For Release: Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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County Employment and Wages in Vermont — Fourth Quarter 2014

Employment in Vermont’s only large county, Chittenden, increased 1.3 percent from December 2013 to December 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2013 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that the average weekly wage in Chittenden County rose 3.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014, to $1,032. (See table 1. )

Nationally, employment increased 2.2 percent from December 2013 to December 2014, as 319 of the 339 largest counties registered increases. Weld, Colo., and Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increases, each with gains of 8.0 percent over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the large U.S. counties with a loss of 5.0 percent.

Employment in Chittenden County was 101,554 in December 2014, accounting for 32.6 percent of employment statewide. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties accounted for 72.1 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 13 counties in Vermont with employment below 75,000. All 13 smaller counties in Vermont had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2. )

Large County Wage Changes

Chittenden County’s 3.9-percent wage increase from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014 placed 125th across all large counties. (See table 1. ) Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.5 percent over the year to $1,035 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Nationwide, 332 of the 339 largest counties had over-the-year gains in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2013. Benton, Ark., had the largest wage gain in the nation, up 9.9 percent.

Of the 339 largest counties, 7 experienced over-the year decreases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 20.4 percent.

Large County Average Weekly Wages

The average weekly wage in Chittenden County placed in the top-third (99th) among the 339 largest U.S. counties in the fourth quarter of 2014. The county’s $1,032 average weekly wage was close to the U.S. average of $1,035.

Among the highest-paid large U.S. counties, San Mateo, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,166. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $2,138, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($2,114), and Suffolk, Mass. ($1,856).

Horry, S.C., reported the lowest wage nationwide ($610), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($621) and Hidalgo, Texas ($641). Wages in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, were less than one-third of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, San Mateo, Calif.

Average Weekly Wages in Vermont’s Smaller Counties

The 13 counties in Vermont with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,035. Among these smaller counties, Washington had the highest wage ($934) followed by Franklin ($844). Grand Isle reported the lowest weekly wage, averaging $662 in the fourth quarter of 2014. (See table 2. )

When all 14 counties in Vermont are considered, 3 reported average weekly wages under $699, 4 had wages from $700 to $799, 5 had wages from $800 to $899, and 2 had wages of $900 or more. The lowest-paid counties, those with wages below $699, were generally located in the northern part of the state. (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 the QCEW Web site at www.bls.gov/cew.

An annual bulletin, Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online, features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2013 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2014, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2013/home.htm. The 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2015.

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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 9.5 million employer reports cover 139.2 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 largest county in Vermont, fourth quarter 2014
Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the largest county in Vermont, fourth quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage Weekly Wage (1)
December 2014 (thousands)Percent change, December 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (4)

139,204.82.2--$1,035--3.5--

Vermont

311.00.7--882344.117

Chittenden, Vt.

101.61.32231,032993.9125

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.
 

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 Vermont, fourth quarter 2014
Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Vermont, fourth quarter 2014
AreaEmployment December 2014Average Weekly Wage (1)
 
 
 
- Continued

United States (2)

139,204,840$1,035

Vermont

311,039882

Addison

14,532821

Bennington

16,969839

Caledonia

10,863753

Chittenden

101,5541,032

Essex

1,037692

Franklin

17,220844

Grand Isle

1,059662

Lamoille

12,214710

Orange

7,736752

Orleans

10,843695

Rutland

28,515798

Washington

33,417934

Windham

23,327810

Windsor

23,725843

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, fourth quarter 2014
Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, fourth quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
December 2014
(thousands)
Percent change,
December
2013-14 (2)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level
Percent change,
fourth quarter
2013-14 (2)
National
ranking by
percent change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (2)

139,204.82.2$1,035--3.5--

Alabama

1,891.41.3881353.531

Alaska

317.60.81,063134.020

Arizona

2,630.82.2926252.347

Arkansas

1,180.52.2807474.55

California

16,068.52.61,20962.941

Colorado

2,478.03.91,066124.117

Connecticut

1,681.21.21,27842.745

Delaware

433.02.91,049161.551

District of Columbia

736.90.91,69613.728

Florida

8,009.63.5911283.140

Georgia

4,131.93.7958213.825

Hawaii

638.30.7908294.215

Idaho

650.72.5782504.020

Illinois

5,844.11.41,08982.842

Indiana

2,946.51.7846413.922

Iowa

1,527.61.1870384.311

Kansas

1,377.21.3855392.646

Kentucky

1,852.21.8836434.117

Louisiana

1,954.02.1923263.825

Maine

592.70.9826445.14

Maryland

2,590.31.31,11373.531

Massachusetts

3,415.62.21,31534.55

Michigan

4,158.92.1984203.337

Minnesota

2,762.91.41,024173.630

Mississippi

1,118.61.0747512.347

Missouri

2,709.81.5891323.434

Montana

442.20.5794484.55

Nebraska

958.11.4837425.23

Nevada

1,229.64.2899301.650

New Hampshire

638.01.41,081106.32

New Jersey

3,933.61.31,21152.049

New Mexico

808.41.3850404.410

New York

9,067.62.01,32124.311

North Carolina

4,141.82.4890333.434

North Dakota

454.84.51,050157.11

Ohio

5,264.31.6922273.922

Oklahoma

1,614.32.1876362.842

Oregon

1,755.43.2928233.825

Pennsylvania

5,716.51.21,013183.728

Rhode Island

471.51.91,003194.55

South Carolina

1,931.42.9817463.239

South Dakota

412.51.3791494.215

Tennessee

2,822.12.4927243.531

Texas

11,662.73.71,070114.311

Utah

1,324.23.0872374.311

Vermont

311.00.7882344.117

Virginia

3,691.40.61,057142.842

Washington

3,069.73.21,08294.55

West Virginia

712.00.1818453.337

Wisconsin

2,789.31.3894313.434

Wyoming

283.61.5952223.922

Puerto Rico

944.2-1.5556(3)0.7(3)

Virgin Islands

38.5-0.3746(3)-1.2(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.
 

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.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Vermont, fourth quarter 2014