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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi – Second Quarter 2016

Employment increased in each of Mississippi’s two large counties from June 2015 to June 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Hinds County employment rose 1.0 percent during the 12-month period. Harrison County employment increased 0.1 percent over the year. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.5 percent from June 2015 to June 2016 as 291 of the 344 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.7 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the large U.S. counties with a loss of 8.3 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (121,100) in June 2016, followed by Harrison (85,200). Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.7 million in June 2016.

From the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, Harrison County and Hinds County each recorded a 1.9-percent increase in average weekly wages. (See table 1.) Hinds County had the higher average weekly wage at $843. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $989, a 2.2-percent increase from a year ago.

Employment and wages levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000. Wage levels were below the national average in all but one of these smaller counties. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Harrison and Hinds Counties’ average weekly wages each advanced 1.9 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, ranking 216th in the national ranking. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 304 of the 344 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (21.0 percent). Elkhart, Ind., was second with a wage increase of 8.5 percent, followed by the counties of King, Wash. (8.1 percent); Washington, Ore. (7.4 percent); and Albany, N.Y. (7.0 percent).

Of the 344 largest U.S. counties, 36 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura, Calif., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-8.4 percent), followed by Forsyth, N.C. (-6.5 percent); Lafayette, La. (-6.2 percent); Gregg, Texas (-3.7 percent); and Midland, Texas (-3.2 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in both Hinds County ($843) and Harrison County ($698) were below the U.S. average of $989 and placed in the bottom third of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2016. The average weekly wage in Hinds County ranked 241st and Harrison County’s average weekly wage ranked 335th. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,252. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,866).

Seventy percent of the largest U.S. counties (241) reported average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2016. The lowest wage was reported in Horry, S.C. ($598), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($602) and Hidalgo ($626).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Among the 80 smaller counties in Mississippi—those with employment below 75,000—only Kemper ($990) had an average weekly wage above the $989 national average. Issaquena County reported the lowest weekly wage among all the counties in the state, averaging $449 in the second quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages below $600, 39 had wages from $600 to $699, 11 had wages from $700 to $799, and 9 had wages above $800. (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 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 Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at https://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 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 9.7 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.21.5--$989--2.2--

Mississippi

1,120.10.5--727512.515

Harrison, Miss.

85.21.02186983351.9216

Hinds, Miss.

121.10.12878432411.9216

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 Mississippi, second quarter 2016
AreaEmployment June 2016Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157$989

Mississippi

1,120,065727

Adams

10,450649

Alcorn

13,784654

Amite

1,762615

Attala

4,559602

Benton

931636

Bolivar

11,938650

Calhoun

3,244556

Carroll

1,084565

Chickasaw

5,327584

Choctaw

2,214739

Claiborne

3,193886

Clarke

2,942599

Clay

5,309632

Coahoma

8,189643

Copiah

7,277645

Covington

5,369610

De Soto

56,544637

Forrest

38,111737

Franklin

1,622716

George

4,819582

Greene

1,897610

Grenada

10,662630

Hancock

13,042870

Harrison

85,185698

Hinds

121,109843

Holmes

3,550579

Humphreys

2,209515

Issaquena

186449

Itawamba

6,295653

Jackson

49,383919

Jasper

3,821706

Jefferson

1,184592

Jefferson Davis

1,519650

Jones

27,141682

Kemper

2,693990

Lafayette

22,441906

Lamar

18,519557

Lauderdale

33,208672

Lawrence

2,484834

Leake

4,923575

Lee

54,161716

Leflore

14,342610

Lincoln

11,821681

Lowndes

24,903747

Madison

55,067843

Marion

7,878657

Marshall

6,338696

Monroe

9,771696

Montgomery

2,515580

Neshoba

12,789621

Newton

5,609600

Noxubee

2,539565

Oktibbeha

20,301684

Panola

10,601653

Pearl River

10,168621

Perry

2,141741

Pike

14,867581

Pontotoc

12,422636

Prentiss

7,125594

Quitman

1,087585

Rankin

62,007735

Scott

13,731608

Sharkey

1,196544

Simpson

6,893554

Smith

2,820721

Stone

4,131634

Sunflower

8,534598

Tallahatchie

3,049561

Tate

5,507609

Tippah

6,409611

Tishomingo

6,244594

Tunica

8,596602

Union

10,582836

Walthall

2,383548

Warren

20,188766

Washington

17,747634

Wayne

4,853671

Webster

1,927609

Wilkinson

1,668562

Winston

4,588663

Yalobusha

2,848629

Yazoo

6,222729

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 2016
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2015-16National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.21.5$989--2.2--

Alabama

1,923.51.2835372.029

Alaska

338.7-2.41,01110-1.749

Arizona

2,619.62.6921221.933

Arkansas

1,197.51.1785473.07

California

16,754.12.51,15752.419

Colorado

2,574.52.3999141.043

Connecticut

1,689.9-0.11,21333.07

Delaware

444.00.999016-0.648

District of Columbia

756.01.71,62311.142

Florida

8,161.83.2883252.614

Georgia

4,269.52.7929212.711

Hawaii

643.41.0906243.55

Idaho

699.73.3740503.83

Illinois

5,945.00.21,03892.419

Indiana

2,995.41.0828392.127

Iowa

1,566.00.3825402.99

Kansas

1,378.4-0.2829381.239

Kentucky

1,877.21.5838361.933

Louisiana

1,905.2-1.4852320.246

Maine

622.81.0795463.55

Maryland

2,656.00.91,07082.515

Massachusetts

3,538.21.21,23322.029

Michigan

4,300.91.9942192.711

Minnesota

2,846.80.7997152.029

Mississippi

1,120.10.5727512.515

Missouri

2,785.61.4863302.419

Montana

468.62.2767481.735

Nebraska

978.30.9805432.419

Nevada

1,289.43.3874272.226

New Hampshire

655.11.11,003123.74

New Jersey

4,051.21.71,14761.735

New Mexico

808.1-0.3812420.944

New York

9,264.01.51,21042.515

North Carolina

4,285.32.5865292.127

North Dakota

423.3-4.990823-3.351

Ohio

5,353.10.8882262.029

Oklahoma

1,570.5-1.4823410.645

Oregon

1,867.82.7933204.12

Pennsylvania

5,786.80.4971171.437

Rhode Island

482.90.6949182.515

South Carolina

2,013.72.4804442.810

South Dakota

432.71.0760492.711

Tennessee

2,900.42.4874271.338

Texas

11,810.71.01,000131.239

Utah

1,395.93.8840352.325

Vermont

310.6-0.1850332.419

Virginia

3,833.41.61,011101.239

Washington

3,281.62.81,08375.41

West Virginia

693.2-1.980045-0.447

Wisconsin

2,869.10.9856312.419

Wyoming

281.7-3.784934-2.250

Puerto Rico

879.5-0.7512(3)0.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.40.9743(3)-0.4(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: Tuesday, December 20, 2016