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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Oklahoma – Second Quarter 2017

Employment rose in Oklahoma’s three large counties from June 2016 to June 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2016 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that employment increased at a 1.1-percent pace in Tulsa County, and edged up 0.4 and 0.2 percent, respectively, in the counties of Oklahoma and Cleveland. (See table 1.)

Employment nationwide advanced 1.7 percent during the 12-month period as 318 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 7.3 percent over the year. Lucas, Ohio, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties with a loss of 1.9 percent.

Among the three largest counties in Oklahoma, employment was highest in Oklahoma County (450,000) in June 2017. The counties of Tulsa and Cleveland had employment levels of 353,000 and 79,700, respectively. Together, the three largest Oklahoma counties accounted for 55.7 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

All three large Oklahoma counties experienced average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties had the fastest rates of increase in average weekly wages, each up 2.5 percent. (See table 1.) Oklahoma County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $943. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.2 percent from a year ago to $1,020 in the second quarter of 2017.

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 June 2017. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The 2.5-percent annual average weekly wage gains in Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties ranked 207th among the nation’s 346 largest counties in the second quarter of 2017. Cleveland’s 0.9-percent gain ranked 303rd. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 325 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year wage increases. New Hanover, N.C., had the largest percentage wage increase in the nation, up 11.9 percent. San Mateo, Calif., and Midland, Texas, tied for the second largest increase, each at 11.4 percent.

Nationwide, 19 of the largest counties registered wage declines during the period. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-20.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in the state’s three large counties were below the national average of $1,020 in the second quarter of 2017. Average weekly wages in Oklahoma County ($943) and Tulsa County ($914) ranked 166th and 186th, respectively, near the middle of the national ranking. The average weekly wage in Cleveland County ($749) ranked 332nd. (See table 1.)

More than 70 percent of the largest U.S. counties (249) reported average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2017. Three of the four lowest-paying large counties in the U.S. were in Texas. Cameron, Texas ($615) had the lowest average weekly wage, followed by Horry, S.C. ($622), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($632) and Webb ($667).

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 97 of the 346 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,392. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $2,093, followed by San Francisco, Calif. ($1,941) and New York, N.Y. ($1,907). Average wages in the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif., were almost four times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Cameron, Texas ($615).

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 $1,020. Among these counties, Woodward posted the highest weekly wage, $906, followed by Grant and Washington, each at $896. Johnson County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $521 per week. (See table 2.)

When all 77 counties in Oklahoma were considered, 20 reported average weekly wages of less than $650, 25 registered wages from $650 to $749, 26 had wages from $750 to $849, and 6 had average weekly wages of $850 or more. (See chart 1.) The higher-paying counties were located in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as the smaller areas of Elk City, Enid, and Woodward. The lower-paying counties, those with weekly wages under $650, were concentrated in the southeastern portion 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 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 Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 8, 2018.


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 145.2 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 (see Technical Note below) 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 Oklahoma, second quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
June 2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Average
weekly wage
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

145,186.4 1.7 -- $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Oklahoma

1,583.8 0.8 -- 845 41 2.5 35

Cleveland, Okla.

79.7 0.2 311 749 332 0.9 303

Oklahoma, Okla.

450.0 0.4 294 943 166 2.5 207

Tulsa, Okla.

353.0 1.1 222 914 186 2.5 207

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 Oklahoma, second quarter 2017
Area Employment
June 2017
Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

145,186,369 $1,020

Oklahoma

1,583,759 845

Adair

4,632 653

Alfalfa

1,494 825

Atoka

3,424 613

Beaver

1,716 781

Beckham

10,150 868

Blaine

3,179 766

Bryan

18,236 724

Caddo

7,514 751

Canadian

33,637 798

Carter

24,127 780

Cherokee

15,319 658

Choctaw

4,124 611

Cimarron

719 605

Cleveland

79,708 749

Coal

1,109 616

Comanche

42,611 707

Cotton

1,486 596

Craig

5,357 666

Creek

18,271 811

Custer

12,426 752

Delaware

9,260 622

Dewey

1,445 813

Ellis

1,172 739

Garfield

24,751 818

Garvin

9,591 843

Grady

11,938 714

Grant

1,462 896

Greer

1,130 608

Harmon

689 620

Harper

1,060 683

Haskell

3,315 576

Hughes

2,898 582

Jackson

9,587 736

Jefferson

1,000 667

Johnston

4,161 521

Kay

18,027 766

Kingfisher

6,477 843

Kiowa

2,060 634

Latimer

2,565 775

LeFlore

11,870 759

Lincoln

6,551 681

Logan

7,705 650

Love

6,252 573

Major

2,439 740

Marshall

4,102 704

Mayes

12,157 806

McClain

9,100 693

McCurtain

11,197 671

McIntosh

3,814 585

Murray

5,829 647

Muskogee

29,356 775

Noble

4,760 812

Nowata

1,708 640

Okfuskee

2,265 579

Oklahoma

449,977 943

Okmulgee

9,510 692

Osage

6,617 691

Ottawa

12,205 632

Pawnee

3,536 695

Payne

32,105 731

Pittsburg

16,022 833

Pontotoc

18,247 760

Pottawatomie

22,788 668

Pushmataha

2,655 589

Roger Mills

824 761

Rogers

26,288 806

Seminole

6,933 701

Sequoyah

9,019 542

Stephens

13,920 778

Texas

9,793 759

Tillman

1,770 695

Tulsa

353,024 914

Wagoner

9,080 763

Washington

19,544 896

Washita

2,006 735

Woods

3,506 813

Woodward

8,692 906

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: Covered employment and wages 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 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
June 2016-17
Average
weekly wage
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2016-17
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

145,186.4 1.7 $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Alabama

1,946.4 1.2 858 38 2.8 31

Alaska

338.4 -0.7 1,005 16 -0.5 51

Arizona

2,699.6 2.9 943 23 2.5 35

Arkansas

1,206.0 0.7 810 47 3.2 22

California

17,150.9 2.2 1,210 5 4.7 3

Colorado

2,638.8 2.5 1,042 11 4.2 5

Connecticut

1,701.2 0.6 1,216 4 0.4 50

Delaware

446.6 0.6 1,012 15 2.2 43

District of Columbia

766.5 1.0 1,675 1 3.3 19

Florida

8,390.6 2.8 905 27 2.5 35

Georgia

4,357.8 2.1 956 21 2.9 27

Hawaii

653.0 1.0 935 24 3.5 13

Idaho

723.5 3.4 765 50 3.4 16

Illinois

6,006.6 0.9 1,062 9 2.4 39

Indiana

3,041.0 1.5 859 37 3.7 9

Iowa

1,571.4 0.4 853 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,377.8 -0.1 849 40 2.4 39

Kentucky

1,889.4 0.8 862 35 2.9 27

Louisiana

1,907.7 0.0 869 34 2.0 46

Maine

629.1 0.9 814 46 2.5 35

Maryland

2,694.8 1.4 1,103 8 3.1 23

Massachusetts

3,604.5 1.6 1,278 2 3.6 11

Michigan

4,365.3 1.6 969 19 2.9 27

Minnesota

2,902.1 2.0 1,037 12 3.9 6

Mississippi

1,128.9 0.7 732 51 0.8 49

Missouri

2,818.7 1.2 889 30 3.0 25

Montana

473.6 1.3 797 48 3.9 6

Nebraska

984.0 0.4 833 43 3.5 13

Nevada

1,333.5 3.4 900 29 2.9 27

New Hampshire

665.4 1.6 1,015 14 1.2 48

New Jersey

4,123.5 1.8 1,173 6 2.3 41

New Mexico

815.4 0.7 823 45 1.5 47

New York

9,417.4 1.6 1,237 3 2.2 43

North Carolina

4,361.4 1.8 902 28 4.3 4

North Dakota

422.7 -0.2 953 22 5.0 2

Ohio

5,422.8 1.2 912 25 3.3 19

Oklahoma

1,583.8 0.8 845 41 2.5 35

Oregon

1,912.6 2.2 967 20 3.8 8

Pennsylvania

5,859.4 1.3 1,000 17 3.0 25

Rhode Island

487.3 1.0 980 18 2.6 33

South Carolina

2,053.9 2.0 834 42 3.6 11

South Dakota

435.5 0.6 785 49 3.4 16

Tennessee

2,948.1 1.8 906 26 3.5 13

Texas

12,059.6 2.1 1,027 13 2.7 32

Utah

1,440.3 3.4 862 35 2.6 33

Vermont

314.2 1.0 870 33 2.1 45

Virginia

3,886.6 1.5 1,047 10 3.7 9

Washington

3,352.5 2.2 1,141 7 5.6 1

West Virginia

690.9 -0.3 828 44 3.4 16

Wisconsin

2,905.3 1.1 876 31 2.3 41

Wyoming

280.2 -0.7 875 32 3.1 23

Puerto Rico

873.6 -1.0 515 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 762 (3) 2.6 (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: Wednesday, December 13, 2017