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February 04, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Maryland – Second Quarter 2013

Average Wage in Montgomery County Ranks 15th in the Nation

Employment rose in all of the eight large counties in Maryland from June 2012 to June 2013, 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 2012 annual average employment.) Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that Anne Arundel County recorded the largest employment gain, up 2.1 percent over the year. Baltimore City and Howard County recorded the smallest gains, up 0.3 percent each.

Nationally, employment rose 1.6 percent during this 12-month period as 288 of the largest 334 U.S. counties gained jobs. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the fastest employment gain, rising 7.0 percent over the year. Atlantic, N.J. had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment (-4.5 percent).

Among the eight largest counties in Maryland, employment was highest in Montgomery County (458,200) in June 2013. Three other counties—Baltimore, Baltimore City, and Prince George’s—had employment levels exceeding 300,000. Together, Maryland’s large counties accounted for 80.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

Baltimore City recorded the fastest over-the-year wage growth among Maryland’s eight large counties, rising 2.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, followed by Montgomery County at 2.0 percent. Montgomery County reported the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,246. Two other counties had weekly wages above $1,000—Howard ($1,114) and Baltimore City ($1,049). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 2.1 percent over the year to $921 in the second quarter of 2013.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 16 counties in Maryland with employment below 75,000. Fifteen of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, Baltimore City, at 2.5 percent, was the only large county in Maryland to record a wage increase larger than the national advance of 2.1 percent. Four counties had wage advances ranging from 0.6 to 2.0 percent. Frederick County was the only county to record a wage decrease (-0.9 percent), while wages in Prince George’s County were unchanged from the second quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Among the 334 largest counties nationwide, 304 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Union, N.J., had the largest wage gain, up 8.1 percent from the second quarter of 2012. San Mateo, Calif., was second with 8.0-percent growth, followed by Williamson, Tenn. (7.8 percent).

Only 18 large counties nationwide experienced over-the-year declines in average weekly wages, led by Davidson, Tenn., with a loss of 2.2 percent. Whatcom, Wash. (-1.5 percent), had the second-largest decline, followed by Washington, Ore., and Shelby, Tenn., which tied for the third-largest percentage decrease, down 1.3 percent each. Two counties, El Paso, Colo., and Wyandotte, Kan., each down 1.1 percent, tied for the fifth-largest percent decrease in average weekly wages.

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 5 of Maryland’s 8 large counties were above the U.S. average of $921 and placed in the top 75 for wage level among the 328 largest counties in the United States in the second quarter of 2013. Among them, Montgomery ranked 15th nationwide, followed by Howard and Baltimore City at 34th and 50th, respectively. Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties ranked 72nd and 73rd. The average weekly wages in Maryland’s remaining large counties all placed in the top half of the national ranking.

Average wages in Maryland’s smaller counties

Fifteen of the 16 counties in Maryland with employment under 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average. The exception was St. Mary’s with an average wage of $1,202. Worcester County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state, averaging $536 in the second quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 24 counties in Maryland were considered, 18, or three-quarters, had wages below the national average of $921. Seven of these reported average weekly wages below $700. (See chart 1.) Of the six counties with wages above the national average, three (Montgomery, St. Mary’s, and Howard) had average weekly wages above $1,100. Three of the six counties with above-average wages were concentrated in the Baltimore metropolitan area, while two were located in the Washington metropolitan area. Five of the seven lower-paid counties, those with wages below $700, were located on the Delmarva Peninsula.

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 the QCEW Web site at 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 2012 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 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2014.

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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 9.2 million employer reports cover 135.1 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.

Table 1. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States and the 8 largest counties in Maryland, second quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage(3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13(4) National ranking by percent change(5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level(5) Percent change, second quarter 2012-13(4) National ranking by percent change(5)

United States(6)

135,094.0 1.6 -- $921 -- 2.1 --

Maryland

2,570.3 0.9 -- 1,005 7 1.4 44

Anne Arundel, Md.

255.8 2.1 106 981 72 0.6 281

Baltimore City, Md.

332.2 0.3 266 1,049 50 2.5 85

Baltimore, Md.

364.5 1.0 203 920 108 1.0 248

Frederick, Md.

96.5 0.9 216 880 146 -0.9 324

Harford, Md.

90.1 1.1 191 900 125 (7) --

Howard, Md.

162.7 0.3 266 1,114 34 1.9 143

Montgomery, Md.

458.2 0.5 244 1,246 15 2.0 133

Prince Georges, Md.

303.3 0.5 244 979 73 0.0 305

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include the county of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(7) Data do not meet BLS or State agency disclosure standards.
 

Table 2. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States and all of the counties in Maryland, second quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment June 2013 (thousands) Average weekly wage(3)

United States(4)

135,094.0 $921

Maryland

2,570.3 1,005

Allegany

29.5 656

Anne Arundel

255.8 981

Baltimore County

364.5 920

Baltimore City

332.2 1,049

Calvert

22.0 777

Caroline

9.6 669

Carroll

57.0 725

Cecil

30.8 801

Charles

41.1 776

Dorchester

11.2 664

Frederick

96.5 880

Garrett

12.0 585

Harford

90.1 900

Howard

162.7 1,114

Kent

8.0 669

Montgomery

458.2 1,246

Prince George's

303.3 979

Queen Anne's

14.3 661

St. Mary's

43.1 1,202

Somerset

6.5 731

Talbot

19.0 709

Washington

67.4 716

Wicomico

44.5 710

Worcester

30.1 536

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, second quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

135,094.0 1.6 $921 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,859.5 0.9 794 35 1.4 44

Alaska

342.6 -0.1 970 9 1.6 37

Arizona

2,438.1 1.8 877 20 1.7 32

Arkansas

1,150.4 -0.6 734 46 2.4 10

California

15,485.8 2.4 1,048 6 2.0 21

Colorado

2,359.4 2.9 933 14 1.6 37

Connecticut

1,666.3 1.0 1,128 3 1.5 41

Delaware

417.8 1.8 966 12 2.0 21

District of Columbia

725.0 0.9 1,575 1 2.1 19

Florida

7,402.0 2.4 822 29 2.0 21

Georgia

3,917.2 1.7 867 22 2.2 17

Hawaii

617.0 1.9 823 28 1.6 37

Idaho

642.7 2.7 683 51 1.9 28

Illinois

5,750.0 0.8 971 8 1.9 28

Indiana

2,863.4 1.1 776 42 1.7 32

Iowa

1,523.9 1.3 757 43 2.0 21

Kansas

1,350.0 1.2 779 41 2.1 19

Kentucky

1,790.6 0.6 782 38 1.3 46

Louisiana

1,894.7 0.9 824 27 2.4 10

Maine

604.4 0.4 732 47 1.8 30

Maryland

2,570.3 0.9 1,005 7 1.4 44

Massachusetts

3,352.7 1.3 1,131 2 2.0 21

Michigan

4,073.7 2.2 875 21 2.0 21

Minnesota

2,745.2 1.9 929 15 2.4 10

Mississippi

1,094.9 0.7 691 49 1.5 41

Missouri

2,668.2 1.2 803 33 1.6 37

Montana

448.4 1.5 717 48 2.4 10

Nebraska

941.0 0.9 737 45 2.6 7

Nevada

1,168.3 2.3 829 26 1.7 32

New Hampshire

629.1 0.8 916 17 2.9 4

New Jersey

3,917.5 1.0 1,084 5 2.6 7

New Mexico

795.0 0.4 781 39 -0.3 51

New York

8,804.9 1.1 1,118 4 2.0 21

North Carolina

3,985.1 1.7 808 31 2.5 9

North Dakota

433.7 3.2 887 18 3.7 1

Ohio

5,162.3 1.1 830 25 1.7 32

Oklahoma

1,560.7 0.9 794 35 3.5 2

Oregon

1,708.0 2.5 848 23 1.3 46

Pennsylvania

5,665.9 0.3 918 16 2.8 5

Rhode Island

465.5 1.0 880 19 2.3 16

South Carolina

1,864.9 1.8 747 44 1.5 41

South Dakota

417.0 1.0 689 50 1.8 30

Tennessee

2,709.3 1.5 820 30 0.5 49

Texas

11,078.8 2.7 944 13 2.4 10

Utah

1,259.7 2.8 783 37 2.2 17

Vermont

303.1 0.3 808 31 2.7 6

Virginia

3,685.4 0.7 968 11 1.7 32

Washington

3,013.3 2.2 969 10 2.4 10

West Virginia

713.1 -0.1 781 39 0.6 48

Wisconsin

2,768.2 0.6 801 34 3.0 3

Wyoming

290.4 0.4 845 24 0.5 49

Puerto Rico

926.1 -1.1 503 (5) 1.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.9 -3.0 706 (5) -13.8 (5)

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Maryland, second quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2014