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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Missouri – Third Quarter 2018

Employment rose in all seven large counties in Missouri from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 average annual employment levels of 75,000 or more. The independent city of St. Louis has been designated as a county by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that Greene County (1.7 percent) had the fastest employment growth among the seven largest counties in the state. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, employment advanced 1.6 percent during the 12-month period as 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest percentage increase, up 11.9 percent over the year. New Hanover, NC, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among the seven largest counties in Missouri, employment was highest in St. Louis County (608,000) and lowest in Boone (94,700) in September 2018. Together, the seven largest Missouri counties accounted for 61.5 percent of total employment within the state.

Average weekly wages in each of the seven large counties in Missouri increased from the third quarter 2017 to the third quarter 2018, with the gains in three counties exceeding the 3.3-percent national increase. Greene County had the largest over-the-year wage increase among the state’s large counties, up 6.1 percent. St. Louis City ($1,118) and St. Louis County ($1,083) had the highest average weekly wages among Missouri’s large counties and were above the national average of $1,055. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 108 counties in Missouri with employment levels below 75,000. Of these small counties, Platte ($884) had the highest average weekly wage level. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Greene County (6.1 percent, 12th) and Clay County (5.6 percent, 17th) had annual wage increases that ranked among the top 20 U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2018. St. Louis City had a 4.1-percent increase and ranked 59th. Jackson County (2.3 percent, 241st) and Boone County (2.2 percent, 259th) placed in the bottom third of the national ranking.(See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,055, a 3.3-percent increase over the year. Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 336 had over-the-year wage increases. Chatham, GA, had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 8.5 percent. King, WA, had the second highest with an increase of 7.9 percent followed by Stanislaus, CA (7.8 percent) and Santa Clara, CA (7.8 percent).

Nationwide, 11 large counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Elkhart, IN, recorded the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 4.2 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Two of the state’s large counties had average weekly wages that placed in the top 100 of the 349 largest U.S. counties in the third quarter of 2018. Average weekly wages in St. Louis City ($1,118) and St. Louis County ($1,083) ranked 68th and 84th, respectively. Jackson County’s average weekly wage of $1,045 ranked 105th. The four remaining large counties in Missouri had average weekly wages that placed in the bottom third of the national ranking.

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 94 of the 349 largest counties in the country. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,460. San Mateo, CA, was second at $2,363, followed by San Francisco, CA, at $2,097.

Among the largest U.S. counties, nearly three-fourths (255) reported average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2018. The lowest weekly wage was reported in Cameron, TX ($632), followed by Horry, SC ($635), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($662) and Webb ($698). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than 30 percent of the average weekly wage in the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, CA.

Average weekly wages in Missouri’s smaller counties

Of the 108 counties in Missouri with employment below 75,000, Platte County reported the highest average weekly wage at $884 and Ozark County reported the lowest average weekly wage at $453 in the third quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

When all 115 counties in Missouri were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Twenty six reported average weekly wages less than $550, 39 reported wages from $550 to $649, 33 had wages from $650 to $749, 11 recorded wages from $750 to $849, and 6 counties 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 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 https://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, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 7 largest counties in Missouri, 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--

Missouri

2,812.00.4--907313.321

Boone, Mo.

94.70.22768372972.2259

Clay, Mo.

105.30.62199042335.617

Greene, Mo.

168.61.71158293056.112

Jackson, Mo.

372.60.12841,0451052.3241

St. Charles, Mo.

148.50.72068342993.3128

St. Louis City, Mo.

231.50.22761,118684.159

St. Louis, Mo.

608.00.42491,083843.2141

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 Missouri, third quarter 2018
AreaEmployment September 2018Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093$1,055

Missouri

2,812,002907

Adair

10,471630

Andrew

2,578623

Atchison

1,645649

Audrain

9,012668

Barry

14,743833

Barton

3,270583

Bates

3,625623

Benton

3,587547

Bollinger

1,877535

Boone

94,716837

Buchanan

46,955822

Butler

18,092647

Caldwell

1,919582

Callaway

14,521801

Camden

16,889631

Cape Girardeau

41,368750

Carroll

2,410626

Carter

1,559514

Cass

27,312666

Cedar

3,121543

Chariton

1,890587

Christian

17,720615

Clark

1,437502

Clay

105,276904

Clinton

4,085680

Cole

53,010794

Cooper

5,052632

Crawford

6,780670

Dade

1,767538

Dallas

2,487470

Daviess

1,534533

De Kalb

3,051640

Dent

3,902578

Douglas

2,234530

Dunklin

9,138528

Franklin

39,502772

Gasconade

5,495573

Gentry

2,273633

Greene

168,593829

Grundy

3,092625

Harrison

2,419576

Henry

7,362716

Hickory

1,374503

Holt

1,273674

Howard

2,687535

Howell

15,400624

Iron

3,437718

Jackson

372,6191,045

Jasper

58,102747

Jefferson

48,451700

Johnson

15,617701

Knox

1,032538

Laclede

14,086648

Lafayette

8,738590

Lawrence

9,189699

Lewis

2,618622

Lincoln

11,898725

Linn

3,855643

Livingston

6,387627

McDonald

7,161667

Macon

5,160625

Madison

3,682563

Maries

1,245642

Marion

13,274711

Mercer

1,706669

Miller

7,448624

Mississippi

3,780602

Moniteau

4,133662

Monroe

1,928587

Montgomery

2,977659

Morgan

4,368547

New Madrid

7,097666

Newton

20,484743

Nodaway

7,851667

Oregon

2,260464

Osage

3,961686

Ozark

1,501453

Pemiscot

5,441548

Perry

9,753709

Pettis

19,399664

Phelps

18,558744

Pike

5,443622

Platte

46,968884

Polk

8,572660

Pulaski

13,165755

Putnam

980512

Ralls

3,522852

Randolph

9,504700

Ray

4,086674

Reynolds

1,975626

Ripley

2,860473

St. Charles

148,500834

St. Clair

1,603511

Ste. Genevieve

5,776804

St. Francois

23,270601

St. Louis

607,9901,083

Saline

8,862675

Schuyler

597523

Scotland

1,140583

Scott

15,736686

Shannon

1,462481

Shelby

1,689545

Stoddard

10,261684

Stone

6,991561

Sullivan

2,511731

Taney

29,836584

Texas

5,602572

Vernon

6,864695

Warren

7,691721

Washington

5,005543

Wayne

2,565472

Webster

7,668636

Worth

366480

Wright

4,121577

St. Louis City

231,5271,118

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.

Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Missouri, third quarter 2018

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2019