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Thursday, March 12, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2019

Employment rose in 6 of the 7 large counties in Missouri from September 2018 to September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018. The independent city of St. Louis has been designated as a county-equivalent entity for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that St. Charles County (3.0 percent) had the fastest employment growth among the seven largest counties in the state. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.1 percent over the year with 283 of the 355 largest U.S. counties reporting increases. New Hanover, NC, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 5.8 percent over the year. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 5.9 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis County (609,500) in September 2019. Jackson County (375,600) and St. Louis City (231,400) had the second and third largest employment levels, respectively. Together, the seven largest Missouri counties accounted for 61.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

All seven large Missouri counties reported average weekly wage gains from the third quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019, with the fastest rate of increase in Boone County, up 6.7 percent. St. Louis City ($1,172) and St. Louis County ($1,131) had the highest average weekly wages among the state’s largest counties and were above the national average. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.6 percent from a year ago to $1,093 in the third quarter of 2019. (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. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in the third quarter of 2019. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The 6.7-percent annual average weekly wage gain in Boone County placed 13th among the nation’s 355 largest counties in the third quarter of 2019. The wage increases in both St. Louis City (+4.7 percent, 55th) and St. Louis County (+4.3 percent, 85th) placed in the top 100 of the largest counties in the nation. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 350 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year wage increases. Boulder, CO, had the largest percentage wage increase (+18.4 percent). The remaining five large counties registered wage declines during the period. Linn, IA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-2.6 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 355 largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2019. St. Louis City ($1,172) and St. Louis County ($1,131) ranked 67th and 85th, respectively. Average weekly wages in Jackson County ($1,070, 111th) were just under the national average. The remaining four large counties were all in the bottom third of the national ranking.

Nationally, 98 large counties reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2019. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,447. Average weekly wages were below the national average in 257 counties. At $659 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

All 108 smaller counties in Missouri–those with employment below 75,000–reported average weekly wages below the national average of $1,093. Among these smaller counties, Platte posted the highest weekly wage, $890, followed closely by Buchanan ($889) and Franklin ($888). Worth County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $460 per week. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Fourteen had average weekly wages less than $550, 40 had wages between $550 and $649, 38 registered wages from $650 to $749, 13 recorded wages between $750 and $849, and 10 reported average weekly wages of $850 or more. (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 2018 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2019, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2019 version of this news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm. The 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2020.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


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.

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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 7 largest counties in Missouri, third quarter 2019
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands)Percent change, September 2018-19 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

148,556.51.1--$1,093--3.6--

Missouri

2,826.50.6--942313.915

Boone

95.20.52268962776.713

Clay

105.30.02849202472.0295

Greene

170.81.51108383260.8342

Jackson

375.60.42381,0701112.5267

St. Charles

153.83.0258623032.9238

St. Louis City

231.40.32461,172674.755

St. Louis

609.50.32461,131854.385

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 2019
AreaEmployment September 2019Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,556,525$1,093

Missouri

2,826,539942

Adair

9,931659

Andrew

2,658641

Atchison

1,655658

Audrain

8,804695

Barry

14,550754

Barton

3,270613

Bates

3,604633

Benton

3,517593

Bollinger

1,811558

Boone

95,201896

Buchanan

47,012889

Butler

18,210667

Caldwell

1,846621

Callaway

14,687834

Camden

16,887673

Cape Girardeau

41,626776

Carroll

2,452739

Carter

1,587524

Cass

27,302708

Cedar

3,257558

Chariton

1,838608

Christian

18,026627

Clark

1,459517

Clay

105,303920

Clinton

4,092719

Cole

53,513820

Cooper

5,082634

Crawford

6,859688

Dade

1,711571

Dallas

2,570505

Daviess

1,634530

De Kalb

2,901673

Dent

3,935605

Douglas

2,287547

Dunklin

8,881533

Franklin

39,619888

Gasconade

5,369583

Gentry

2,192683

Greene

170,766838

Grundy

3,045606

Harrison

2,453607

Henry

7,244733

Hickory

1,353517

Holt

1,228705

Howard

2,471557

Howell

15,518646

Iron

3,392745

Jackson

375,5711,070

Jasper

58,738754

Jefferson

48,197733

Johnson

15,931721

Knox

948557

Laclede

13,830660

Lafayette

8,762627

Lawrence

8,967697

Lewis

2,535656

Lincoln

12,086764

Linn

3,840657

Livingston

6,217649

McDonald

7,025702

Macon

4,986641

Madison

3,656597

Maries

1,228643

Marion

13,450731

Mercer

1,715742

Miller

7,501628

Mississippi

3,690601

Moniteau

4,266699

Monroe

1,829576

Montgomery

2,987675

Morgan

4,424566

New Madrid

7,340742

Newton

20,464771

Nodaway

7,999681

Oregon

2,334483

Osage

3,972702

Ozark

1,497483

Pemiscot

5,482580

Perry

9,384729

Pettis

19,753692

Phelps

18,400768

Pike

5,229643

Platte

48,301890

Polk

8,695697

Pulaski

13,020778

Putnam

895552

Ralls

3,583857

Randolph

9,616716

Ray

4,111691

Reynolds

1,982658

Ripley

2,737472

St. Charles

153,778862

St. Clair

1,566535

Ste. Genevieve

5,726829

St. Francois

23,148610

St. Louis

609,4861,131

Saline

8,650688

Schuyler

572555

Scotland

1,174608

Scott

15,492720

Shannon

1,439489

Shelby

1,818570

Stoddard

10,184697

Stone

6,930582

Sullivan

2,342783

Taney

29,993599

Texas

5,583597

Vernon

6,741697

Warren

7,793752

Washington

4,966566

Wayne

2,483492

Webster

7,657639

Worth

359460

Wright

4,151592

St. Louis City

231,4171,172

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 2019
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands)Percent change, September 2018-19Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2018-19National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

148,556.51.1$1,093--3.6--

Alabama

1,989.51.1919363.818

Alaska

338.01.21,105143.721

Arizona

2,913.42.61,018224.54

Arkansas

1,222.80.0841493.818

California

17,713.11.41,30953.818

Colorado

2,749.02.41,17086.11

Connecticut

1,676.6-0.31,23662.350

Delaware

453.21.11,078153.332

District of Columbia

776.40.61,85112.549

Florida

8,838.21.7955293.427

Georgia

4,509.71.41,026203.427

Hawaii

654.1-0.31,012233.915

Idaho

765.22.9838504.110

Illinois

6,023.10.01,125103.623

Indiana

3,083.50.3914373.526

Iowa

1,556.90.1914373.039

Kansas

1,395.90.4893432.943

Kentucky

1,910.80.7884453.427

Louisiana

1,913.5-0.3923352.647

Maine

632.60.9887444.27

Maryland

2,696.90.21,16993.623

Massachusetts

3,642.50.91,35924.27

Michigan

4,375.80.21,021213.039

Minnesota

2,917.80.41,107133.039

Mississippi

1,135.80.1768512.746

Missouri

2,826.50.6942313.915

Montana

478.91.2848483.915

Nebraska

984.70.3908394.013

Nevada

1,412.22.1973264.110

New Hampshire

667.90.81,075163.427

New Jersey

4,104.00.91,21773.039

New Mexico

842.11.7899405.12

New York

9,575.41.11,31443.332

North Carolina

4,501.32.2972273.623

North Dakota

428.40.91,028193.332

Ohio

5,443.30.3976253.137

Oklahoma

1,628.80.5897412.647

Oregon

1,970.71.41,037183.235

Pennsylvania

5,947.90.81,064173.235

Rhode Island

491.30.6991242.844

South Carolina

2,132.42.2866463.721

South Dakota

433.40.4855473.427

Tennessee

3,060.81.9966282.844

Texas

12,603.22.11,109124.110

Utah

1,535.22.8954304.83

Vermont

311.00.0927344.35

Virginia

3,931.41.01,125104.013

Washington

3,489.82.11,33534.35

West Virginia

694.4-1.8897410.351

Wisconsin

2,893.80.1929333.137

Wyoming

283.11.5942314.27

Puerto Rico

878.91.9528(3)-0.8(3)

Virgin Islands

37.89.61,012(3)12.8(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, March 12, 2020