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18-654-ATL
Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Greensboro-High Point – May 2017

Workers in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.82 in May 2017, about 14 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 20 of the 22 major occupational groups, including construction and extraction; building and grounds cleaning and maintenance; and healthcare support. One group—farming, fishing, and forestry—had a significantly higher wage than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including production and transportation and material moving. Conversely, 14 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including personal care and service; computer and mathematical; and healthcare practitioners and technical. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2017
Major occupational groupPercent of total employmentMean hourly wage
United StatesGreensboroUnited StatesGreensboroPercent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0100.0$24.34$20.82*-14

Management

5.14.1*57.6558.051

Business and financial operations

5.24.6*36.7031.89*-13

Computer and mathematical

3.01.8*43.1838.57*-11

Architecture and engineering

1.81.6*41.4436.44*-12

Life, physical, and social science

0.80.5*35.7631.79*-11

Community and social service

1.50.8*23.1022.12*-4

Legal

0.80.3*51.6234.96*-32

Education, training, and library

6.15.5*26.6722.60*-15

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.40.9*28.3424.70*-13

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.04.9*38.8336.61*-6

Healthcare support

2.93.315.0512.82*-15

Protective service

2.42.1*22.6918.65*-18

Food preparation and serving related

9.38.7*11.8810.04*-15

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.13.113.9111.55*-17

Personal care and service

3.62.2*13.1111.47*-13

Sales and related

10.29.819.5618.60*-5

Office and administrative support

15.416.1*18.2417.12*-6

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3(2)13.8721.06*52

Construction and extraction

4.03.4*24.0119.09*-20

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.94.5*23.0221.26*-8

Production

6.311.8*18.3016.32*-11

Transportation and material moving

7.09.8*17.8215.74*-12

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Estimate not released
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Greensboro-High Point had 42,800 jobs in production occupations, accounting for 11.8 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.3-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $16.32, significantly below the national wage of $18.30.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the production group included assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers (6,750), inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers (2,680), and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (2,580). Among the higher paying jobs in this group were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers, and tool and die makers, with mean hourly wages of $27.39 and $25.29, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pressers, textile, garment, and related materials ($9.07) and laundry and drycleaning workers ($9.68). (Detailed data for production occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24660.htm.)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, upholsterers were employed at 24.4 times the national rate in Greensboro, and textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders, at 20.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers had a location quotient of 1.0 in Greensboro, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

With the release of the May 2017 estimates, the OES program has replaced 21 detailed occupations found in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) with 10 new aggregations of those occupations. In addition, selected 4- and 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of the 4-digit NAICS industries that are no longer being published separately will instead be published as OES-specific industry aggregations. More information about the new occupational and industry aggregations is available at www.bls.gov/oes/changes_2017.htm.

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2017 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 72 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted sample employment of 82 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,976 establishments with a response rate of 84 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tec.htm.

The May 2017 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2017 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties in North Carolina.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southeast. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/methods_statement.pdf.

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. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2017
Occupation (1)EmploymentMean wages
Level (2)Location quotient (3)HourlyAnnual (4)

Production occupations

42,8001.9$16.32$33,950

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

2,5801.727.3956,960

Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

2500.416.3233,940

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

2301.221.6244,960

Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers

6,7502.014.1629,460

Bakers

2400.511.9424,840

Food batchmakers

4301.113.2127,490

Food cooking machine operators and tenders

700.813.2427,530

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

4101.117.6036,610

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic

801.423.2848,420

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

5703.115.2931,810

Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

400.716.4334,180

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1,0402.215.4032,030

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

602.117.0635,480

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1200.617.1035,570

Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1201.520.5042,640

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

601.317.4036,200

Machinists

9201.020.4042,440

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

1,3203.314.6730,510

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

3701.220.7943,250

Tool and die makers

1801.025.2952,610

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

9201.018.9039,300

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

400.418.3938,260

Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5)(5)14.2429,610

Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

800.915.4132,050

Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

(5)(5)25.2552,520

Metal workers and plastic workers, all other

501.020.5042,630

Prepress technicians and workers

700.819.3640,270

Printing press operators

8201.917.7836,980

Print binding and finishing workers

1801.415.6932,630

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

4000.79.6820,120

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

1501.39.0718,860

Sewing machine operators

2,2006.313.0027,030

Tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers

(5)(5)9.4719,700

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

51020.313.4127,900

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

2807.713.1727,400

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

87016.413.7328,560

Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

1,33016.913.2027,450

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

806.324.4950,930

Upholsterers

2,02024.416.2733,840

Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other

2205.813.0927,230

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

6302.515.0631,330

Furniture finishers

2706.112.7626,540

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

4803.613.0827,210

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

6603.313.1827,400

Power plant operators

500.537.9879,000

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

3201.120.6342,900

Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

300.3(5)(5)

Chemical equipment operators and tenders

5702.920.8243,300

Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

700.618.5338,530

Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders

300.415.4832,210

Grinding and polishing workers, hand

1401.812.9526,940

Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

9602.919.4940,540

Cutters and trimmers, hand

2608.315.6732,600

Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders

4102.714.7030,580

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

2601.314.2829,700

Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders

(5)(5)15.3731,970

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

2,6802.015.4232,070

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

(5)(5)20.2042,020

Dental laboratory technicians

800.918.5838,640

Medical appliance technicians

(5)(5)18.9839,490

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

1,5701.619.7141,000

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

4201.915.0631,320

Painters, transportation equipment

2101.622.7347,270

Painting, coating, and decorating workers

401.313.0427,120

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

801.414.6730,510

Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders

1904.614.0229,160

Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

400.814.9431,070

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

7303.014.9931,180

Helpers--production workers

2,1902.112.4325,860

Production workers, all other

5600.917.1635,680

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Greensboro-High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_24660.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018