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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Louisville/Jefferson County – May 2017

Workers in the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.68 in May 2017, about 11 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 15 of the 22 major occupational groups, including legal; computer and mathematical; and business and financial operations. 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 3 of the 22 occupational groups: production; transportation and material moving; and installation, maintenance, and repair. Conversely, 15 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including education, training, and library; sales and related; and computer and mathematical. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2017
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Louisville/Jefferson County United States Louisville/Jefferson County Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $24.34 $21.68* -11

Management

5.1 4.8* 57.65 49.19* -15

Business and financial operations

5.2 4.7* 36.70 30.77* -16

Computer and mathematical

3.0 2.4* 43.18 35.16* -19

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.5 41.44 34.97* -16

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.3* 35.76 32.17* -10

Community and social service

1.5 1.2* 23.10 21.49* -7

Legal

0.8 0.6* 51.62 39.36* -24

Education, training, and library

6.1 4.0* 26.67 25.07 -6

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.1* 28.34 22.82* -19

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0 6.4 38.83 35.82* -8

Healthcare support

2.9 2.5* 15.05 15.04 0

Protective service

2.4 1.8* 22.69 16.96* -25

Food preparation and serving related

9.3 9.3 11.88 10.59* -11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1 2.6* 13.91 13.07* -6

Personal care and service

3.6 3.1* 13.11 12.78 -3

Sales and related

10.2 9.4* 19.56 18.57* -5

Office and administrative support

15.4 16.2 18.24 16.69* -8

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.87 15.79* 14

Construction and extraction

4.0 3.5* 24.01 22.35* -7

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.3* 23.02 22.77 -1

Production

6.3 9.8* 18.30 17.97 -2

Transportation and material moving

7.0 10.3* 17.82 19.29 8

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* 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—transportation and material moving—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Louisville/Jefferson County had 66,380 jobs in transportation and material moving occupations, accounting for 10.3 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 7.0-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $19.29, compared to the national wage of $17.82.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the transportation and material moving group included hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers (21,570), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (8,580), and industrial truck and tractor operators (5,450). Among the higher paying jobs in this group were transportation inspectors and captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels, with mean hourly wages of $42.44 and $39.84, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were parking lot attendants ($9.88) and taxi drivers and chauffeurs ($10.66). (Detailed data for transportation and material moving occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_31140.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 Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the transportation and material moving group. For instance, sailors and marine oilers were employed at 5.7 times the national rate in Louisville/Jefferson County, and machine feeders and offbearers, at 2.9 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, school or special client bus drivers had a location quotient of 1.1 in Louisville/Jefferson County, 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 Kentucky Department for Workforce Investment.

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 Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,951 establishments with a response rate of 74 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 Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties in Kentucky; Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties in Indiana.

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, Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2017
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Transportation and material moving occupations

66,380 1.5 $19.29 $40,120

First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors

2,950 1.6 24.00 49,920

Commercial pilots

120 0.7 (5) 79,890

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

710 0.9 17.90 37,240

Bus drivers, school or special client

2,450 1.1 18.39 38,250

Driver/sales workers

2,150 1.1 12.70 26,420

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

8,580 1.1 22.76 47,350

Light truck or delivery services drivers

5,200 1.3 18.46 38,390

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

980 1.1 10.66 22,180

Motor vehicle operators, all other

160 0.6 22.52 46,840

Sailors and marine oilers

790 5.7 (6) (6)

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

350 2.1 39.84 82,860

Ship engineers

200 5.5 (6) (6)

Parking lot attendants

220 0.3 9.88 20,540

Automotive and watercraft service attendants

350 0.7 11.78 24,500

Transportation inspectors

100 0.8 42.44 88,280

Transportation workers, all other

330 1.9 12.73 26,470

Conveyor operators and tenders

200 1.6 17.98 37,390

Crane and tower operators

170 0.9 18.52 38,530

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

110 0.5 21.51 44,740

Hoist and winch operators

(6) (6) 15.14 31,490

Industrial truck and tractor operators

5,450 2.1 15.50 32,240

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

1,430 0.9 11.00 22,870

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

21,570 1.8 14.28 29,700

Machine feeders and offbearers

980 2.9 14.27 29,680

Packers and packagers, hand

(6) (6) 12.12 25,200

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

430 0.8 14.60 30,370

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

230 5.0 16.95 35,260

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_31140.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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.
(6) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2018