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County Employment and Wages in North Carolina-Fourth Quarter 2012


Eight of North Carolina’s nine largest counties reported employment gains from December 2011 to December 2012, 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 2011 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 3.4 percent in Wake County to 0.1 percent in Catawba County. Employment declined 1.4 percent in Cumberland County over the 12-month period. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent during the 12-month period, as 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Elkhart, Ind., posted the largest increase, with a gain of 7.4 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 2.5 percent.

Among the largest counties in North Carolina, employment was highest in Mecklenburg (584,200) in December 2012. Two other counties—Wake and Guilford—had employment levels exceeding 250,000. Together, North Carolina’s nine large counties accounted for 52.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties accounted for 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 133.7 million in December 2012.

Eight of North Carolina’s nine largest counties experienced an increase in their average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. Average weekly wage increases in two counties exceeded 5.0 percent—Guilford (5.5 percent) and Mecklenburg (5.1 percent). Durham County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,225, followed by the counties of Mecklenburg ($1,103) and Wake ($967). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased over the year by 4.7 percent to $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 91 counties with employment levels below 75,000 in North Carolina. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $988 to $511. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Average weekly wages advanced in eight of North Carolina’s large counties from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2012. At 5.5 percent, Guilford’s wage increase ranked 45th among the nation’s 328 large counties. Two other counties placed in the top half of the rankings—Mecklenburg (5.1 percent, 64th) and Forsyth (3.3 percent, 157th). (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 316 large counties experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest wage gain (107.3 percent). Douglas, Colo., had the second largest increase (48.0 percent), followed by Virginia Beach City, Va. (13.3 percent).

Among the 328 largest U.S. counties, 10 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter of 2012. Lake, Ohio, had the largest average weekly wage decline with a loss of 3.2 percent, followed by the counties of Passaic, N.J. (-2.1 percent), Genesee, Mich. (-1.7 percent), Atlantic, N.J. (-1.4 percent) and Benton, Wash. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Durham and Mecklenburg Counties, with average weekly wages of $1,225 and $1,103, respectively, placed in the top third of the national ranking among the 328 largest U.S. counties in the fourth quarter of 2012. Wake ($967), Forsyth ($883), and Guilford ($863) fell in the middle third of the national ranking and the state’s remaining four large counties fell in the bottom third.

Nationally, San Mateo, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $3,240, followed by New York, N.Y. ($2,107), Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906), Suffolk, Mass. ($1,724), and Fairfield, Conn. ($1,704).

There were 231 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2012. Horry, S.C. ($576), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($609), Hidalgo, Texas ($612), and Lake, Fla. ($653).

Average weekly wages in North Carolina’s smaller counties

Among the 91 counties in North Carolina with employment below 75,000, none registered an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,000. Orange County ($988) reported the highest weekly wage among the smaller counties, followed by the counties of Camden ($897) and Iredell ($867). Tyrrell County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state, averaging $511 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

When all 100 counties in North Carolina were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages under $600, 53 reported wages from $600 to $699, 14 had wages from $700 to $799, and 10 had wages above $800. (See chart 1.)

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 2011 edition of this publication, which was published in October 2012, 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 2011 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn11.htm.  The 2012 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2013.

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Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States on October 29, 2012, during the QCEW fourth quarter reference period. This event did not warrant changes to QCEW methodology.

 

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 9.2 million employer reports cover 133.7 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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 1. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 9 largest counties in North Carolina, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
December 2012 (thousands) Percent change, December 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, fourth quarter 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

133,726.8 1.9 -- $1,000 -- 4.7 --

North Carolina

3,963.9 1.9 -- 854 33 3.6 29

Buncombe, N.C.

116.2 2.5 80 752 305 2.7 193

Catawba, N.C.

79.3 0.1 280 733 311 0.4 303

Cumberland, N.C.

118.5 -1.4 320 770 297 -0.1 319

Durham, N.C.

188.2 2.6 76 1,225 29 1.6 261

Forsyth, N.C.

177.3 1.7 154 883 186 3.3 157

Guilford, N.C.

266.9 1.1 207 863 209 5.5 45

Mecklenburg, N.C.

584.2 3.0 52 1,103 55 5.1 64

New Hanover, N.C.

97.1 1.6 162 797 275 2.4 214

Wake, N.C.

464.2 3.4 33 967 123 2.4 214

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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in North Carolina, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment December 2012 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

133,726,808 $1,000

North Carolina

3,963,893 854

Alamance

58,543 691

Alexander

9,027 573

Alleghany

3,188 542

Anson

7,730 620

Ashe

7,091 615

Avery

6,387 562

Beaufort

15,863 657

Bertie

6,153 568

Bladen

12,089 665

Brunswick

27,606 677

Buncombe

116,189 752

Burke

29,099 673

Cabarrus

65,664 705

Caldwell

23,229 640

Camden

2,069 897

Carteret

21,689 603

Caswell

3,100 582

Catawba

79,280 733

Chatham

14,153 674

Cherokee

7,584 589

Chowan

4,717 679

Clay

1,934 544

Cleveland

31,976 672

Columbus

15,395 628

Craven

38,405 805

Cumberland

118,488 770

Currituck

4,810 594

Dare

16,190 601

Davidson

41,190 663

Davie

9,898 648

Duplin

19,750 623

Durham

188,190 1,225

Edgecombe

18,119 657

Forsyth

177,270 883

Franklin

12,236 677

Gaston

66,264 723

Gates

1,493 600

Graham

2,132 589

Granville

20,419 776

Greene

4,328 589

Guilford

266,882 863

Halifax

16,234 622

Harnett

22,217 619

Haywood

16,315 668

Henderson

33,946 692

Hertford

9,062 673

Hoke

7,889 554

Hyde

1,896 575

Iredell

64,786 867

Jackson

11,952 622

Johnston

43,705 687

Jones

1,851 625

Lee

25,172 762

Lenoir

27,879 708

Lincoln

20,183 672

McDowell

14,828 597

Macon

10,601 602

Madison

3,764 574

Martin

7,471 638

Mecklenburg

584,195 1,103

Mitchell

4,753 599

Montgomery

8,795 621

Moore

31,803 749

Nash

40,889 704

New Hanover

97,070 797

Northampton

5,259 613

Onslow

48,142 609

Orange

63,015 988

Pamlico

2,948 578

Pasquotank

15,697 690

Pender

9,434 636

Perquimans

1,834 564

Person

9,798 688

Pitt

73,317 816

Polk

4,672 582

Randolph

45,182 667

Richmond

13,569 632

Robeson

38,881 614

Rockingham

26,418 688

Rowan

46,093 762

Rutherford

18,001 679

Sampson

18,697 650

Scotland

11,757 642

Stanly

18,309 625

Stokes

6,811 579

Surry

27,547 609

Swain

8,473 626

Transylvania

8,230 621

Tyrrell

1,218 511

Union

54,732 739

Vance

14,108 636

Wake

464,185 967

Warren

3,588 595

Washington

3,212 600

Watauga

21,441 655

Wayne

43,694 673

Wilkes

20,809 644

Wilson

37,886 774

Yadkin

9,885 579

Yancey

3,697 583

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.


OOH Earnings Table Extraction Wizard - output frame
Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
December 2012 (thousands) Percent change, December 2011-12 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2011-12 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

133,726.8 1.9 $1,000 -- 4.7 --

Alabama

1,847.3 1.1 854 33 2.6 41

Alaska

314.8 1.1 1,007 15 2.7 38

Arizona

2,509.2 2.4 912 22 3.3 33

Arkansas

1,160.3 0.2 767 47 4.2 19

California

15,216.3 3.3 1,186 5 7.8 2

Colorado

2,311.4 2.7 1,032 11 5.8 5

Connecticut

1,657.6 1.0 1,253 3 5.3 8

Delaware

411.0 1.2 1,044 9 6.1 4

District of Columbia

721.5 1.7 1,703 1 2.2 47

Florida

7,535.5 2.3 880 27 3.9 23

Georgia

3,889.9 1.7 927 21 4.7 13

Hawaii

620.7 2.1 868 30 2.7 38

Idaho

618.4 2.0 732 50 2.1 48

Illinois

5,697.9 1.1 1,058 8 4.4 17

Indiana

2,850.5 1.8 816 40 3.4 32

Iowa

1,486.6 1.3 821 39 3.7 26

Kansas

1,339.2 1.5 835 37 4.4 17

Kentucky

1,796.0 1.4 801 42 1.8 49

Louisiana

1,891.9 1.0 884 26 4.1 20

Maine

582.2 0.2 773 46 2.4 45

Maryland

2,544.1 1.2 1,086 7 2.5 42

Massachusetts

3,279.3 1.3 1,248 4 4.8 11

Michigan

3,988.9 1.9 954 18 2.3 46

Minnesota

2,677.2 1.6 985 16 5.1 10

Mississippi

1,096.5 1.1 720 51 3.2 34

Missouri

2,641.9 0.9 863 31 4.6 14

Montana

434.6 1.9 757 48 4.1 20

Nebraska

931.3 2.2 797 43 4.6 14

Nevada

1,145.8 1.9 877 28 2.9 35

New Hampshire

620.8 0.8 1,023 13 5.5 6

New Jersey

3,846.4 1.1 1,172 6 2.9 35

New Mexico

796.8 1.5 802 41 0.4 51

New York

8,741.9 1.4 1,280 2 6.9 3

North Carolina

3,963.9 1.9 854 33 3.6 29

North Dakota

421.0 6.1 944 20 8.4 1

Ohio

5,098.0 1.3 887 25 3.6 29

Oklahoma

1,565.3 1.9 847 35 3.9 23

Oregon

1,654.1 1.4 871 29 2.5 42

Pennsylvania

5,629.8 0.5 972 17 3.8 25

Rhode Island

456.4 1.0 945 19 2.7 38

South Carolina

1,832.2 2.0 784 45 2.8 37

South Dakota

401.7 1.2 749 49 3.5 31

Tennessee

2,710.4 2.1 903 24 5.2 9

Texas

10,956.4 3.2 1,027 12 5.5 6

Utah

1,246.6 3.7 844 36 4.5 16

Vermont

306.1 0.7 829 38 2.5 42

Virginia

3,663.7 1.1 1,042 10 3.7 26

Washington

2,902.0 2.1 1,017 14 4.0 22

West Virginia

714.3 0.0 788 44 1.5 50

Wisconsin

2,723.6 1.2 855 32 4.8 11

Wyoming

277.6 0.2 908 23 3.7 26

Puerto Rico

978.6 1.6 550 (5) -0.4 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -7.9 738 (5) -3.9 (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 in North Carolina, Fourth Quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: July 18, 2013