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County Employment and Wages in Nevada – Third Quarter 2012


Employment rose 1.9 percent in Nevada’s largest county, Clark, from September 2011 to September 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In Nevada’s only other large county, Washoe, employment increased 0.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2011 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that the over-the-year employment increase in Clark County exceeded the nation as whole. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment grew 1.6 percent during this 12-month period, as 276 of the 328 large counties nationwide gained jobs. Elkhart, Ind., had the largest percentage increase in employment in the nation, up 6.9 percent over the year. Benton, Wash., had the largest employment decrease in the country, down 5.2 percent.

Employment in Clark County (821,000) and Washoe County (186,100) in September 2012 accounted for 88.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties made up 71.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 132.6 million in September 2012.

Average weekly wages decreased over the year in both Clark (down 3.5 percent to $804) and Washoe (down 2.6 percent to $827). Nationally, the average weekly wage decreased 1.1 percent over the year to $906 in the third quarter of 2012. (See table 1.) This is one of only six over-the-year average weekly wage declines dating back to 1978, when the first comparable quarterly data are available.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 15 counties in Nevada with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,534 to $645 during the third quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Clark County’s 3.5-percent wage decrease ranked 302nd nationally among the nation’s 328 largest counties. Washoe County’s 2.6-percent wage decline placed 255th. Average weekly wages declined over the year in 274 of the 328 largest U.S. counties. Yolo, Calif., had the largest wage decline among the large U.S. counties (-7.0 percent). In contrast, 46 experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages led by San Mateo, Calif., with a gain of 7.3 percent followed by Douglas, Colo. (5.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in both of Nevada’s large counties placed near the middle of the national ranking in the third quarter of 2012. Washoe County ($827) ranked 186th and Clark County ($804) placed 202nd. Nationwide, 103 large counties registered weekly wages at or above the U.S. average of $906 in the third quarter of 2012. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,800. New York, N.Y., was second at $1,626, followed by the counties of San Mateo, Calif. ($1,537), Washington, D.C. ($1,514), and Arlington, Va. ($1,488).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 225 reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($554), followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($580), Hidalgo, Texas ($584), Yakima, Wash. ($620), and Marion, Fla. ($621).

Average weekly wages in Nevada’s smaller counties

Eleven of the 15 counties in Nevada with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $906. Eureka ($1,534), Lander ($1,202), Humboldt ($960), and White Pine ($925) were the only counties in the state with wages above the national average. (See table 2.)

When all 17 counties in Nevada were considered, 5 had wages $900 or more. Seven counties had average weekly wages from $800 to $899. Four counties reported average weekly wages from $700 to $799, and one had wages below $699.

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 http://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 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 news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online 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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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 covered 132.6 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 and may not match the data contained on the BLS 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 two large counties in Nevada, third quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
September 2012 (thousands) Percent change, September 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, third quarter 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

132,624.7 1.6 -- $906  -- -1.1  -- 

Nevada

1,140.1 1.5 -- 820 27 -3.0 50

Clark, Nev.

821.0 1.9 110 804 202 -3.5 302

Washoe, Nev.

186.1 0.4 253 827 186 -2.6 255

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.


Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Nevada, third quarter 2012 (2)

United States (4)

132,624,657
$906

  Nevada

1,140,144
820

    Churchill

7,602
790

    Clark

821,039
804

    Douglas

17,364
769

    Elko

23,104
899

    Esmeralda

310
884

    Eureka

4,813
1,534

    Humboldt

8,516
960

    Lander

3,630
1,202

    Lincoln

1,256
645

    Lyon

11,544
700

    Mineral

1,344
783

    Nye

10,680
904

    Pershing

1,929
875

    Storey

3,408
834

    Washoe

18,6073
827

    White Pine

4,428
925

    Carson City

27,459
857
Area Employment September 2012 Average Weekly Wage (3)

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.

SOURCE: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages


Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, third quarter 2012 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September
2012
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2011-12
Average
weekly wage
National
ranking by
level
Percent change,
third quarter
2011-12
National
ranking by
percent change

United States (4)

132,624.7 1.6 $906 -- -1.1 --

Alabama

1,833.5 0.6 784 33 -2.4 45

Alaska

343.6 0.6 961 9 -0.2 7

Arizona

2,437.5 2.2 846 22 -2.0 43

Arkansas

1,156.7 0.3 708 47 -1.0 17

California

15,109.1 2.8 1,036 6 -1.2 21

Colorado

2,284.6 2.2 936 12 -1.3 25

Connecticut

1,638.9 0.8 1,087 4 -2.8 49

Delaware

407.3 0.1 925 14 -2.5 47

District of Columbia

714.9 0.6 1,514 1 -0.7 15

Florida

7,307.9 1.9 800 31 -1.4 27

Georgia

3,841.2 1.1 854 21 -1.5 31

Hawaii

605.5 1.7 827 26 -1.0 17

Idaho

630.4 1.1 687 49 -1.4 27

Illinois

5,688.6 1.1 945 11 -1.4 27

Indiana

2,849.9 1.8 772 35 -1.7 36

Iowa

1,486.7 1.1 756 41 -0.5 10

Kansas

1,325.5 1.0 761 39 -1.4 27

Kentucky

1,779.5 1.2 751 42 -1.7 36

Louisiana

1,864.3 0.3 805 30 -1.8 38

Maine

597.0 0.2 722 46 -1.6 34

Maryland

2,533.3 1.4 1,007 8 -1.6 34

Massachusetts

3,271.6 1.2 1,102 2 -1.2 21

Michigan

3,984.2 1.5 862 19 -1.5 31

Minnesota

2,675.4 1.1 915 15 0.0 4

Mississippi

1,089.4 0.6 672 51 -1.2 21

Missouri

2,628.8 0.7 793 32 -1.2 21

Montana

441.6 1.8 689 48 0.3 3

Nebraska

924.4 2.0 742 43 -0.5 10

Nevada

1,140.1 1.5 820 27 -3.0 50

New Hampshire

620.6 1.1 874 17 -3.1 51

New Jersey

3,811.2 1.1 1,053 5 -1.8 38

New Mexico

788.7 0.0 761 39 -2.3 44

New York

8,616.8 1.2 1,088 3 -1.1 19

North Carolina

3,934.1 1.6 806 29 -0.2 7

North Dakota

422.2 7.8 872 18 6.3 1

Ohio

5,073.0 1.1 828 24 -0.7 15

Oklahoma

1,545.6 1.3 779 34 -0.5 10

Oregon

1,667.3 1.2 834 23 0.0 4

Pennsylvania

5,598.4 0.6 899 16 -1.3 25

Rhode Island

460.5 0.8 855 20 -1.9 42

South Carolina

1,814.7 1.3 738 44 -1.1 19

South Dakota

405.3 1.6 683 50 -0.1 6

Tennessee

2,674.3 1.7 814 28 -0.6 14

Texas

10,773.4 2.7 930 13 -0.2 7

Utah

1,231.0 3.3 766 37 -1.8 38

Vermont

302.0 1.2 763 38 -1.8 38

Virginia

3,631.1 0.9 960 10 -1.5 31

Washington

2,944.6 1.5 1,024 7 1.3 2

West Virginia

715.4 0.5 724 45 -2.4 45

Wisconsin

2,718.7 0.7 770 36 -2.7 48

Wyoming

284.7 0.0 828 24 -0.5 10

Puerto Rico

933.4 2.1 506 (5) 0.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.6 -9.8 711 (5) -1.1 (5)
(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 by county in Nevada, Third Quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: May 1, 2013