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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Georgia – Fourth Quarter 2018

Employment increased in 8 of Georgia’s 10 large counties from December 2017 to December 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 average annual employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 2.3 percent in Hall County to 0.1 percent in DeKalb County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.5 percent from December 2017 to December 2018 as 296 of the 349 largest U.S. counties had increases. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 10.0 percent. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 5.6 percent.

Among the 10 largest counties in Georgia, employment was highest in Fulton County (889,300) in December 2018, while Bibb County had the smallest employment level (82,900). Together, Georgia’s large counties accounted for 57.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.2 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 148.1 million in December 2018.

Among Georgia’s 10 large counties, 9 had over-the-year wage increases in the fourth quarter of 2018 with the largest gain in DeKalb County, up 4.1 percent. Fulton County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties ($1,480), followed by Cobb County ($1,156). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.2 percent over the year to $1,144. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 149 counties in Georgia with 2017 average annual employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,480 to $537. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

In the fourth quarter of 2018, average weekly wage gains in three of Georgia’s large counties placed in the top half of the national ranking—DeKalb (4.1 percent, 84th), Bibb (3.7 percent, 104th), and Clayton (3.3 percent, 146th). Muscogee County had the only average weekly wage decline among the state’s large counties with a loss of 3.7 percent over the year.

Nationally, 332 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Tippecanoe, IN, had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 15.1 percent, followed by Williamson, TN  (13.1 percent) and Olmsted, MN (13.0 percent).

Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 15 had over-the-year wage decreases. Washington, PA, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-6.6 percent), followed by Elkhart, IN (-5.0 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 2018. Fulton ($1,480, 18th) and Cobb ($1,156, 86th) had average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,144. DeKalb ($1,127) and Gwinnett ($1,068), ranked 103rd and 146th, respectively.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($1,144) in 94 of the 349 largest counties in the fourth quarter of 2018. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,670, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,452); San Mateo, CA ($2,410); and New York, NY ($2,400).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 255 had weekly wages below the national average in the fourth quarter of 2018. Hidalgo, TX ($680) reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, TX and Horry, SC ($685 each).

Average weekly wages in Georgia’s smaller counties

Among the 149 smaller counties in Georgia – those with 2017 average annual employment levels below 75,000 – only Burke County ($1,480) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,144. Taliaferro had the lowest average weekly wage in the state, averaging $537 in the fourth quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

When all 159 counties in Georgia were considered, 60 reported average weekly wages below $700, 52 had wages from $700 to $799, 33 had wages from $800 to $899, 7 had wages from $900 to $999, and 7 had wages above $1,000. (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 first quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for first quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

BLS Local Data App Now Available for Android Devices

The BLS Local Data app, first released for iPhones last fall, is now available for Android devices. Search using your current location, a zip code, or a location name to find employment and wage data for detailed industries and occupations. BLS continues to partner with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to expand the features and data in the app. For more information please visit: https://beta.bls.gov/labs/blogs/2019/04/17/bls-local-data-app-now-available-for-android-devices/.


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 10 largest counties in Georgia, fourth quarter 2018
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
December 2018 (thousands)Percent change, December 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, fourth quarter 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

148,061.81.5--$1,144--3.2--

Georgia

4,499.81.8--1,053212.443

Bibb, GA

82.9-0.63358673143.7104

Chatham, GA

157.21.31499332642.5220

Clayton, GA

124.51.51341,0241793.3146

Cobb, Ga.

369.21.31491,156862.8194

DeKalb, GA

303.10.12821,1271034.184

Fulton, GA

889.31.9861,480181.7279

Gwinnett, GA

358.20.32581,0681462.0257

Hall, GA

90.02.3549972042.6210

Muscogee, GA

95.00.9185844325-3.7347

Richmond, GA

105.8-0.33189022951.7279

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 2018
AreaEmployment December 2018Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,061,773$1,144

Georgia

4,499,7571,053

Appling

6,787813

Atkinson

2,201711

Bacon

3,687750

Baker

427717

Baldwin

15,188667

Banks

4,508651

Barrow

19,684804

Bartow

39,566881

Ben Hill

5,577665

Berrien

3,718653

Bibb

82,941867

Bleckley

2,673637

Brantley

2,456690

Brooks

3,280695

Bryan

9,030731

Bulloch

26,328683

Burke

13,0801,480

Butts

7,137728

Calhoun

1,105669

Camden

14,286852

Candler

3,166577

Carroll

41,541874

Catoosa

15,219686

Charlton

1,928727

Chatham

157,183933

Chattahoochee

2,370913

Chattooga

6,283677

Cherokee

62,979838

Clarke

72,128897

Clay

494644

Clayton

124,5101,024

Clinch

2,168702

Cobb

369,2291,156

Coffee

17,729711

Colquitt

15,013699

Columbia

35,029788

Cook

4,400664

Coweta

40,537837

Crawford

1,279673

Crisp

8,253725

Dade

4,009728

Dawson

9,727607

Decatur

9,309642

De Kalb

303,1221,127

Dodge

5,186659

Dooly

3,926677

Dougherty

48,581850

Douglas

44,816800

Early

4,296891

Echols

681784

Effingham

10,592870

Elbert

5,751696

Emanuel

6,658662

Evans

4,556716

Fannin

6,723674

Fayette

46,109909

Floyd

39,890853

Forsyth

76,8221,021

Franklin

7,972714

Fulton

889,3181,480

Gilmer

6,902613

Glascock

415539

Glynn

38,352860

Gordon

22,772826

Grady

5,943744

Greene

6,416753

Gwinnett

358,1941,068

Habersham

14,742722

Hall

89,959997

Hancock

1,501690

Haralson

6,825865

Harris

5,727613

Hart

6,985752

Heard

2,005889

Henry

63,718755

Houston

61,177918

Irwin

1,966661

Jackson

29,904764

Jasper

2,258639

Jeff Davis

4,208689

Jefferson

4,933737

Jenkins

1,349660

Johnson

1,561598

Jones

4,080724

Lamar

3,470730

Lanier

1,379661

Laurens

19,108788

Lee

6,620695

Liberty

19,075820

Lincoln

1,260625

Long

1,037620

Lowndes

49,867756

Lumpkin

7,563728

McDuffie

6,892709

McIntosh

1,794617

Macon

2,800801

Madison

3,293671

Marion

1,056641

Meriwether

4,752745

Miller

1,717715

Mitchell

6,775655

Monroe

7,880786

Montgomery

1,614612

Morgan

7,235710

Murray

8,957709

Muscogee

95,003844

Newton

25,651852

Oconee

12,908817

Oglethorpe

1,649694

Paulding

24,641732

Peach

9,437776

Pickens

8,129898

Pierce

4,077700

Pike

3,009700

Polk

11,177770

Pulaski

2,815738

Putnam

5,764671

Quitman

345638

Rabun

5,212617

Randolph

1,947672

Richmond

105,833902

Rockdale

32,837931

Schley

976736

Screven

3,225660

Seminole

2,131775

Spalding

22,293738

Stephens

9,110800

Stewart

1,362883

Sumter

10,798750

Talbot

822677

Taliaferro

188537

Tattnall

5,865717

Taylor

1,583770

Telfair

2,906630

Terrell

2,075683

Thomas

20,443862

Tift

20,417799

Toombs

12,037666

Towns

3,300675

Treutlen

1,045603

Troup

39,434878

Turner

1,893646

Twiggs

3,022765

Union

6,835748

Upson

6,705735

Walker

13,231696

Walton

23,524874

Ware

15,755685

Warren

1,554815

Washington

6,430742

Wayne

8,059782

Webster

491815

Wheeler

1,099675

White

8,993641

Whitfield

57,194873

Wilcox

1,119584

Wilkes

2,850700

Wilkinson

3,579824

Worth

3,184715

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

United States (2)

148,061.81.5$1,144--3.2--

Alabama

1,986.61.6957363.133

Alaska

308.30.41,103164.97

Arizona

2,921.13.01,017244.111

Arkansas

1,227.00.8869502.443

California

17,556.71.71,39243.326

Colorado

2,713.72.21,180104.111

Connecticut

1,697.90.51,33451.349

Delaware

451.21.11,107152.443

District of Columbia

775.10.61,94317.32

Florida

8,902.72.11,006273.133

Georgia

4,499.81.81,053212.443

Hawaii

669.30.61,016253.326

Idaho

734.43.2890473.620

Illinois

6,026.00.31,18993.326

Indiana

3,086.20.9941382.837

Iowa

1,558.40.5966353.035

Kansas

1,402.20.8927413.718

Kentucky

1,914.00.3924423.230

Louisiana

1,934.10.7968343.815

Maine

618.41.3906442.541

Maryland

2,702.50.81,22881.748

Massachusetts

3,620.31.01,45723.326

Michigan

4,366.51.01,077191.349

Minnesota

2,902.30.91,140143.620

Mississippi

1,144.30.2793512.541

Missouri

2,821.30.5980313.620

Montana

468.81.6888485.25

Nebraska

983.00.2930403.230

Nevada

1,397.43.31,006275.34

New Hampshire

666.00.71,158122.346

New Jersey

4,125.60.81,29862.738

New Mexico

830.21.5905454.69

New York

9,613.21.51,44531.051

North Carolina

4,458.91.61,013265.16

North Dakota

422.31.51,057204.78

Ohio

5,442.90.51,006273.424

Oklahoma

1,632.31.5932394.111

Oregon

1,935.81.71,052223.718

Pennsylvania

5,932.51.01,103162.639

Rhode Island

487.20.81,085182.639

South Carolina

2,119.62.8893461.947

South Dakota

428.41.2885493.424

Tennessee

3,039.81.81,030233.035

Texas

12,531.72.51,148133.523

Utah

1,511.53.2972333.815

Vermont

314.2-0.4954373.230

Virginia

3,927.21.11,164113.815

Washington

3,384.22.41,29276.33

West Virginia

704.21.5917438.31

Wisconsin

2,892.30.6989304.014

Wyoming

272.11.8978324.410

Puerto Rico

896.40.8576(3)0.9(3)

Virgin Islands

34.50.5925(3)2.3(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, July 02, 2019