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Friday, October 12, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Indiana — First Quarter 2018

Employment rose in 7 of the 8 large counties in Indiana from March 2017 to March 2018, 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 2017 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that Elkhart County had the largest increase, up 4.7 percent, followed by the counties of Hamilton (2.3 percent) and Vanderburgh (1.9 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2017 to March 2018, as 314 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in employment, up 12.6 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest decrease with a loss of 1.4 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Indiana, employment was highest in Marion County (591,900). Two other counties, Lake (185,900) and Allen (185,100), had employment levels above 175,000. Together, the eight largest Indiana counties accounted for 51.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.1 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 144.6 million in March 2018.

Average weekly wages increased in all of the eight large counties in Indiana from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. Tippecanoe County had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages, up 6.6 percent, followed by Marion County at 5.0 percent. (See table 1.) Marion County recorded the highest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties at $1,218, followed by Hamilton County at $1,134. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.7 percent over the year to $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 84 counties in Indiana with employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,273 to $506. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in all of Indiana’s large counties from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. Wage gains in two of the state’s large counties placed in the top 50 of the national ranking—Tippecanoe (6.6 percent, 17th) and Marion (5.0 percent, 36th). The counties of Allen, Elkhart, Hamilton, and St. Joseph each had a wage gain of 3.8 percent and ranked 101st among the 349 largest U.S. counties.

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Peoria, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 23.8 percent from the first quarter of 2017. Suffolk, Mass., followed with an increase of 12.1 percent.

Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 13 experienced an over-the-year decrease in average weekly wages. Forsyth, N.C., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-4.8 percent), followed by Washington, Ark. (-3.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Marion County’s average weekly wage of $1,218 was the highest among the state’s large counties and ranked 70th among the 349 largest U.S. counties. No other large county in Indiana had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average of $1,152. Hamilton County ($1,134, 101st) and Elkhart County ($1,006, 169th) were the only other large counties in Indiana to report an average weekly wage above $1,000. St. Joseph ($857) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 298th nationwide.

Among the 349 largest U.S. counties, 259 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2018. Cameron, Texas, reported the lowest wage ($628), followed by Horry County, S.C. ($631), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($657) and Webb ($690).

Nationwide, 90 large counties had average weekly wages at or above the U.S. average of $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018. New York, N.Y., had the highest average weekly wage at $3,087. Santa Clara, Calif. ($2,651) was second, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,606); San Francisco, Calif. ($2,485); Suffolk, Mass. ($2,268); and Somerset, N.J. ($2,078).

Average weekly wages in Indiana’s smaller counties

Among the 84 counties in Indiana with employment below 75,000, 3 counties had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,152: Bartholomew ($1,273), Martin ($1,268), and Tipton ($1,199). Average weekly wages in Brown ($506) and Ohio ($520) were the lowest in the state. (See table 2.)

When all 92 counties in Indiana were considered, all but 4 had wages below the national average. Six reported average weekly wages less than $600, 12 had wage from $600 to $699, 41 reported wages from $700 to $799, 16 reported wages from $800 to $899, and 17 had wages of $900 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 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 second quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.


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 10.0 million employer reports cover 144.6 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 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 Indiana, first quarter 2018
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2018 (thousands) Percent change, March 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

144,562.9 1.6 -- $1,152 -- 3.7 --

Indiana

3,018.8 1.2 -- 954 32 3.9 10

Allen, Ind.

185.1 1.1 200 929 239 3.8 101

Elkhart, Ind.

137.5 4.7 6 1,006 169 3.8 101

Hamilton, Ind.

139.8 2.3 76 1,134 101 3.8 101

Lake, Ind.

185.9 0.7 247 920 248 2.1 264

Marion, Ind.

591.9 0.5 273 1,218 70 5.0 36

St. Joseph, Ind.

122.3 -0.1 319 857 298 3.8 101

Tippecanoe, Ind.

83.9 1.2 181 964 205 6.6 17

Vanderburgh, Ind.

108.4 1.9 113 888 275 2.3 243

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 Indiana, first quarter 2018
Area Employment March 2018 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

144,562,926 $1,152

Indiana

3,018,841 954

Adams

13,872 716

Allen

185,121 929

Bartholomew

50,663 1,273

Benton

2,389 758

Blackford

3,302 719

Boone

28,925 795

Brown

2,753 506

Carroll

5,201 690

Cass

14,750 707

Clark

52,807 786

Clay

7,680 660

Clinton

10,758 792

Crawford

1,850 590

Daviess

11,796 679

Dearborn

13,518 741

Decatur

13,987 899

De Kalb

21,705 949

Delaware

44,948 764

Dubois

29,185 803

Elkhart

137,539 1,006

Fayette

6,300 688

Floyd

30,569 796

Fountain

4,645 659

Franklin

4,240 640

Fulton

6,135 705

Gibson

20,374 958

Grant

26,920 792

Greene

6,365 687

Hamilton

139,806 1,134

Hancock

23,162 884

Harrison

10,372 704

Hendricks

70,039 733

Henry

13,480 694

Howard

38,658 1,001

Huntington

13,767 743

Jackson

21,478 896

Jasper

11,647 787

Jay

7,299 713

Jefferson

12,105 773

Jennings

7,514 713

Johnson

54,325 744

Knox

17,342 752

Kosciusko

38,628 1,035

La Porte

39,868 769

Lagrange

14,440 851

Lake

185,902 920

Lawrence

13,502 784

Madison

39,633 739

Marion

591,863 1,218

Marshall

18,250 748

Martin

7,206 1,268

Miami

9,257 714

Monroe

63,010 895

Montgomery

15,379 862

Morgan

15,604 732

Newton

3,200 720

Noble

18,289 781

Ohio

1,310 520

Orange

7,351 649

Owen

4,731 793

Parke

3,036 598

Perry

6,471 751

Pike

2,793 979

Porter

59,246 858

Posey

8,527 1,143

Pulaski

4,668 819

Putnam

13,426 702

Randolph

6,549 686

Ripley

12,175 816

Rush

4,891 727

St. Joseph

122,256 857

Scott

8,398 703

Shelby

18,159 843

Spencer

6,252 846

Starke

4,488 583

Steuben

15,455 705

Sullivan

5,513 756

Switzerland

2,128 623

Tippecanoe

83,945 964

Tipton

5,139 1,199

Union

1,279 590

Vanderburgh

108,447 888

Vermillion

4,187 975

Vigo

48,531 806

Wabash

12,142 733

Warren

1,860 791

Warrick

16,017 919

Washington

6,107 651

Wayne

30,320 756

Wells

10,649 748

White

9,042 743

Whitley

12,587 819

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 2018
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2018 (thousands) Percent change, March 2017-18 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2017-18 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

144,562.9 1.6 $1,152 -- 3.7 --

Alabama

1,948.9 1.1 919 36 2.9 34

Alaska

311.2 -0.5 1,074 20 2.3 44

Arizona

2,822.5 2.8 1,025 22 3.5 19

Arkansas

1,211.4 0.9 879 44 2.4 40

California

17,152.5 2.1 1,352 6 4.4 6

Colorado

2,639.5 2.5 1,175 11 3.4 22

Connecticut

1,651.9 0.1 1,447 4 2.4 40

Delaware

438.7 1.2 1,202 10 1.3 51

District of Columbia

770.2 1.2 1,917 1 1.9 49

Florida

8,716.8 2.2 988 25 4.1 9

Georgia

4,409.1 2.3 1,095 17 2.3 44

Hawaii

658.4 0.3 974 29 2.3 44

Idaho

712.6 3.5 809 50 4.3 7

Illinois

5,909.3 1.0 1,241 8 3.9 10

Indiana

3,018.8 1.2 954 32 3.9 10

Iowa

1,525.8 0.5 921 35 2.4 40

Kansas

1,370.6 0.2 912 40 2.7 38

Kentucky

1,873.7 0.5 901 41 2.5 39

Louisiana

1,914.7 0.5 932 34 3.0 30

Maine

592.1 0.9 891 43 3.6 16

Maryland

2,646.9 0.9 1,209 9 3.2 26

Massachusetts

3,509.9 1.1 1,510 3 5.6 2

Michigan

4,289.0 1.4 1,078 19 3.4 22

Minnesota

2,823.6 0.7 1,175 11 2.1 47

Mississippi

1,125.9 0.1 765 51 2.1 47

Missouri

2,777.6 0.5 960 31 3.1 28

Montana

455.5 1.0 819 49 2.4 40

Nebraska

966.0 0.4 898 42 3.6 16

Nevada

1,351.6 3.0 977 28 4.8 5

New Hampshire

648.2 0.8 1,122 15 4.9 3

New Jersey

3,997.6 1.3 1,373 5 3.0 30

New Mexico

813.3 1.0 862 47 2.9 34

New York

9,318.9 1.8 1,597 2 3.4 22

North Carolina

4,370.6 1.8 1,022 23 3.0 30

North Dakota

408.2 0.6 988 25 3.7 15

Ohio

5,328.5 0.9 1,005 24 2.9 34

Oklahoma

1,600.9 1.8 914 38 3.5 19

Oregon

1,894.3 2.0 1,026 21 4.3 7

Pennsylvania

5,787.2 1.4 1,115 16 3.4 22

Rhode Island

469.9 1.1 1,086 18 3.2 26

South Carolina

2,067.4 2.2 877 45 1.7 50

South Dakota

417.5 1.0 842 48 2.8 37

Tennessee

2,950.0 1.6 978 27 3.5 19

Texas

12,179.2 2.0 1,168 13 3.9 10

Utah

1,458.8 3.3 949 33 4.9 3

Vermont

307.1 0.4 917 37 3.1 28

Virginia

3,854.4 1.5 1,162 14 3.0 30

Washington

3,316.1 2.8 1,306 7 7.7 1

West Virginia

684.8 0.6 868 46 3.6 16

Wisconsin

2,831.7 1.0 968 30 3.8 14

Wyoming

263.7 0.3 914 38 3.9 10

Puerto Rico

856.7 -3.8 563 (3) 7.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.3 -15.5 969 (3) 24.4 (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, October 12, 2018