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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
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands) Percent change, September 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

148,556.5 1.1 -- $1,093 -- 3.6 --

Missouri

2,826.5 0.6 -- 942 31 3.9 15

Boone

95.2 0.5 226 896 277 6.7 13

Clay

105.3 0.0 284 920 247 2.0 295

Greene

170.8 1.5 110 838 326 0.8 342

Jackson

375.6 0.4 238 1,070 111 2.5 267

St. Charles

153.8 3.0 25 862 303 2.9 238

St. Louis City

231.4 0.3 246 1,172 67 4.7 55

St. Louis

609.5 0.3 246 1,131 85 4.3 85

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
Area Employment September 2019 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,556,525 $1,093

Missouri

2,826,539 942

Adair

9,931 659

Andrew

2,658 641

Atchison

1,655 658

Audrain

8,804 695

Barry

14,550 754

Barton

3,270 613

Bates

3,604 633

Benton

3,517 593

Bollinger

1,811 558

Boone

95,201 896

Buchanan

47,012 889

Butler

18,210 667

Caldwell

1,846 621

Callaway

14,687 834

Camden

16,887 673

Cape Girardeau

41,626 776

Carroll

2,452 739

Carter

1,587 524

Cass

27,302 708

Cedar

3,257 558

Chariton

1,838 608

Christian

18,026 627

Clark

1,459 517

Clay

105,303 920

Clinton

4,092 719

Cole

53,513 820

Cooper

5,082 634

Crawford

6,859 688

Dade

1,711 571

Dallas

2,570 505

Daviess

1,634 530

De Kalb

2,901 673

Dent

3,935 605

Douglas

2,287 547

Dunklin

8,881 533

Franklin

39,619 888

Gasconade

5,369 583

Gentry

2,192 683

Greene

170,766 838

Grundy

3,045 606

Harrison

2,453 607

Henry

7,244 733

Hickory

1,353 517

Holt

1,228 705

Howard

2,471 557

Howell

15,518 646

Iron

3,392 745

Jackson

375,571 1,070

Jasper

58,738 754

Jefferson

48,197 733

Johnson

15,931 721

Knox

948 557

Laclede

13,830 660

Lafayette

8,762 627

Lawrence

8,967 697

Lewis

2,535 656

Lincoln

12,086 764

Linn

3,840 657

Livingston

6,217 649

McDonald

7,025 702

Macon

4,986 641

Madison

3,656 597

Maries

1,228 643

Marion

13,450 731

Mercer

1,715 742

Miller

7,501 628

Mississippi

3,690 601

Moniteau

4,266 699

Monroe

1,829 576

Montgomery

2,987 675

Morgan

4,424 566

New Madrid

7,340 742

Newton

20,464 771

Nodaway

7,999 681

Oregon

2,334 483

Osage

3,972 702

Ozark

1,497 483

Pemiscot

5,482 580

Perry

9,384 729

Pettis

19,753 692

Phelps

18,400 768

Pike

5,229 643

Platte

48,301 890

Polk

8,695 697

Pulaski

13,020 778

Putnam

895 552

Ralls

3,583 857

Randolph

9,616 716

Ray

4,111 691

Reynolds

1,982 658

Ripley

2,737 472

St. Charles

153,778 862

St. Clair

1,566 535

Ste. Genevieve

5,726 829

St. Francois

23,148 610

St. Louis

609,486 1,131

Saline

8,650 688

Schuyler

572 555

Scotland

1,174 608

Scott

15,492 720

Shannon

1,439 489

Shelby

1,818 570

Stoddard

10,184 697

Stone

6,930 582

Sullivan

2,342 783

Taney

29,993 599

Texas

5,583 597

Vernon

6,741 697

Warren

7,793 752

Washington

4,966 566

Wayne

2,483 492

Webster

7,657 639

Worth

359 460

Wright

4,151 592

St. Louis City

231,417 1,172

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

United States (2)

148,556.5 1.1 $1,093 -- 3.6 --

Alabama

1,989.5 1.1 919 36 3.8 18

Alaska

338.0 1.2 1,105 14 3.7 21

Arizona

2,913.4 2.6 1,018 22 4.5 4

Arkansas

1,222.8 0.0 841 49 3.8 18

California

17,713.1 1.4 1,309 5 3.8 18

Colorado

2,749.0 2.4 1,170 8 6.1 1

Connecticut

1,676.6 -0.3 1,236 6 2.3 50

Delaware

453.2 1.1 1,078 15 3.3 32

District of Columbia

776.4 0.6 1,851 1 2.5 49

Florida

8,838.2 1.7 955 29 3.4 27

Georgia

4,509.7 1.4 1,026 20 3.4 27

Hawaii

654.1 -0.3 1,012 23 3.9 15

Idaho

765.2 2.9 838 50 4.1 10

Illinois

6,023.1 0.0 1,125 10 3.6 23

Indiana

3,083.5 0.3 914 37 3.5 26

Iowa

1,556.9 0.1 914 37 3.0 39

Kansas

1,395.9 0.4 893 43 2.9 43

Kentucky

1,910.8 0.7 884 45 3.4 27

Louisiana

1,913.5 -0.3 923 35 2.6 47

Maine

632.6 0.9 887 44 4.2 7

Maryland

2,696.9 0.2 1,169 9 3.6 23

Massachusetts

3,642.5 0.9 1,359 2 4.2 7

Michigan

4,375.8 0.2 1,021 21 3.0 39

Minnesota

2,917.8 0.4 1,107 13 3.0 39

Mississippi

1,135.8 0.1 768 51 2.7 46

Missouri

2,826.5 0.6 942 31 3.9 15

Montana

478.9 1.2 848 48 3.9 15

Nebraska

984.7 0.3 908 39 4.0 13

Nevada

1,412.2 2.1 973 26 4.1 10

New Hampshire

667.9 0.8 1,075 16 3.4 27

New Jersey

4,104.0 0.9 1,217 7 3.0 39

New Mexico

842.1 1.7 899 40 5.1 2

New York

9,575.4 1.1 1,314 4 3.3 32

North Carolina

4,501.3 2.2 972 27 3.6 23

North Dakota

428.4 0.9 1,028 19 3.3 32

Ohio

5,443.3 0.3 976 25 3.1 37

Oklahoma

1,628.8 0.5 897 41 2.6 47

Oregon

1,970.7 1.4 1,037 18 3.2 35

Pennsylvania

5,947.9 0.8 1,064 17 3.2 35

Rhode Island

491.3 0.6 991 24 2.8 44

South Carolina

2,132.4 2.2 866 46 3.7 21

South Dakota

433.4 0.4 855 47 3.4 27

Tennessee

3,060.8 1.9 966 28 2.8 44

Texas

12,603.2 2.1 1,109 12 4.1 10

Utah

1,535.2 2.8 954 30 4.8 3

Vermont

311.0 0.0 927 34 4.3 5

Virginia

3,931.4 1.0 1,125 10 4.0 13

Washington

3,489.8 2.1 1,335 3 4.3 5

West Virginia

694.4 -1.8 897 41 0.3 51

Wisconsin

2,893.8 0.1 929 33 3.1 37

Wyoming

283.1 1.5 942 31 4.2 7

Puerto Rico

878.9 1.9 528 (3) -0.8 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.8 9.6 1,012 (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