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April 04, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in West Virginia – Third Quarter 2013

Employment Down, but Average Weekly Wages Rise Over the Year in Kanawha County

Employment decreased 1.0 percent in West Virginia’s only large county, Kanawha, from September 2012 to September 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.) Nationally, employment increased 1.7 percent, as 286 of the 334 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that Kanawha County was in the bottom 10th of the large counties for employment growth, ranking 322nd.

Across the nation, Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest percentage increase in employment with a gain of 6.0 percent over the year. Peoria, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest U.S. counties with a loss of 3.7 percent.

Employment in Kanawha County stood at 104,000 in September 2013 and accounted for 14.6 percent of West Virginia’s total employment. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Kanawha County increased 1.8 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. Kanawha County placed near the middle of the national ranking for wage growth (146th) and close to the national average weekly wage increase of 1.9 percent.

Among the 334 largest counties nationwide, 291 recorded growth in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., led the nation with a wage increase of 9.9 percent from the third quarter of 2012. Dane, Wis., had the second largest increase, 9.3 percent, followed by Collier, Fla., at 8.0 percent. Of the 334 largest counties, 40 experienced declines in average weekly wages. Pinellas, Fla., had the largest over-the-year wage decline with a loss of 4.3 percent. Rockland, N.Y., had the second largest decrease at 4.1 percent.

Kanawha County had an average weekly wage of $804—$118 below the national average of $922 in the third quarter of 2013. Among the 232 counties with average weekly wages below the national average, Horry, S.C. ($564) reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($587) and Hidalgo, Texas ($595).

Average weekly wages were higher than the national average in 101 of the 334 largest U.S. counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,868. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,698 followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,667); Washington, D.C. ($1,560); and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,549). (See table 1.)

 

Average weekly wages in West Virginia's smaller counties

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 54 counties in West Virginia with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in all 54 counties were below the national average of $922. Among the smaller counties, Marshall County posted the highest average weekly wage in the state ($892). The lowest weekly wage was in Wirt County, at $452. (See table 2.)

When all 55 counties were considered, 11 had wages of $600 or less, and 19 had wages from $601 to $700. Another 15 counties had wages from $701 to $800 and 10 counties had wages greater than $800. (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 the QCEW Web site at www.bls.gov/cew/.

An annual bulletin, 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 bulletin, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2012 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 will be available in September 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 9.3 million employer reports cover 135.0 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 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 top 10 large counties ranked by average weekly wage and Kanawha, W.Va., third quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment Average weekly wage(3)
September 2013 (thousands) Percent change, September 2012-13(4) National ranking by percent change(5) Average weekly wage Ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2012-13(4) National ranking by percent change(5)

United States (6)

134,957.5 1.7 -- $922 -- 1.9 --

Santa Clara, Calif.

947.2 4.1 20 1,868 1 4 17

San Mateo Calif.

357.9 3.7 25 1,698 2 9.9 1

New York, N.Y.

2,424.5 1.4 174 1,667 3 2.6 70

Washington, D.C.

726.2 1.5 162 1,560 4 3 48

San Francisco, Calif.

616.0 3.4 37 1,549 5 4.8 10

Arlington, Va.

164.9 -1.0 322 1,478 6 -1 318

Fairfax, Va.

586.1 -0.2 295 1,434 7 1.8 146

Suffolk, Mass.

606.9 1.5 162 1,429 8 2.1 108

Fairfiled, Conn.

415.9 1.5 162 1,377 9 0.2 275

King, Wash.

1,212.3 3.7 25 1,376 10 1.6 172

Kanawha, W.Va.

104.0 -1.0 322 804 222 1.8 146

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.
 

Table 2. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States and all of the counties in West Virginia, third quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment September 2013 (thousands) Average weekly wage(3)

United States (4)

134,957,500 $922

West Virginia

710,261 751

Barbour

3,583 643

Berkeley

31,442 742

Boone

7,138 885

Braxton

3,876 583

Brooke

8,180 655

Cabell

51,415 731

Calhoun

1,456 725

Clay

1,496 554

Doddridge

1,313 692

Fayette

11,798 639

Gilmer

2,233 694

Grant

3,687 705

Greenbrier

13,569 607

Hampshire

4,236 550

Hancock

10,543 641

Hardy

5,781 558

Harrison

35,486 836

Jackson

7,973 677

Jefferson

14,968 639

Kanawha

103,966 804

Lewis

7,202 845

Lincoln

3,249 746

Logan

11,206 796

McDowell

5,679 855

Marion

20,291 776

Marshall

11,665 892

Mason

6,195 713

Mercer

20,570 647

Mineral

7,868 725

Mingo

6,659 830

Monongalia

54,783 825

Monroe

2,004 623

Morgan

2,733 547

Nicholas

8,065 661

Ohio

29,706 660

Pendleton

1,591 549

Pleasants

2,781 800

Pocahontas

2,981 550

Preston

7,040 706

Putnam

20,022 821

Raleigh

33,187 734

Randolph

11,817 602

Ritchie

3,331 644

Roane

3,136 606

Summers

2,198 512

Taylor

3,233 614

Tucker

2,452 525

Tyler

2,403 782

Upshur

7,934 681

Wayne

9,597 753

Webster

2,024 696

Wetzel

4,786 560

Wirt

649 452

Wood

38,162 705

Wyoming

5,140 808

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, third quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September 2013 (thousands) Percent change, September 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

134,957.5 1.7 $922 -- 1.9 --

Alabama

1,847.6 0.8 794 34 1.3 43

Alaska

345.0 0.4 990 9 3.0 7

Arizona

2,490.9 2.2 859 22 1.5 36

Arkansas

1,156.5 0.1 723 47 2.1 21

California

15,526.4 2.7 1,057 6 2.1 21

Colorado

2,355.7 3.1 952 12 1.7 31

Connecticut

1,650.3 0.7 1,109 3 1.9 28

Delaware

416.8 2.1 941 14 2.1 21

District of Columbia

726.2 1.5 1,560 1 3.0 7

Florida

7,501.8 2.6 808 31 1.1 46

Georgia

3,928.2 2.3 867 21 1.5 36

Hawaii

617.7 1.7 839 25 1.6 33

Idaho

644.7 2.3 703 50 2.3 19

Illinois

5,731.7 0.7 959 11 1.5 36

Indiana

2,883.6 1.2 784 38 1.6 33

Iowa

1,512.0 1.5 772 40 2.1 21

Kansas

1,347.6 1.8 776 39 2.0 26

Kentucky

1,794.5 1.0 760 43 1.1 46

Louisiana

1,893.4 1.4 827 28 2.9 10

Maine

601.5 0.7 735 46 1.8 30

Maryland

2,546.4 0.6 1,011 8 0.4 51

Massachusetts

3,318.3 1.2 1,131 2 2.6 11

Michigan

4,069.7 2.1 875 20 1.5 36

Minnesota

2,724.2 1.7 938 15 2.6 11

Mississippi

1,099.1 0.8 688 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,661.0 1.3 805 32 1.4 40

Montana

446.7 1.2 705 49 2.3 19

Nebraska

937.5 1.3 766 41 3.4 3

Nevada

1,169.4 2.5 836 27 2.0 26

New Hampshire

624.5 0.6 895 18 2.4 17

New Jersey

3,851.9 1.2 1,068 5 1.3 43

New Mexico

793.7 0.5 766 41 0.7 49

New York

8,724.8 1.3 1,108 4 1.7 31

North Carolina

4,006.4 1.7 817 30 1.4 40

North Dakota

436.7 3.4 921 16 5.5 1

Ohio

5,147.5 1.4 837 26 1.2 45

Oklahoma

1,572.6 1.4 797 33 2.4 17

Oregon

1,709.8 2.4 856 23 2.6 11

Pennsylvania

5,622.4 0.3 913 17 1.6 33

Rhode Island

465.2 1.3 878 19 2.6 11

South Carolina

1,859.3 2.3 751 44 1.9 28

South Dakota

408.9 0.9 706 48 3.4 3

Tennessee

2,712.8 1.5 819 29 0.6 50

Texas

11,091.9 2.8 952 12 2.5 15

Utah

1,265.5 2.9 791 36 3.1 6

Vermont

302.5 0.0 788 37 3.4 3

Virginia

3,650.1 0.6 971 10 1.1 46

Washington

3,017.9 2.4 1,044 7 2.1 21

West Virginia

710.3 -0.7 751 44 3.7 2

Wisconsin

2,752.7 1.1 793 35 3.0 7

Wyoming

286.1 0.2 840 24 1.4 40

Puerto Rico

910.9 -2.5 501 (5) -0.6 (5)

Virgin Islands

37.9 -1.9 706 (5) -0.6 (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 West Virginia, third quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 04, 2014