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Thursday, December 19, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi – Second Quarter 2019

Employment in Harrison County rose 0.9 percent from June 2018 to June 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Harrison County is one of the two large counties in Mississippi. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment decreased 0.2 percent over the year in Hinds County, the state’s other large county. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment rose 1.1 percent from June 2018 to June 2019 as 279 of the 355 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Adams, CO, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment, with a gain of 5.3 percent. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 6.4 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two large counties, employment was higher in Hinds (120,000) in June 2019. Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.4 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 149.1 million in June 2019.

Both of Mississippi’s large counties had over-the-year wage increases in the second quarter of 2019, with the larger percentage gain in Hinds County (2.0 percent). (See table 1.) Hinds County also had the higher average weekly wage at $879. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,095, a 3.8 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 2018 annual average employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,073 to $473. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Hinds and Harrison Counties’ average weekly wages rose 2.0 percent and 1.9 percent, respectively, from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. Hinds (303rd) and Harrison (316th) were in the bottom third of the national ranking for large county wage growth. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 347 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2019. Benton, AR, had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 16.3 percent, followed by San Francisco, CA (15.5 percent), and Bay, FL (9.2 percent).

Of the 355 largest U.S. counties, 8 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, IL, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-5.8 percent), followed by Shawnee, KS (-2.9 percent), and Lake, IL (-2.5 percent).  

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in Hinds County ($879) and Harrison County ($747) were below the U.S. average of $1,095 and placed in the bottom quarter of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2019. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages were at or higher than the U.S. average in 95 of the 355 largest counties. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,612, followed by San Francisco CA ($2,430), and San Mateo, CA ($2,373).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 260 had average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2019. Horry, SC ($649) had the lowest weekly wage, followed by Hidalgo, TX ($657), and Cameron TX ($659).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Among the 80 counties in Mississippi—those with 2018 annual employment levels below 75,000—Claiborne ($1,073) had the highest average weekly wage in the state. Issaquena County had the lowest average weekly wage in the state, averaging $473 in the second quarter of 2019. (See table 2.)

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 8 had average weekly wages below $599, 40 had wages from $600 to $699, 24 had wages from $700 to $799, and 10 had wages above $800. (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 2018 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2019, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2019 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

 


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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2019
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands)Percent change, June 2018-19 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2018-19 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

149,089.21.1--$1,095--3.8--

Mississippi

1,135.90.4--767512.051

Harrison, Miss.

87.80.91747473511.9316

Hinds, Miss.

120.0-0.22988792912.0303

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 2019
AreaEmployment June 2019Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

149,089,158$1,095

Mississippi

1,135,850767

Adams

10,747669

Alcorn

14,245684

Amite

1,877723

Attala

4,614639

Benton

927681

Bolivar

10,863704

Calhoun

3,262587

Carroll

1,162621

Chickasaw

5,233668

Choctaw

2,302778

Claiborne

3,4071,073

Clarke

2,909636

Clay

5,327728

Coahoma

7,614670

Copiah

6,840646

Covington

5,605689

De Soto

62,197690

Forrest

40,080766

Franklin

1,581785

George

4,908653

Greene

1,951636

Grenada

10,849663

Hancock

13,674962

Harrison

87,769747

Hinds

119,981879

Holmes

3,337642

Humphreys

2,255549

Issaquena

185473

Itawamba

5,857693

Jackson

48,879948

Jasper

4,129780

Jefferson

964653

Jefferson Davis

1,576679

Jones

27,935744

Kemper

1,838936

Lafayette

23,952726

Lamar

19,172628

Lauderdale

32,595724

Lawrence

2,396791

Leake

5,280603

Lee

54,801767

Leflore

14,746655

Lincoln

12,196727

Lowndes

25,128802

Madison

55,755839

Marion

7,884703

Marshall

7,497779

Monroe

9,794782

Montgomery

2,289571

Neshoba

12,301673

Newton

5,619669

Noxubee

2,495630

Oktibbeha

20,536717

Panola

10,162711

Pearl River

10,663643

Perry

2,310821

Pike

14,871634

Pontotoc

12,601671

Prentiss

7,534650

Quitman

944580

Rankin

64,177785

Scott

13,407681

Sharkey

1,145560

Simpson

7,323542

Smith

2,731742

Stone

4,519688

Sunflower

8,176622

Tallahatchie

2,822667

Tate

5,452673

Tippah

6,462658

Tishomingo

6,520653

Tunica

7,511616

Union

11,426897

Walthall

2,308579

Warren

19,527839

Washington

16,375652

Wayne

4,997682

Webster

1,996670

Wilkinson

1,651606

Winston

5,113723

Yalobusha

2,692737

Yazoo

6,243748

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 2019
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands)Percent change, June 2018-19Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2018-19National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

149,089.21.1$1,095--3.8--

Alabama

1,993.71.1911363.428

Alaska

338.90.71,078153.626

Arizona

2,843.32.61,010233.816

Arkansas

1,222.50.6862474.64

California

17,717.41.51,32544.73

Colorado

2,765.72.21,12894.92

Connecticut

1,690.8-0.81,26663.911

Delaware

458.00.81,057173.428

District of Columbia

780.40.51,77813.816

Florida

8,722.91.8968263.911

Georgia

4,507.11.71,016223.911

Hawaii

652.2-1.2992243.722

Idaho

765.12.6820503.333

Illinois

6,074.70.31,122102.447

Indiana

3,089.80.5910383.139

Iowa

1,584.70.1902402.545

Kansas

1,403.00.6905392.842

Kentucky

1,909.70.3911363.333

Louisiana

1,920.2-0.2923352.447

Maine

639.60.4874453.722

Maryland

2,733.60.71,17883.333

Massachusetts

3,690.10.91,37724.35

Michigan

4,419.70.11,018212.447

Minnesota

2,952.60.81,101132.644

Mississippi

1,135.90.4767512.051

Missouri

2,836.70.3948302.545

Montana

483.11.0843483.333

Nebraska

991.50.1889423.527

Nevada

1,408.82.6961293.238

New Hampshire

676.10.81,090144.010

New Jersey

4,182.50.71,23673.041

New Mexico

834.01.0888444.35

New York

9,682.81.01,34733.911

North Carolina

4,527.32.0970253.911

North Dakota

431.81.31,026204.17

Ohio

5,486.70.4965273.428

Oklahoma

1,618.50.5900413.139

Oregon

1,976.51.31,036183.816

Pennsylvania

5,972.10.81,070163.816

Rhode Island

494.50.71,034193.428

South Carolina

2,144.21.3867463.722

South Dakota

441.80.4838493.816

Tennessee

3,047.81.8964283.333

Texas

12,585.62.01,102123.816

Utah

1,526.13.0936324.17

Vermont

314.00.0929342.743

Virginia

3,981.61.01,113113.722

Washington

3,500.61.81,28855.91

West Virginia

700.4-0.6889422.447

Wisconsin

2,945.30.3940314.17

Wyoming

287.61.7932333.428

Puerto Rico

867.71.5531(3)-1.8(3)

Virgin Islands

37.010.0919(3)8.8(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 19, 2019