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20-2212-DAL
Wednesday, December 09, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Oklahoma – Second Quarter 2020

Employment fell in the three largest counties in Oklahoma from June 2019 to June 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2019.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that Tulsa County had the largest over-the-year decrease (-6.9 percent). (See chart 1 and table 1.)

National employment decreased 9.4 percent over the year, with all of the 357 largest U.S. counties reporting declines. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 34.2 percent. Cleveland, OK, and Utah, UT, had the smallest over-the-year percentage decreases in employment, each with a loss of 0.2 percent.

Among the three largest counties in Oklahoma, employment was highest in Oklahoma County (438,200) in June 2020. The counties of Tulsa and Cleveland had employment levels of 338,100 and 80,900, respectively. Together, the three largest Oklahoma counties accounted for 56.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 357 largest counties made up 72.9 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 of these smaller counties were below the national average in the second quarter 2020. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All three large Oklahoma counties reported average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020. (See chart 2.) However, the rates of wage gain in all large Oklahoma counties were below the national rate of 8.6 percent. Cleveland County had the largest gain (+7.5 percent).

Among the 357 largest counties in the United States, 352 had over-the-year wage increases. The increases in average weekly wages largely reflect substantial employment loss among lower-paid industries. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest percentage wage increase (+22.5 percent). Five large counties had wage declines during the period. Ector, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-6.6 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in the state’s three large counties were all below the national average of $1,188 in the second quarter of 2020. Average weekly wages in Oklahoma County ($1,059) and Tulsa County ($1,017) ranked 190th and 216th, respectively, in the middle third of the large county national rankings. The average weekly wage in Cleveland County ($865) ranked 338th, near the bottom of the 357 largest U.S. counties.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 101 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2020. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,045. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in 256 counties. At $698 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Oklahoma's smaller counties

All 74 smaller counties in Oklahoma – those with employment below 75,000 – reported average weekly wages below the national average of $1,188. Among these smaller counties, Washington posted the highest weekly wage, $1,007, followed by Grant ($949), Woodward ($943) and Kingfisher ($934). Cotton County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $556 per week, followed by McIntosh County at $611 per week. (See table 2.)

When all 77 counties in Oklahoma were considered, 16 reported average weekly wages of less than $700, 25 registered wages from $700 to $799, 25 had wages from $800 to $899, and 11 had average weekly wages of $900 or more. (See chart 3.) The higher-paying counties were located in and around the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as the smaller areas of Duncan and Woodward. The lower-paying counties, those with weekly wages under $700, were concentrated 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 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on Second Quarter 2020 QCEW Data

Response rate tables for the second quarter of 2020 are available at www.bls.gov/covid19/county-employment-and-wages-covid-19-impact-second-quarter-2020.htm. For more information about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on QCEW data, see www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-county-employment-and-wages-data.htm.

Special Notice: Imputation Methodology Improvements

QCEW implemented improvements to imputation methodology, effective with second quarter 2020 processing. For more information on QCEW imputation methodology and the impact of the improved methods, see www.bls.gov/cew/additional-resources/imputation-methodology.htm.

Special Notice: Business Response Survey

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has developed new data on how U.S. businesses changed their operations and employment since the onset of the novel coronavirus through September 2020. Data for the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic are scheduled to be released on December 7, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern. For more information, please visit: www.bls.gov/brs/.


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 employment and wages in the United States and the three largest counties in Oklahoma, second quarter 2020
Area Establishments,
second quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2019–20 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2020
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2019–20(2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,451.0 135,114.4 -9.4 -- $1,188 -- 8.6 --

Oklahoma

112.1 1,521.3 -6.3 -- 940 44 4.4 49

Cleveland

6.1 80.9 -0.2 1 865 338 7.5 219

Oklahoma

28.6 438.2 -6.0 64 1,059 190 6.1 279

Tulsa

22.8 338.1 -6.9 95 1,017 216 5.5 302

(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 Oklahoma, second quarter 2020
Area Employment
June
2020
Average
weekly
wage(1)

United States(2)

135,114,354 $1,188

Oklahoma

1,521,349 940

Adair

4,228 693

Alfalfa

1,294 879

Atoka

3,208 650

Beaver

1,253 821

Beckham

8,232 886

Blaine

2,821 803

Bryan

19,021 810

Caddo

7,118 856

Canadian

31,505 874

Carter

21,422 841

Cherokee

15,599 733

Choctaw

3,987 682

Cimarron

751 678

Cleveland

80,859 865

Coal

1,061 748

Comanche

39,239 779

Cotton

1,520 556

Craig

5,013 734

Creek

18,453 890

Custer

12,018 831

Delaware

9,201 687

Dewey

1,571 932

Ellis

1,149 775

Garfield

23,311 842

Garvin

9,354 910

Grady

11,509 790

Grant

1,360 949

Greer

901 681

Harmon

647 706

Harper

1,033 746

Haskell

3,038 622

Hughes

2,758 670

Jackson

9,345 885

Jefferson

1,063 690

Johnston

2,629 717

Kay

16,879 827

Kingfisher

6,529 934

Kiowa

1,820 715

Latimer

2,245 753

LeFlore

11,305 781

Lincoln

6,545 812

Logan

7,423 733

Love

6,255 658

Major

2,117 751

Marshall

4,159 795

Mayes

12,373 923

McClain

9,333 769

McCurtain

11,116 721

McIntosh

4,104 611

Murray

5,312 700

Muskogee

28,233 861

Noble

4,404 899

Nowata

1,809 793

Okfuskee

2,190 684

Oklahoma

438,161 1,059

Okmulgee

9,032 807

Osage

6,251 769

Ottawa

11,848 654

Pawnee

3,224 788

Payne

31,232 864

Pittsburg

14,350 869

Pontotoc

18,004 835

Pottawatomie

20,896 770

Pushmataha

2,276 695

Roger Mills

826 833

Rogers

25,568 900

Seminole

6,673 770

Sequoyah

9,426 652

Stephens

13,255 921

Texas

9,445 843

Tillman

1,541 711

Tulsa

338,097 1,017

Wagoner

9,369 884

Washington

17,959 1,007

Washita

1,833 799

Woods

3,112 839

Woodward

8,133 943

(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 employment and wages by state, second quarter 2020
State Establishments,
second quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2019–20
Second quarter
2020
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2019–20
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,451.0 135,114.4 -9.4 $1,188 -- 8.6 --

Alabama

131.2 1,868.7 -6.4 964 40 5.9 42

Alaska

22.7 296.2 -12.7 1,195 14 11.2 11

Arizona

170.7 2,708.4 -5.1 1,090 22 7.9 30

Arkansas

93.0 1,156.5 -5.5 924 47 7.3 33

California

1,633.1 15,911.2 -10.2 1,468 4 10.9 12

Colorado

216.4 2,545.9 -8.0 1,226 9 8.7 25

Connecticut

123.4 1,483.6 -12.3 1,407 6 11.3 9

Delaware

34.5 416.0 -9.3 1,156 17 9.0 22

District of Columbia

41.7 701.8 -10.0 1,987 1 11.7 7

Florida

738.0 8,113.8 -7.1 1,032 28 6.6 40

Georgia

307.2 4,196.0 -7.0 1,075 23 5.7 44

Hawaii

45.9 524.9 -20.1 1,108 21 12.0 6

Idaho

67.9 748.3 -2.3 882 50 7.6 32

Illinois

379.6 5,391.8 -11.3 1,218 10 8.6 26

Indiana

171.6 2,865.7 -7.3 960 41 5.6 45

Iowa

104.7 1,458.8 -8.0 978 36 8.4 27

Kansas

90.0 1,306.0 -7.0 969 38 7.1 34

Kentucky

125.4 1,754.0 -8.2 970 37 6.4 41

Louisiana

137.8 1,710.1 -11.0 985 34 6.7 39

Maine

53.8 572.5 -10.8 980 35 12.3 5

Maryland

175.8 2,430.3 -11.2 1,305 8 10.7 13

Massachusetts

263.1 3,178.8 -14.3 1,570 2 14.0 1

Michigan

268.5 3,850.9 -12.9 1,114 20 9.5 16

Minnesota

185.4 2,644.6 -10.5 1,200 13 9.0 22

Mississippi

73.8 1,063.1 -6.4 812 51 5.9 42

Missouri

215.9 2,622.2 -7.5 1,015 32 7.1 34

Montana

51.5 459.5 -4.9 919 48 9.1 19

Nebraska

72.9 932.3 -6.0 960 41 8.0 28

Nevada

85.9 1,191.6 -15.4 1,048 26 9.1 19

New Hampshire

54.8 605.4 -10.5 1,215 12 11.5 8

New Jersey

284.1 3,570.3 -14.6 1,376 7 11.3 9

New Mexico

62.4 757.0 -9.4 958 43 7.8 31

New York

652.0 8,142.6 -15.9 1,520 3 12.8 4

North Carolina

296.2 4,205.4 -6.9 1,038 27 6.9 37

North Dakota

32.4 390.1 -9.7 1,061 24 3.3 51

Ohio

302.3 5,049.8 -8.0 1,031 29 7.0 36

Oklahoma

112.1 1,521.3 -6.3 940 44 4.4 49

Oregon

160.9 1,789.3 -9.6 1,143 19 10.3 15

Pennsylvania

362.8 5,314.5 -11.1 1,170 16 9.2 18

Rhode Island

39.5 429.3 -13.2 1,172 15 13.1 3

South Carolina

144.4 1,991.0 -7.2 928 46 6.9 37

South Dakota

34.7 415.9 -5.9 912 49 9.0 22

Tennessee

171.1 2,847.2 -6.6 1,016 31 5.3 46

Texas

727.4 11,807.1 -6.3 1,156 17 5.0 47

Utah

111.6 1,474.8 -3.0 1,017 30 9.1 19

Vermont

26.1 271.8 -13.6 1,055 25 13.6 2

Virginia

283.3 3,635.2 -8.8 1,218 10 9.4 17

Washington

253.8 3,207.1 -8.4 1,424 5 10.6 14

West Virginia

51.3 634.9 -9.4 933 45 4.9 48

Wisconsin

179.2 2,690.0 -8.7 1,014 33 8.0 28

Wyoming

27.2 260.5 -9.6 965 39 3.7 50

Puerto Rico

46.1 798.7 -7.9 556 (3) 4.7 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.4 35.4 -7.0 1,016 (3) 6.9 (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: Wednesday, December 09, 2020