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Thursday, December 27, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi – Second Quarter 2018

Employment decreased in Mississippi’s two large counties from June 2017 to June 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or greater as measured by 2017 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Harrison and Hinds Counties each had an employment decline of 0.5 percent during the 12-month period. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment rose 1.5 percent from June 2017 to June 2018 as 309 of the 349 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment, with a gain of 11.6 percent. McLean, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (120,500) in June 2018. Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 72.9 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 147.4 million in June 2018.

From the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018, the average weekly wages in Harrison County was up 2.2 percent, the larger increase among the two large counties in Mississippi. (See table 1.) Hinds County had the higher average weekly wage at $865. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,055, a 3.4-percent increase over the year.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,201 to $460. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Harrison and Hinds Counties’ average weekly wages rose 2.2 and 2.1 percent, respectively, from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018. Harrison (253rd) and Hinds (261st) were in the bottom third of the national ranking for large county wage growth. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 340 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2018. Marin, CA, had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 11.7 percent, followed by Lake, IL, and King, WA (9.3 percent each).

Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 8 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. New Hanover, NC, had the largest decrease in average weekly wages (-6.4 percent), followed by Spartanburg, SC (-2.9 percent) and Morris, NJ (-2.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in Hinds County ($865) and Harrison County ($734) were below the U.S. average of $1,055 and placed in the bottom quarter of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2018. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 94 of the 349 largest counties. Santa Clara, CA, was the highest-paid large county with an average weekly wage of $2,573. San Mateo, CA, was second with an average weekly wage of $2,357, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,083).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 255 reported average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2018. Horry, SC ($625) had the lowest weekly wage, followed by Cameron, TX ($642) and Hidalgo, TX ($645).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Among the 80 smaller counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000, Claiborne ($1,201) was the only county with an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,055. Issaquena County had the lowest weekly wage in the state, averaging $460 in the second quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 10 had average weekly wages below $599, 44 had wages from $600 to $699, 20 had wages from $700 to $799, and 8 had wages $800 or higher. (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 2017 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 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

New BLS Local Data iPhone App Includes QCEW Data

BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop a new mobile app for iPhones. The BLS Local Data app is ideal for customers, such as jobseekers and economic and workforce development professionals, who want to know more about local labor markets. For more information, please go to: https://blogs.bls.gov/blog/2018/10/18/new-bls-local-data-app-now-available/


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 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2018
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands)Percent change, June 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

147,431.21.5--$1,055--3.4--

Mississippi

1,130.70.2--752512.738

Harrison, Miss.

86.4-0.53357343422.2253

Hinds, Miss.

120.5-0.53358652742.1261

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 2018
AreaEmployment June 2018Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

147,431,154$1,055

Mississippi

1,130,719752

Adams

10,759668

Alcorn

14,054675

Amite

1,720693

Attala

4,583613

Benton

945685

Bolivar

10,992687

Calhoun

3,296558

Carroll

1,168595

Chickasaw

5,493646

Choctaw

2,264772

Claiborne

3,4631,201

Clarke

2,936639

Clay

5,361707

Coahoma

7,650648

Copiah

7,031636

Covington

5,670661

De Soto

60,759672

Forrest

39,893750

Franklin

1,535751

George

4,987636

Greene

1,961609

Grenada

10,599667

Hancock

13,401939

Harrison

86,446734

Hinds

120,538865

Holmes

3,449646

Humphreys

2,234555

Issaquena

212460

Itawamba

6,107693

Jackson

49,050956

Jasper

4,070741

Jefferson

1,016631

Jefferson Davis

1,559631

Jones

27,143733

Kemper

2,060988

Lafayette

23,872716

Lamar

18,949615

Lauderdale

32,980683

Lawrence

2,413792

Leake

4,992580

Lee

54,419740

Leflore

14,555647

Lincoln

12,271704

Lowndes

25,039786

Madison

54,795844

Marion

7,852688

Marshall

7,138758

Monroe

9,599769

Montgomery

2,349594

Neshoba

12,077642

Newton

5,495636

Noxubee

2,519611

Oktibbeha

20,331704

Panola

10,472681

Pearl River

10,309642

Perry

2,147776

Pike

14,849615

Pontotoc

12,378676

Prentiss

7,410629

Quitman

938627

Rankin

62,943764

Scott

14,049640

Sharkey

1,211537

Simpson

7,086528

Smith

2,760732

Stone

4,344652

Sunflower

8,366604

Tallahatchie

2,785631

Tate

5,548644

Tippah

6,573643

Tishomingo

6,341631

Tunica

8,100627

Union

11,105829

Walthall

2,434560

Warren

19,634833

Washington

16,830638

Wayne

4,979690

Webster

2,001653

Wilkinson

1,652587

Winston

5,122700

Yalobusha

2,891697

Yazoo

6,398734

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 2018

StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands)Percent change, June 2017-18Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2017-18National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

147,431.21.5$1,055--3.4--

Alabama

1,969.91.2882372.835

Alaska

335.8-0.91,043153.79

Arizona

2,770.82.6973233.319

Arkansas

1,214.60.7824471.747

California

17,473.11.91,26544.63

Colorado

2,704.42.41,075103.227

Connecticut

1,704.50.31,21850.150

Delaware

454.31.31,023171.449

District of Columbia

777.31.31,71312.639

Florida

8,568.92.1931282.932

Georgia

4,440.52.0979222.343

Hawaii

658.30.5956242.541

Idaho

745.33.1794503.88

Illinois

6,061.10.81,09793.414

Indiana

3,075.81.1883362.835

Iowa

1,583.70.8880393.319

Kansas

1,393.31.0879403.414

Kentucky

1,905.90.9882372.343

Louisiana

1,918.60.4901333.79

Maine

636.81.0843453.611

Maryland

2,712.00.71,14183.414

Massachusetts

3,650.11.01,32223.512

Michigan

4,424.71.3997202.932

Minnesota

2,925.60.81,072123.319

Mississippi

1,130.70.2752512.738

Missouri

2,829.00.5924303.97

Montana

478.71.1817482.541

Nebraska

990.80.6859433.129

Nevada

1,372.43.1931283.319

New Hampshire

670.80.81,049143.319

New Jersey

4,157.00.91,20172.343

New Mexico

823.61.0852443.512

New York

9,579.21.71,29734.54

North Carolina

4,450.22.2933253.319

North Dakota

426.10.8986213.414

Ohio

5,461.30.7933252.343

Oklahoma

1,606.41.2875413.227

Oregon

1,947.31.5999183.319

Pennsylvania

5,924.91.11,031163.129

Rhode Island

491.00.7998191.747

South Carolina

2,126.53.4833460.051

South Dakota

439.70.9807492.835

Tennessee

2,994.11.6932272.932

Texas

12,326.32.21,062133.414

Utah

1,483.93.4899354.35

Vermont

312.4-0.8907314.35

Virginia

3,941.01.31,073112.639

Washington

3,444.12.71,21856.91

West Virginia

702.91.6868424.82

Wisconsin

2,933.50.9904323.319

Wyoming

282.20.5901333.031

Puerto Rico

853.5-2.3543(3)5.2(3)

Virgin Islands

33.4-14.4838(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, December 27, 2018