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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Idaho – First Quarter 2014

Idaho’s only large county, Ada, reported an employment increase of 3.9 percent from March 2013 to March 2014 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2013 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that the rate of employment growth in Ada County was more than double the national average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.7 percent from March 2013 to March 2014 as employment increased in 281 of the 339 largest U.S. counties. Weld County, Colo., recorded the largest percentage increase in the country, up 7.5 percent over the year. Peoria, Ill., registered the largest percentage employment decline, down 2.6 percent.

Employment in Ada County stood at 208,800 in March 2014, accounting for nearly one third of total employment in Idaho. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 72.0 percent of total U.S. employment which stood at 134.6 million in March 2014, up 2.2 million from March 2013.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 43 counties in Idaho with employment below 75,000. All of these counties except Butte had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The average weekly wage in Ada County advanced 5.9 percent, exceeding the national average increase (3.8 percent), from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. Ada’s percentage change ranked 21st among the largest U.S. counties. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 323 of the 339 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Chester, Pa., had the largest wage gain, up 13.9 percent from the first quarter of 2013. New York, N.Y., was second with a wage increase of 12.0 percent, followed by the counties of Forsyth, N.C. and San Mateo, Calif. (both up 9.6 percent).

Among the nation’s 339 largest counties, 15 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Benton, Ark., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 3.2 percent. Cumberland, N.C., had the second largest wage decline (-2.0 percent), followed by Dutchess, N.Y. (-1.6 percent), Ocean, N.J. (-1.3 percent), and McLean, Ill. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

The average weekly wage in Ada County was $857 in the first quarter of 2014, placing it 212th in the national ranking for wage levels. Nearly three-fourths of the largest U.S. counties (244) reported wages below the national weekly average of $1,027. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($571), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($581) and Hidalgo ($597).

Among the nation’s 339 largest counties, 95 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,749, more than four times the wage levels in the three lowest-paid counties. Santa Clara, Calif., was second-highest at $2,074 per week, followed by the counties of San Mateo, Calif. ($2,058) and Somerset, N.J. ($2,048).

Average weekly wages in Idaho’s smaller counties

All but 1 of the 43 counties in Idaho with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,027. Wages for smaller counties in Idaho ranged from $398 in Boise to $1,543 in Butte. (See table 2.)

When all 44 counties were considered, 4 registered average wages of $499 or less per week, 14 had wages from $500 to $599, 15 had wages from $600 to $699, 5 had wages from $700 to $799, and 6 had wages of $800 or more. (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 2013 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 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13.htm.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.


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 9.4 million employer reports cover 136.6 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the one largest county in Idaho, first quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage Weekly Wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands)Percent change, March 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

134,555.01.7--$1,027--3.8--

Idaho

631.53.3--722503.913

Ada, Idaho.

208.83.9318572125.921

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 the county of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(4) 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 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Idaho, 1st quarter 2014
AreaEmployment March 2014Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

134,554,959$1,027

  Idaho

631,537722

    Ada

208,793857

    Adams

866614

    Bannock

31,369629

    Bear Lake

1,556499

    Benewah

3,092701

    Bingham

14,175637

    Blaine

11,567733

    Boise

1,605398

    Bonner

12,409612

    Bonneville

44,652630

    Boundary

3,110578

    Butte

6,9941,543

    Camas

379917

    Canyon

54,938613

    Caribou

3,257963

    Cassia

10,185583

    Clark

407844

    Clearwater

2,626633

    Custer

1,312746

    Elmore

6,452590

    Franklin

3,095494

    Fremont

2,682573

    Gem

3,020520

    Gooding

5,781631

    Idaho

4,100628

    Jefferson

5,809516

    Jerome

8,991626

    Kootenai

52,122660

    Latah

12,801632

    Lemhi

2,078569

    Lewis

1,578564

    Lincoln

1,454605

    Madison

12,843552

    Minidoka

6,822628

    Nez Perce

20,326723

    Oneida

1,103479

    Owyhee

2,830595

    Payette

5,983599

    Power

3,301724

    Shoshone

4,419803

    Teton

2,494585

    Twin Falls

35,262594

    Valley

3,585625

    Washington

2,704547

(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.

 

Data are preliminary.

 

NOTE: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. 
 


 
Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, first quarter 2014
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands)Percent change, March 2013-14Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2013-14National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

134,555.01.7$1,027--3.8--

Alabama

1,849.50.6825381.650

Alaska

319.10.31,023153.517

Arizona

2,540.81.9918223.126

Arkansas

1,152.60.3784462.537

California

15,572.92.81,16564.55

Colorado

2,370.13.11,046134.29

Connecticut

1,627.20.51,36233.324

Delaware

412.52.01,11073.913

District of Columbia

727.31.21,70115.33

Florida

7,752.42.9868283.028

Georgia

3,974.82.6972183.418

Hawaii

624.91.2857321.942

Idaho

631.53.3722503.913

Illinois

5,651.20.91,10484.29

Indiana

2,842.51.2845351.748

Iowa

1,485.41.5824393.028

Kansas

1,343.01.7840364.111

Kentucky

1,784.11.1811402.733

Louisiana

1,909.81.2868282.635

Maine

565.90.7786451.942

Maryland

2,512.80.11,08691.847

Massachusetts

3,272.21.31,30045.33

Michigan

4,013.51.7950203.126

Minnesota

2,652.30.81,036143.418

Mississippi

1,096.80.6707511.748

Missouri

2,634.61.0866312.930

Montana

429.90.7730493.324

Nebraska

930.71.7797422.635

Nevada

1,183.53.4867302.733

New Hampshire

614.21.3970193.418

New Jersey

3,794.30.61,26352.238

New Mexico

787.00.2793431.942

New York

8,699.51.61,46027.31

North Carolina

4,003.21.7914233.418

North Dakota

428.93.3944216.72

Ohio

5,071.51.3909242.832

Oklahoma

1,565.20.7854343.913

Oregon

1,688.52.8893253.418

Pennsylvania

5,560.90.31,007164.111

Rhode Island

449.71.1996174.48

South Carolina

1,873.62.7787441.942

South Dakota

400.21.4741484.55

Tennessee

2,718.21.7874272.238

Texas

11,220.62.61,062114.55

Utah

1,270.83.1831373.418

Vermont

301.10.5807411.942

Virginia

3,613.20.01,050122.238

Washington

2,966.32.61,068103.816

West Virginia

694.6-0.9779471.451

Wisconsin

2,694.51.0856332.930

Wyoming

275.41.0877262.141

Puerto Rico

914.9-1.8521(3)1.4(3)

Virgin Islands

38.3-3.6744(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014