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19-2066-KAN
Thursday, December 19, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2019

Employment rose in 3 of the 4 largest counties in Kansas from June 2018 to June 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that employment increased 2.6 percent in Sedgwick County and 0.8 percent each in Johnson and Shawnee Counties. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, employment advanced 1.1 percent during the 12-month period as 279 of the 355 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Adams, CO, had the largest percentage increase, up 5.3 percent over the year. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 6.4 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson (355,700) and lowest in Wyandotte (89,700) in June 2019. Together, the four largest Kansas counties accounted for 57.0 percent of total employment within the state.

Average weekly wages increased in 3 of the 4 large counties in Kansas from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. Wyandotte County had over-the-year wage growth of 5.0 percent, which exceeded the 3.8-percent increase for the nation. Johnson ($1,106) had the highest average weekly wage among Kansas’s large counties and was above the national average of $1,095. (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. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in June 2019. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Wyandotte County’s 5.0-percent annual wage gain was the largest among the state’s large counties and placed 39th in the national ranking. (See table 1.)  Johnson County’s 3.7-percent gain ranked 148th and Sedgwick County’s 2.4-percent gain ranked 272nd. Shawnee County (-2.9 percent, 354th) recorded an over-the-year decrease in wages.

Among the 355 largest U.S. counties, 347 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2019. Benton, AR, had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 16.3 percent. Eight large counties nationwide had over-the-year declines in average weekly wages. McLean, IL, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 5.8 percent. Shawnee, KS, had the second-largest decline at 2.9 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Johnson County’s average weekly wage of $1,106 ranked 89th among the 355 largest U.S. counties in the second quarter of 2019. Wyandotte County’s average weekly wage of $1,059 placed 123rd. Sedgwick County ($904, 263rd) and Shawnee County ($874, 295th) 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 $1,095 in 93 of the 355 largest counties. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,612. San Francisco, CA, was second at $2,430, followed by San Mateo, CA ($2,373), and New York, NY ($2,109). Among the 355 large counties nationwide, Horry, SC ($649), 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 average weekly wage of $1,038, below the national average of $1,095. Woodson County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $498 in the second quarter of 2019. (See table 2.)

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, all but 1 had wages below the national average. Twenty four reported average weekly wages under $650, 24 had wages from $650 to $699, 23 had wages from $700 to $749, 23 had wages from $750 to $799, and 11 reported wages of $800 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 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 the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2018 are now available online at https://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.

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 news release for third quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (EST).


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 4 largest counties in Kansas, second quarter 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands) Percent change, June 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

149,089.2 1.1 -- $1,095 -- 3.8 --

Kansas

1,403.0 0.6 -- 905 39 2.8 42

Johnson

355.7 0.8 184 1,106 89 3.7 148

Sedgwick

257.6 2.6 36 904 263 2.4 272

Shawnee

96.9 0.8 184 874 295 -2.9 354

Wyandotte

89.7 -1.0 338 1,059 123 5.0 39

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 2019
Area Employment June 2019 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

149,089,158 $1,095

Kansas

1,402,978 905

Allen

5,981 710

Anderson

2,167 655

Atchison

5,663 775

Barber

1,680 668

Barton

12,099 758

Bourbon

6,037 665

Brown

5,280 773

Butler

19,204 745

Chase

1,087 668

Chautauqua

779 572

Cherokee

6,025 781

Cheyenne

931 750

Clark

773 745

Clay

3,106 629

Cloud

3,214 585

Coffey

3,634 1,038

Comanche

672 548

Cowley

13,357 772

Crawford

17,194 680

Decatur

974 555

Dickinson

6,161 677

Doniphan

2,223 713

Douglas

49,652 773

Edwards

978 710

Elk

610 519

Ellis

15,617 735

Ellsworth

2,460 728

Finney

19,937 790

Ford

16,546 808

Franklin

9,329 759

Geary

12,980 792

Gove

1,371 656

Graham

851 683

Grant

2,898 852

Gray

3,251 770

Greeley

634 656

Greenwood

1,732 637

Hamilton

1,550 723

Harper

2,624 796

Harvey

13,808 757

Haskell

1,818 781

Hodgeman

625 585

Jackson

4,371 666

Jefferson

3,829 699

Jewell

804 566

Johnson

355,682 1,106

Kearny

1,524 728

Kingman

2,217 675

Kiowa

1,144 617

Labette

8,964 724

Lane

660 756

Leavenworth

21,069 898

Lincoln

924 622

Linn

2,094 878

Logan

1,302 667

Lyon

15,329 701

McPherson

15,828 938

Marion

3,666 626

Marshall

4,672 700

Meade

1,666 795

Miami

8,808 732

Mitchell

3,140 687

Montgomery

14,927 679

Morris

1,595 591

Morton

859 695

Nemaha

5,163 705

Neosho

6,439 699

Ness

1,166 730

Norton

2,421 723

Osage

2,977 562

Osborne

1,536 640

Ottawa

1,319 600

Pawnee

2,796 738

Phillips

2,466 698

Pottawatomie

9,856 756

Pratt

4,704 781

Rawlins

981 690

Reno

26,902 736

Republic

1,804 583

Rice

3,989 732

Riley

29,775 769

Rooks

1,869 616

Rush

1,073 672

Russell

2,503 670

Saline

29,693 746

Scott

2,354 751

Sedgwick

257,627 904

Seward

10,485 787

Shawnee

96,937 874

Sheridan

1,034 713

Sherman

2,479 663

Smith

1,368 593

Stafford

1,289 638

Stanton

912 797

Stevens

1,892 764

Sumner

6,931 732

Thomas

4,157 699

Trego

1,278 641

Wabaunsee

1,323 649

Wallace

562 683

Washington

2,061 557

Wichita

1,296 907

Wilson

3,684 703

Woodson

782 498

Wyandotte

89,743 1,059

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 2019
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands) Percent change, June 2018-19 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

149,089.2 1.1 $1,095 -- 3.8 --

Alabama

1,993.7 1.1 911 36 3.4 28

Alaska

338.9 0.7 1,078 15 3.6 26

Arizona

2,843.3 2.6 1,010 23 3.8 16

Arkansas

1,222.5 0.6 862 47 4.6 4

California

17,717.4 1.5 1,325 4 4.7 3

Colorado

2,765.7 2.2 1,128 9 4.9 2

Connecticut

1,690.8 -0.8 1,266 6 3.9 11

Delaware

458.0 0.8 1,057 17 3.4 28

District of Columbia

780.4 0.5 1,778 1 3.8 16

Florida

8,722.9 1.8 968 26 3.9 11

Georgia

4,507.1 1.7 1,016 22 3.9 11

Hawaii

652.2 -1.2 992 24 3.7 22

Idaho

765.1 2.6 820 50 3.3 33

Illinois

6,074.7 0.3 1,122 10 2.4 47

Indiana

3,089.8 0.5 910 38 3.1 39

Iowa

1,584.7 0.1 902 40 2.5 45

Kansas

1,403.0 0.6 905 39 2.8 42

Kentucky

1,909.7 0.3 911 36 3.3 33

Louisiana

1,920.2 -0.2 923 35 2.4 47

Maine

639.6 0.4 874 45 3.7 22

Maryland

2,733.6 0.7 1,178 8 3.3 33

Massachusetts

3,690.1 0.9 1,377 2 4.3 5

Michigan

4,419.7 0.1 1,018 21 2.4 47

Minnesota

2,952.6 0.8 1,101 13 2.6 44

Mississippi

1,135.9 0.4 767 51 2.0 51

Missouri

2,836.7 0.3 948 30 2.5 45

Montana

483.1 1.0 843 48 3.3 33

Nebraska

991.5 0.1 889 42 3.5 27

Nevada

1,408.8 2.6 961 29 3.2 38

New Hampshire

676.1 0.8 1,090 14 4.0 10

New Jersey

4,182.5 0.7 1,236 7 3.0 41

New Mexico

834.0 1.0 888 44 4.3 5

New York

9,682.8 1.0 1,347 3 3.9 11

North Carolina

4,527.3 2.0 970 25 3.9 11

North Dakota

431.8 1.3 1,026 20 4.1 7

Ohio

5,486.7 0.4 965 27 3.4 28

Oklahoma

1,618.5 0.5 900 41 3.1 39

Oregon

1,976.5 1.3 1,036 18 3.8 16

Pennsylvania

5,972.1 0.8 1,070 16 3.8 16

Rhode Island

494.5 0.7 1,034 19 3.4 28

South Carolina

2,144.2 1.3 867 46 3.7 22

South Dakota

441.8 0.4 838 49 3.8 16

Tennessee

3,047.8 1.8 964 28 3.3 33

Texas

12,585.6 2.0 1,102 12 3.8 16

Utah

1,526.1 3.0 936 32 4.1 7

Vermont

314.0 0.0 929 34 2.7 43

Virginia

3,981.6 1.0 1,113 11 3.7 22

Washington

3,500.6 1.8 1,288 5 5.9 1

West Virginia

700.4 -0.6 889 42 2.4 47

Wisconsin

2,945.3 0.3 940 31 4.1 7

Wyoming

287.6 1.7 932 33 3.4 28

Puerto Rico

867.7 1.5 531 (3) -1.8 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.0 10.0 919 (3) 8.8 (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, December 19, 2019