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Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Occupational Employment and Wages in
New Bedford, May 2012

Workers in the New Bedford Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.35 in May 2012, about 8 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly higher than their respective national averages in 7 of the 22 major occupational groups, including protective service; education, training, and library; and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance. Ten groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media; architecture and engineering; and production.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 6 of the 22 occupational groups, including production, community and social service, and healthcare support. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations, computer and mathematical, and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the New Bedford Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States New Bedford United States New Bedford Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $20.35* -8

Management

4.9 3.9* 52.20 48.36* -7

Business and financial operations

4.9 2.4* 33.44 31.24* -7

Computer and mathematical

2.7 0.5* 38.55 34.82* -10

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.9* 37.98 33.15* -13

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5* 32.87 29.10* -11

Community and social services

1.4 3.4* 21.27 19.73* -7

Legal

0.8 0.2* 47.39 47.40 0

Education, training, and library

6.4 7.7* 24.62 27.41* 11

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.8* 26.20 21.38* -18

Healthcare practitioner and technical

5.9 7.2* 35.35 36.47 3

Healthcare support

3.0 4.7* 13.36 14.51* 9

Protective service

2.5 1.9* 20.70 23.70* 14

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 9.9* 10.28 10.80* 5

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 2.8* 12.34 14.03* 14

Personal care and service

2.9 2.7 11.80 12.67* 7

Sales and related

10.6 10.3 18.26 16.54* -9

Office and administrative support

16.4 16.2 16.54 16.73 1

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.3 11.65 13.33 14

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.4 21.61 23.26* 8

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.2* 21.09 20.17* -4

Production

6.6 11.7* 16.59 14.68* -12

Transportation and material moving

6.7 5.6* 16.15 16.39 1

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in New Bedford is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. New Bedford had 7,550 jobs in production, accounting for 11.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $14.68, measurably below the national wage of $16.59.

With employment of 1,250, packaging and filling machine operators and tenders was the largest occupation within the production group, followed by sewing machine operators (1,040) and machinists (530). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers and medical appliance technicians, with mean hourly wages of $26.43 and $21.38, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were sewing machine operators ($9.15) and packaging and filling machine operators and tenders ($9.79). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_75550.htm)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the New Bedford Metropolitan Statistical Area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, medical appliance technicians were employed at 15.8 times the national rate in New Bedford, and sewing machine operators, at 14.9 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers had a location quotient of 1.0 in New Bedford, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.



OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Bridgeport Metropolitan Statistical Area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE:  A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.



Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, forms are mailed to two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and the other in November. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3 year period: May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The sample in the New Bedford Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,084 establishments with a response rate of 83 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

Area definitions
The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The New Bedford, Mass. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Acushnet town, Dartmouth town, Fairhaven town, Freetown town, Gosnold town, Mattapoisett town, New Bedford city, and Rochester town.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro1. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/methods_statement.pdf. 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.


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Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, New Bedford Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual(4)

Production Occupations

7,5501.8$14.68$30,530

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

3701.326.4354,980

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

405.115.0631,320

Team Assemblers

3200.613.2827,630

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other

(5)(5)10.0320,870

Bakers

901.214.8630,910

Butchers and Meat Cutters

801.220.5942,840

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

1301.711.8524,640

Food Batchmakers

601.312.8626,740

Food Processing Workers, All Other

(5)(5)10.6622,170

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

600.917.9037,240

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1704.717.8137,040

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

902.617.2635,910

Machinists

5302.820.8143,280

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

1202.918.0337,510

Tool and Die Makers

401.023.9249,760

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

1701.018.8239,140

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

2102.29.9420,680

Sewing Machine Operators

1,04014.99.1519,030

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

401.119.0639,640

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

300.621.2144,120

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

3201.516.1933,670

Medical Appliance Technicians

10015.821.3844,460

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

1,2506.99.7920,350

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

601.5(5)(5)

Painters, Transportation Equipment

401.823.1248,080

Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

505.911.7424,420

Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic

805.314.1529,430

Helpers--Production Workers

2501.212.4925,980

Production Workers, All Other

2302.114.8030,790

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in New Bedford, MA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_75550.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a 'year-round, full-time' hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: July 25, 2013