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Thursday, October 05, 2017

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County Employment And Wages In Kentucky – First Quarter 2017

Kentucky’s three large counties had employment gains from March 2016 to March 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2016 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the employment gains in Boone County and Fayette County, at 2.5 and 2.0 percent, respectively, were above the national average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2016 to March 2017 as 299 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. York, S.C., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.8 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties, with a loss of 2.7 percent.

Among the three large counties in Kentucky, employment was highest in Jefferson County (460,100) in March 2017, while Boone County had the smallest employment (85,000). Together, Kentucky’s large counties accounted for 39.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.3 million in March 2017.

Each of Kentucky’s three large counties had an over-the-year wage increase in the first quarter of 2017, with the highest gain in Jefferson County (8.2 percent). Jefferson County also had the largest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $1,096. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 6.6 percent over the year to $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,349 to $510. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in all of Kentucky’s large counties from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. At 8.2 percent, Jefferson County’s wage gain ranked 54th among the nation’s 346 large counties. Boone County’s 6.9-percent increase ranked 135th and Fayette County’s 5.3-percent increase ranked 249th. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 345 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 27.8 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Peoria, Ill., had the only percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-1.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s three large counties were below the U.S. average of $1,111. The average weekly wage in Jefferson County ($1,096, 105th) placed in the top third of the national ranking. Average weekly wages in Boone ($914, 219th) and Fayette ($901, 234th) placed in the bottom half of the national ranking.

Nationwide, 94 large counties had average weekly wages equal to or above the U.S. average of $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. New York, N.Y., had the highest average weekly wage at $2,954, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,450. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,385); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,264); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,026).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 252 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2017. Cameron, Texas ($614), had the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Horry, S.C. ($628); Hidalgo, Texas ($642); Webb, Texas ($675); and Lake, Fla. ($681).

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s smaller counties

Among the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment below 75,000, Hancock ($1,349) and Carroll ($1,148) were the only two with an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,111. Robertson County had the lowest wage in the state, averaging $510 in the first quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 120 counties in Kentucky were considered, 20 reported average weekly wages below $600, 49 had average weekly wages from $600 to $699, 26 had wages from $700 to $799, 12 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 the 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages 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 second quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.


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 9.9 million employer reports cover 142.3 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. 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 3 largest counties in Kentucky, first quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,309.2 1.6 -- $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Kentucky

1,864.1 1.1 -- 879 41 6.9 18

Boone, Ky.

85.0 2.5 85 914 219 6.9 135

Fayette, Ky.

192.0 2.0 127 901 234 5.3 249

Jefferson, Ky.

460.1 1.5 176 1,096 105 8.2 54

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 Kentucky, first quarter 2017
Area Employment March 2017 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185 $1,111

Kentucky

1,864,126 879

Adair

4,485 581

Allen

4,507 631

Anderson

4,754 693

Ballard

1,609 940

Barren

17,012 661

Bath

1,858 711

Bell

8,429 640

Boone

85,017 914

Bourbon

6,520 759

Boyd

24,481 846

Boyle

13,987 737

Bracken

1,376 677

Breathitt

3,178 631

Breckinridge

3,472 623

Bullitt

24,113 691

Butler

3,151 644

Caldwell

4,127 638

Calloway

16,339 650

Campbell

29,789 875

Carlisle

1,023 558

Carroll

6,433 1,148

Carter

5,623 612

Casey

3,935 582

Christian

30,812 783

Clark

14,894 762

Clay

4,190 681

Clinton

3,723 560

Crittenden

2,109 587

Cumberland

1,660 643

Daviess

46,416 790

Edmonson

1,527 628

Elliott

975 595

Estill

2,432 654

Fayette

191,963 901

Fleming

2,979 633

Floyd

10,741 751

Franklin

30,556 818

Fulton

2,020 659

Gallatin

2,394 957

Garrard

2,190 649

Grant

4,978 766

Graves

11,129 686

Grayson

7,798 657

Green

1,722 608

Greenup

7,929 721

Hancock

4,062 1,349

Hardin

47,562 803

Harlan

5,878 663

Harrison

4,939 798

Hart

5,262 653

Henderson

19,460 818

Henry

2,684 697

Hickman

946 574

Hopkins

17,759 792

Jackson

1,584 605

Jefferson

460,094 1,096

Jessamine

17,080 738

Johnson

5,187 627

Kenton

64,598 1,012

Knott

2,268 588

Knox

7,721 610

Larue

2,584 629

Laurel

27,324 669

Lawrence

3,144 669

Lee

1,528 661

Leslie

1,670 688

Letcher

4,347 649

Lewis

1,912 614

Lincoln

4,210 595

Livingston

2,463 798

Logan

8,491 777

Lyon

2,363 591

McCracken

39,329 805

McCreary

2,732 649

McLean

2,136 678

Madison

33,406 757

Magoffin

1,613 575

Marion

8,455 754

Marshall

11,621 961

Martin

2,577 845

Mason

8,507 759

Meade

4,162 714

Menifee

896 582

Mercer

6,319 909

Metcalfe

1,894 627

Monroe

3,201 587

Montgomery

10,617 763

Morgan

2,878 660

Muhlenberg

9,019 833

Nelson

15,529 751

Nicholas

826 584

Ohio

7,477 650

Oldham

15,608 813

Owen

1,639 773

Owsley

648 516

Pendleton

2,337 730

Perry

11,437 719

Pike

20,793 799

Powell

2,582 592

Pulaski

24,562 652

Robertson

318 510

Rockcastle

3,723 627

Rowan

10,435 628

Russell

5,674 579

Scott

26,001 998

Shelby

16,172 766

Simpson

8,896 735

Spencer

1,866 697

Taylor

12,070 621

Todd

2,277 587

Trigg

3,004 619

Trimble

1,042 987

Union

4,932 823

Warren

63,836 812

Washington

3,390 683

Wayne

5,428 610

Webster

3,038 966

Whitley

11,454 688

Wolfe

1,218 539

Woodford

9,073 801

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, first quarter 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2017 (thousands) Percent change, March 2016-17 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2016-17 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,309.2 1.6 $1,111 -- 6.6 --

Alabama

1,928.9 1.4 893 36 6.2 35

Alaska

312.8 -1.8 1,061 18 3.9 50

Arizona

2,743.0 2.4 991 21 8.1 4

Arkansas

1,199.9 0.7 859 45 8.5 3

California

16,831.4 2.3 1,295 6 7.6 7

Colorado

2,573.2 2.3 1,136 12 7.5 10

Connecticut

1,651.5 0.1 1,417 4 4.0 49

Delaware

433.2 0.8 1,185 9 10.7 1

District of Columbia

760.7 1.2 1,885 1 7.0 16

Florida

8,532.6 2.8 949 27 7.2 13

Georgia

4,317.1 2.7 1,068 17 6.1 37

Hawaii

653.6 0.9 954 25 6.8 22

Idaho

690.4 3.0 775 50 7.0 16

Illinois

5,842.0 0.5 1,195 8 6.3 34

Indiana

2,985.8 1.2 918 32 7.6 7

Iowa

1,518.3 0.0 899 35 6.5 30

Kansas

1,368.0 0.4 888 38 6.7 25

Kentucky

1,864.1 1.1 879 41 6.9 18

Louisiana

1,901.3 -0.5 906 33 5.5 43

Maine

586.7 1.0 860 44 7.2 13

Maryland

2,626.0 1.2 1,171 10 5.8 42

Massachusetts

3,464.0 1.1 1,428 3 7.7 6

Michigan

4,230.6 1.7 1,041 20 6.8 22

Minnesota

2,806.4 2.1 1,149 11 7.9 5

Mississippi

1,122.9 0.1 750 51 5.3 46

Missouri

2,767.0 1.4 930 31 5.9 38

Montana

451.5 1.4 800 49 6.5 30

Nebraska

960.7 0.4 868 42 6.4 33

Nevada

1,311.6 3.8 932 30 6.9 18

New Hampshire

643.2 1.2 1,070 16 7.3 11

New Jersey

3,955.1 1.5 1,333 5 5.0 47

New Mexico

803.3 0.2 838 46 5.9 38

New York

9,159.3 1.3 1,541 2 5.9 38

North Carolina

4,287.0 1.8 991 21 6.9 18

North Dakota

405.7 -1.0 953 26 5.0 47

Ohio

5,278.3 0.8 976 24 6.7 25

Oklahoma

1,563.9 -1.0 883 39 5.9 38

Oregon

1,855.0 2.5 984 23 5.4 45

Pennsylvania

5,712.3 0.8 1,078 15 6.5 30

Rhode Island

465.4 0.3 1,055 19 7.2 13

South Carolina

2,017.9 2.2 864 43 7.3 11

South Dakota

413.4 0.7 819 48 6.2 35

Tennessee

2,906.2 1.8 945 28 6.7 25

Texas

11,924.5 1.7 1,124 14 5.5 43

Utah

1,411.3 3.1 905 34 6.6 29

Vermont

305.6 0.2 889 37 6.7 25

Virginia

3,796.3 1.4 1,129 13 6.9 18

Washington

3,225.9 2.6 1,215 7 8.6 2

West Virginia

678.2 -0.8 837 47 7.6 7

Wisconsin

2,803.7 1.1 933 29 6.8 22

Wyoming

262.4 -2.3 880 40 3.3 51

Puerto Rico

887.7 -0.9 526 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.7 0.0 797 (3) 3.1 (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, October 05, 2017