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Monday, January 27, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2013


Employment rose in the four largest counties in Kansas from June 2012 to June 2013, 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 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that Johnson County experienced the fastest growth, up 2.6 percent over the year, and exceeded the national average of 1.6 percent.

Nationally, employment increased in 288 of the 334 largest U.S. counties from June 2012 to June 2013. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest increase with a gain of 7.0 percent over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 4.5 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson County (323,600) and lowest in Wyandotte (83,900). Together, the four largest counties accounted for 55.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 large counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

Two of Kansas’s four large counties experienced wage growth that exceeded the 2.1-percent increase for the nation. Sedgwick and Johnson Counties recorded wage growth of 3.1 and 2.7 percent, respectively. Johnson County had the highest average weekly wage among the largest counties in the state at $950 and was above the national average of $921. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000. Of these smaller counties, only Coffey ($1,161) had an average weekly wage above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As mentioned, Sedgwick County had the largest wage gain at 3.1 percent, placing it 53rd in the national ranking, followed by Johnson at 2.7 percent and ranking 76th. (See table 1.) Average wages in Shawnee County rose 1.7 percent and placed 170th. Wyandotte had a decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 1.1 percent, ranking 326th.

Among the 334 largest counties in the U.S., 304 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2013. Union, N.J., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with an increase of 8.1 percent. Davidson, Tenn., had the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 2.2 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Only one of Kansas’s four large counties had average weekly wages above the national average of $921 and placed in the top 100 nationwide in the second quarter of 2013. Johnson County had an average weekly wage of $950 and ranked 87th among the 334 largest counties. The state’s remaining large counties had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom half of the national ranking—Sedgwick ($843,171st), Wyandotte ($832, 184th), and Shawnee ($784, 244th).

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the average of $921 in 107 of the 334 largest U.S. counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,810, followed by New York, N.Y., ($1,675) and San Mateo, Calif. ($1,632). Among the 227 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2013, Horry, S.C. ($537) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Kansas’s smaller counties

Of the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000, only one county—Coffey ($1,161)—had an average weekly wage above the national average of $921. Decatur County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $452 in the second quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Forty-nine reported average weekly wages under $600, 33 reported wages from $600 to $649, 11 had wages from $650 to $699, 4 had wages from $700 to $749, and 8 had wages above $750. (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 2012 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm.

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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 9.2 million employer reports cover 135.1 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 4 largest counties in Kansas, second quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

135,094.0 1.6 -- $921 -- 2.1 --

Kansas

1,350.0 1.2 -- 779 41 2.1 19

Johnson, Kan.

323.6 2.6 69 950 87 2.7 76

Sedgwick, Kan.

242.3 0.9 216 843 171 3.1 53

Shawnee, Kan.

95.6 1.1 191 784 244 1.7 170

Wyandotte, Kan.

83.9 1.1 191 832 184 -1.1 326

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 data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Kansas, second quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment June 2013 Average weekly wage (3) Area Employment June 2013 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

135,093,963 $921

Kansas

1,349,956 779 Lincoln 960 525

Allen

5,640 596 Linn 2,124 855

Anderson

2,074 534 Logan 1,327 565

Atchison

5,957 617 Lyon 14,211 571

Barber

1,901 578 McPherson 14,725 722

Barton

13,323 661 Marion 3,675 531

Bourbon

6,070 581 Marshall 4,965 649

Brown

5,162 606 Meade 1,587 614

Butler

17,825 650 Miami 7,967 622

Chase

720 460 Mitchell 3,565 607

Chautauqua

797 516 Montgomery 17,078 599

Cherokee

5,891 623 Morris 1,450 520

Cheyenne

886 575 Morton 1,150 629

Clark

809 547 Nemaha 5,442 607

Clay

2,941 566 Neosho 6,695 616

Cloud

3,657 542 Ness 1,346 740

Coffey

4,462 1,161 Norton 2,704 596

Comanche

753 474 Osage 2,894 496

Cowley

14,176 624 Osborne 1,492 515

Crawford

17,101 579 Ottawa 1,344 540

Decatur

996 452 Pawnee 3,241 597

Dickinson

6,569 558 Phillips 2,651 600

Doniphan

2,200 616 Pottawatomie 9,540 661

Douglas

46,108 662 Pratt 4,926 658

Edwards

1,019 623 Rawlins 931 568

Elk

677 456 Reno 27,501 617

Ellis

16,045 660 Republic 2,066 502

Ellsworth

3,028 610 Rice 3,944 586

Finney

18,483 663 Riley 29,308 659

Ford

18,025 649 Rooks 1,997 594

Franklin

9,244 632 Rush 1,130 615

Geary

13,962 726 Russell 2,859 615

Gove

1,233 528 Saline 30,243 645

Graham

1,042 596 Scott 2,231 623

Grant

3,579 742 Sedgwick 242,337 843

Gray

3,236 600 Seward 11,963 668

Greeley

714 547 Shawnee 95,565 784

Greenwood

1,831 561 Sheridan 1,011 647

Hamilton

1,293 588 Sherman 2,700 555

Harper

2,578 647 Smith 1,411 504

Harvey

13,635 668 Stafford 1,401 500

Haskell

1,844 663 Stanton 773 642

Hodgeman

584 589 Stevens 2,197 797

Jackson

4,235 591 Sumner 7,412 598

Jefferson

3,586 608 Thomas 4,075 593

Jewell

829 553 Trego 1,311 620

Johnson

323,599 950 Wabaunsee 1,333 496

Kearny

1,385 598 Wallace 512 565

Kingman

2,671 639 Washington 2,082 463

Kiowa

1,202 570 Wichita 869 639

Labette

9,028 609 Wilson 3,432 612

Lane

717 612 Woodson 674 561

Leavenworth

21,106 811 Wyandotte 83,908 832

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.

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, second quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
June 2013 (thousands) Percent change, June 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

135,094.0 1.6 $921 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,859.5 0.9 794 35 1.4 44

Alaska

342.6 -0.1 970 9 1.6 37

Arizona

2,438.1 1.8 877 20 1.7 32

Arkansas

1,150.4 -0.6 734 46 2.4 10

California

15,485.8 2.4 1,048 6 2.0 21

Colorado

2,359.4 2.9 933 14 1.6 37

Connecticut

1,666.3 1.0 1,128 3 1.5 41

Delaware

417.8 1.8 966 12 2.0 21

District of Columbia

725.0 0.9 1,575 1 2.1 19

Florida

7,402.0 2.4 822 29 2.0 21

Georgia

3,917.2 1.7 867 22 2.2 17

Hawaii

617.0 1.9 823 28 1.6 37

Idaho

642.7 2.7 683 51 1.9 28

Illinois

5,750.0 0.8 971 8 1.9 28

Indiana

2,863.4 1.1 776 42 1.7 32

Iowa

1,523.9 1.3 757 43 2.0 21

Kansas

1,350.0 1.2 779 41 2.1 19

Kentucky

1,790.6 0.6 782 38 1.3 46

Louisiana

1,894.7 0.9 824 27 2.4 10

Maine

604.4 0.4 732 47 1.8 30

Maryland

2,570.3 0.9 1,005 7 1.4 44

Massachusetts

3,352.7 1.3 1,131 2 2.0 21

Michigan

4,073.7 2.2 875 21 2.0 21

Minnesota

2,745.2 1.9 929 15 2.4 10

Mississippi

1,094.9 0.7 691 49 1.5 41

Missouri

2,668.2 1.2 803 33 1.6 37

Montana

448.4 1.5 717 48 2.4 10

Nebraska

941.0 0.9 737 45 2.6 7

Nevada

1,168.3 2.3 829 26 1.7 32

New Hampshire

629.1 0.8 916 17 2.9 4

New Jersey

3,917.5 1.0 1,084 5 2.6 7

New Mexico

795.0 0.4 781 39 -0.3 51

New York

8,804.9 1.1 1,118 4 2.0 21

North Carolina

3,985.1 1.7 808 31 2.5 9

North Dakota

433.7 3.2 887 18 3.7 1

Ohio

5,162.3 1.1 830 25 1.7 32

Oklahoma

1,560.7 0.9 794 35 3.5 2

Oregon

1,708.0 2.5 848 23 1.3 46

Pennsylvania

5,665.9 0.3 918 16 2.8 5

Rhode Island

465.5 1.0 880 19 2.3 16

South Carolina

1,864.9 1.8 747 44 1.5 41

South Dakota

417.0 1.0 689 50 1.8 30

Tennessee

2,709.3 1.5 820 30 0.5 49

Texas

11,078.8 2.7 944 13 2.4 10

Utah

1,259.7 2.8 783 37 2.2 17

Vermont

303.1 0.3 808 31 2.7 6

Virginia

3,685.4 0.7 968 11 1.7 32

Washington

3,013.3 2.2 969 10 2.4 10

West Virginia

713.1 -0.1 781 39 0.6 48

Wisconsin

2,768.2 0.6 801 34 3.0 3

Wyoming

290.4 0.4 845 24 0.5 49

Puerto Rico

926.1 -1.1 503 (5) 1.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.9 -3.0 706 (5) -13.8 (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 for counties in Kansas, second quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: January 27, 2014