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Friday, October 14, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Idaho – First Quarter 2016

Idaho’s only large county, Ada, reported an employment increase of 4.2 percent from March 2015 to March 2016 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the rate of employment growth in Ada County was faster-paced than the national increase of 2.0 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased in 318 of the 344 largest U.S. counties from March 2015 to March 2016. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.9 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties with a loss of 9.0 percent.

Employment in Ada County was 222,300 in March 2016, accounting for one-third of the total employment in Idaho. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.6 percent of total U.S. employment which stood at 140.1 million in March 2016.

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 except one of these smaller counties had an average weekly wage below the national average in the first quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, the average weekly wage in Ada County decreased 3.9 percent, ranking it 317th among the 344 largest U.S. counties. Nationally, the average weekly wage decreased 0.5 percent. (See table 1.)

Of the 344 largest U.S. counties, 167 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage decrease nationwide (-13.3 percent). Washington, Pa., was second with a wage decrease of 12.0 percent, followed by the counties of Lafayette, La. (-10.3 percent); Mercer, N.J. (-8.5 percent); and Williamson, Texas (-7.8 percent).

Nationally, 164 large U.S. counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Clayton, Ga., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages (15.5 percent), followed by King, Wash. (5.1 percent); San Mateo, Calif. (4.8 percent); Ventura, Calif. (4.4 percent); and Merrimack, N.H. (4.3 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Ada County’s $839 average weekly wage ranked in the bottom half of the 344 largest U.S. counties. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,043 in the first quarter of 2016.

Nationwide, 91 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2016. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2783, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,210. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,195); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,054); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,022).

Seventy-four percent of the largest U.S. counties (253) reported weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2016. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($587), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($592); Hidalgo ($614); and Webb ($650).

Average weekly wages in Idaho’s smaller counties

Among the 43 counties in Idaho with employment below 75,000, only Butte County ($1,555) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,043. Boise County reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state, averaging $411 in the first quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 44 counties in Idaho were considered, 14 reported average weekly wages under $600, 21 reported wages from $600 to $699, 4 had wages from $700 to $799, 2 had wages from $800 to $899, and 3 had wages at $900 or above. (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 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at https://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, December 7, 2016.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 140.1 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 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 largest county in Idaho, first quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands)Percent change, March 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, first quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,070.82.0--$1,043---0.5--

Idaho

670.43.5--72550-1.539

Ada, Idaho

222.34.221839249-3.9317

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 Idaho, first quarter 2016
AreaEmployment March 2016Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

140,070,814$1,043

Idaho

670,398725

Ada

222,323839

Adams

932666

Bannock

32,624622

Bear Lake

1,535475

Benewah

3,334697

Bingham

14,774626

Blaine

12,049709

Boise

1,556411

Bonner

12,970608

Bonneville

47,578653

Boundary

3,366610

Butte

7,5161,555

Camas

365963

Canyon

59,995627

Caribou

3,079967

Cassia

10,668619

Clark

393829

Clearwater

2,659651

Custer

1,175630

Elmore

6,450588

Franklin

3,358530

Fremont

2,603577

Gem

3,563571

Gooding

5,768678

Idaho

4,106643

Jefferson

6,032550

Jerome

9,885647

Kootenai

55,625677

Latah

13,308616

Lemhi

2,137570

Lewis

1,580565

Lincoln

1,438610

Madison

14,369536

Minidoka

7,595634

Nez Perce

20,954728

Oneida

1,126465

Owyhee

2,909575

Payette

6,295648

Power

3,187702

Shoshone

4,510771

Teton

2,707591

Twin Falls

36,521618

Valley

3,917645

Washington

2,718540

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: 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, first quarter 2016
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2016 (thousands)Percent change, March 2015-16Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, first quarter 2015-16National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,070.82.01043---0.5--

Alabama

1,902.61.684237-0.222

Alaska

317.6-1.4102815-243

Arizona

2,679.82.891823-0.830

Arkansas

1,191.12.1793450.513

California

16,455.52.612066020

Colorado

2,514.62.4105713-1.336

Connecticut

1,650.60.613623-1.438

Delaware

429.71.5107210-348

District of Columbia

749.62.0176610.414

Florida

8,301.83.5887270.218

Georgia

4,215.13.01008171.92

Hawaii

645.11.4896261.73

Idaho

670.43.572550-1.539

Illinois

5,800.61.211267-0.528

Indiana

2,949.51.985333-0.528

Iowa

1,518.20.984436-0.427

Kansas

1,362.30.483338-243

Kentucky

1,843.91.9823410.119

Louisiana

1,910.5-0.886032-2.647

Maine

580.51.8804441.18

Maryland

2,591.71.911039-0.830

Massachusetts

3,414.82.113274-133

Michigan

4,163.72.1976200.711

Minnesota

2,750.11.5106512-1.234

Mississippi

1,121.01.7713510.414

Missouri

2,729.51.987929-0.325

Montana

447.81.8751490.316

Nebraska

956.61.481742020

Nevada

1,264.13.0875301.25

New Hampshire

635.11.9998181.64

New Jersey

3,909.72.412685-1.741

New Mexico

800.40.079246-1.640

New York

9,042.22.014562-0.325

North Carolina

4,220.33.092822-0.222

North Dakota

409.4-6.290825-7.651

Ohio

5,236.21.891324-0.830

Oklahoma

1,578.6-0.983338-4.149

Oregon

1,808.23.2929211.25

Pennsylvania

5,662.21.1101216-1.942

Rhode Island

464.61.998519-2.246

South Carolina

1,974.62.7806430.810

South Dakota

410.50.9771481.25

Tennessee

2,859.23.3887270.316

Texas

11,638.70.7106611-2.145

Utah

1,369.23.8849350.612

Vermont

304.60.18324019

Virginia

3,748.12.6105713-1.234

Washington

3,147.73.11121831

West Virginia

683.9-1.278247-1.336

Wisconsin

2,771.41.387530-0.222

Wyoming

267.9-3.785034-4.750

Puerto Rico

895.2-1.2520(3)-0.4(3)

Virgin Islands

38.60.4769(3)2.9(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: Friday, October 14, 2016