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21-1994-DAL
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in Oklahoma – Second Quarter 2021

Employment rose in the three largest counties in Oklahoma from June 2020 to June 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that Cleveland County had the largest over-the-year increases in employment (+5.7 percent). (See chart 1 and table 1.)


National employment increased 6.7 percent over the year, with 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 36.8 percent. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 0.9 percent.

Among the three largest counties in Oklahoma, employment was highest in Oklahoma County (451,100) in June 2021. Within Oklahoma County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the three largest Oklahoma counties accounted for 56.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 74 counties in Oklahoma with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in all 74 smaller counties were below the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Two of the three large Oklahoma counties reported average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) However, all three counties had rates of wage change that were less than the national rate of 4.5 percent. Weekly wages increased in Oklahoma County (+2.6 percent) and Tulsa County (+1.7 percent), while Cleveland County’s average weekly wage declined (-1.8 percent).


Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 302 had over-the-year wage increases. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+29.7 percent). Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in the three large counties in Oklahoma were all below the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. Average weekly wages in Oklahoma County ($1,085) and Tulsa County ($1,035) ranked 187th and 228th, respectively, in the middle third of the large county national rankings. The average weekly wage in Cleveland County ($854) ranked 335th out of the 343 largest U.S. counties.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 90 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2021. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,516. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 253 counties. At $728 a week, Hidalgo, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Oklahoma's smaller counties

All 74 smaller counties in Oklahoma reported average weekly wages below the national average. Among these smaller counties, Washington posted the highest weekly wage, $1,004, followed by Dewey ($995). Sequoyah County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $628 per week, followed by Jefferson County and McIntosh County at $639 and $642 per week, respectively.

When all 77 counties in Oklahoma were considered, 10 reported average weekly wages of less than $700, 24 registered wages from $700 to $799, 32 had wages from $800 to $899, and 11 had average weekly wages of $900 or higher. (See chart 3.) Over half of the higher-paying counties were located in and around the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas. The lower-paying counties, those with weekly wages under $700, were located in the southern and eastern portions of the state

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 2019 edition of this publication was published in September 2020. Tables and additional content from the 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2019/home.htm. The 2020 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2021.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.


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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the three largest counties in Oklahoma, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 -- $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Oklahoma

114.6 1,568.7 3.1 -- 963 46 2.4 33

Cleveland

6.3 86.3 5.7 174 854 335 -1.8 330

Oklahoma

29.0 451.1 3.1 313 1,085 187 2.6 201

Tulsa

23.1 349.6 3.1 313 1,035 228 1.7 248

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from 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 establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in Oklahoma, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment June 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

10,863,217 144,044,799 $1,241

Oklahoma

114,583 1,568,683 963

Adair

312 4,513 739

Alfalfa

143 1,247 897

Atoka

307 3,173 676

Beaver

168 1,321 841

Beckham

788 8,248 879

Blaine

311 2,939 832

Bryan

1,059 18,750 855

Caddo

611 7,196 859

Canadian

3,354 33,436 882

Carter

1,719 22,532 887

Cherokee

811 16,218 770

Choctaw

371 4,355 725

Cimarron

95 785 655

Cleveland

6,296 86,323 854

Coal

118 1,044 738

Comanche

2,423 40,105 828

Cotton

105 1,589 666

Craig

428 4,872 824

Creek

1,557 18,626 901

Custer

1,001 12,140 817

Delaware

840 9,375 702

Dewey

195 1,532 995

Ellis

133 1,101 783

Garfield

1,699 23,367 874

Garvin

803 9,642 945

Grady

1,199 11,628 852

Grant

161 1,346 936

Greer

106 881 680

Harmon

69 632 741

Harper

143 982 708

Haskell

250 3,182 670

Hughes

270 2,701 693

Jackson

638 9,355 910

Jefferson

143 1,027 639

Johnston

232 2,585 782

Kay

1,186 17,169 878

Kingfisher

578 6,276 922

Kiowa

237 1,849 705

Latimer

213 2,225 780

LeFlore

959 11,333 816

Lincoln

683 6,747 845

Logan

778 7,656 761

Love

234 5,541 752

McClain

1,116 9,726 794

McCurtain

761 12,241 777

McIntosh

394 4,150 642

Major

252 2,017 778

Marshall

284 4,451 853

Mayes

933 12,372 952

Murray

363 5,292 741

Muskogee

1,536 28,812 881

Noble

256 4,533 882

Nowata

182 1,840 848

Okfuskee

217 2,308 683

Oklahoma

28,956 451,071 1,085

Okmulgee

754 9,052 799

Osage

551 6,206 803

Ottawa

730 12,214 757

Pawnee

301 3,260 779

Payne

2,075 31,278 869

Pittsburg

1,031 14,664 864

Pontotoc

1,149 18,538 870

Pottawatomie

1,406 21,756 791

Pushmataha

268 2,553 803

Roger Mills

107 861 863

Rogers

1,974 25,469 909

Seminole

508 6,635 800

Sequoyah

713 9,343 628

Stephens

1,130 14,144 880

Texas

576 9,308 785

Tillman

178 1,472 741

Tulsa

23,107 349,590 1,035

Wagoner

805 9,606 865

Washington

1,304 18,754 1,004

Washita

269 1,786 769

Woods

310 3,285 804

Woodward

813 8,109 899

(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: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Table 3. Covered establishments, employment, and wages by state, second quarter 2021
State Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (2)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Alabama

137.8 1,952.0 4.4 1,010 35 4.8 15

Alaska

23.7 315.5 6.7 1,181 17 -1.2 51

Arizona

180.2 2,857.8 5.3 1,154 20 5.9 6

Arkansas

96.1 1,205.3 4.4 974 45 5.2 12

California

1,662.9 16,992.1 7.0 1,579 3 7.5 5

Colorado

228.9 2,723.9 7.1 1,283 10 4.4 19

Connecticut

130.1 1,604.1 7.9 1,411 6 0.6 47

Delaware

35.1 440.1 5.1 1,165 19 1.7 41

District of Columbia

44.0 724.6 3.3 2,096 1 5.4 8

Florida

782.5 8,654.0 6.7 1,113 24 7.7 3

Georgia

337.0 4,453.5 6.5 1,139 22 5.9 6

Hawaii

48.7 590.5 12.7 1,117 23 0.7 46

Idaho

76.4 801.8 7.3 930 50 5.3 10

Illinois

394.6 5,743.5 6.5 1,260 11 3.5 25

Indiana

178.2 3,011.8 5.2 1,013 34 5.4 8

Iowa

106.1 1,528.0 4.8 999 38 2.1 38

Kansas

90.5 1,356.0 4.0 995 41 2.7 30

Kentucky

132.4 1,851.2 5.6 999 38 2.9 28

Louisiana

142.7 1,806.6 5.4 1,005 36 2.0 39

Maine

57.0 623.0 8.7 1,005 36 2.4 33

Maryland

175.6 2,599.7 6.8 1,319 9 1.0 44

Massachusetts

277.4 3,497.0 10.1 1,591 2 1.1 43

Michigan

270.2 4,175.6 8.4 1,143 21 2.5 32

Minnesota

192.8 2,814.5 6.4 1,240 13 3.3 26

Mississippi

75.7 1,107.1 4.1 843 51 3.8 22

Missouri

221.6 2,759.3 5.3 1,052 32 3.6 23

Montana

55.1 490.7 7.0 959 47 4.5 18

Nebraska

74.4 976.6 4.8 997 40 3.9 21

Nevada

93.9 1,353.9 14.0 1,106 25 5.3 10

New Hampshire

58.5 657.4 8.7 1,345 8 10.6 1

New Jersey

300.4 3,993.8 12.0 1,387 7 0.8 45

New Mexico

63.0 790.6 4.3 987 42 2.9 28

New York

667.9 8,885.4 9.2 1,540 5 1.3 42

North Carolina

311.1 4,511.3 7.2 1,092 27 5.1 14

North Dakota

32.6 407.4 4.3 1,067 29 0.6 47

Ohio

312.4 5,266.7 4.3 1,068 28 3.6 23

Oklahoma

114.6 1,568.7 3.1 963 46 2.4 33

Oregon

169.2 1,899.6 5.6 1,196 15 4.8 15

Pennsylvania

370.9 5,674.7 6.9 1,193 16 2.0 39

Rhode Island

42.1 472.2 10.0 1,168 18 -0.3 50

South Carolina

150.1 2,091.9 4.9 977 44 5.2 12

South Dakota

36.3 442.3 6.4 936 49 2.6 31

Tennessee

182.3 3,012.4 5.9 1,094 26 7.6 4

Texas

758.0 12,466.7 5.7 1,210 14 4.7 17

Utah

119.9 1,586.0 7.6 1,060 30 4.2 20

Vermont

27.8 292.4 7.5 1,053 31 -0.2 49

Virginia

293.6 3,854.3 6.1 1,257 12 3.2 27

Washington

263.6 3,376.7 5.7 1,547 4 8.3 2

West Virginia

52.7 663.8 4.8 955 48 2.2 37

Wisconsin

186.5 2,845.7 5.7 1,037 33 2.3 35

Wyoming

28.2 275.1 5.6 987 42 2.3 35

Puerto Rico

47.6 867.2 8.6 567 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.5 35.7 0.0 923 (3) -8.4 (3)

(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, December 14, 2021