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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Georgia – Fourth Quarter 2017

Nine of the ten large counties in Georgia reported employment gains from December 2016 to December 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2016 average annual employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases in five of Georgia’s large counties were above the national job growth rate of 1.5 percent. (See table 1.)

From December 2016 to December 2017, employment increased in 316 of the 346 largest U.S. counties. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 11.5 percent over the year. Shawnee, Kan., and Caddo, La., had the largest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with losses of 1.8 percent each.

Among the 10 largest counties in Georgia, employment was highest in Fulton County (870,200) in December 2017, while Bibb County had the smallest employment level (83,600). Together, Georgia’s large counties accounted for 57.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 145.9 million in December 2017.

Nine of Georgia’s 10 large counties had over-the-year wage increases in the fourth quarter of 2017, with the largest gain in Hall County, up 5.8 percent, followed by Fulton County, up 5.0 percent. Fulton County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties ($1,449), followed by Cobb ($1,125), DeKalb ($1,086), and Gwinnett ($1,048). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.9 percent over the year to $1,109 in the fourth quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 149 counties in Georgia with employment below 75,000. With the exception of Burke County ($1,505), wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in December 2017. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

In the fourth quarter of 2017, average weekly wage gains in three of Georgia’s large counties placed in the top 100 of the national ranking—Hall (5.8 percent, 16th), Fulton (5.0 percent, 33rd), and Muscogee (4.0 percent, 85th). (See table 1.) Among Georgia’s large counties, Clayton had the only decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.7 percent over-the-year.

Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 339 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., and Ada, Idaho, had the largest percentage wage increases among the largest U.S. counties (11.5 percent each). New York, N.Y., followed with an increase of 10.4 percent.

Of the 346 largest counties, 7 experienced an over-the-year decrease in average weekly wages. Clayton, Ga., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-6.7 percent), followed by Champaign, Ill. (-1.6 percent); and Benton, Ark. (-1.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 4 of Georgia’s 10 large counties placed in the top half of the national ranking in the fourth quarter of 2017. Among these four, both Fulton ($1,449, 18th) and Cobb ($1,125, 82nd) had average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,109. The two remaining counties, DeKalb ($1,086) and Gwinnett ($1,048), ranked 106th and 131st, respectively. Bibb County ($840, 313th) had the lowest average wage among the state’s largest counties, followed by Muscogee ($875, 291st).

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($1,109) in 95 of the 346 largest counties in the fourth quarter of 2017. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,576, followed by New York, N.Y. ($2,439); San Mateo, Calif. ($2,341); and San Francisco, Calif. ($2,232).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 251 had weekly wages below the national average in the fourth quarter of 2017. Cameron, Texas ($652) had the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Hidalgo, Texas ($664); Horry, S.C. ($674); and Webb, Texas ($706).

Average weekly wages in Georgia’s smaller counties

With the exception of Burke County ($1,505), all of the smaller counties in Georgia—those with employment below 75,000—had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,109. Among the smaller counties, Forsyth County had the second highest average weekly wage at $1,001, followed by Chattahoochee County at $980. Glascock County had the lowest average weekly wage in the state at $508. (See table 2.)

When all 159 counties in Georgia were considered, 9 reported average weekly wages below $600, 64 had wages from $600 to $699, 48 had wages from $700 to $799, 25 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 Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 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 first quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.


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 10.0 million employer reports cover 145.9 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.

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 10 largest counties in Georgia, fourth quarter 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
December 2017 (thousands)Percent change, December 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, fourth quarter 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

145,921.11.5--$1,109--3.9--

Georgia

4,425.01.8--1,027203.416

Bibb, Ga.

83.6-1.03408403132.8188

Chatham, Ga.

154.22.2819062622.3249

Clayton, Ga.

126.71.0196988180-6.7346

Cobb, Ga.

363.71.9961,125823.5122

DeKalb, Ga.

301.50.62551,0861062.5227

Fulton, Ga.

870.22.4691,449185.033

Gwinnett, Ga.

359.92.7521,0481312.3249

Hall, Ga.

86.81.81029791855.816

Muscogee, Ga.

94.50.92158752914.085

Richmond, Ga.

105.90.62558872842.3249

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 Georgia, fourth quarter 2017
AreaEmployment December 2017Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

145,921,109$1,109

Georgia

4,424,9831,027

Appling

6,723814

Atkinson

2,187673

Bacon

3,757728

Baker

421736

Baldwin

14,918658

Banks

4,395636

Barrow

18,639782

Bartow

37,196861

Ben Hill

5,264650

Berrien

3,548638

Bibb

83,571840

Bleckley

2,749615

Brantley

2,276618

Brooks

3,141680

Bryan

8,514701

Bulloch

25,615681

Burke

11,7041,505

Butts

6,736709

Calhoun

1,133666

Camden

14,165836

Candler

2,815589

Carroll

40,734849

Catoosa

14,910679

Charlton

2,109676

Chatham

154,194906

Chattahoochee

2,258980

Chattooga

6,240660

Cherokee

60,481828

Clarke

72,873817

Clay

509594

Clayton

126,711988

Clinch

2,122725

Cobb

363,6961,125

Coffee

17,479715

Colquitt

15,281678

Columbia

33,664775

Cook

4,270625

Coweta

38,807799

Crawford

1,254672

Crisp

8,120775

Dade

3,362670

Dawson

9,482570

Decatur

9,404627

De Kalb

301,5121,086

Dodge

5,036635

Dooly

3,864713

Dougherty

47,887819

Douglas

43,394757

Early

4,426861

Echols

702719

Effingham

10,396837

Elbert

5,725680

Emanuel

6,721659

Evans

4,459767

Fannin

6,461654

Fayette

44,481872

Floyd

39,744846

Forsyth

74,2321,001

Franklin

8,013692

Fulton

870,2331,449

Gilmer

6,954589

Glascock

438508

Glynn

38,007819

Gordon

21,711832

Grady

6,110695

Greene

6,158747

Gwinnett

359,9451,048

Habersham

14,742700

Hall

86,831979

Hancock

1,609664

Haralson

6,723860

Harris

4,842624

Hart

6,627714

Heard

2,146921

Henry

60,183741

Houston

60,126892

Irwin

2,020649

Jackson

28,120755

Jasper

2,232660

Jeff Davis

4,238701

Jefferson

4,753847

Jenkins

1,373640

Johnson

1,538600

Jones

4,576752

Lamar

3,527673

Lanier

1,374649

Laurens

18,534766

Lee

6,615689

Liberty

18,755771

Lincoln

1,316606

Long

993642

Lowndes

49,011746

Lumpkin

7,593691

McDuffie

6,754677

McIntosh

1,782605

Macon

2,809776

Madison

3,116649

Marion

1,117607

Meriwether

4,768700

Miller

1,744653

Mitchell

6,867663

Monroe

7,507755

Montgomery

1,505618

Morgan

7,084709

Murray

9,114709

Muscogee

94,474875

Newton

24,983873

Oconee

11,553774

Oglethorpe

1,686649

Paulding

23,655728

Peach

9,565731

Pickens

7,698899

Pierce

4,073711

Pike

2,902682

Polk

11,282760

Pulaski

2,873742

Putnam

5,872638

Quitman

395601

Rabun

4,820620

Randolph

1,883645

Richmond

105,904887

Rockdale

32,176910

Schley

967677

Screven

3,388655

Seminole

2,183745

Spalding

23,185700

Stephens

9,092792

Stewart

1,306788

Sumter

10,957729

Talbot

772670

Taliaferro

203538

Tattnall

5,873712

Taylor

1,515770

Telfair

3,296579

Terrell

2,380673

Thomas

20,328866

Tift

19,736778

Toombs

11,709653

Towns

3,086636

Treutlen

1,038603

Troup

39,480847

Turner

1,989614

Twiggs

2,275548

Union

6,773698

Upson

6,530720

Walker

13,115682

Walton

22,955841

Ware

15,582680

Warren

1,489756

Washington

6,611721

Wayne

7,893759

Webster

499794

Wheeler

1,149660

White

8,588629

Whitfield

55,735931

Wilcox

1,140578

Wilkes

2,890661

Wilkinson

3,509846

Worth

3,209670

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

United States (2)

145,921.11.5$1,109--3.9--

Alabama

1,955.31.1928362.932

Alaska

306.7-1.21,052191.551

Arizona

2,834.72.6978253.512

Arkansas

1,217.21.0848482.542

California

17,293.02.11,34645.74

Colorado

2,653.32.51,133104.39

Connecticut

1,689.70.31,31752.246

Delaware

444.90.61,081152.640

District of Columbia

769.00.91,81212.737

Florida

8,712.02.0975263.416

Georgia

4,425.01.81,027203.416

Hawaii

664.50.8984243.126

Idaho

712.43.0857467.11

Illinois

6,001.10.81,15192.640

Indiana

3,057.81.1915383.611

Iowa

1,549.70.4938323.028

Kansas

1,390.30.4894411.949

Kentucky

1,903.80.5892422.147

Louisiana

1,918.80.4933352.147

Maine

610.31.2884433.416

Maryland

2,683.60.51,20783.322

Massachusetts

3,582.21.31,41134.48

Michigan

4,321.80.91,062173.416

Minnesota

2,875.71.31,100143.416

Mississippi

1,140.60.5774512.445

Missouri

2,809.51.0945312.932

Montana

461.41.0843502.737

Nebraska

980.90.9901393.028

Nevada

1,351.93.5955293.225

New Hampshire

661.30.71,132113.710

New Jersey

4,106.91.61,26261.850

New Mexico

816.70.6865452.542

New York

9,465.31.41,42826.42

North Carolina

4,388.61.5964283.322

North Dakota

416.10.41,010223.322

Ohio

5,409.20.8973273.126

Oklahoma

1,607.81.2895403.512

Oregon

1,900.42.01,014214.57

Pennsylvania

5,870.41.21,075163.512

Rhode Island

483.61.11,056182.737

South Carolina

2,058.81.6879442.835

South Dakota

423.80.9856473.416

Tennessee

2,984.81.31,000233.028

Texas

12,207.82.01,109133.512

Utah

1,465.53.6936332.932

Vermont

314.70.5919372.542

Virginia

3,884.21.31,121122.835

Washington

3,305.02.41,21775.83

West Virginia

693.10.1847494.75

Wisconsin

2,872.61.0951303.028

Wyoming

267.50.6935344.66

Puerto Rico

887.0-4.4570(3)2.5(3)

Virgin Islands

34.3-11.1827(3)7.7(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: Wednesday, June 20, 2018