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Thursday, October 05, 2017

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County Employment And Wages In Kentucky – First Quarter 2017

Kentucky’s three large counties had employment gains from March 2016 to March 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2016 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the employment gains in Boone County and Fayette County, at 2.5 and 2.0 percent, respectively, were above the national average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2016 to March 2017 as 299 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. York, S.C., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.8 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties, with a loss of 2.7 percent.

Among the three large counties in Kentucky, employment was highest in Jefferson County (460,100) in March 2017, while Boone County had the smallest employment (85,000). Together, Kentucky’s large counties accounted for 39.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.3 million in March 2017.

Each of Kentucky’s three large counties had an over-the-year wage increase in the first quarter of 2017, with the highest gain in Jefferson County (8.2 percent). Jefferson County also had the largest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $1,096. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 6.6 percent over the year to $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,349 to $510. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in all of Kentucky’s large counties from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. At 8.2 percent, Jefferson County’s wage gain ranked 54th among the nation’s 346 large counties. Boone County’s 6.9-percent increase ranked 135th and Fayette County’s 5.3-percent increase ranked 249th. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 345 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 27.8 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Peoria, Ill., had the only percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-1.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s three large counties were below the U.S. average of $1,111. The average weekly wage in Jefferson County ($1,096, 105th) placed in the top third of the national ranking. Average weekly wages in Boone ($914, 219th) and Fayette ($901, 234th) placed in the bottom half of the national ranking.

Nationwide, 94 large counties had average weekly wages equal to or above the U.S. average of $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. New York, N.Y., had the highest average weekly wage at $2,954, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,450. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,385); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,264); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,026).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 252 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2017. Cameron, Texas ($614), had the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Horry, S.C. ($628); Hidalgo, Texas ($642); Webb, Texas ($675); and Lake, Fla. ($681).

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s smaller counties

Among the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment below 75,000, Hancock ($1,349) and Carroll ($1,148) were the only two with an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,111. Robertson County had the lowest wage in the state, averaging $510 in the first quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 120 counties in Kentucky were considered, 20 reported average weekly wages below $600, 49 had average weekly wages from $600 to $699, 26 had wages from $700 to $799, 12 had wages from $800 to $899, and 13 had wages above $900. (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 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from the 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 5, 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 9.9 million employer reports cover 142.3 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.

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 3 largest counties in Kentucky, first quarter 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands)Percent change, March 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,309.21.6--$1,111--6.6--

Kentucky

1,864.11.1--879416.918

Boone, Ky.

85.02.5859142196.9135

Fayette, Ky.

192.02.01279012345.3249

Jefferson, Ky.

460.11.51761,0961058.254

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 Kentucky, first quarter 2017
AreaEmployment March 2017Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185$1,111

Kentucky

1,864,126879

Adair

4,485581

Allen

4,507631

Anderson

4,754693

Ballard

1,609940

Barren

17,012661

Bath

1,858711

Bell

8,429640

Boone

85,017914

Bourbon

6,520759

Boyd

24,481846

Boyle

13,987737

Bracken

1,376677

Breathitt

3,178631

Breckinridge

3,472623

Bullitt

24,113691

Butler

3,151644

Caldwell

4,127638

Calloway

16,339650

Campbell

29,789875

Carlisle

1,023558

Carroll

6,4331,148

Carter

5,623612

Casey

3,935582

Christian

30,812783

Clark

14,894762

Clay

4,190681

Clinton

3,723560

Crittenden

2,109587

Cumberland

1,660643

Daviess

46,416790

Edmonson

1,527628

Elliott

975595

Estill

2,432654

Fayette

191,963901

Fleming

2,979633

Floyd

10,741751

Franklin

30,556818

Fulton

2,020659

Gallatin

2,394957

Garrard

2,190649

Grant

4,978766

Graves

11,129686

Grayson

7,798657

Green

1,722608

Greenup

7,929721

Hancock

4,0621,349

Hardin

47,562803

Harlan

5,878663

Harrison

4,939798

Hart

5,262653

Henderson

19,460818

Henry

2,684697

Hickman

946574

Hopkins

17,759792

Jackson

1,584605

Jefferson

460,0941,096

Jessamine

17,080738

Johnson

5,187627

Kenton

64,5981,012

Knott

2,268588

Knox

7,721610

Larue

2,584629

Laurel

27,324669

Lawrence

3,144669

Lee

1,528661

Leslie

1,670688

Letcher

4,347649

Lewis

1,912614

Lincoln

4,210595

Livingston

2,463798

Logan

8,491777

Lyon

2,363591

McCracken

39,329805

McCreary

2,732649

McLean

2,136678

Madison

33,406757

Magoffin

1,613575

Marion

8,455754

Marshall

11,621961

Martin

2,577845

Mason

8,507759

Meade

4,162714

Menifee

896582

Mercer

6,319909

Metcalfe

1,894627

Monroe

3,201587

Montgomery

10,617763

Morgan

2,878660

Muhlenberg

9,019833

Nelson

15,529751

Nicholas

826584

Ohio

7,477650

Oldham

15,608813

Owen

1,639773

Owsley

648516

Pendleton

2,337730

Perry

11,437719

Pike

20,793799

Powell

2,582592

Pulaski

24,562652

Robertson

318510

Rockcastle

3,723627

Rowan

10,435628

Russell

5,674579

Scott

26,001998

Shelby

16,172766

Simpson

8,896735

Spencer

1,866697

Taylor

12,070621

Todd

2,277587

Trigg

3,004619

Trimble

1,042987

Union

4,932823

Warren

63,836812

Washington

3,390683

Wayne

5,428610

Webster

3,038966

Whitley

11,454688

Wolfe

1,218539

Woodford

9,073801

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, first quarter 2017
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands)Percent change, March 2016-17Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2016-17National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,309.21.6$1,111--6.6--

Alabama

1,928.91.4893366.235

Alaska

312.8-1.81,061183.950

Arizona

2,743.02.4991218.14

Arkansas

1,199.90.7859458.53

California

16,831.42.31,29567.67

Colorado

2,573.22.31,136127.510

Connecticut

1,651.50.11,41744.049

Delaware

433.20.81,185910.71

District of Columbia

760.71.21,88517.016

Florida

8,532.62.8949277.213

Georgia

4,317.12.71,068176.137

Hawaii

653.60.9954256.822

Idaho

690.43.0775507.016

Illinois

5,842.00.51,19586.334

Indiana

2,985.81.2918327.67

Iowa

1,518.30.0899356.530

Kansas

1,368.00.4888386.725

Kentucky

1,864.11.1879416.918

Louisiana

1,901.3-0.5906335.543

Maine

586.71.0860447.213

Maryland

2,626.01.21,171105.842

Massachusetts

3,464.01.11,42837.76

Michigan

4,230.61.71,041206.822

Minnesota

2,806.42.11,149117.95

Mississippi

1,122.90.1750515.346

Missouri

2,767.01.4930315.938

Montana

451.51.4800496.530

Nebraska

960.70.4868426.433

Nevada

1,311.63.8932306.918

New Hampshire

643.21.21,070167.311

New Jersey

3,955.11.51,33355.047

New Mexico

803.30.2838465.938

New York

9,159.31.31,54125.938

North Carolina

4,287.01.8991216.918

North Dakota

405.7-1.0953265.047

Ohio

5,278.30.8976246.725

Oklahoma

1,563.9-1.0883395.938

Oregon

1,855.02.5984235.445

Pennsylvania

5,712.30.81,078156.530

Rhode Island

465.40.31,055197.213

South Carolina

2,017.92.2864437.311

South Dakota

413.40.7819486.235

Tennessee

2,906.21.8945286.725

Texas

11,924.51.71,124145.543

Utah

1,411.33.1905346.629

Vermont

305.60.2889376.725

Virginia

3,796.31.41,129136.918

Washington

3,225.92.61,21578.62

West Virginia

678.2-0.8837477.67

Wisconsin

2,803.71.1933296.822

Wyoming

262.4-2.3880403.351

Puerto Rico

887.7-0.9526(3)1.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.70.0797(3)3.1(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, October 05, 2017