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County Employment and Wages in Minnesota — Third Quarter 2018

Employment increased in seven of the eight large counties in Minnesota from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or greater as measured by 2017 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Anoka County had the largest increase, up 2.5 percent, followed by Olmsted, up 1.3 percent. Employment in St. Louis County declined 0.4 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from September 2017 to September 2018 as 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 11.9 percent. New Hanover, NC, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Minnesota, employment was highest in Hennepin (932,400) in September 2018, followed by Ramsey (335,200). The remaining six large counties each had employment levels of less than 200,000. Collectively, Minnesota's eight large counties accounted for 67.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

The eight large counties in Minnesota had average weekly wage increases from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018, with the largest gain in Dakota County (5.4 percent). Hennepin County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,289, followed by Olmsted ($1,230) and Ramsey ($1,171). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 3.3 percent over the year to $1,055 in the third quarter of 2018.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 79 counties in Minnesota 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

All of the eight large counties in Minnesota had wage increases from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018. Seven of these counties had wage gains that were greater than the national increase of 3.3 percent. (See table 1.) Dakota County’s 5.4-percent wage gain ranked 19th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Three other large counties in the state had over-the-year wage increases that ranked among the top 50 nationwide: St. Louis (4.8 percent, 32nd), Anoka (4.5 percent, 41st), and Ramsey (4.4 percent, 44th).

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year wage growth. Chatham, GA, had the largest increase, up 8.5 percent from the third quarter of 2017. King, WA, was second with a wage increase of 7.9 percent, followed by Santa Clara, CA, and Stanislaus, CA, at 7.8 percent each.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 11 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Elkhart, IN, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-4.2 percent), followed by Union, NJ (-3.7 percent); Providence, RI (-3.4 percent); and Forsyth, NC (-3.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in three of Minnesota’s eight large counties were above the national average of $1,055 in the third quarter of 2018. As noted, Hennepin County ($1,289) had the highest average weekly wage in the state, ranking 24th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Olmsted ($1,230) and Ramsey ($1,171) placed 40th and 51st, respectively. Washington ($871) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties and ranked 269th nationwide.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($1,055) in 94 of the 349 largest counties in the third quarter of 2018. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position among the highest-paid large counties in the nation with an average weekly wage of $2,460. San Mateo, CA, was second at $2,363, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,097); New York, NY ($1,997); and Washington, DC ($1,807).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 255 had weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2018. Cameron, TX, had the lowest wage at $632, followed by Horry, SC ($635); Hidalgo, TX ($662); and Webb, TX ($698).

Average weekly wages in Minnesota’s smaller counties

Among the 79 smaller counties in the state (those with employment below 75,000), Carver County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,002, followed by Scott County at $976. Cass County had the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties at $618, followed by Cook and Pine Counties each at $622. (See table 2.)

When all 87 counties in Minnesota were considered, 4 reported average weekly wages of $649 or lower, 29 had wages from $650 to $749, 31 reported wages from $750 to $849, and 23 had wages of $850 or higher. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW 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 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 2017 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2018, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.


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 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. 13, the number of weeks in a quarter, then divide the result. 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 8 largest counties in Minnesota, third quarter 2018
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands)Percent change, September 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

146,824.11.6--$1,055--3.3--

Minnesota

2,904.30.8--1,074124.25

Anoka, MN

127.02.5651,053964.541

Dakota, MN

190.30.42491,0181245.419

Hennepin, MN

932.40.62191,289244.065

Olmsted, MN

100.01.31481,230403.6101

Ramsey, MN

335.20.42491,171514.444

St. Louis, MN

98.8-0.43208872504.832

Stearns, MN

87.71.11689112233.5115

Washington, MN

87.81.11688712691.5304

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 Minnesota, third quarter 2018
AreaEmployment September 2018Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093$1,055

Minnesota

2,904,3061,074

Aitkin

4,115696

Anoka

126,9971,053

Becker

14,617709

Beltrami

20,247821

Benton

17,494824

Big Stone

1,714735

Blue Earth

40,357852

Brown

14,380782

Carlton

13,470872

Carver

41,0151,002

Cass

11,266618

Chippewa

5,809747

Chisago

15,649850

Clay

19,228774

Clearwater

2,755765

Cook

3,147622

Cottonwood

5,009715

Crow Wing

30,542763

Dakota

190,3111,018

Dodge

6,211921

Douglas

19,122805

Faribault

4,667767

Fillmore

6,184640

Freeborn

12,021783

Goodhue

21,689893

Grant

1,894728

Hennepin

932,3551,289

Houston

5,158652

Hubbard

6,459734

Isanti

11,079796

Itasca

16,395789

Jackson

5,087724

Kanabec

3,881780

Kandiyohi

24,672767

Kittson

1,495690

Koochiching

4,641848

Lac qui Parle

2,148663

Lake

4,386801

Lake of the Woods

1,619670

Le Sueur

8,932854

Lincoln

1,693679

Lyon

14,510819

McLeod

16,349849

Mahnomen

1,924695

Marshall

2,302822

Martin

8,620818

Meeker

7,346749

Mille Lacs

9,796687

Morrison

10,984728

Mower

16,418934

Murray

3,060697

Nicollet

15,417865

Nobles

10,510810

Norman

1,641720

Olmsted

100,0041,230

Otter Tail

23,437743

Pennington

10,503890

Pine

8,341622

Pipestone

4,630733

Polk

12,449775

Pope

4,539818

Ramsey

335,1881,171

Red Lake

1,032700

Redwood

6,063756

Renville

6,174749

Rice

25,424885

Rock

3,397732

Roseau

7,979826

St. Louis

98,809887

Scott

54,405976

Sherburne

26,908881

Sibley

4,694785

Stearns

87,744911

Steele

21,189863

Stevens

5,650917

Swift

3,663754

Todd

6,628775

Traverse

1,133674

Wabasha

7,020722

Wadena

5,590731

Waseca

6,155816

Washington

87,793871

Watonwan

4,324713

Wilkin

1,878809

Winona

24,802813

Wright

44,697830

Yellow Medicine

4,050712

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 2018
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands)Percent change, September 2017-18Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2017-18National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

146,824.11.6$1,055--3.3--

Alabama

1,966.01.2885383.125

Alaska

334.0-0.41,065133.712

Arizona

2,838.62.8974232.931

Arkansas

1,222.10.7811492.931

California

17,457.51.81,26053.89

Colorado

2,684.02.11,10493.518

Connecticut

1,681.50.31,20962.541

Delaware

447.80.61,046152.442

District of Columbia

770.70.71,80712.836

Florida

8,690.74.6924293.125

Georgia

4,448.82.3993203.321

Hawaii

654.70.0975222.442

Idaho

743.53.0805503.223

Illinois

6,029.20.81,087103.028

Indiana

3,072.30.9883392.442

Iowa

1,555.00.6887373.712

Kansas

1,390.41.0867423.518

Kentucky

1,898.70.5855432.247

Louisiana

1,915.40.5901333.712

Maine

626.50.6851453.712

Maryland

2,683.90.71,13082.442

Massachusetts

3,598.10.71,30523.223

Michigan

4,366.50.8991212.836

Minnesota

2,904.30.81,074124.25

Mississippi

1,133.70.2754513.420

Missouri

2,812.00.4907313.321

Montana

473.31.0815482.836

Nebraska

980.30.6873412.836

Nevada

1,382.93.4936282.442

New Hampshire

662.30.51,040161.749

New Jersey

4,072.60.81,18172.148

New Mexico

826.21.2855433.97

New York

9,467.51.41,27244.25

North Carolina

4,398.01.1938263.89

North Dakota

424.31.1995194.43

Ohio

5,424.40.7947252.931

Oklahoma

1,616.81.2874403.616

Oregon

1,939.81.51,005183.89

Pennsylvania

5,894.81.01,031173.028

Rhode Island

489.41.096324-1.351

South Carolina

2,088.22.8834460.850

South Dakota

431.51.3827473.028

Tennessee

3,005.61.7938263.97

Texas

12,327.02.61,064143.125

Utah

1,494.43.4911303.616

Vermont

310.90.0892362.640

Virginia

3,889.61.11,082112.931

Washington

3,425.62.41,28036.22

West Virginia

706.01.7894358.11

Wisconsin

2,888.90.7901332.931

Wyoming

278.20.6905324.34

Puerto Rico

862.50.2534(3)5.3(3)

Virgin Islands

33.4-8.0888(3)18.6(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: Wednesday, May 01, 2019