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October 10, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Ohio – First Quarter 2014

Eleven of Ohio’s 13 large counties reported employment increases from March 2013 to March 2014, 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 2013 annual average employment.) Warren County had the largest gain, up 4.1 percent, followed by Butler County, 2.4 percent; and Franklin County, 1.9 percent. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that the employment increases in the other eight large counties in Ohio were less than the national increase.

Nationally, employment advanced 1.7 percent from March 2013 to March 2014 as 281 of the 339 largest U.S. counties registered increases. 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.

Among the 13 largest counties in Ohio, employment was highest in Cuyahoga County (696,500) in March 2014, followed by Franklin County (686,600). Four other counties—Hamilton (489,700), Summit (255,400), Montgomery (241,800), and Lucas (201,200)—had employment levels of more than 200,000. Collectively, Ohio's 13 large counties accounted for 65.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 72.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Franklin County rose 4.1 percent from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014, the largest increase among Ohio's large counties. Delaware County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,123, followed by Hamilton ($1,116) and Cuyahoga ($1,054). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 3.8 percent over the year to $1,027 in the first quarter of 2014.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 75 counties in Ohio with employment below 75,000. All of Ohio’s smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,027. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Four of Ohio’s large counties recorded wage growth greater than or equal to the national increase of 3.8 percent from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. (See table 1.) As noted, Franklin County experienced the state’s largest average weekly wage increase of 4.1 percent, ranking 72nd in the nation. Cuyahoga and Delaware Counties both experienced wage growth of 4.0 percent, ranking 73rd. Summit County’s increase matched the nation and placed 84th. All four of these counties were in the top quartile for wage increase nationwide.

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

Average weekly wages in 3 of Ohio’s 13 large counties were above the national average of $1,027 in the first quarter of 2014. As noted, Delaware County ($1,123) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 60th nationwide. This was followed by Hamilton ($1,116) and Cuyahoga ($1,054) Counties which ranked 64th and 81st, respectively, among the nation’s 339 large counties. Mahoning County ($686) reported the lowest average weekly wage among Ohio’s large counties and ranked 329th nationwide.

In the first quarter of 2014, 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 Ohio's smaller counties

All 75 counties in Ohio with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,027. Among these smaller counties, Union County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,020 and Meigs County had the lowest at $541. (See table 2.)

When all 88 counties in Ohio were considered, all but 3 had wages below the national average of $1,027. Two reported average weekly wages below $600, 16 reported wages from $600 to $649, 21 reported wages from $650 to $699, 16 reported wages from $700 to $749, and 33 reported wages of $750 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 fourth quarter 2013 version of the news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13htm.

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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 9.4 million employer reports cover 134.6 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 13 largest counties in Ohio, first quarter 2014
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

134,555.0 1.7 -- $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Ohio

5,071.5 1.3 -- 909 24 2.8 32

Butler, Ohio

140.1 2.4 97 872 192 2.7 159

Cuyahoga, Ohio

696.5 0.0 282 1,054 81 4.0 73

Delaware, Ohio

79.6 0.4 260 1,123 60 4.0 73

Franklin, Ohio

686.6 1.9 128 1,024 97 4.1 72

Hamilton, Ohio

489.7 1.2 177 1,116 64 0.8 296

Lake, Ohio

92.2 -0.3 297 824 245 0.2 319

Lorain, Ohio

93.4 0.6 238 807 259 1.9 224

Lucas, Ohio

201.2 1.4 162 867 198 2.0 215

Mahoning, Ohio

95.9 0.4 260 686 329 2.5 174

Montgomery, Ohio

241.8 0.9 207 854 219 2.2 199

Stark, Ohio

155.1 0.9 207 751 306 2.2 199

Summit, Ohio

255.4 1.5 153 926 154 3.8 84

Warren, Ohio

80.1 4.1 25 862 208 2.7 159
 

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: 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 Ohio, first quarter 2014
Area Employment March 2014 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

134,554,959 $1,027

Ohio

5,071,476 909

Adams

5,402 656

Allen

48,934 799

Ashland

17,492 677

Ashtabula

29,684 672

Athens

20,137 725

Auglaize

19,796 741

Belmont

23,267 703

Brown

8,154 638

Butler

140,135 872

Carroll

6,506 686

Champaign

10,335 734

Clark

48,049 678

Clermont

53,769 793

Clinton

15,601 773

Columbiana

30,200 643

Coshocton

10,803 718

Crawford

13,505 637

Cuyahoga

696,527 1,054

Darke

17,641 671

Defiance

15,415 857

Delaware

79,607 1,123

Erie

33,625 702

Fairfield

40,676 654

Fayette

11,117 636

Franklin

686,573 1,024

Fulton

17,228 672

Gallia

10,929 737

Geauga

31,847 754

Greene

67,652 979

Guernsey

14,723 704

Hamilton

489,746 1,116

Hancock

42,744 1,003

Hardin

8,423 644

Harrison

3,945 738

Henry

10,540 689

Highland

10,369 601

Hocking

6,398 605

Holmes

17,637 594

Huron

19,201 692

Jackson

10,193 667

Jefferson

21,027 730

Knox

19,627 759

Lake

92,174 824

Lawrence

12,198 616

Licking

50,806 745

Logan

18,808 769

Lorain

93,380 807

Lucas

201,166 867

Madison

14,049 763

Mahoning

95,934 686

Marion

23,487 711

Medina

57,160 757

Meigs

3,435 541

Mercer

18,250 653

Miami

39,182 727

Monroe

2,820 612

Montgomery

241,843 854

Morgan

2,519 615

Morrow

4,773 631

Muskingum

31,283 684

Noble

3,258 689

Ottawa

12,113 870

Paulding

4,584 625

Perry

5,687 642

Pickaway

13,471 753

Pike

8,950 896

Portage

52,525 775

Preble

10,368 659

Putnam

11,033 650

Richland

50,518 661

Ross

26,493 796

Sandusky

24,882 705

Scioto

22,648 643

Seneca

18,106 645

Shelby

25,765 852

Stark

155,080 751

Summit

255,416 926

Trumbull

68,075 779

Tuscarawas

35,109 656

Union

28,688 1,020

Van Wert

10,460 677

Vinton

2,195 622

Warren

80,129 862

Washington

23,898 806

Wayne

43,223 724

Williams

16,301 703

Wood

59,787 855

Wyandot

8,583 693

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 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

134,555.0 1.7 $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Alabama

1,849.5 0.6 825 38 1.6 50

Alaska

319.1 0.3 1,023 15 3.5 17

Arizona

2,540.8 1.9 918 22 3.1 26

Arkansas

1,152.6 0.3 784 46 2.5 37

California

15,572.9 2.8 1,165 6 4.5 5

Colorado

2,370.1 3.1 1,046 13 4.2 9

Connecticut

1,627.2 0.5 1,362 3 3.3 24

Delaware

412.5 2.0 1,110 7 3.9 13

District of Columbia

727.3 1.2 1,701 1 5.3 3

Florida

7,752.4 2.9 868 28 3.0 28

Georgia

3,974.8 2.6 972 18 3.4 18

Hawaii

624.9 1.2 857 32 1.9 42

Idaho

631.5 3.3 722 50 3.9 13

Illinois

5,651.2 0.9 1,104 8 4.2 9

Indiana

2,842.5 1.2 845 35 1.7 48

Iowa

1,485.4 1.5 824 39 3.0 28

Kansas

1,343.0 1.7 840 36 4.1 11

Kentucky

1,784.1 1.1 811 40 2.7 33

Louisiana

1,909.8 1.2 868 28 2.6 35

Maine

565.9 0.7 786 45 1.9 42

Maryland

2,512.8 0.1 1,086 9 1.8 47

Massachusetts

3,272.2 1.3 1,300 4 5.3 3

Michigan

4,013.5 1.7 950 20 3.1 26

Minnesota

2,652.3 0.8 1,036 14 3.4 18

Mississippi

1,096.8 0.6 707 51 1.7 48

Missouri

2,634.6 1.0 866 31 2.9 30

Montana

429.9 0.7 730 49 3.3 24

Nebraska

930.7 1.7 797 42 2.6 35

Nevada

1,183.5 3.4 867 30 2.7 33

New Hampshire

614.2 1.3 970 19 3.4 18

New Jersey

3,794.3 0.6 1,263 5 2.2 38

New Mexico

787.0 0.2 793 43 1.9 42

New York

8,699.5 1.6 1,460 2 7.3 1

North Carolina

4,003.2 1.7 914 23 3.4 18

North Dakota

428.9 3.3 944 21 6.7 2

Ohio

5,071.5 1.3 909 24 2.8 32

Oklahoma

1,565.2 0.7 854 34 3.9 13

Oregon

1,688.5 2.8 893 25 3.4 18

Pennsylvania

5,560.9 0.3 1,007 16 4.1 11

Rhode Island

449.7 1.1 996 17 4.4 8

South Carolina

1,873.6 2.7 787 44 1.9 42

South Dakota

400.2 1.4 741 48 4.5 5

Tennessee

2,718.2 1.7 874 27 2.2 38

Texas

11,220.6 2.6 1,062 11 4.5 5

Utah

1,270.8 3.1 831 37 3.4 18

Vermont

301.1 0.5 807 41 1.9 42

Virginia

3,613.2 0.0 1,050 12 2.2 38

Washington

2,966.3 2.6 1,068 10 3.8 16

West Virginia

694.6 -0.9 779 47 1.4 51

Wisconsin

2,694.5 1.0 856 33 2.9 30

Wyoming

275.4 1.0 877 26 2.1 41

Puerto Rico

914.9 -1.8 521 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.3 -3.6 744 (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.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Ohio, first quarter 2014

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, October 10, 2014