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

United States (4)

142,940.5 1.7 -- $1,027 -- 5.4 --

Missouri

2,782.1 1.6 -- 888 30 5.0 34

Boone, Mo.

93.5 1.5 195 833 286 4.8 233

Clay, Mo.

104.8 4.3 14 899 216 5.3 198

Greene, Mo.

164.7 1.8 164 802 313 5.9 139

Jackson, Mo.

365.9 2.8 83 1,024 105 3.2 312

St. Charles, Mo.

145.7 2.7 87 822 295 6.1 125

St. Louis City, Mo.

228.7 1.0 238 1,104 69 5.7 160

St. Louis, Mo.

599.8 1.0 238 1,057 83 5.3 198

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
Area Employment September 2016 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,940,452 $1,027

Missouri

2,782,109 888

Adair

9,805 616

Andrew

2,396 626

Atchison

1,632 564

Audrain

9,471 675

Barry

14,408 777

Barton

3,198 585

Bates

3,668 592

Benton

3,695 531

Bollinger

1,850 484

Boone

93,480 833

Buchanan

47,830 797

Butler

19,055 645

Caldwell

1,770 571

Callaway

14,706 769

Camden

17,600 579

Cape Girardeau

40,558 746

Carroll

2,394 611

Carter

1,520 494

Cass

25,642 644

Cedar

3,195 511

Chariton

1,892 590

Christian

17,116 584

Clark

1,441 493

Clay

104,751 899

Clinton

4,093 628

Cole

53,190 787

Cooper

5,027 601

Crawford

6,753 717

Dade

1,711 551

Dallas

2,507 524

Daviess

1,567 514

De Kalb

3,809 722

Dent

3,867 558

Douglas

2,346 503

Dunklin

9,692 508

Franklin

39,593 751

Gasconade

5,414 572

Gentry

2,220 618

Greene

164,657 802

Grundy

3,467 653

Harrison

2,603 536

Henry

7,392 671

Hickory

1,315 512

Holt

1,270 626

Howard

2,750 550

Howell

14,964 628

Iron

3,689 777

Jackson

365,917 1,024

Jasper

59,971 773

Jefferson

48,119 677

Johnson

15,611 690

Knox

1,118 491

Laclede

13,656 638

Lafayette

8,773 597

Lawrence

8,991 671

Lewis

2,644 596

Lincoln

11,645 725

Linn

3,970 638

Livingston

6,269 622

McDonald

7,112 638

Macon

5,134 643

Madison

3,675 535

Maries

1,254 598

Marion

13,553 671

Mercer

1,739 663

Miller

6,992 616

Mississippi

3,915 558

Moniteau

4,109 614

Monroe

2,038 565

Montgomery

2,882 621

Morgan

4,326 527

New Madrid

6,530 659

Newton

17,026 662

Nodaway

7,748 636

Oregon

2,384 464

Osage

3,616 652

Ozark

1,617 446

Pemiscot

5,933 587

Perry

9,639 686

Pettis

19,464 649

Phelps

18,367 726

Pike

6,041 616

Platte

44,889 858

Polk

8,297 657

Pulaski

13,061 729

Putnam

976 518

Ralls

3,563 873

Randolph

9,814 664

Ray

4,315 636

Reynolds

1,714 445

Ripley

2,959 448

St. Charles

145,749 822

St. Clair

1,627 496

Ste. Genevieve

5,466 793

St. Francois

23,230 583

St. Louis

599,835 1,057

Saline

8,629 646

Schuyler

585 519

Scotland

1,179 571

Scott

15,484 672

Shannon

1,499 444

Shelby

1,725 533

Stoddard

10,343 652

Stone

5,938 572

Sullivan

2,379 727

Taney

30,021 573

Texas

5,705 562

Vernon

6,948 694

Warren

7,378 683

Washington

5,095 521

Wayne

2,827 464

Webster

6,838 601

Worth

379 474

Wright

4,188 541

St. Louis City

228,694 1,104

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

United States (2)

142,940.5 1.7 1027 -- 5.4 --

Alabama

1,923.8 1.5 870 36 4.9 38

Alaska

337.4 -2.6 1055 12 1.2 49

Arizona

2,695.5 3.1 950 24 6.9 5

Arkansas

1,205.4 1.0 794 48 5.2 32

California

16,871.1 2.4 1210 4 6.7 8

Colorado

2,576.5 2.6 1062 10 5.6 23

Connecticut

1,674.2 0.3 1204 5 5 34

Delaware

440.7 0.8 1022 16 5.6 23

District of Columbia

759.2 1.7 1728 1 3.8 45

Florida

8,320.2 3.7 905 29 6.2 14

Georgia

4,290.4 2.9 969 21 5.9 18

Hawaii

648.4 1.8 956 23 6.7 8

Idaho

703.7 3.5 782 50 6.3 12

Illinois

5,933.6 0.6 1062 10 4.4 40

Indiana

3,025.9 1.8 866 37 5.9 18

Iowa

1,548.6 0.8 873 35 6.2 14

Kansas

1,377.2 0.5 857 39 5.9 18

Kentucky

1,880.2 1.5 857 39 6.5 10

Louisiana

1,908.8 -0.9 883 32 2.9 48

Maine

616.2 0.9 825 45 5.9 18

Maryland

2,648.1 1.4 1124 8 5.3 30

Massachusetts

3,522.9 2.0 1277 2 6.8 7

Michigan

4,292.2 2.1 976 19 5.9 18

Minnesota

2,849.5 1.6 1053 13 6.4 11

Mississippi

1,126.9 0.7 739 51 4.7 39

Missouri

2,782.1 1.6 888 30 5 34

Montana

464.5 1.5 792 49 4.3 41

Nebraska

973.9 0.9 857 39 5.5 26

Nevada

1,300.7 3.8 949 25 10.1 1

New Hampshire

655.0 1.8 1027 15 7.9 2

New Jersey

4,000.0 1.8 1173 7 5 34

New Mexico

811.5 0.2 830 44 4 43

New York

9,216.6 1.6 1222 3 3.5 46

North Carolina

4,290.3 2.3 909 28 5.3 30

North Dakota

423.2 -3.4 964 22 0.7 50

Ohio

5,347.3 1.1 924 26 5.4 27

Oklahoma

1,578.7 -1.3 854 42 3.5 46

Oregon

1,866.5 2.6 970 20 5.2 32

Pennsylvania

5,776.7 1.0 1013 17 5.4 27

Rhode Island

481.1 0.8 990 18 7.6 3

South Carolina

2,008.6 2.5 832 43 5.6 23

South Dakota

424.2 1.1 809 47 7 4

Tennessee

2,918.8 2.5 912 27 5.4 27

Texas

11,830.7 1.3 1042 14 4.3 41

Utah

1,407.4 3.8 881 33 6.3 12

Vermont

309.9 0.5 880 34 6.2 14

Virginia

3,801.0 1.0 1063 9 5 34

Washington

3,278.9 3.0 1188 6 6.9 5

West Virginia

691.5 -1.6 816 46 3.9 44

Wisconsin

2,850.1 1.0 885 31 6.2 14

Wyoming

274.8 -4.7 865 38 0 51

Puerto Rico

888.2 -0.4 524 (3) 2.3 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.4 1.4 778 (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