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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2015

All eight of the large counties in Indiana reported employment gains from March 2014 to March 2015, 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 2014 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that Hamilton County had the largest increase, up 3.9 percent, followed by the counties of Elkhart (3.6 percent) and Tippecanoe (2.7 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.1 percent from March 2014 to March 2015 as 323 of the 342 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Utah, Utah, recorded the largest percentage increase in the country, up 6.1 percent over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 4.3 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (575,000). Two other counties, Lake (183,900) and Allen (177,900), had employment levels above 150,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.3 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 137.4 million in March 2015.

From the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, Tippecanoe County recorded the fastest rate of increase in average weekly wages among the eight large counties in Indiana, registering a gain of 4.8 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among these large counties at $1,071 per week, followed by Hamilton County at $1,027. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 2.1 percent over the year to $1,048 in the first quarter of 2015.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment levels below 75,000. Excluding the counties of Martin, Bartholomew, and Posey, all of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Tippecanoe County’s 4.8-percent rise in average weekly wages from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015 ranked 26th among the nation’s 342 largest counties. (See table 1.) Four other large counties in the state recorded increases at or above the national increase of 2.1 percent: Lake (3.6 percent, 45th), Elkhart (3.0 percent, 67th), Vanderburgh (2.2 percent, 127th), and St. Joseph (2.1 percent, 133th). Marion County had the lowest wage increase at 0.8 percent, ranking 266th.

Nationally, 297 of the 342 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Olmsted, Minn., experienced the largest wage gain in the nation, up 11.7 percent from the first quarter of 2014. Washington, Pa., had the second largest increase (10.7 percent), followed by Riverside, Calif. (10.1 percent).

Among the nation’s 342 largest counties, 39 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Snohomish, Wash., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 4.8 percent. Chester, Pa., had the second largest wage decline (-4.0 percent), followed by Williamson, Texas (-3.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, Marion County ($1,071) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 82nd among the 342 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,048. Hamilton County ($1,027, 108th) was the only other large county in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($790) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 291st nationwide.

In the first quarter of 2015, nearly three-fourths of the largest U.S. counties (248) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($583), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($593) and Hidalgo ($607).

Among the nation’s 342 largest counties, 93 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,847. Santa Clara, Calif., was second at $2,203, followed by Somerset, N.J. ($2,080), San Francisco, Calif. ($2,070), and San Mateo, Calif. ($2,066). Average wages in the highest-ranked county, New York, N.Y., were nearly five times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, S.C. ($583).

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, three counties—Martin ($1,327), Bartholomew ($1,065), and Posey ($1,054)—had average weekly wages above the national average of $1,048. Average weekly wages in Brown ($470) and Ohio ($490) Counties were the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 4 had wages below the national average. Ten reported average weekly wages less than $600, 39 had wages from $600 to $699, 24 reported wages from $700 to $799, 11 had wages from $800 to $899, and 8 had wages of $900 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 2014 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 2015 version of the national QCEW news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, December 17, 2015.


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 9.5 million employer reports cover 137.4 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 8 largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2015
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2015 (thousands) Percent change, March 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

137,412.4 2.1 -- $1,048 -- 2.1 --

Indiana

2,894.8 1.8 -- 857 35 1.4 38

Allen, Ind.

177.9 2.2 150 841 244 1.1 239

Elkhart, Ind.

122.3 3.6 52 834 248 3.0 67

Hamilton, Ind.

128.0 3.9 37 1,027 108 0.9 256

Lake, Ind.

183.9 0.2 314 890 192 3.6 45

Marion, Ind.

575.0 1.9 165 1,071 82 0.8 266

St. Joseph, Ind.

117.6 1.7 186 790 291 2.1 133

Tippecanoe, Ind.

81.4 2.7 112 867 215 4.8 26

Vanderburgh, Ind.

105.2 1.1 243 822 262 2.2 127

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 Indiana, first quarter 2015
Area Employment March 2015 Average weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

137,412,381 $1,048

Indiana

2,894,772 857

Adams

13,168 648

Allen

177,936 841

Bartholomew

48,980 1,065

Benton

2,156 678

Blackford

3,184 663

Boone

25,413 744

Brown

2,753 470

Carroll

5,204 603

Cass

14,437 627

Clark

51,025 708

Clay

7,407 613

Clinton

10,726 694

Crawford

1,945 533

Daviess

11,096 604

Dearborn

14,174 675

Decatur

13,472 719

De Kalb

21,024 810

Delaware

44,384 724

Dubois

27,678 739

Elkhart

122,342 834

Fayette

6,288 643

Floyd

28,585 727

Fountain

4,649 594

Franklin

4,532 536

Fulton

6,096 653

Gibson

19,675 851

Grant

27,568 720

Greene

6,312 571

Hamilton

127,987 1,027

Hancock

21,010 850

Harrison

9,897 622

Hendricks

60,504 671

Henry

12,787 590

Howard

38,307 937

Huntington

14,206 638

Jackson

20,272 778

Jasper

11,851 711

Jay

7,371 641

Jefferson

12,400 715

Jennings

7,197 632

Johnson

48,116 661

Knox

17,438 665

Kosciusko

36,672 972

La Porte

39,549 711

Lagrange

12,790 706

Lake

183,890 890

Lawrence

12,502 690

Madison

38,019 655

Marion

574,990 1,071

Marshall

18,923 664

Martin

6,810 1,327

Miami

9,363 667

Monroe

61,181 797

Montgomery

15,627 754

Morgan

14,870 641

Newton

3,363 652

Noble

18,639 687

Ohio

1,382 490

Orange

7,373 565

Owen

4,391 797

Parke

2,901 551

Perry

6,391 660

Pike

2,928 953

Porter

58,156 808

Posey

8,056 1,054

Pulaski

4,453 731

Putnam

12,508 644

Randolph

7,341 663

Ripley

11,535 798

Rush

4,823 692

St. Joseph

117,620 790

Scott

7,280 627

Shelby

17,638 751

Spencer

6,131 747

Starke

4,372 531

Steuben

15,312 610

Sullivan

6,255 735

Switzerland

1,987 634

Tippecanoe

81,403 867

Tipton

4,256 729

Union

1,240 603

Vanderburgh

105,221 822

Vermillion

4,251 896

Vigo

48,390 710

Wabash

12,399 654

Warren

1,854 696

Warrick

15,394 834

Washington

5,782 606

Wayne

29,507 668

Wells

10,470 669

White

9,016 673

Whitley

11,987 723

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 2015
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2015 (thousands) Percent change, March 2014-15 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2014-15 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,412.4 2.1 $1,048 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,873.5 1.3 844 39 2.2 19

Alaska

322.2 1.0 1,051 15 2.6 10

Arizona

2,605.6 2.5 926 23 1.0 45

Arkansas

1,166.6 1.3 790 47 0.8 47

California

16,029.5 3.0 1,207 6 3.7 3

Colorado

2,458.0 3.7 1,071 13 2.4 16

Connecticut

1,640.5 0.8 1,382 3 1.5 35

Delaware

422.8 2.5 1,105 9 -0.5 51

District of Columbia

732.6 1.4 1,764 1 3.2 4

Florida

8,018.0 3.6 885 28 1.8 27

Georgia

4,107.0 3.5 989 18 1.7 31

Hawaii

633.7 1.3 881 31 2.8 9

Idaho

650.3 3.1 736 50 2.2 19

Illinois

5,724.6 1.2 1,130 7 2.4 16

Indiana

2,894.8 1.8 857 35 1.4 38

Iowa

1,504.3 1.3 848 37 2.9 7

Kansas

1,357.1 1.0 851 36 1.4 38

Kentucky

1,810.3 1.5 823 41 1.5 35

Louisiana

1,927.1 1.0 885 28 2.0 21

Maine

571.4 0.9 793 45 0.9 46

Maryland

2,540.8 1.2 1,113 8 2.5 12

Massachusetts

3,338.6 1.7 1,341 4 3.2 4

Michigan

4,079.5 1.8 969 21 1.9 24

Minnesota

2,709.2 1.8 1,079 12 4.3 1

Mississippi

1,102.3 0.6 711 51 0.7 48

Missouri

2,678.0 1.7 882 30 1.8 27

Montana

441.0 2.7 750 49 2.6 10

Nebraska

943.1 1.4 818 42 2.5 12

Nevada

1,227.7 3.7 865 34 -0.2 50

New Hampshire

623.5 1.5 982 20 1.2 43

New Jersey

3,834.6 1.4 1,288 5 1.9 24

New Mexico

798.7 1.4 805 43 1.5 35

New York

8,865.0 1.9 1,463 2 0.2 49

North Carolina

4,099.4 2.5 930 22 1.9 24

North Dakota

436.0 1.6 984 19 4.2 2

Ohio

5,144.5 1.4 922 24 1.4 38

Oklahoma

1,592.7 1.3 869 33 2.0 21

Oregon

1,748.7 3.5 919 25 2.9 7

Pennsylvania

5,606.9 0.9 1,031 16 2.4 16

Rhode Island

456.1 1.4 1,008 17 1.2 43

South Carolina

1,919.1 2.5 801 44 1.8 27

South Dakota

406.5 1.5 763 48 3.0 6

Tennessee

2,772.7 2.1 886 27 1.4 38

Texas

11,557.0 2.9 1,089 10 2.5 12

Utah

1,318.8 3.7 845 38 1.7 31

Vermont

303.9 0.9 824 40 2.0 21

Virginia

3,649.3 1.1 1,068 14 1.7 31

Washington

3,064.4 3.2 1,087 11 1.8 27

West Virginia

692.4 -0.3 792 46 1.4 38

Wisconsin

2,734.3 1.5 877 32 2.5 12

Wyoming

277.8 0.8 892 26 1.7 31

Puerto Rico

904.9 -1.1 524 (3) 1.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.5 0.0 738 (3) -0.7 (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.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Indiana, first quarter 2015

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015