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County Employment and Wages in Iowa — Second Quarter 2016

Two of the four largest counties in Iowa reported employment growth from June 2015 to June 2016, 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 2015 annual average employment.) Polk County had the larger increase, up 1.6 percent, followed by Johnson County, up 1.3 percent. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Scott and Linn Counties had over-the-year employment declines of 0.6 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively. Nationally, employment increased 1.5 percent. (See table 1.)

Among the four largest counties in Iowa, employment was highest in Polk County (297,200) in June 2016. Collectively, Iowa’s four large counties accounted for 38.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.7 million in June 2016.

The average weekly wage in Polk County rose 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, the largest increase among Iowa’s large counties. Polk County also had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $974. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 2.2 percent over the year to $989 in the second quarter of 2016.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 94 counties in Iowa 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

Two of Iowa’s large counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.2 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. (See table 1.) Polk County’s 3.2-percent increase in average weekly wages ranked 87th among the 344 largest U.S. counties. Linn County (2.5 percent) also placed in the top half of the national ranking at 146th.

Among the 344 largest U.S. counties, 304 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2016. McLean, Ill., ranked first in average weekly wage growth with a gain of 21.0 percent. Of the largest U.S. counties, 36 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura Calif., had the largest percentage decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 8.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in all four large Iowa counties were below the national average of $989 in the second quarter of 2016. As noted, Polk County ($974) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 115th among the 344 largest counties in the nation. Scott County ($794) reported the lowest average weekly wage among Iowa’s large counties and ranked 291st nationwide.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $989 in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,252. Santa Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,866), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,806). There were 241 large counties with an average weekly wage below the national average in the second quarter of 2016. Horry, S.C. ($598) reported the lowest average weekly wage, followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($602), Hidalgo ($626), and Webb ($659).

Average weekly wages in Iowa’s smaller counties

All 94 counties in Iowa with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $989. Among these smaller counties, Muscatine County had the highest average weekly wage at $903 and Decatur County had the lowest at $591. (See table 2.)

When all 99 counties in Iowa were considered, 15 reported average weekly wages of $649 or less, 28 reported wages from $650 to $699, 27 had wages from $700 to $749, and 29 had wages of $750 or more. (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/home.htm.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm. The 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2017.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 142.7 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 4 largest counties in Iowa, second quarter 2016
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.2 1.5 -- $989 -- 2.2 --

Iowa

1,566.0 0.3 -- 825 40 2.9 9

Johnson, Iowa

82.9 1.3 188 916 165 2.0 201

Linn, Iowa

131.8 -0.3 306 946 138 2.5 146

Polk, Iowa

297.2 1.6 160 974 115 3.2 87

Scott, Iowa

91.6 -0.6 314 794 291 1.4 246

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 Iowa, second quarter 2016
Area Employment June 2016 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157 $989

Iowa

1,565,972 825

Adair

2,867 660

Adams

1,310 649

Allamakee

5,340 622

Appanoose

4,807 663

Audubon

1,846 649

Benton

6,029 669

Black Hawk

74,353 799

Boone

9,780 726

Bremer

10,279 737

Buchanan

6,699 668

Buena Vista

10,990 703

Butler

3,534 643

Calhoun

3,011 685

Carroll

12,037 669

Cass

6,321 667

Cedar

5,650 697

Cerro Gordo

24,843 753

Cherokee

5,000 719

Chickasaw

4,921 718

Clarke

4,575 698

Clay

8,835 728

Clayton

7,005 692

Clinton

21,787 719

Crawford

7,058 743

Dallas

42,480 882

Davis

2,135 657

Decatur

2,345 591

Delaware

6,925 760

Des Moines

22,861 755

Dickinson

11,273 649

Dubuque

58,799 778

Emmet

3,977 697

Fayette

7,312 657

Floyd

6,010 721

Franklin

4,146 754

Fremont

2,564 712

Greene

3,583 690

Grundy

4,222 750

Guthrie

3,259 714

Hamilton

6,111 705

Hancock

7,267 775

Hardin

7,274 700

Harrison

4,433 644

Henry

9,358 748

Howard

4,200 644

Humboldt

4,205 713

Ida

3,719 801

Iowa

10,312 713

Jackson

6,520 600

Jasper

11,848 704

Jefferson

7,569 712

Johnson

82,947 916

Jones

6,460 707

Keokuk

2,300 655

Kossuth

7,243 755

Lee

16,662 857

Linn

131,751 946

Louisa

3,818 690

Lucas

3,473 777

Lyon

4,780 657

Madison

4,017 668

Mahaska

8,029 708

Marion

17,853 778

Marshall

18,230 803

Mills

4,084 819

Mitchell

4,047 713

Monona

2,867 618

Monroe

3,501 863

Montgomery

4,329 692

Muscatine

24,424 903

O'Brien

6,969 696

Osceola

2,479 712

Page

6,290 704

Palo Alto

3,983 654

Plymouth

11,508 823

Pocahontas

3,046 773

Polk

297,157 974

Pottawattamie

38,737 718

Poweshiek

10,021 768

Ringgold

1,442 625

Sac

3,270 655

Scott

91,604 794

Shelby

5,961 686

Sioux

20,877 723

Story

46,158 873

Tama

5,711 663

Taylor

1,967 655

Union

6,216 695

Van Buren

2,098 620

Wapello

16,160 711

Warren

11,300 696

Washington

8,532 628

Wayne

1,878 649

Webster

19,727 817

Winnebago

4,513 658

Winneshiek

10,722 709

Woodbury

54,939 853

Worth

2,461 615

Wright

5,847 787

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, second quarter 2016
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.2 1.5 $989 -- 2.2 --

Alabama

1,923.5 1.2 835 37 2.0 29

Alaska

338.7 -2.4 1,011 10 -1.7 49

Arizona

2,619.6 2.6 921 22 1.9 33

Arkansas

1,197.5 1.1 785 47 3.0 7

California

16,754.1 2.5 1,157 5 2.4 19

Colorado

2,574.5 2.3 999 14 1.0 43

Connecticut

1,689.9 -0.1 1,213 3 3.0 7

Delaware

444.0 0.9 990 16 -0.6 48

District of Columbia

756.0 1.7 1,623 1 1.1 42

Florida

8,161.8 3.2 883 25 2.6 14

Georgia

4,269.5 2.7 929 21 2.7 11

Hawaii

643.4 1.0 906 24 3.5 5

Idaho

699.7 3.3 740 50 3.8 3

Illinois

5,945.0 0.2 1,038 9 2.4 19

Indiana

2,995.4 1.0 828 39 2.1 27

Iowa

1,566.0 0.3 825 40 2.9 9

Kansas

1,378.4 -0.2 829 38 1.2 39

Kentucky

1,877.2 1.5 838 36 1.9 33

Louisiana

1,905.2 -1.4 852 32 0.2 46

Maine

622.8 1.0 795 46 3.5 5

Maryland

2,656.0 0.9 1,070 8 2.5 15

Massachusetts

3,538.2 1.2 1,233 2 2.0 29

Michigan

4,300.9 1.9 942 19 2.7 11

Minnesota

2,846.8 0.7 997 15 2.0 29

Mississippi

1,120.1 0.5 727 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,785.6 1.4 863 30 2.4 19

Montana

468.6 2.2 767 48 1.7 35

Nebraska

978.3 0.9 805 43 2.4 19

Nevada

1,289.4 3.3 874 27 2.2 26

New Hampshire

655.1 1.1 1,003 12 3.7 4

New Jersey

4,051.2 1.7 1,147 6 1.7 35

New Mexico

808.1 -0.3 812 42 0.9 44

New York

9,264.0 1.5 1,210 4 2.5 15

North Carolina

4,285.3 2.5 865 29 2.1 27

North Dakota

423.3 -4.9 908 23 -3.3 51

Ohio

5,353.1 0.8 882 26 2.0 29

Oklahoma

1,570.5 -1.4 823 41 0.6 45

Oregon

1,867.8 2.7 933 20 4.1 2

Pennsylvania

5,786.8 0.4 971 17 1.4 37

Rhode Island

482.9 0.6 949 18 2.5 15

South Carolina

2,013.7 2.4 804 44 2.8 10

South Dakota

432.7 1.0 760 49 2.7 11

Tennessee

2,900.4 2.4 874 27 1.3 38

Texas

11,810.7 1.0 1,000 13 1.2 39

Utah

1,395.9 3.8 840 35 2.3 25

Vermont

310.6 -0.1 850 33 2.4 19

Virginia

3,833.4 1.6 1,011 10 1.2 39

Washington

3,281.6 2.8 1,083 7 5.4 1

West Virginia

693.2 -1.9 800 45 -0.4 47

Wisconsin

2,869.1 0.9 856 31 2.4 19

Wyoming

281.7 -3.7 849 34 -2.2 50

Puerto Rico

879.5 -0.7 512 (3) 0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.4 0.9 743 (3) -0.4 (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: Friday, December 30, 2016