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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
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.2 1.5 -- $989 -- 2.2 --

Kansas

1,378.4 -0.2 -- 829 38 1.2 39

Johnson, Kan.

338.7 0.3 276 1,020 81 0.0 305

Sedgwick, Kan.

248.7 0.2 283 858 222 0.7 289

Shawnee, Kan.

97.6 0.8 238 802 283 0.9 277

Wyandotte, Kan.

91.1 1.6 160 928 156 3.5 66

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
Area Employment June 2016 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157 $989

Kansas

1,378,363 829

Allen

5,624 636

Anderson

2,111 596

Atchison

5,485 670

Barber

1,735 614

Barton

12,284 660

Bourbon

6,499 628

Brown

4,955 647

Butler

18,949 674

Chase

901 578

Chautauqua

825 539

Cherokee

5,962 687

Cheyenne

960 583

Clark

773 684

Clay

3,133 582

Cloud

3,574 604

Coffey

3,915 1,072

Comanche

719 518

Cowley

14,120 688

Crawford

16,966 625

Decatur

969 508

Dickinson

6,151 613

Doniphan

2,409 655

Douglas

48,270 707

Edwards

1,050 720

Elk

594 456

Ellis

15,102 673

Ellsworth

2,348 631

Finney

19,138 716

Ford

17,894 715

Franklin

9,671 691

Geary

13,907 707

Gove

1,257 582

Graham

921 593

Grant

3,375 799

Gray

3,239 679

Greeley

708 620

Greenwood

1,804 557

Hamilton

1,343 656

Harper

2,356 668

Harvey

14,066 701

Haskell

1,930 738

Hodgeman

575 606

Jackson

4,348 614

Jefferson

3,863 691

Jewell

766 518

Johnson

338,657 1,020

Kearny

1,304 676

Kingman

2,442 627

Kiowa

1,233 645

Labette

9,335 645

Lane

652 701

Leavenworth

21,093 827

Lincoln

951 599

Linn

2,185 822

Logan

1,373 611

Lyon

15,132 627

Mcpherson

14,692 791

Marion

3,671 566

Marshall

4,553 628

Meade

1,745 715

Miami

8,572 698

Mitchell

3,365 624

Montgomery

15,392 625

Morris

1,509 569

Morton

980 635

Nemaha

5,583 673

Neosho

6,036 656

Ness

1,169 652

Norton

2,501 657

Osage

3,030 516

Osborne

1,477 555

Ottawa

1,378 555

Pawnee

3,087 635

Phillips

2,544 650

Pottawatomie

9,535 766

Pratt

4,650 667

Rawlins

979 598

Reno

26,926 670

Republic

2,050 519

Rice

3,913 621

Riley

29,178 719

Rooks

1,912 632

Rush

1,127 597

Russell

2,663 599

Saline

29,172 721

Scott

2,338 669

Sedgwick

248,682 858

Seward

11,080 674

Shawnee

97,647 802

Sheridan

989 713

Sherman

2,471 625

Smith

1,323 537

Stafford

1,340 572

Stanton

868 704

Stevens

2,014 684

Sumner

7,294 664

Thomas

4,043 635

Trego

1,302 594

Wabaunsee

1,341 564

Wallace

555 584

Washington

2,125 493

Wichita

801 663

Wilson

3,787 658

Woodson

709 500

Wyandotte

91,111 928

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
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.2 1.5 $989 -- 2.2 --

Alabama

1,923.5 1.2 835 37 2.0 29

Alaska

338.7 -2.4 1,011 10 -1.7 49

Arizona

2,619.6 2.6 921 22 1.9 33

Arkansas

1,197.5 1.1 785 47 3.0 7

California

16,754.1 2.5 1,157 5 2.4 19

Colorado

2,574.5 2.3 999 14 1.0 43

Connecticut

1,689.9 -0.1 1,213 3 3.0 7

Delaware

444.0 0.9 990 16 -0.6 48

District of Columbia

756.0 1.7 1,623 1 1.1 42

Florida

8,161.8 3.2 883 25 2.6 14

Georgia

4,269.5 2.7 929 21 2.7 11

Hawaii

643.4 1.0 906 24 3.5 5

Idaho

699.7 3.3 740 50 3.8 3

Illinois

5,945.0 0.2 1,038 9 2.4 19

Indiana

2,995.4 1.0 828 39 2.1 27

Iowa

1,566.0 0.3 825 40 2.9 9

Kansas

1,378.4 -0.2 829 38 1.2 39

Kentucky

1,877.2 1.5 838 36 1.9 33

Louisiana

1,905.2 -1.4 852 32 0.2 46

Maine

622.8 1.0 795 46 3.5 5

Maryland

2,656.0 0.9 1,070 8 2.5 15

Massachusetts

3,538.2 1.2 1,233 2 2.0 29

Michigan

4,300.9 1.9 942 19 2.7 11

Minnesota

2,846.8 0.7 997 15 2.0 29

Mississippi

1,120.1 0.5 727 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,785.6 1.4 863 30 2.4 19

Montana

468.6 2.2 767 48 1.7 35

Nebraska

978.3 0.9 805 43 2.4 19

Nevada

1,289.4 3.3 874 27 2.2 26

New Hampshire

655.1 1.1 1,003 12 3.7 4

New Jersey

4,051.2 1.7 1,147 6 1.7 35

New Mexico

808.1 -0.3 812 42 0.9 44

New York

9,264.0 1.5 1,210 4 2.5 15

North Carolina

4,285.3 2.5 865 29 2.1 27

North Dakota

423.3 -4.9 908 23 -3.3 51

Ohio

5,353.1 0.8 882 26 2.0 29

Oklahoma

1,570.5 -1.4 823 41 0.6 45

Oregon

1,867.8 2.7 933 20 4.1 2

Pennsylvania

5,786.8 0.4 971 17 1.4 37

Rhode Island

482.9 0.6 949 18 2.5 15

South Carolina

2,013.7 2.4 804 44 2.8 10

South Dakota

432.7 1.0 760 49 2.7 11

Tennessee

2,900.4 2.4 874 27 1.3 38

Texas

11,810.7 1.0 1,000 13 1.2 39

Utah

1,395.9 3.8 840 35 2.3 25

Vermont

310.6 -0.1 850 33 2.4 19

Virginia

3,833.4 1.6 1,011 10 1.2 39

Washington

3,281.6 2.8 1,083 7 5.4 1

West Virginia

693.2 -1.9 800 45 -0.4 47

Wisconsin

2,869.1 0.9 856 31 2.4 19

Wyoming

281.7 -3.7 849 34 -2.2 50

Puerto Rico

879.5 -0.7 512 (3) 0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.4 0.9 743 (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