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21-1990-KAN
Thursday, December 16, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in Kansas – Second Quarter 2021

Employment rose in the four largest counties in Kansas from June 2020 to June 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 Michael Hirniak noted that Sedgwick County had the largest over-the-year increase in employment at 7.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


National employment increased 6.7 percent over the year, with 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 36.8 percent. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 0.9 percent.

Among the four largest counties in Kansas, employment was highest in Johnson County (346,400) in June 2021. Within Johnson County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the four largest Kansas counties accounted for 56.9 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 101 counties in Kansas with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 100 of the 101 smaller counties were below the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Three of the four largest Kansas counties reported average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) Shawnee County had a wage gain of 5.0 percent, exceeding the national rate of 4.5 percent. Johnson County and Sedgwick County saw weekly wages rise 3.4 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively.


Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 302 had over-the-year wage increases. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+29.7 percent). Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Johnson County, with average weekly wages of $1,247, was the only large county in Kansas to record wages above the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. Average weekly wages in Johnson County ranked 84th among the 343 largest counties nationwide. The average weekly wages in Wyandotte County ($1,084, 188th), Sedgwick County ($968, 291st), and Shawnee County ($963, 298th) ranked in the lower half of large counties nationwide.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 90 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2021. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,516. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 253 counties. At $728 a week, Hidalgo, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Kansas’s smaller counties

Among the 101 smaller counties in Kansas—those with employment below 75,000—Coffey County ($1,329) had the highest average weekly wage and was the only county in the state to report an average weekly wage above the national average. Jewell County ($559) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 105 counties in Kansas were considered, 11 reported average weekly wages of less than $650, 30 registered wages from $650 to $749, 43 had wages from $750 to $849, 15 had wages from $850 to $949, and 6 had average weekly wages of $950 or higher. (See chart 3.) Most of the highest paying counties were located in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area and the northeastern part of the state.

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 third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.


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 establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the four largest counties in Kansas, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 -- $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Kansas

90.5 1,356.0 4.0 -- 995 41 2.7 30

Johnson

25.1 346.4 4.0 273 1,247 84 3.4 169

Sedgwick

13.0 245.0 7.1 101 968 291 2.4 212

Shawnee

5.1 94.0 3.5 298 963 298 5.0 90

Wyandotte

3.5 85.7 0.8 336 1,084 188 -1.4 324

(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 establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in Kansas, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment June 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

10,863,217 144,044,799 $1,241

Kansas

90,529 1,355,958 995

Allen

400 5,885 743

Anderson

247 2,456 858

Atchison

400 5,176 824

Barber

199 1,620 777

Barton

897 11,697 795

Bourbon

362 5,874 719

Brown

335 4,938 828

Butler

1,468 19,241 817

Chase

85 852 743

Chautauqua

97 825 605

Cherokee

394 5,572 881

Cheyenne

131 910 652

Clark

92 828 867

Clay

293 2,939 672

Cloud

288 3,283 645

Coffey

256 3,514 1,329

Comanche

86 655 635

Cowley

730 13,420 838

Crawford

980 16,814 752

Decatur

135 932 599

Dickinson

517 6,499 752

Doniphan

200 2,276 778

Douglas

3,193 45,366 890

Edwards

131 958 743

Elk

81 576 628

Ellis

1,088 15,311 800

Ellsworth

183 2,252 774

Finney

1,058 18,957 886

Ford

823 17,067 924

Franklin

615 9,503 846

Geary

696 12,747 852

Gove

154 1,301 685

Graham

109 887 724

Grant

233 2,532 852

Gray

304 3,086 838

Greeley

66 653 714

Greenwood

203 1,496 645

Hamilton

99 1,613 808

Harper

207 2,336 828

Harvey

764 13,516 827

Haskell

154 1,704 832

Hodgeman

72 645 697

Jackson

308 4,173 746

Jefferson

398 3,878 803

Jewell

107 710 559

Johnson

25,119 346,400 1,247

Kearny

134 1,527 840

Kingman

247 2,617 747

Kiowa

105 1,012 683

Labette

466 8,232 779

Lane

85 635 795

Leavenworth

1,480 20,458 965

Lincoln

113 915 797

Linn

254 2,037 867

Logan

133 1,296 711

Lyon

842 15,134 793

Mcpherson

941 15,348 926

Marion

317 3,492 668

Marshall

398 4,484 775

Meade

156 1,630 855

Miami

837 8,616 828

Mitchell

266 3,206 750

Montgomery

1,834 14,217 735

Morris

156 1,567 661

Morton

99 833 760

Nemaha

407 5,370 797

Neosho

479 6,227 766

Ness

146 1,040 810

Norton

194 2,332 757

Osage

316 2,949 630

Osborne

180 1,403 698

Ottawa

162 1,269 686

Pawnee

199 2,734 807

Phillips

226 2,333 715

Pottawatomie

675 9,855 827

Pratt

354 4,507 828

Rawlins

128 1,078 793

Reno

1,618 26,452 793

Republic

215 1,868 634

Rice

326 3,902 732

Riley

1,782 27,746 864

Rooks

198 1,753 690

Rush

108 998 687

Russell

289 2,463 726

Saline

1,481 28,031 827

Scott

257 2,363 784

Sedgwick

12,971 244,976 968

Seward

553 10,633 893

Shawnee

5,116 93,965 963

Sheridan

135 1,075 797

Sherman

261 2,375 698

Smith

147 1,361 656

Stafford

174 1,209 676

Stanton

100 1,001 903

Stevens

184 2,094 864

Sumner

563 6,263 768

Thomas

399 3,967 779

Trego

125 1,270 722

Wabaunsee

179 1,378 652

Wallace

93 551 661

Washington

284 2,133 613

Wichita

112 755 801

Wilson

240 3,466 751

Woodson

94 670 643

Wyandotte

3,492 85,669 1,084

(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: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Table 3. Covered establishments, employment, and wages by state, second quarter 2021
State Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Alabama

137.8 1,952.0 4.4 1,010 35 4.8 15

Alaska

23.7 315.5 6.7 1,181 17 -1.2 51

Arizona

180.2 2,857.8 5.3 1,154 20 5.9 6

Arkansas

96.1 1,205.3 4.4 974 45 5.2 12

California

1,662.9 16,992.1 7.0 1,579 3 7.5 5

Colorado

228.9 2,723.9 7.1 1,283 10 4.4 19

Connecticut

130.1 1,604.1 7.9 1,411 6 0.6 47

Delaware

35.1 440.1 5.1 1,165 19 1.7 41

District of Columbia

44.0 724.6 3.3 2,096 1 5.4 8

Florida

782.5 8,654.0 6.7 1,113 24 7.7 3

Georgia

337.0 4,453.5 6.5 1,139 22 5.9 6

Hawaii

48.7 590.5 12.7 1,117 23 0.7 46

Idaho

76.4 801.8 7.3 930 50 5.3 10

Illinois

394.6 5,743.5 6.5 1,260 11 3.5 25

Indiana

178.2 3,011.8 5.2 1,013 34 5.4 8

Iowa

106.1 1,528.0 4.8 999 38 2.1 38

Kansas

90.5 1,356.0 4.0 995 41 2.7 30

Kentucky

132.4 1,851.2 5.6 999 38 2.9 28

Louisiana

142.7 1,806.6 5.4 1,005 36 2.0 39

Maine

57.0 623.0 8.7 1,005 36 2.4 33

Maryland

175.6 2,599.7 6.8 1,319 9 1.0 44

Massachusetts

277.4 3,497.0 10.1 1,591 2 1.1 43

Michigan

270.2 4,175.6 8.4 1,143 21 2.5 32

Minnesota

192.8 2,814.5 6.4 1,240 13 3.3 26

Mississippi

75.7 1,107.1 4.1 843 51 3.8 22

Missouri

221.6 2,759.3 5.3 1,052 32 3.6 23

Montana

55.1 490.7 7.0 959 47 4.5 18

Nebraska

74.4 976.6 4.8 997 40 3.9 21

Nevada

93.9 1,353.9 14.0 1,106 25 5.3 10

New Hampshire

58.5 657.4 8.7 1,345 8 10.6 1

New Jersey

300.4 3,993.8 12.0 1,387 7 0.8 45

New Mexico

63.0 790.6 4.3 987 42 2.9 28

New York

667.9 8,885.4 9.2 1,540 5 1.3 42

North Carolina

311.1 4,511.3 7.2 1,092 27 5.1 14

North Dakota

32.6 407.4 4.3 1,067 29 0.6 47

Ohio

312.4 5,266.7 4.3 1,068 28 3.6 23

Oklahoma

114.6 1,568.7 3.1 963 46 2.4 33

Oregon

169.2 1,899.6 5.6 1,196 15 4.8 15

Pennsylvania

370.9 5,674.7 6.9 1,193 16 2.0 39

Rhode Island

42.1 472.2 10.0 1,168 18 -0.3 50

South Carolina

150.1 2,091.9 4.9 977 44 5.2 12

South Dakota

36.3 442.3 6.4 936 49 2.6 31

Tennessee

182.3 3,012.4 5.9 1,094 26 7.6 4

Texas

758.0 12,466.7 5.7 1,210 14 4.7 17

Utah

119.9 1,586.0 7.6 1,060 30 4.2 20

Vermont

27.8 292.4 7.5 1,053 31 -0.2 49

Virginia

293.6 3,854.3 6.1 1,257 12 3.2 27

Washington

263.6 3,376.7 5.7 1,547 4 8.3 2

West Virginia

52.7 663.8 4.8 955 48 2.2 37

Wisconsin

186.5 2,845.7 5.7 1,037 33 2.3 35

Wyoming

28.2 275.1 5.6 987 42 2.3 35

Puerto Rico

47.6 867.2 8.6 567 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.5 35.7 0.0 923 (3) -8.4 (3)

(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, December 16, 2021