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Friday, April 13, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2017

Employment rose in all seven large counties in Missouri from September 2016 to September 2017, 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 2016 annual average employment. 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 had the fastest employment growth (2.8 percent) among the seven largest counties in the state. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, employment advanced 1.0 percent during the 12-month period as 283 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase, up 10.4 percent over the year. Collier, Fla., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 5.2 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis (607,800) and lowest in Boone (94,600) in September 2017. Together, the seven largest Missouri counties accounted for 61.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in each of the seven large counties in Missouri decreased at a rate equal to or faster than the national decline of 0.6 percent from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017. Clay County had the largest over-the-year wage decrease, down 4.8 percent. Jackson County had the smallest decline among the state’s large counties and matched the national rate. St. Louis City ($1,066) and St. Louis County ($1,048) had the highest average weekly wages among Missouri’s large counties and were above the national average of $1,021. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 108 counties in Missouri with employment levels below 75,000. Of these small counties, Platte ($852) had the highest wage level, but did not exceed the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Jackson County’s 0.6-percent annual wage decline was the smallest among Missouri’s large counties and ranked 121st among the 346 large U.S. counties. St. Louis County’s 0.7-percent wage decline ranked 133rd. The remaining five large Missouri counties placed in the bottom third of the national ranking. Clay County’s 4.8-percent annual wage decline was the fifth largest in the nation and ranked 342nd. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 265 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year wage decreases. Mercer, N.J., had the largest wage decline in the nation, down 8.8 percent. The Mercer, N.J., decrease was followed by Wyandotte, Kan. (-6.0 percent); Clark, Nev. (-5.3 percent); and Somerset, N.J. (-5.0 percent).

Of the 346 largest U.S. counties, 71 experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. The  8.4-percent increase in Midland, Texas, was followed by Union, N.J. (8.2 percent); Elkhart, Ind. (6.5 percent); Forsyth, N.C. (5.3 percent); and Maui + Kalawao, Hawaii (4.6 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Three of the state’s large counties had average weekly wages that placed in the top 100 of the 346 largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2017. Average weekly wages in St. Louis City ($1,066) and St. Louis County ($1,048) ranked 77th and 87th, respectively. Jackson County’s average weekly wage of $1,019 ranked 99th. The four remaining large counties in Missouri had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom third of the national ranking.

Average weekly wages were higher than the national average in 96 of the 346 largest U.S. counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,320. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $2,123, followed by San Francisco, Calif. ($1,954), and New York, N.Y. ($1,889).

Among the largest U.S. counties, more than two-thirds (250) reported average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2017. The lowest weekly wage was reported in Cameron, Texas ($612), followed by Horry, S.C. ($633), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($649) and Webb ($672). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than 30 percent of the average weekly wage in the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

Of the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000, Platte County reported the highest weekly wage with an average of $852, below the national average of $1,021. Ripley County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $454 in the third quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Twenty-five reported average weekly wages under $550, 50 reported wages from $550 to $649, 24 had wages from $650 to $749, and 16 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 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from the 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

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 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

QCEW Publication Acceleration and Conversion to Two Data Releases

The national QCEW publication process is accelerating for a more timely release. Beginning with the national fourth quarter 2017 release, QCEW data will be published in two parts. The current County Employment and Wages news release and associated data will be accelerated and published first. The full QCEW data release will occur two weeks later, accompanied by a data release notice.


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 136.6 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 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2017 (thousands)Percent change, September 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

144,464.41.0--$1,021---0.6--

Missouri

2,805.80.9--87831-1.234

Boone, Mo.

94.61.2132819294-1.9245

Clay, Mo.

107.42.828856254-4.8342

Greene, Mo.

166.21.3114781321-2.6296

Jackson, Mo.

369.21.01571,01999-0.6121

St. Charles, Mo.

147.90.9167807302-1.7231

St. Louis City, Mo.

228.00.22591,06677-3.6326

St. Louis, Mo.

607.80.81821,04887-0.7133

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, third quarter 2017
AreaEmployment September 2017Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

144,464,425$1,021

Missouri

2,805,803878

Adair

10,352619

Andrew

2,572598

Atchison

1,684629

Audrain

9,271661

Barry

14,603766

Barton

3,151563

Bates

3,720599

Benton

3,696538

Bollinger

1,853508

Boone

94,625819

Buchanan

47,149820

Butler

18,910644

Caldwell

1,879581

Callaway

14,702757

Camden

17,102588

Cape Girardeau

40,935735

Carroll

2,480611

Carter

1,527530

Cass

26,228646

Cedar

3,144523

Chariton

1,901581

Christian

17,539589

Clark

1,379510

Clay

107,444856

Clinton

4,033641

Cole

53,560788

Cooper

5,061611

Crawford

6,588722

Dade

1,753550

Dallas

2,551465

Daviess

1,501535

De Kalb

3,578673

Dent

3,882554

Douglas

2,291517

Dunklin

9,329509

Franklin

39,990747

Gasconade

5,487568

Gentry

2,243624

Greene

166,188781

Grundy

3,368645

Harrison

2,486569

Henry

7,362691

Hickory

1,345498

Holt

1,308627

Howard

2,720554

Howell

14,789614

Iron

3,464685

Jackson

369,1711,019

Jasper

60,941761

Jefferson

47,987680

Johnson

16,008671

Knox

1,072504

Laclede

13,771635

Lafayette

8,664598

Lawrence

9,029671

Lewis

2,621615

Lincoln

11,723722

Linn

3,915640

Livingston

6,313620

McDonald

7,308645

Macon

5,029610

Madison

3,657553

Maries

1,230628

Marion

13,301684

Mercer

1,740631

Miller

7,141614

Mississippi

3,885582

Moniteau

4,102641

Monroe

1,929573

Montgomery

2,880630

Morgan

4,250547

New Madrid

6,649632

Newton

16,907658

Nodaway

7,695654

Oregon

2,310459

Osage

3,805646

Ozark

1,609459

Pemiscot

5,439535

Perry

9,614699

Pettis

19,630649

Phelps

18,436725

Pike

5,786592

Platte

45,256852

Polk

8,515647

Pulaski

13,094733

Putnam

968513

Ralls

3,477820

Randolph

9,439665

Ray

4,377652

Reynolds

2,061595

Ripley

2,917454

St. Charles

147,923807

St. Clair

1,616491

Ste. Genevieve

5,622768

St. Francois

23,452569

St. Louis

607,8271,048

Saline

8,699656

Schuyler

564516

Scotland

1,165558

Scott

15,647666

Shannon

1,481460

Shelby

1,732519

Stoddard

10,270664

Stone

5,854587

Sullivan

2,352763

Taney

31,191554

Texas

5,665559

Vernon

6,935673

Warren

7,395681

Washington

5,109525

Wayne

2,710470

Webster

7,100605

Worth

365468

Wright

4,147547

St. Louis City

228,0321,066

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 2017
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2017 (thousands)Percent change, September 2016-17Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2016-17National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

144,464.41.0$1,021---0.6--

Alabama

1,941.10.885937-1.338

Alaska

335.4-0.71,02515-2.850

Arizona

2,760.12.494824-0.210

Arkansas

1,213.00.678849-0.619

California

17,153.41.71,21540.54

Colorado

2,625.91.91,06790.54

Connecticut

1,676.30.11,1796-2.247

Delaware

443.00.41,026140.46

District of Columbia

764.70.71,75911.32

Florida

8,305.8-0.289629-1.131

Georgia

4,343.51.396121-0.927

Hawaii

652.50.495322-0.313

Idaho

722.32.777850-0.516

Illinois

5,969.60.51,05710-0.313

Indiana

3,044.00.686136-0.619

Iowa

1,546.1-0.285538-2.247

Kansas

1,376.4-0.183941-2.146

Kentucky

1,890.40.583742-2.449

Louisiana

1,904.3-0.186933-1.742

Maine

621.90.782146-0.516

Maryland

2,661.80.51,1058-1.742

Massachusetts

3,568.00.91,2652-0.927

Michigan

4,334.30.996420-1.131

Minnesota

2,883.01.11,03013-2.045

Mississippi

1,129.1-0.172951-1.439

Missouri

2,805.80.987831-1.234

Montana

468.60.9793480.18

Nebraska

973.3-0.285039-0.823

Nevada

1,337.72.991426-3.851

New Hampshire

659.10.61,02216-0.415

New Jersey

4,043.61.11,1567-1.541

New Mexico

816.00.382345-0.823

New York

9,329.81.21,2193-0.210

North Carolina

4,348.01.390427-0.721

North Dakota

419.2-1.095322-1.234

Ohio

5,383.60.692025-0.823

Oklahoma

1,593.30.784340-1.234

Oregon

1,905.31.896919-0.19

Pennsylvania

5,836.51.01,00217-1.131

Rhode Island

484.50.897318-1.844

South Carolina

2,027.20.882843-0.516

South Dakota

426.20.480347-0.721

Tennessee

2,953.31.190328-1.234

Texas

12,008.91.41,03212-1.029

Utah

1,444.12.687930-0.210

Vermont

310.30.186933-1.439

Virginia

3,843.61.01,05311-0.823

Washington

3,343.42.01,20851.71

West Virginia

694.00.2826441.13

Wisconsin

2,866.90.587632-1.029

Wyoming

276.20.3868350.37

Puerto Rico

862.8-3.1509(3)-2.7(3)

Virgin Islands

36.9-1.1763(3)-1.9(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: Friday, April 13, 2018