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Friday, January 11, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2018

Employment rose in 3 of the 4 largest counties in Kansas from June 2017 to June 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or greater as measured by 2017 annual average employment.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that employment increased 2.2 percent in Wyandotte County, 2.0 percent in Johnson County and 1.2 percent in Sedgwick County. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, employment advanced 1.5 percent during the 12-month period as 309 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest percentage increase, up 11.6 percent over the year. McLean, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson (352,200) and lowest in Wyandotte (90,800) in June 2018. Together, the four largest Kansas counties accounted for 56.7 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 72.9 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in each of the four large counties in Kansas from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018. Shawnee County had over-the-year wage growth of 6.3 percent, which exceeded the 3.4-percent increase for the nation. Johnson ($1,068) had the highest average weekly wage among Kansas’s large counties and was 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 101 counties in Kansas with employment levels below 75,000. Of these small counties, only Coffey ($1,260) had an average weekly wage that exceeded the national average.  (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Shawnee County’s 6.3-percent annual wage gain was the largest among the state’s large counties and placed 13th in the national ranking. (See table 1.)  Wyandotte County’s 3.2-percent gain ranked 150th. Johnson County (2.9 percent, 185th) and Sedgwick County (2.7 percent, 204th) placed in the bottom half of the national ranking in wage growth.

Among the 349 largest U.S. counties, 340 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2018. Marin, CA, had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 11.7 percent. Nationally, eight large counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. New Hanover, NC, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Johnson County’s average weekly wage of $1,068 ranked 87th among the 349 largest U.S. counties in the second quarter of 2018. Wyandotte County recorded an average weekly wage of $1,009 and placed 136th. Shawnee County ($900, 231st) and Sedgwick County ($882, 258th) had average weekly wages that placed them in the bottom third of the ranking.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average of $1,055 in 94 of the 349 largest counties. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,573. San Mateo, CA, was second at $2,357, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,083) and New York, NY ($2,025). Among the 255 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2018, Horry, SC ($625) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Kansas’s smaller counties

Of the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000, Coffey County reported the highest weekly wage with an average of $1,260, above the national average of $1,055. Washington County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $519 in the second quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, all but 2 had wages below the national average. Fifteen reported average weekly wages under $600, 20 had wages from $600 to $649, 25 had wages from $650 to $699, 24 had wages from $700 to $749, and 21 reported wages of $750 or higher. (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/.

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 https://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1 (800) 877-8339.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).

New BLS Local Data iPhone App Includes QCEW Data

BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop a new mobile app for iPhones. The BLS Local Data app is ideal for customers, such as jobseekers and economic and workforce development professionals, who want to know more about local labor markets. For more information, please go to: https://blogs.bls.gov/blog/2018/10/18/new-bls-local-data-app-now-available/


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 sensory impaired individuals 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 4 largest counties in Kansas, second quarter 2018
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands) Percent change, June 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

147,431.2 1.5 -- $1,055 -- 3.4 --

Kansas

1,393.3 1.0 -- 879 40 3.4 14

Johnson, Kan.

352.2 2.0 94 1,068 87 2.9 185

Sedgwick, Kan.

250.8 1.2 176 882 258 2.7 204

Shawnee, Kan.

96.4 -0.1 316 900 231 6.3 13

Wyandotte, Kan.

90.8 2.2 76 1,009 136 3.2 150

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 Kansas, 2nd quarter 2018
Area Employment June 2018 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

147,431,154 $1,055

Kansas

1,393,269 879

Allen

5,640 655

Anderson

2,126 635

Atchison

5,707 751

Barber

1,707 672

Barton

12,082 715

Bourbon

6,592 637

Brown

5,325 763

Butler

19,315 720

Chase

1,014 661

Chautauqua

775 571

Cherokee

5,822 742

Cheyenne

922 621

Clark

771 750

Clay

3,088 623

Cloud

3,203 571

Coffey

3,682 1,260

Comanche

662 528

Cowley

14,126 736

Crawford

17,136 694

Decatur

972 532

Dickinson

6,469 641

Doniphan

2,298 682

Douglas

48,371 760

Edwards

991 697

Elk

633 531

Ellis

15,327 727

Ellsworth

2,366 673

Finney

19,681 763

Ford

17,060 773

Franklin

9,369 729

Geary

13,125 756

Gove

1,298 640

Graham

873 659

Grant

3,024 856

Gray

3,520 713

Greeley

629 632

Greenwood

1,729 614

Hamilton

1,454 681

Harper

2,388 698

Harvey

13,552 738

Haskell

1,907 757

Hodgeman

590 619

Jackson

4,395 644

Jefferson

3,855 700

Jewell

788 564

Johnson

352,176 1,068

Kearny

1,579 672

Kingman

2,429 641

Kiowa

1,125 581

Labette

9,144 702

Lane

676 734

Leavenworth

21,418 867

Lincoln

965 626

Linn

2,102 812

Logan

1,351 630

Lyon

14,993 684

McPherson

14,931 820

Marion

3,675 620

Marshall

4,586 690

Meade

1,747 794

Miami

8,668 717

Mitchell

3,212 665

Montgomery

14,847 679

Morris

1,585 585

Morton

852 683

Nemaha

5,295 689

Neosho

6,312 684

Ness

1,132 724

Norton

2,438 672

Osage

2,916 541

Osborne

1,473 575

Ottawa

1,302 596

Pawnee

2,830 699

Phillips

2,633 648

Pottawatomie

10,041 765

Pratt

4,684 748

Rawlins

966 664

Reno

27,252 723

Republic

1,920 559

Rice

4,009 716

Riley

29,361 756

Rooks

1,877 627

Rush

1,101 657

Russell

2,531 639

Saline

29,817 731

Scott

2,381 707

Sedgwick

250,782 882

Seward

10,565 766

Shawnee

96,394 900

Sheridan

991 724

Sherman

2,502 712

Smith

1,293 595

Stafford

1,237 628

Stanton

876 740

Stevens

1,901 712

Sumner

7,003 700

Thomas

4,076 682

Trego

1,239 649

Wabaunsee

1,374 658

Wallace

554 612

Washington

2,080 519

Wichita

942 727

Wilson

3,765 692

Woodson

717 539

Wyandotte

90,788 1,009

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

United States (2)

147,431.2 1.5 $1,055 -- 3.4 --

Alabama

1,969.9 1.2 882 37 2.8 35

Alaska

335.8 -0.9 1,043 15 3.7 9

Arizona

2,770.8 2.6 973 23 3.3 19

Arkansas

1,214.6 0.7 824 47 1.7 47

California

17,473.1 1.9 1,265 4 4.6 3

Colorado

2,704.4 2.4 1,075 10 3.2 27

Connecticut

1,704.5 0.3 1,218 5 0.1 50

Delaware

454.3 1.3 1,023 17 1.4 49

District of Columbia

777.3 1.3 1,713 1 2.6 39

Florida

8,568.9 2.1 931 28 2.9 32

Georgia

4,440.5 2.0 979 22 2.3 43

Hawaii

658.3 0.5 956 24 2.5 41

Idaho

745.3 3.1 794 50 3.8 8

Illinois

6,061.1 0.8 1,097 9 3.4 14

Indiana

3,075.8 1.1 883 36 2.8 35

Iowa

1,583.7 0.8 880 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,393.3 1.0 879 40 3.4 14

Kentucky

1,905.9 0.9 882 37 2.3 43

Louisiana

1,918.6 0.4 901 33 3.7 9

Maine

636.8 1.0 843 45 3.6 11

Maryland

2,712.0 0.7 1,141 8 3.4 14

Massachusetts

3,650.1 1.0 1,322 2 3.5 12

Michigan

4,424.7 1.3 997 20 2.9 32

Minnesota

2,925.6 0.8 1,072 12 3.3 19

Mississippi

1,130.7 0.2 752 51 2.7 38

Missouri

2,829.0 0.5 924 30 3.9 7

Montana

478.7 1.1 817 48 2.5 41

Nebraska

990.8 0.6 859 43 3.1 29

Nevada

1,372.4 3.1 931 28 3.3 19

New Hampshire

670.8 0.8 1,049 14 3.3 19

New Jersey

4,157.0 0.9 1,201 7 2.3 43

New Mexico

823.6 1.0 852 44 3.5 12

New York

9,579.2 1.7 1,297 3 4.5 4

North Carolina

4,450.2 2.2 933 25 3.3 19

North Dakota

426.1 0.8 986 21 3.4 14

Ohio

5,461.3 0.7 933 25 2.3 43

Oklahoma

1,606.4 1.2 875 41 3.2 27

Oregon

1,947.3 1.5 999 18 3.3 19

Pennsylvania

5,924.9 1.1 1,031 16 3.1 29

Rhode Island

491.0 0.7 998 19 1.7 47

South Carolina

2,126.5 3.4 833 46 0.0 51

South Dakota

439.7 0.9 807 49 2.8 35

Tennessee

2,994.1 1.6 932 27 2.9 32

Texas

12,326.3 2.2 1,062 13 3.4 14

Utah

1,483.9 3.4 899 35 4.3 5

Vermont

312.4 -0.8 907 31 4.3 5

Virginia

3,941.0 1.3 1,073 11 2.6 39

Washington

3,444.1 2.7 1,218 5 6.9 1

West Virginia

702.9 1.6 868 42 4.8 2

Wisconsin

2,933.5 0.9 904 32 3.3 19

Wyoming

282.2 0.5 901 33 3.0 31

Puerto Rico

853.5 -2.3 543 (3) 5.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -14.4 838 (3) 12.8 (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 Kansas, second quarter 2018

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, January 11, 2019