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Monday, March 20, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2016

Employment rose in all seven large counties in Missouri from September 2015 to September 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more. The independent city of St. Louis has been designated as a county by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that Clay County experienced the fastest employment growth, up 4.3 percent over the year, and ranked 14th among the 344 largest U.S. counties. Three other large counties in the state also had employment gains exceeding the national average of 1.7 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 307 of the 344 largest U.S. counties from September 2015 to September 2016. York, S.C., posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.0 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 5.8 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis (599,800) in September 2016. Jackson County and St. Louis City also had employment levels exceeding 200,000. Together, Missouri’s seven large counties accounted for 61.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in all seven large counties in Missouri from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016. Wages in St. Charles County experienced the largest growth (6.1 percent), followed by Greene (5.9 percent) and St. Louis City (5.7 percent). St. Louis City had the highest average weekly wage among the largest counties in the state at $1,104, followed by St. Louis ($1,057) and Jackson ($1,024). Greene County recorded the lowest average weekly wage at $802. Nationally, average weekly wages increased 5.4 percent over the year to $1,027. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 108 counties in Missouri 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

As mentioned, the seven large counties in Missouri recorded wage gains from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016, with three counties posting wage increases greater than the U.S. average of 5.4 percent. (See table 1.) St. Charles County had the largest wage gain (6.1 percent), placing 125th in the national ranking, followed by Greene (5.9 percent, 139th) and St. Louis City (5.7 percent, 160th). Jackson County’s wage growth (3.2 percent, 312th) placed in the bottom quartile of the national ranking.

Among the 344 largest counties in the U.S., 339 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2016. Clark, Nev., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with an increase of 12.2 percent. Five of the largest U.S. counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Rockland, N.Y., had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 14.9 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Two of the state’s large counties had average weekly wages that placed in the top 100 of the 344 largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2016. Average weekly wages in St. Louis City ($1,104) and St. Louis County ($1,057) ranked 69th and 83rd, respectively. Jackson County’s average weekly wage of $1,024 ranked 105th. The four remaining large counties in Missouri had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom half of the national ranking.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $1,027 in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,260. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $2,098, followed by San Francisco, Calif. ($1,892), and New York, N.Y. ($1,879). Among the 241 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2016, Horry, S.C. ($632) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

Of the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000, Ralls County recorded the highest average weekly wage at $873. Shannon County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state at $444 in the third quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, 49 reported average weekly wages under $600, 49 reported wages from $600 to $749, 14 had wages from $750 to $899, and 3 had wages $900 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 the 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm. The 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2017.

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.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 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 9.8 million employer reports cover 142.9 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 7 largest counties in Missouri, third quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2016 (thousands)Percent change, September 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,940.51.7--$1,027--5.4--

Missouri

2,782.11.6--888305.034

Boone, Mo.

93.51.51958332864.8233

Clay, Mo.

104.84.3148992165.3198

Greene, Mo.

164.71.81648023135.9139

Jackson, Mo.

365.92.8831,0241053.2312

St. Charles, Mo.

145.72.7878222956.1125

St. Louis City, Mo.

228.71.02381,104695.7160

St. Louis, Mo.

599.81.02381,057835.3198

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 Missouri, 3rd quarter 2016
AreaEmployment September 2016Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,940,452$1,027

Missouri

2,782,109888

Adair

9,805616

Andrew

2,396626

Atchison

1,632564

Audrain

9,471675

Barry

14,408777

Barton

3,198585

Bates

3,668592

Benton

3,695531

Bollinger

1,850484

Boone

93,480833

Buchanan

47,830797

Butler

19,055645

Caldwell

1,770571

Callaway

14,706769

Camden

17,600579

Cape Girardeau

40,558746

Carroll

2,394611

Carter

1,520494

Cass

25,642644

Cedar

3,195511

Chariton

1,892590

Christian

17,116584

Clark

1,441493

Clay

104,751899

Clinton

4,093628

Cole

53,190787

Cooper

5,027601

Crawford

6,753717

Dade

1,711551

Dallas

2,507524

Daviess

1,567514

De Kalb

3,809722

Dent

3,867558

Douglas

2,346503

Dunklin

9,692508

Franklin

39,593751

Gasconade

5,414572

Gentry

2,220618

Greene

164,657802

Grundy

3,467653

Harrison

2,603536

Henry

7,392671

Hickory

1,315512

Holt

1,270626

Howard

2,750550

Howell

14,964628

Iron

3,689777

Jackson

365,9171,024

Jasper

59,971773

Jefferson

48,119677

Johnson

15,611690

Knox

1,118491

Laclede

13,656638

Lafayette

8,773597

Lawrence

8,991671

Lewis

2,644596

Lincoln

11,645725

Linn

3,970638

Livingston

6,269622

McDonald

7,112638

Macon

5,134643

Madison

3,675535

Maries

1,254598

Marion

13,553671

Mercer

1,739663

Miller

6,992616

Mississippi

3,915558

Moniteau

4,109614

Monroe

2,038565

Montgomery

2,882621

Morgan

4,326527

New Madrid

6,530659

Newton

17,026662

Nodaway

7,748636

Oregon

2,384464

Osage

3,616652

Ozark

1,617446

Pemiscot

5,933587

Perry

9,639686

Pettis

19,464649

Phelps

18,367726

Pike

6,041616

Platte

44,889858

Polk

8,297657

Pulaski

13,061729

Putnam

976518

Ralls

3,563873

Randolph

9,814664

Ray

4,315636

Reynolds

1,714445

Ripley

2,959448

St. Charles

145,749822

St. Clair

1,627496

Ste. Genevieve

5,466793

St. Francois

23,230583

St. Louis

599,8351,057

Saline

8,629646

Schuyler

585519

Scotland

1,179571

Scott

15,484672

Shannon

1,499444

Shelby

1,725533

Stoddard

10,343652

Stone

5,938572

Sullivan

2,379727

Taney

30,021573

Texas

5,705562

Vernon

6,948694

Warren

7,378683

Washington

5,095521

Wayne

2,827464

Webster

6,838601

Worth

379474

Wright

4,188541

St. Louis City

228,6941,104

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

United States (2)

142,940.51.71027--5.4--

Alabama

1,923.81.5870364.938

Alaska

337.4-2.61055121.249

Arizona

2,695.53.1950246.95

Arkansas

1,205.41.0794485.232

California

16,871.12.4121046.78

Colorado

2,576.52.61062105.623

Connecticut

1,674.20.312045534

Delaware

440.70.81022165.623

District of Columbia

759.21.7172813.845

Florida

8,320.23.7905296.214

Georgia

4,290.42.9969215.918

Hawaii

648.41.8956236.78

Idaho

703.73.5782506.312

Illinois

5,933.60.61062104.440

Indiana

3,025.91.8866375.918

Iowa

1,548.60.8873356.214

Kansas

1,377.20.5857395.918

Kentucky

1,880.21.5857396.510

Louisiana

1,908.8-0.9883322.948

Maine

616.20.9825455.918

Maryland

2,648.11.4112485.330

Massachusetts

3,522.92.0127726.87

Michigan

4,292.22.1976195.918

Minnesota

2,849.51.61053136.411

Mississippi

1,126.90.7739514.739

Missouri

2,782.11.688830534

Montana

464.51.5792494.341

Nebraska

973.90.9857395.526

Nevada

1,300.73.89492510.11

New Hampshire

655.01.81027157.92

New Jersey

4,000.01.811737534

New Mexico

811.50.283044443

New York

9,216.61.6122233.546

North Carolina

4,290.32.3909285.330

North Dakota

423.2-3.4964220.750

Ohio

5,347.31.1924265.427

Oklahoma

1,578.7-1.3854423.546

Oregon

1,866.52.6970205.232

Pennsylvania

5,776.71.01013175.427

Rhode Island

481.10.8990187.63

South Carolina

2,008.62.5832435.623

South Dakota

424.21.18094774

Tennessee

2,918.82.5912275.427

Texas

11,830.71.31042144.341

Utah

1,407.43.8881336.312

Vermont

309.90.5880346.214

Virginia

3,801.01.010639534

Washington

3,278.93.0118866.95

West Virginia

691.5-1.6816463.944

Wisconsin

2,850.11.0885316.214

Wyoming

274.8-4.786538051

Puerto Rico

888.2-0.4524(3)2.3(3)

Virgin Islands

37.41.4778(3)5.9(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: Monday, March 20, 2017