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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2015

Employment rose in all seven large counties in Missouri from September 2014 to September 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2014 annual average employment. The independent city of St. Louis has been designated as a county by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that Clay County reported the largest increase at 5.1 percent followed by St. Charles, 4.8 percent. These two counties registered employment gains that exceeded the national average of 1.9 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 312 of the 342 largest U.S. counties from September 2014 to September 2015. Williamson, Tenn., posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.5 percent over the year. Ector, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 8.3 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis (593,300) in September 2015. Jackson County and St. Louis City also had employment levels exceeding 200,000. Together, Missouri’s seven large counties accounted for 61.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in all seven large counties in Missouri from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Wages in Greene County experienced the largest growth (3.9 percent), followed by Boone (3.7 percent) and Clay (3.0 percent). Nationally, average weekly wages increased 2.6 percent. St. Louis City had the highest average weekly wage among the largest counties in the state at $1,045, followed by St. Louis ($1,004) and Jackson ($989). Average weekly wages in these three counties exceeded the national average of $974. Greene County recorded the lowest average weekly wage at $753. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As mentioned, the 7 large counties in Missouri recorded wage gains from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015, with 3 counties posting wage increases greater than the U.S. average of 2.6 percent. (See table 1.) Greene County had the largest wage gain (3.9 percent), placing 47th in the national ranking, followed by Boone (3.7 percent, 60th) and Clay (3.0 percent, 117th). Jackson County’s wage growth of 2.6 percent matched the national average, and placed 154th. St. Louis City (1.6 percent, 259th), St. Charles (1.2 percent, 286th), and St. Louis (0.9 percent, 305th) placed in the bottom quarter of the national ranking.

Among the 342 largest counties in the U.S., 319 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2015. Rockland, N.Y., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with an increase of 24.9 percent. Twenty of the 342 largest counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.7 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Three of the state’s large counties had average weekly wage levels that placed in the top 100 of the 342 largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2015. Average weekly wages in St. Louis City ($1,045) and St. Louis County ($1,004) ranked 72nd and 84th, respectively. Jackson County’s average weekly wage of $989 was also above the national average of $974 and ranked 91st. Wage levels in Missouri’s four other large counties were below the national average, and placed in the bottom half of the national ranking.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the average of $974 in 100 of the 342 largest U.S. counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,090, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,894), and New York, N.Y. ($1,829). Among the 242 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2015, Horry, S.C. ($598), reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

Of the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000, Platte County recorded the highest average weekly wage at $821. Ozark County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state at $411 in the third quarter of 2015. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, 60 reported average weekly wages of $599 or less, 43 reported wages from $600 to $749, 9 had wages from $750 to $899, and 3 had wages of $900 or higher. (See chart 1.) Of the 12 counties with wages of $750 or higher, half were located in the major metropolitan areas of Kansas City and St. Louis.

Additional statistics and other information

Quarterly 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 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 news release. Tables and additional content from the 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 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 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 7 largest counties in Missouri, third quarter 2015
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,442.2 1.9 -- $974 -- 2.6 --

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 -- 846 32 2.2 34

Boone, Mo.

92.5 1.8 172 795 279 3.7 60

Clay, Mo.

99.2 5.1 9 856 208 3.0 117

Greene, Mo.

162.0 1.1 227 753 316 3.9 47

Jackson, Mo.

358.0 2.0 151 989 91 2.6 154

St. Charles, Mo.

141.2 4.8 12 774 301 1.2 286

St. Louis City, Mo.

228.3 1.9 162 1,045 72 1.6 259

St. Louis, Mo.

593.3 1.6 192 1,004 84 0.9 305

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 Missouri, 3rd quarter 2015
Area Employment September 2015 Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224 $974

Missouri

2,737,871 846

Adair

9,738 605

Andrew

2,491 555

Atchison

1,638 531

Audrain

9,530 640

Barry

13,878 705

Barton

3,246 528

Bates

3,649 556

Benton

3,531 521

Bollinger

1,847 462

Boone

92,494 795

Buchanan

47,029 778

Butler

19,059 611

Caldwell

1,655 559

Callaway

14,504 734

Camden

17,282 555

Cape Girardeau

40,528 733

Carroll

2,407 571

Carter

1,467 495

Cass

25,650 615

Cedar

3,253 499

Chariton

1,905 575

Christian

16,785 559

Clark

1,413 471

Clay

99,239 856

Clinton

3,920 583

Cole

52,053 753

Cooper

5,063 596

Crawford

6,739 655

Dade

1,718 530

Dallas

2,521 465

Daviess

1,551 496

De Kalb

3,257 579

Dent

3,797 522

Douglas

2,232 479

Dunklin

10,065 478

Franklin

38,001 734

Gasconade

5,350 541

Gentry

2,219 605

Greene

161,959 753

Grundy

3,540 609

Harrison

2,590 509

Henry

7,524 707

Hickory

1,285 478

Holt

1,316 583

Howard

2,666 503

Howell

15,160 610

Iron

3,822 740

Jackson

358,043 989

Jasper

60,448 710

Jefferson

46,983 644

Johnson

15,589 635

Knox

1,090 490

Laclede

12,980 603

Lafayette

8,755 572

Lawrence

9,090 627

Lewis

2,684 626

Lincoln

11,237 670

Linn

3,798 599

Livingston

6,055 608

McDonald

7,035 602

Macon

4,900 581

Madison

3,657 514

Maries

1,239 564

Marion

13,565 627

Mercer

1,782 641

Miller

6,625 595

Mississippi

4,116 550

Moniteau

4,215 575

Monroe

2,093 568

Montgomery

2,844 592

Morgan

4,388 502

New Madrid

7,617 713

Newton

17,191 630

Nodaway

7,918 601

Oregon

2,356 445

Osage

3,529 609

Ozark

1,603 411

Pemiscot

5,946 567

Perry

9,477 681

Pettis

19,603 606

Phelps

18,017 699

Pike

6,049 603

Platte

40,952 821

Polk

7,956 640

Pulaski

13,177 663

Putnam

1,030 537

Ralls

3,522 787

Randolph

9,548 664

Ray

4,342 625

Reynolds

1,720 447

Ripley

2,838 437

St. Charles

141,156 774

St. Clair

1,657 474

Ste. Genevieve

5,474 758

St. Francois

22,936 568

St. Louis

593,299 1,004

Saline

8,920 617

Schuyler

640 502

Scotland

1,188 536

Scott

15,368 631

Shannon

1,471 416

Shelby

1,750 504

Stoddard

10,284 609

Stone

5,836 536

Sullivan

2,399 670

Taney

30,096 557

Texas

5,727 543

Vernon

7,006 645

Warren

7,155 650

Washington

5,217 507

Wayne

2,807 431

Webster

6,797 589

Worth

353 461

Wright

4,239 543

St. Louis City

228,269 1,045

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

United States (2)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 -- 2.6 --

Alabama

1,893.6 1.2 830 34 1.8 40

Alaska

346.4 0.4 1,041 9 2.2 34

Arizona

2,613.9 2.9 889 24 1.5 42

Arkansas

1,193.4 1.9 756 48 2.6 22

California

16,474.4 3.0 1,134 5 3.4 6

Colorado

2,513.0 2.9 1,006 12 2.4 30

Connecticut

1,668.3 0.2 1,147 4 2.0 38

Delaware

436.3 2.1 963 15 0.3 48

District of Columbia

743.6 1.4 1,667 1 2.3 33

Florida

8,023.2 3.5 852 31 3.1 10

Georgia

4,171.1 2.8 916 22 2.8 19

Hawaii

635.4 1.4 896 23 3.1 10

Idaho

680.3 3.3 736 50 2.1 37

Illinois

5,888.6 1.3 1,020 10 3.9 3

Indiana

2,971.7 1.6 818 39 2.4 30

Iowa

1,535.9 0.4 823 38 3.0 14

Kansas

1,370.9 0.6 809 41 1.8 40

Kentucky

1,852.5 1.4 804 42 2.9 18

Louisiana

1,926.3 -0.2 858 30 0.7 47

Maine

609.7 0.7 779 46 3.3 7

Maryland

2,607.8 1.3 1,067 8 2.4 30

Massachusetts

3,446.9 1.4 1,197 2 3.0 14

Michigan

4,203.0 1.6 921 20 2.7 20

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 990 14 2.6 22

Mississippi

1,118.9 1.2 706 51 1.3 43

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 846 32 2.2 34

Montana

457.9 1.9 759 47 3.7 4

Nebraska

964.0 1.4 811 40 4.2 2

Nevada

1,254.5 3.2 862 29 2.5 27

New Hampshire

642.8 1.5 952 18 2.7 20

New Jersey

3,933.9 1.4 1,116 6 2.6 22

New Mexico

809.2 0.6 798 43 1.3 43

New York

9,065.4 1.8 1,180 3 3.1 10

North Carolina

4,194.1 2.5 863 28 3.0 14

North Dakota

438.0 -3.8 956 17 -2.3 51

Ohio

5,282.7 1.2 878 25 1.9 39

Oklahoma

1,598.0 0.2 825 37 0.0 49

Oregon

1,812.8 3.0 924 19 4.4 1

Pennsylvania

5,722.1 0.8 961 16 2.5 27

Rhode Island

477.4 1.2 919 21 2.6 22

South Carolina

1,959.7 2.9 788 44 2.6 22

South Dakota

419.5 0.9 756 48 3.1 10

Tennessee

2,850.6 2.7 864 27 3.2 8

Texas

11,681.0 2.1 999 13 1.1 45

Utah

1,353.9 3.7 829 35 3.2 8

Vermont

308.2 0.5 829 35 3.0 14

Virginia

3,759.7 2.5 1,014 11 2.5 27

Washington

3,187.6 2.5 1,111 7 2.2 34

West Virginia

702.4 -1.1 785 45 0.9 46

Wisconsin

2,815.7 0.9 834 33 3.5 5

Wyoming

287.4 -1.5 866 26 -1.1 50

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.8 -2.1 738 (3) 2.1 (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: Thursday, April 07, 2016