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21-1537-CHI
Thursday, September 23, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2021

Employment declined in 7 of the 8 largest counties in Indiana from March 2020 to March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Regional Commissioner Jason Palmer noted that St. Joseph County and Lake County had the largest over-the-year decreases in employment at 5.3 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


National employment decreased 4.5 percent over the year, with 324 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting declines. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 14.9 percent. Utah, UT, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment with a gain of 6.1 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (575,000) in March 2021. Within Marion County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 83 of the 84 smaller counties were below the national average in the first quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Average weekly wage gains were reported for 7 of the 8 large Indiana counties from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) Elkhart County (+14.8 percent) was the only large county with a wage gain above the national rate of 5.6 percent. Tippecanoe County had an average weekly wage decline of 2.1 percent.


Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 312 had over-the-year wage increases. Nationally, across most industries, increases in average weekly wages reflect substantial employment declines combined with wage increases. The lowest paying industry, leisure and hospitality, had the largest employment loss, which resulted in higher average weekly wages for the industry and the nation. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+33.9 percent). Clayton, GA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-14.2 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in Marion County, at $1,326, were above the national average of $1,289 and ranked 71st nationwide in the first quarter of 2021. The remaining seven large counties had weekly wages below the national average, ranging from $1,210 in Hamilton County to $942 in Vanderburgh County.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 84 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2021. New York, NY, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,967. Average weekly wages were below the national average in the remaining 259 counties. At $685 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 smaller counties in Indiana—those with employment below 75,000—Martin ($1,410) reported an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,289. Brown County ($569) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, 10 reported average weekly wages of less than $700, 35 registered wages from $700 to $799, 21 had wages from $800 to $899, 15 had wages from $900 to $999, and 11 had average weekly wages of $1,000 or higher. (See chart 3.)

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. This publication is typically published in September of the following year of the reference period or shortly after the QCEW first quarter full data update. The Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online is available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.


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.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the eight largest counties in Indiana, first quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
first quarter 2021
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
First quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
first quarter 2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,755.4 140,455.8 -4.5 -- $1,289 -- 5.6 --

Indiana

176.2 2,956.4 -2.5 -- 1,026 34 3.3 37

Allen

9.4 183.4 -2.1 49 979 257 0.3 310

Elkhart

4.9 136.0 4.3 2 1,118 163 14.8 6

Hamilton

10.5 142.3 -1.3 28 1,210 118 3.9 183

Lake

10.7 175.7 -4.9 180 981 255 3.3 218

Marion

25.7 575.0 -3.5 100 1,326 71 4.0 178

St. Joseph

6.0 114.4 -5.3 198 947 288 4.8 136

Tippecanoe

3.7 82.5 -3.7 111 959 273 -2.1 329

Vanderburgh

4.9 103.0 -3.1 89 942 292 3.0 232

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from 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 Indiana, first quarter 2021
Area Employment March 2021 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

140,455,819 $1,289

Indiana

2,956,354 1,026

Adams

13,148 763

Allen

183,448 979

Bartholomew

47,549 1,256

Benton

2,345 775

Blackford

2,831 746

Boone

37,004 872

Brown

2,608 569

Carroll

5,442 768

Cass

13,895 769

Clark

53,563 846

Clay

7,360 679

Clinton

10,688 798

Crawford

1,811 663

Daviess

11,975 736

Dearborn

14,227 786

Decatur

13,840 891

De Kalb

21,226 1,012

Delaware

42,706 833

Dubois

27,310 829

Elkhart

135,983 1,118

Fayette

5,793 775

Floyd

30,064 856

Fountain

4,466 719

Franklin

4,250 658

Fulton

5,811 762

Gibson

20,855 942

Grant

26,148 807

Greene

6,297 706

Hamilton

142,252 1,210

Hancock

25,172 950

Harrison

9,804 767

Hendricks

75,737 808

Henry

12,580 751

Howard

35,623 1,029

Huntington

13,268 764

Jackson

22,332 885

Jasper

11,500 777

Jay

6,664 750

Jefferson

12,056 798

Jennings

7,182 753

Johnson

57,837 796

Knox

16,884 786

Kosciusko

36,052 1,092

La Porte

37,469 842

Lagrange

14,186 936

Lake

175,679 981

Lawrence

13,312 829

Madison

38,396 787

Marion

574,953 1,326

Marshall

17,805 786

Martin

7,898 1,410

Miami

8,672 772

Monroe

62,772 1,029

Montgomery

14,490 880

Morgan

15,197 779

Newton

3,126 795

Noble

17,010 801

Ohio

1,033 629

Orange

7,051 694

Owen

5,013 928

Parke

3,026 670

Perry

6,172 811

Pike

2,582 994

Porter

56,970 918

Posey

8,416 1,183

Pulaski

4,614 794

Putnam

12,322 758

Randolph

6,584 793

Ripley

11,884 863

Rush

4,671 759

St. Joseph

114,352 947

Scott

7,846 896

Shelby

16,794 870

Spencer

6,005 884

Starke

4,004 625

Steuben

15,234 779

Sullivan

5,391 910

Switzerland

1,702 642

Tippecanoe

82,500 959

Tipton

5,270 922

Union

1,250 617

Vanderburgh

102,968 942

Vermillion

4,029 1,146

Vigo

44,698 866

Wabash

11,612 798

Warren

1,797 860

Warrick

16,186 945

Washington

5,743 713

Wayne

28,441 791

Wells

10,482 775

White

8,920 825

Whitley

12,860 902

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, first quarter 2021
State Establishments,
first quarter 2021
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2020–21
First quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
first quarter 2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,755.4 140,455.8 -4.5 $1,289 -- 5.6 --

Alabama

135.9 1,924.3 -3.0 996 37 2.5 40

Alaska

23.3 295.0 -5.5 1,125 23 -0.6 48

Arizona

176.5 2,894.2 -2.3 1,150 21 4.8 17

Arkansas

95.3 1,194.2 -2.0 957 43 3.7 30

California

1,651.4 16,507.7 -5.9 1,623 4 11.3 1

Colorado

224.7 2,634.7 -3.5 1,335 10 4.1 25

Connecticut

128.3 1,550.5 -5.4 1,575 5 4.7 19

Delaware

35.2 425.6 -4.1 1,264 13 1.6 44

District of Columbia

44.0 708.1 -9.0 2,166 1 8.7 4

Florida

780.8 8,701.9 -3.1 1,104 24 5.1 13

Georgia

329.2 4,393.8 -2.6 1,198 17 3.6 33

Hawaii

48.0 564.4 -14.1 1,091 26 5.7 9

Idaho

74.2 768.6 1.9 906 50 4.9 15

Illinois

390.0 5,559.6 -5.5 1,387 8 6.7 7

Indiana

176.2 2,956.4 -2.5 1,026 34 3.3 37

Iowa

105.1 1,473.6 -3.3 1,004 35 2.6 39

Kansas

90.4 1,335.4 -3.3 986 39 1.9 43

Kentucky

130.7 1,835.2 -2.5 965 41 2.3 42

Louisiana

141.5 1,787.6 -5.9 977 40 1.0 46

Maine

56.2 585.0 -2.8 1,000 36 4.7 19

Maryland

174.3 2,522.1 -5.0 1,386 9 8.5 5

Massachusetts

271.2 3,334.9 -6.6 1,732 3 7.8 6

Michigan

267.5 4,026.6 -5.9 1,155 20 4.8 17

Minnesota

189.7 2,695.4 -5.1 1,290 11 4.6 22

Mississippi

75.3 1,098.4 -2.5 811 51 1.1 45

Missouri

221.8 2,705.5 -3.0 1,055 30 3.7 30

Montana

53.2 465.2 0.1 915 48 5.4 10

Nebraska

73.4 944.7 -2.8 990 38 3.6 33

Nevada

92.8 1,291.5 -8.4 1,080 27 4.7 19

New Hampshire

56.8 631.8 -3.9 1,258 15 5.4 10

New Jersey

297.0 3,818.6 -5.5 1,533 7 5.3 12

New Mexico

65.2 774.5 -7.4 958 42 3.8 28

New York

664.6 8,587.8 -8.7 1,869 2 10.4 2

North Carolina

302.7 4,423.2 -1.7 1,137 22 4.1 25

North Dakota

32.3 388.7 -6.1 1,037 32 -0.9 51

Ohio

310.1 5,136.8 -3.9 1,098 25 3.3 37

Oklahoma

114.4 1,549.7 -3.7 939 46 -0.8 50

Oregon

169.4 1,841.9 -5.2 1,172 18 6.4 8

Pennsylvania

369.7 5,531.3 -5.4 1,226 16 4.3 23

Rhode Island

41.2 447.8 -5.6 1,171 19 3.4 35

South Carolina

150.1 2,056.2 -2.6 957 43 3.8 28

South Dakota

35.6 417.1 -0.9 932 47 3.4 35

Tennessee

180.2 2,968.7 -2.1 1,077 28 5.0 14

Texas

750.1 12,216.7 -3.4 1,261 14 2.4 41

Utah

117.3 1,548.8 1.5 1,065 29 3.7 30

Vermont

27.0 283.7 -6.9 1,028 33 4.9 15

Virginia

291.3 3,765.8 -3.9 1,285 12 4.2 24

Washington

261.2 3,252.0 -5.1 1,540 6 9.1 3

West Virginia

52.3 648.6 -3.8 911 49 0.8 47

Wisconsin

183.1 2,730.0 -3.7 1,047 31 3.9 27

Wyoming

27.8 255.9 -4.6 953 45 -0.6 48

Puerto Rico

47.1 856.5 -3.1 562 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.6 34.7 -14.0 961 (3) -8.0 (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: Thursday, September 23, 2021