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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
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands) Percent change, June 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

147,431.2 1.5 -- $1,055 -- 3.4 --

Mississippi

1,130.7 0.2 -- 752 51 2.7 38

Harrison, Miss.

86.4 -0.5 335 734 342 2.2 253

Hinds, Miss.

120.5 -0.5 335 865 274 2.1 261

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
Area Employment June 2018 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

147,431,154 $1,055

Mississippi

1,130,719 752

Adams

10,759 668

Alcorn

14,054 675

Amite

1,720 693

Attala

4,583 613

Benton

945 685

Bolivar

10,992 687

Calhoun

3,296 558

Carroll

1,168 595

Chickasaw

5,493 646

Choctaw

2,264 772

Claiborne

3,463 1,201

Clarke

2,936 639

Clay

5,361 707

Coahoma

7,650 648

Copiah

7,031 636

Covington

5,670 661

De Soto

60,759 672

Forrest

39,893 750

Franklin

1,535 751

George

4,987 636

Greene

1,961 609

Grenada

10,599 667

Hancock

13,401 939

Harrison

86,446 734

Hinds

120,538 865

Holmes

3,449 646

Humphreys

2,234 555

Issaquena

212 460

Itawamba

6,107 693

Jackson

49,050 956

Jasper

4,070 741

Jefferson

1,016 631

Jefferson Davis

1,559 631

Jones

27,143 733

Kemper

2,060 988

Lafayette

23,872 716

Lamar

18,949 615

Lauderdale

32,980 683

Lawrence

2,413 792

Leake

4,992 580

Lee

54,419 740

Leflore

14,555 647

Lincoln

12,271 704

Lowndes

25,039 786

Madison

54,795 844

Marion

7,852 688

Marshall

7,138 758

Monroe

9,599 769

Montgomery

2,349 594

Neshoba

12,077 642

Newton

5,495 636

Noxubee

2,519 611

Oktibbeha

20,331 704

Panola

10,472 681

Pearl River

10,309 642

Perry

2,147 776

Pike

14,849 615

Pontotoc

12,378 676

Prentiss

7,410 629

Quitman

938 627

Rankin

62,943 764

Scott

14,049 640

Sharkey

1,211 537

Simpson

7,086 528

Smith

2,760 732

Stone

4,344 652

Sunflower

8,366 604

Tallahatchie

2,785 631

Tate

5,548 644

Tippah

6,573 643

Tishomingo

6,341 631

Tunica

8,100 627

Union

11,105 829

Walthall

2,434 560

Warren

19,634 833

Washington

16,830 638

Wayne

4,979 690

Webster

2,001 653

Wilkinson

1,652 587

Winston

5,122 700

Yalobusha

2,891 697

Yazoo

6,398 734

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

State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands) Percent change, June 2017-18 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

147,431.2 1.5 $1,055 -- 3.4 --

Alabama

1,969.9 1.2 882 37 2.8 35

Alaska

335.8 -0.9 1,043 15 3.7 9

Arizona

2,770.8 2.6 973 23 3.3 19

Arkansas

1,214.6 0.7 824 47 1.7 47

California

17,473.1 1.9 1,265 4 4.6 3

Colorado

2,704.4 2.4 1,075 10 3.2 27

Connecticut

1,704.5 0.3 1,218 5 0.1 50

Delaware

454.3 1.3 1,023 17 1.4 49

District of Columbia

777.3 1.3 1,713 1 2.6 39

Florida

8,568.9 2.1 931 28 2.9 32

Georgia

4,440.5 2.0 979 22 2.3 43

Hawaii

658.3 0.5 956 24 2.5 41

Idaho

745.3 3.1 794 50 3.8 8

Illinois

6,061.1 0.8 1,097 9 3.4 14

Indiana

3,075.8 1.1 883 36 2.8 35

Iowa

1,583.7 0.8 880 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,393.3 1.0 879 40 3.4 14

Kentucky

1,905.9 0.9 882 37 2.3 43

Louisiana

1,918.6 0.4 901 33 3.7 9

Maine

636.8 1.0 843 45 3.6 11

Maryland

2,712.0 0.7 1,141 8 3.4 14

Massachusetts

3,650.1 1.0 1,322 2 3.5 12

Michigan

4,424.7 1.3 997 20 2.9 32

Minnesota

2,925.6 0.8 1,072 12 3.3 19

Mississippi

1,130.7 0.2 752 51 2.7 38

Missouri

2,829.0 0.5 924 30 3.9 7

Montana

478.7 1.1 817 48 2.5 41

Nebraska

990.8 0.6 859 43 3.1 29

Nevada

1,372.4 3.1 931 28 3.3 19

New Hampshire

670.8 0.8 1,049 14 3.3 19

New Jersey

4,157.0 0.9 1,201 7 2.3 43

New Mexico

823.6 1.0 852 44 3.5 12

New York

9,579.2 1.7 1,297 3 4.5 4

North Carolina

4,450.2 2.2 933 25 3.3 19

North Dakota

426.1 0.8 986 21 3.4 14

Ohio

5,461.3 0.7 933 25 2.3 43

Oklahoma

1,606.4 1.2 875 41 3.2 27

Oregon

1,947.3 1.5 999 18 3.3 19

Pennsylvania

5,924.9 1.1 1,031 16 3.1 29

Rhode Island

491.0 0.7 998 19 1.7 47

South Carolina

2,126.5 3.4 833 46 0.0 51

South Dakota

439.7 0.9 807 49 2.8 35

Tennessee

2,994.1 1.6 932 27 2.9 32

Texas

12,326.3 2.2 1,062 13 3.4 14

Utah

1,483.9 3.4 899 35 4.3 5

Vermont

312.4 -0.8 907 31 4.3 5

Virginia

3,941.0 1.3 1,073 11 2.6 39

Washington

3,444.1 2.7 1,218 5 6.9 1

West Virginia

702.9 1.6 868 42 4.8 2

Wisconsin

2,933.5 0.9 904 32 3.3 19

Wyoming

282.2 0.5 901 33 3.0 31

Puerto Rico

853.5 -2.3 543 (3) 5.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -14.4 838 (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