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BOS-18-1353
Friday, August 17, 2018

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Occupational Employment and Wages in Waterbury, CT — May 2017

Workers in the Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $24.50 in May 2017, about 1 percent above the nationwide average of $24.34, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 10 of the 22 major occupational groups, including life, physical, and social science; healthcare practitioners and technical; and education, training, and library. Seven groups had significantly lower wages than their respective national averages, including legal; computer and mathematical; and arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 7 of the 22 occupational groups, including education, training, and library; production; and community and social service. Conversely, 11 groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; computer and mathematical; and transportation and material moving. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2017
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Waterbury United States Waterbury Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $24.34 $24.50 1

Management

5.1 5.6* 57.65 54.53* -5

Business and financial operations

5.2 2.5* 36.70 32.86* -10

Computer and mathematical

3.0 0.8* 43.18 34.05* -21

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.7* 41.44 38.33* -8

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.3* 35.76 42.44* 19

Community and social service

1.5 3.2* 23.10 27.24* 18

Legal

0.8 0.7 51.62 42.22* -18

Education, training, and library

6.1 9.4* 26.67 31.03* 16

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.0* 28.34 23.09* -19

Healthcare practitioners and technical

6.0 7.6* 38.83 43.75* 13

Healthcare support

2.9 3.9* 15.05 16.41* 9

Protective service

2.4 2.1* 22.69 25.74* 13

Food preparation and serving related

9.3 8.9 11.88 12.30* 4

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.1 2.5* 13.91 15.82* 14

Personal care and service

3.6 4.5* 13.11 13.46 3

Sales and related

10.2 9.7 19.56 17.79* -9

Office and administrative support

15.4 14.7 18.24 19.60* 7

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1* 13.87 17.70* 28

Construction and extraction

4.0 3.2* 24.01 24.88 4

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.4* 23.02 24.10 5

Production

6.3 9.3* 18.30 18.68 2

Transportation and material moving

7.0 5.8* 17.82 17.77 0

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—production—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Waterbury had 6,350 jobs in production, accounting for 9.3 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.3-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $18.68, compared to the national wage of $18.30.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the production group included assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers (1,010), multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (770), and first-line supervisors of production and operating workers (470). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of production and operating workers and tool and die makers, with mean hourly wages of $31.44 and $30.60, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were pressers, textile, garment, and related materials ($11.37) and multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic ($12.44). (Detailed occupational data for production are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_78700.htm .)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the production group. For instance, multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic were employed at 13.3 times the national rate in Waterbury, and tool and die makers, at 12.7 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers had a location quotient of 1.2 in Waterbury, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

With the release of the May 2017 estimates, the OES program has replaced 21 detailed occupations found in the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) with 10 new aggregations of those occupations. In addition, selected 4- and 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of the 4-digit NAICS industries that are no longer being published separately will instead be published as OES-specific industry aggregations. More information about the new occupational and industry aggregations is available at www.bls.gov/oes/changes_2017.htm .

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels; and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2017 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 72 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted sample employment of 82 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area included 1,094 establishments with a response rate of 76 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tec.htm.

The May 2017 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Waterbury, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Beacon Falls town, Bethlehem town, Middlebury town, Naugatuck borough, Prospect town, Waterbury city, Watertown town, Wolcott town, and Woodbury town, CT.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/new-england. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/methods_statement.pdf.

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. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, Waterbury Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2017
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Production occupations

6,350 1.5 $18.68 $38,860

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

470 1.6 31.44 65,400

Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

150 1.2 15.91 33,080

Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers

1,010 1.6 13.46 28,000

Bakers

50 0.6 13.35 27,760

Butchers and meat cutters

(5) (5) 16.23 33,750

Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic

80 1.2 20.09 41,800

Computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, metal and plastic

40 3.3 26.73 55,590

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

170 4.7 21.84 45,420

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

290 3.2 17.44 36,260

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

(5) (5) 18.88 39,260

Machinists

420 2.3 19.45 40,460

Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

120 1.6 14.11 29,340

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

770 13.3 12.44 25,870

Tool and die makers

450 12.7 30.60 63,640

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

100 0.6 22.52 46,850

Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

30 1.9 16.96 35,280

Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

140 7.9 16.71 34,760

Printing press operators

90 1.1 16.66 34,660

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

100 1.0 12.69 26,400

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

80 4.0 11.37 23,660

Sewing machine operators

(5) (5) 19.04 39,600

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

40 0.7 30.15 62,700

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

340 1.3 19.12 39,760

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

(5) (5) 17.03 35,420

Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

70 1.7 13.84 28,790

Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

40 4.9 14.76 30,700

Helpers--production workers

130 0.7 14.04 29,210

Production workers, all other

60 0.5 14.34 29,820

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in Waterbury, CT, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_78700.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, August 17, 2018