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Thursday, December 28, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2017

Employment rose in 2 of the 4 largest counties in Kansas from June 2016 to June 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.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that employment increased 1.0 percent in Johnson County and 0.7 percent in Wyandotte County. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, employment advanced 1.7 percent during the 12-month period as 318 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase, up 7.3 percent over the year. Lucas, Ohio, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 1.9 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson (342,000) and lowest in Wyandotte (91,000) in June 2017. Together, the four largest Kansas counties accounted for 56.4 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 increased in each of the four large counties in Kansas from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. Wyandotte County had over-the-year wage growth of 5.9 percent and Shawnee County had growth of 4.9 percent, both exceeding the 3.2-percent increase for the nation. Johnson ($1,031) had the highest average weekly wage among Kansas’s large counties and was above the national average of $1,020. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 101 counties in Kansas with employment levels below 75,000. Of these small counties, Coffey ($1,009) had the highest wage level, but did not exceed the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Wyandotte County’s 5.9-percent annual wage gain was the largest among the state’s large counties and placed 18th in the national ranking. (See table 1.) Shawnee County’s 4.9-percent gain ranked 45th. Johnson County (1.2 percent, 291st) and Sedgwick County (0.4 percent, 315th) placed in the bottom quartile of the national ranking in wage growth.

Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 325 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2017. New Hanover, N.C., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 11.9 percent. Nationally, 19 large counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 20.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Johnson County’s average weekly wage of $1,031 ranked 87th among the 346 largest U.S. counties in the second quarter of 2017. Wyandotte recorded an average weekly wage of $987 and placed 128th. Sedgwick County ($860, 249th) and Shawnee County ($842, 271st) had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom third of the ranking.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $1,020 in 97 of the 346 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,392. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $2,093, followed by San Francisco, Calif. ($1,941) and New York, N.Y. ($1,907). Among the 249 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2017, Cameron, Texas ($615) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Kansas’s smaller counties

Of the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000, Coffey County reported the highest weekly wage with an average of $1,009, below the national average of $1,020. Washington County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $490 in the second quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, all but 1 had wages below the national average. Fifteen reported average weekly wages under $600, 28 reported wages from $600 to $649, 24 had wages from $650 to $699, 28 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 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 Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 are now available online 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: 1 (800) 877-8339.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017 (thousands) Percent change, June 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

145,186.4 1.7 -- $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Kansas

1,377.8 -0.1 -- 849 40 2.4 39

Johnson, Kan.

342.0 1.0 235 1,031 87 1.2 291

Sedgwick, Kan.

247.2 -0.5 334 860 249 0.4 315

Shawnee, Kan.

96.5 -1.2 343 842 271 4.9 45

Wyandotte, Kan.

91.0 0.7 264 987 128 5.9 18

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, second quarter 2017
Area Employment June 2017 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

145,186,369 $1,020

Kansas

1,377,791 849

Allen

5,452 651

Anderson

2,047 661

Atchison

5,646 709

Barber

1,754 629

Barton

12,524 693

Bourbon

6,411 627

Brown

5,230 720

Butler

18,760 702

Chase

941 641

Chautauqua

783 559

Cherokee

5,772 731

Cheyenne

961 592

Clark

743 736

Clay

3,013 600

Cloud

3,196 547

Coffey

3,740 1,009

Comanche

680 498

Cowley

14,138 710

Crawford

17,272 649

Decatur

982 534

Dickinson

6,391 625

Doniphan

2,237 647

Douglas

48,640 733

Edwards

964 695

Elk

628 502

Ellis

15,232 712

Ellsworth

2,279 642

Finney

19,029 749

Ford

17,725 734

Franklin

9,499 722

Geary

13,129 730

Gove

1,238 621

Graham

846 692

Grant

3,096 837

Gray

3,386 700

Greeley

689 631

Greenwood

1,679 613

Hamilton

1,406 661

Harper

2,160 640

Harvey

13,732 708

Haskell

1,958 738

Hodgeman

582 620

Jackson

4,244 637

Jefferson

3,621 688

Jewell

778 559

Johnson

342,035 1,031

Kearny

1,419 696

Kingman

2,430 622

Kiowa

1,139 625

Labette

9,045 679

Lane

646 743

Leavenworth

21,358 844

Lincoln

966 621

Linn

2,237 899

Logan

1,376 602

Lyon

15,166 648

Mcpherson

14,673 803

Marion

3,958 702

Marshall

4,517 636

Meade

2,164 692

Miami

8,563 708

Mitchell

3,137 692

Montgomery

14,454 648

Morris

1,499 547

Morton

840 692

Nemaha

5,314 674

Neosho

6,206 651

Ness

1,114 707

Norton

2,468 667

Osage

2,978 527

Osborne

1,512 554

Ottawa

1,320 559

Pawnee

2,953 673

Phillips

2,540 665

Pottawatomie

9,614 755

Pratt

4,525 736

Rawlins

935 653

Reno

27,116 705

Republic

1,996 552

Rice

4,084 672

Riley

29,863 743

Rooks

1,771 609

Rush

1,046 647

Russell

2,648 651

Saline

29,912 715

Scott

2,381 674

Sedgwick

247,196 860

Seward

10,951 718

Shawnee

96,478 842

Sheridan

950 709

Sherman

2,469 639

Smith

1,303 563

Stafford

1,276 602

Stanton

852 714

Stevens

1,844 706

Sumner

7,216 696

Thomas

3,997 676

Trego

1,323 640

Wabaunsee

1,329 618

Wallace

569 608

Washington

2,096 490

Wichita

784 709

Wilson

3,713 671

Woodson

731 542

Wyandotte

90,999 987

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 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017 (thousands) Percent change, June 2016-17 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2016-17 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

145,186.4 1.7 $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Alabama

1,946.4 1.2 858 38 2.8 31

Alaska

338.4 -0.7 1,005 16 -0.5 51

Arizona

2,699.6 2.9 943 23 2.5 35

Arkansas

1,206.0 0.7 810 47 3.2 22

California

17,150.9 2.2 1,210 5 4.7 3

Colorado

2,638.8 2.5 1,042 11 4.2 5

Connecticut

1,701.2 0.6 1,216 4 0.4 50

Delaware

446.6 0.6 1,012 15 2.2 43

District of Columbia

766.5 1.0 1,675 1 3.3 19

Florida

8,390.6 2.8 905 27 2.5 35

Georgia

4,357.8 2.1 956 21 2.9 27

Hawaii

653.0 1.0 935 24 3.5 13

Idaho

723.5 3.4 765 50 3.4 16

Illinois

6,006.6 0.9 1,062 9 2.4 39

Indiana

3,041.0 1.5 859 37 3.7 9

Iowa

1,571.4 0.4 853 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,377.8 -0.1 849 40 2.4 39

Kentucky

1,889.4 0.8 862 35 2.9 27

Louisiana

1,907.7 0.0 869 34 2.0 46

Maine

629.1 0.9 814 46 2.5 35

Maryland

2,694.8 1.4 1,103 8 3.1 23

Massachusetts

3,604.5 1.6 1,278 2 3.6 11

Michigan

4,365.3 1.6 969 19 2.9 27

Minnesota

2,902.1 2.0 1,037 12 3.9 6

Mississippi

1,128.9 0.7 732 51 0.8 49

Missouri

2,818.7 1.2 889 30 3.0 25

Montana

473.6 1.3 797 48 3.9 6

Nebraska

984.0 0.4 833 43 3.5 13

Nevada

1,333.5 3.4 900 29 2.9 27

New Hampshire

665.4 1.6 1,015 14 1.2 48

New Jersey

4,123.5 1.8 1,173 6 2.3 41

New Mexico

815.4 0.7 823 45 1.5 47

New York

9,417.4 1.6 1,237 3 2.2 43

North Carolina

4,361.4 1.8 902 28 4.3 4

North Dakota

422.7 -0.2 953 22 5.0 2

Ohio

5,422.8 1.2 912 25 3.3 19

Oklahoma

1,583.8 0.8 845 41 2.5 35

Oregon

1,912.6 2.2 967 20 3.8 8

Pennsylvania

5,859.4 1.3 1,000 17 3.0 25

Rhode Island

487.3 1.0 980 18 2.6 33

South Carolina

2,053.9 2.0 834 42 3.6 11

South Dakota

435.5 0.6 785 49 3.4 16

Tennessee

2,948.1 1.8 906 26 3.5 13

Texas

12,059.6 2.1 1,027 13 2.7 32

Utah

1,440.3 3.4 862 35 2.6 33

Vermont

314.2 1.0 870 33 2.1 45

Virginia

3,886.6 1.5 1,047 10 3.7 9

Washington

3,352.5 2.2 1,141 7 5.6 1

West Virginia

690.9 -0.3 828 44 3.4 16

Wisconsin

2,905.3 1.1 876 31 2.3 41

Wyoming

280.2 -0.7 875 32 3.1 23

Puerto Rico

873.6 -1.0 515 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 762 (3) 2.6 (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 28, 2017