wages from $650 to $699, 13 had wages from $700 to $749, and 10 had wages $750 or higher. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

Quarterly 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 the QCEW Web site at 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 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1 (800) 877-8339.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 142.7 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 4 largest counties in Kansas, second quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.21.5--$989--2.2--

Kansas

1,378.4-0.2--829381.239

Johnson, Kan.

338.70.32761,020810.0305

Sedgwick, Kan.

248.70.22838582220.7289

Shawnee, Kan.

97.60.82388022830.9277

Wyandotte, Kan.

91.11.61609281563.566

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 Kansas, 2nd quarter 2016
AreaEmployment June 2016Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157$989

Kansas

1,378,363829

Allen

5,624636

Anderson

2,111596

Atchison

5,485670

Barber

1,735614

Barton

12,284660

Bourbon

6,499628

Brown

4,955647

Butler

18,949674

Chase

901578

Chautauqua

825539

Cherokee

5,962687

Cheyenne

960583

Clark

773684

Clay

3,133582

Cloud

3,574604

Coffey

3,9151,072

Comanche

719518

Cowley

14,120688

Crawford

16,966625

Decatur

969508

Dickinson

6,151613

Doniphan

2,409655

Douglas

48,270707

Edwards

1,050720

Elk

594456

Ellis

15,102673

Ellsworth

2,348631

Finney

19,138716

Ford

17,894715

Franklin

9,671691

Geary

13,907707

Gove

1,257582

Graham

921593

Grant

3,375799

Gray

3,239679

Greeley

708620

Greenwood

1,804557

Hamilton

1,343656

Harper

2,356668

Harvey

14,066701

Haskell

1,930738

Hodgeman

575606

Jackson

4,348614

Jefferson

3,863691

Jewell

766518

Johnson

338,6571,020

Kearny

1,304676

Kingman

2,442627

Kiowa

1,233645

Labette

9,335645

Lane

652701

Leavenworth

21,093827

Lincoln

951599

Linn

2,185822

Logan

1,373611

Lyon

15,132627

Mcpherson

14,692791

Marion

3,671566

Marshall

4,553628

Meade

1,745715

Miami

8,572698

Mitchell

3,365624

Montgomery

15,392625

Morris

1,509569

Morton

980635

Nemaha

5,583673

Neosho

6,036656

Ness

1,169652

Norton

2,501657

Osage

3,030516

Osborne

1,477555

Ottawa

1,378555

Pawnee

3,087635

Phillips

2,544650

Pottawatomie

9,535766

Pratt

4,650667

Rawlins

979598

Reno

26,926670

Republic

2,050519

Rice

3,913621

Riley

29,178719

Rooks

1,912632

Rush

1,127597

Russell

2,663599

Saline

29,172721

Scott

2,338669

Sedgwick

248,682858

Seward

11,080674

Shawnee

97,647802

Sheridan

989713

Sherman

2,471625

Smith

1,323537

Stafford

1,340572

Stanton

868704

Stevens

2,014684

Sumner

7,294664

Thomas

4,043635

Trego

1,302594

Wabaunsee

1,341564

Wallace

555584

Washington

2,125493

Wichita

801663

Wilson

3,787658

Woodson

709500

Wyandotte

91,111928

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, second quarter 2016
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2015-16National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.21.5$989--2.2--

Alabama

1,923.51.2835372.029

Alaska

338.7-2.41,01110-1.749

Arizona

2,619.62.6921221.933

Arkansas

1,197.51.1785473.07

California

16,754.12.51,15752.419

Colorado

2,574.52.3999141.043

Connecticut

1,689.9-0.11,21333.07

Delaware

444.00.999016-0.648

District of Columbia

756.01.71,62311.142

Florida

8,161.83.2883252.614

Georgia

4,269.52.7929212.711

Hawaii

643.41.0906243.55

Idaho

699.73.3740503.83

Illinois

5,945.00.21,03892.419

Indiana

2,995.41.0828392.127

Iowa

1,566.00.3825402.99

Kansas

1,378.4-0.2829381.239

Kentucky

1,877.21.5838361.933

Louisiana

1,905.2-1.4852320.246

Maine

622.81.0795463.55

Maryland

2,656.00.91,07082.515

Massachusetts

3,538.21.21,23322.029

Michigan

4,300.91.9942192.711

Minnesota

2,846.80.7997152.029

Mississippi

1,120.10.5727512.515

Missouri

2,785.61.4863302.419

Montana

468.62.2767481.735

Nebraska

978.30.9805432.419

Nevada

1,289.43.3874272.226

New Hampshire

655.11.11,003123.74

New Jersey

4,051.21.71,14761.735

New Mexico

808.1-0.3812420.944

New York

9,264.01.51,21042.515

North Carolina

4,285.32.5865292.127

North Dakota

423.3-4.990823-3.351

Ohio

5,353.10.8882262.029

Oklahoma

1,570.5-1.4823410.645

Oregon

1,867.82.7933204.12

Pennsylvania

5,786.80.4971171.437

Rhode Island

482.90.6949182.515

South Carolina

2,013.72.4804442.810

South Dakota

432.71.0760492.711

Tennessee

2,900.42.4874271.338

Texas

11,810.71.01,000131.239

Utah

1,395.93.8840352.325

Vermont

310.6-0.1850332.419

Virginia

3,833.41.61,011101.239

Washington

3,281.62.81,08375.41

West Virginia

693.2-1.980045-0.447

Wisconsin

2,869.10.9856312.419

Wyoming

281.7-3.784934-2.250

Puerto Rico

879.5-0.7512(3)0.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.40.9743(3)-0.4(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: Thursday, December 15, 2016