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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Wisconsin — Third Quarter 2018

Wisconsin’s six large counties had employment increases from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Brown County had the largest increase, up 1.6 percent, matching the national average. Employment increases in Wisconsin’s remaining five large counties ranged from 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent. (See table 1.)

From September 2017 to September 2018, 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered employment 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 six large counties in Wisconsin, employment was highest in Milwaukee (490,500) in September 2018, followed by Dane (335,600) and Waukesha (244,500). Each of the three other counties—Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago—had employment levels of less than 170,000. Collectively, Wisconsin's six large counties accounted for 49.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018, the six large counties in Wisconsin had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages, with the largest gain in Brown County (4.0 percent). Dane County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,028, followed by Waukesha County at $1,022 and Milwaukee County at $980. (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 66 counties in Wisconsin 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

Brown County’s 4.0-percent wage increase from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018 ranked 65th among the nation’s 349 largest counties. (See table 1.) Nationally, average weekly wages increased 3.3 percent over the year. In the state’s remaining five large counties, wage gains ranged from 2.9 percent in Waukesha County to 1.3 percent in Dane County.

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties registered 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 Wisconsin’s large counties placed in the top half of the national ranking in the third quarter of 2018. However, average weekly wages in these three counties were below the national average of $1,055. Dane County’s $1,028 average weekly wage ranked 117th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Waukesha ($1,022) and Milwaukee ($980) Counties placed 121st and 160th, respectively. Outagamie County’s $895 weekly wage was the lowest among the state’s large counties, ranking 242nd 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 Wisconsin’s smaller counties

Of the 66 counties in Wisconsin with employment below 75,000, Sheboygan County had the highest average weekly wage at $907, followed by Marathon County at $900. Florence County had the lowest weekly wage at $527, followed by Iron at $589. (See table 2.)

When all 72 counties in Wisconsin were considered, 10 reported average weekly wages of $649 or lower, 25 had wages from $650 to $749, 23 had wages from $750 to $849, and 14 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. 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 6 largest counties in Wisconsin, 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--

Wisconsin

2,888.90.7--901332.931

Brown, WI

160.51.61239172104.065

Dane, WI

335.60.52351,0281171.3312

Milwaukee, WI

490.50.42499801602.6208

Outagamie, WI

108.00.32628952422.6208

Waukesha, WI

244.50.52351,0221212.9169

Winnebago, WI

93.60.32629361922.0272

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

United States(2)

146,824,093$1,055

Wisconsin

2,888,858901

Adams

4,682693

Ashland

8,139733

Barron

22,638753

Bayfield

4,439607

Brown

160,462917

Buffalo

3,920680

Burnett

4,776622

Calumet

13,978749

Chippewa

24,488788

Clark

11,244804

Columbia

23,278773

Crawford

7,489662

Dane

335,5591,028

Dodge

36,147835

Door

14,980640

Douglas

16,021762

Dunn

17,828758

Eau Claire

58,437857

Florence

1,040527

Fond du Lac

47,804882

Forest

3,178716

Grant

17,911681

Green

15,850735

Green Lake

6,386724

Iowa

10,315761

Iron

1,623589

Jackson

9,216834

Jefferson

33,424750

Juneau

9,359760

Kenosha

66,598794

Kewaunee

6,987751

La Crosse

69,824830

Lafayette

4,305692

Langlade

7,433665

Lincoln

11,207784

Manitowoc

33,678805

Marathon

71,111900

Marinette

18,381785

Marquette

3,996641

Menominee

2,084611

Milwaukee

490,538980

Monroe

21,142811

Oconto

9,285668

Oneida

16,753764

Outagamie

108,002895

Ozaukee

42,922859

Pepin

2,270709

Pierce

10,593680

Polk

15,916695

Portage

34,131794

Price

5,350724

Racine

75,746899

Richland

5,839695

Rock

67,216869

Rusk

5,046689

St. Croix

34,361785

Sauk

36,998746

Sawyer

7,234668

Shawano

12,832643

Sheboygan

62,091907

Taylor

8,184721

Trempealeau

14,085770

Vernon

8,777685

Vilas

8,295607

Walworth

42,804716

Washburn

5,842662

Washington

56,733844

Waukesha

244,5441,022

Waupaca

19,563727

Waushara

6,485639

Winnebago

93,600936

Wood

39,238859

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