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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
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands) Percent change, September 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

146,824.1 1.6 -- $1,055 -- 3.3 --

Missouri

2,812.0 0.4 -- 907 31 3.3 21

Boone, Mo.

94.7 0.2 276 837 297 2.2 259

Clay, Mo.

105.3 0.6 219 904 233 5.6 17

Greene, Mo.

168.6 1.7 115 829 305 6.1 12

Jackson, Mo.

372.6 0.1 284 1,045 105 2.3 241

St. Charles, Mo.

148.5 0.7 206 834 299 3.3 128

St. Louis City, Mo.

231.5 0.2 276 1,118 68 4.1 59

St. Louis, Mo.

608.0 0.4 249 1,083 84 3.2 141

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
Area Employment September 2018 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093 $1,055

Missouri

2,812,002 907

Adair

10,471 630

Andrew

2,578 623

Atchison

1,645 649

Audrain

9,012 668

Barry

14,743 833

Barton

3,270 583

Bates

3,625 623

Benton

3,587 547

Bollinger

1,877 535

Boone

94,716 837

Buchanan

46,955 822

Butler

18,092 647

Caldwell

1,919 582

Callaway

14,521 801

Camden

16,889 631

Cape Girardeau

41,368 750

Carroll

2,410 626

Carter

1,559 514

Cass

27,312 666

Cedar

3,121 543

Chariton

1,890 587

Christian

17,720 615

Clark

1,437 502

Clay

105,276 904

Clinton

4,085 680

Cole

53,010 794

Cooper

5,052 632

Crawford

6,780 670

Dade

1,767 538

Dallas

2,487 470

Daviess

1,534 533

De Kalb

3,051 640

Dent

3,902 578

Douglas

2,234 530

Dunklin

9,138 528

Franklin

39,502 772

Gasconade

5,495 573

Gentry

2,273 633

Greene

168,593 829

Grundy

3,092 625

Harrison

2,419 576

Henry

7,362 716

Hickory

1,374 503

Holt

1,273 674

Howard

2,687 535

Howell

15,400 624

Iron

3,437 718

Jackson

372,619 1,045

Jasper

58,102 747

Jefferson

48,451 700

Johnson

15,617 701

Knox

1,032 538

Laclede

14,086 648

Lafayette

8,738 590

Lawrence

9,189 699

Lewis

2,618 622

Lincoln

11,898 725

Linn

3,855 643

Livingston

6,387 627

McDonald

7,161 667

Macon

5,160 625

Madison

3,682 563

Maries

1,245 642

Marion

13,274 711

Mercer

1,706 669

Miller

7,448 624

Mississippi

3,780 602

Moniteau

4,133 662

Monroe

1,928 587

Montgomery

2,977 659

Morgan

4,368 547

New Madrid

7,097 666

Newton

20,484 743

Nodaway

7,851 667

Oregon

2,260 464

Osage

3,961 686

Ozark

1,501 453

Pemiscot

5,441 548

Perry

9,753 709

Pettis

19,399 664

Phelps

18,558 744

Pike

5,443 622

Platte

46,968 884

Polk

8,572 660

Pulaski

13,165 755

Putnam

980 512

Ralls

3,522 852

Randolph

9,504 700

Ray

4,086 674

Reynolds

1,975 626

Ripley

2,860 473

St. Charles

148,500 834

St. Clair

1,603 511

Ste. Genevieve

5,776 804

St. Francois

23,270 601

St. Louis

607,990 1,083

Saline

8,862 675

Schuyler

597 523

Scotland

1,140 583

Scott

15,736 686

Shannon

1,462 481

Shelby

1,689 545

Stoddard

10,261 684

Stone

6,991 561

Sullivan

2,511 731

Taney

29,836 584

Texas

5,602 572

Vernon

6,864 695

Warren

7,691 721

Washington

5,005 543

Wayne

2,565 472

Webster

7,668 636

Worth

366 480

Wright

4,121 577

St. Louis City

231,527 1,118

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

United States (2)

146,824.1 1.6 $1,055 -- 3.3 --

Alabama

1,966.0 1.2 885 38 3.1 25

Alaska

334.0 -0.4 1,065 13 3.7 12

Arizona

2,838.6 2.8 974 23 2.9 31

Arkansas

1,222.1 0.7 811 49 2.9 31

California

17,457.5 1.8 1,260 5 3.8 9

Colorado

2,684.0 2.1 1,104 9 3.5 18

Connecticut

1,681.5 0.3 1,209 6 2.5 41

Delaware

447.8 0.6 1,046 15 2.4 42

District of Columbia

770.7 0.7 1,807 1 2.8 36

Florida

8,690.7 4.6 924 29 3.1 25

Georgia

4,448.8 2.3 993 20 3.3 21

Hawaii

654.7 0.0 975 22 2.4 42

Idaho

743.5 3.0 805 50 3.2 23

Illinois

6,029.2 0.8 1,087 10 3.0 28

Indiana

3,072.3 0.9 883 39 2.4 42

Iowa

1,555.0 0.6 887 37 3.7 12

Kansas

1,390.4 1.0 867 42 3.5 18

Kentucky

1,898.7 0.5 855 43 2.2 47

Louisiana

1,915.4 0.5 901 33 3.7 12

Maine

626.5 0.6 851 45 3.7 12

Maryland

2,683.9 0.7 1,130 8 2.4 42

Massachusetts

3,598.1 0.7 1,305 2 3.2 23

Michigan

4,366.5 0.8 991 21 2.8 36

Minnesota

2,904.3 0.8 1,074 12 4.2 5

Mississippi

1,133.7 0.2 754 51 3.4 20

Missouri

2,812.0 0.4 907 31 3.3 21

Montana

473.3 1.0 815 48 2.8 36

Nebraska

980.3 0.6 873 41 2.8 36

Nevada

1,382.9 3.4 936 28 2.4 42

New Hampshire

662.3 0.5 1,040 16 1.7 49

New Jersey

4,072.6 0.8 1,181 7 2.1 48

New Mexico

826.2 1.2 855 43 3.9 7

New York

9,467.5 1.4 1,272 4 4.2 5

North Carolina

4,398.0 1.1 938 26 3.8 9

North Dakota

424.3 1.1 995 19 4.4 3

Ohio

5,424.4 0.7 947 25 2.9 31

Oklahoma

1,616.8 1.2 874 40 3.6 16

Oregon

1,939.8 1.5 1,005 18 3.8 9

Pennsylvania

5,894.8 1.0 1,031 17 3.0 28

Rhode Island

489.4 1.0 963 24 -1.3 51

South Carolina

2,088.2 2.8 834 46 0.8 50

South Dakota

431.5 1.3 827 47 3.0 28

Tennessee

3,005.6 1.7 938 26 3.9 7

Texas

12,327.0 2.6 1,064 14 3.1 25

Utah

1,494.4 3.4 911 30 3.6 16

Vermont

310.9 0.0 892 36 2.6 40

Virginia

3,889.6 1.1 1,082 11 2.9 31

Washington

3,425.6 2.4 1,280 3 6.2 2

West Virginia

706.0 1.7 894 35 8.1 1

Wisconsin

2,888.9 0.7 901 33 2.9 31

Wyoming

278.2 0.6 905 32 4.3 4

Puerto Rico

862.5 0.2 534 (3) 5.3 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -8.0 888 (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