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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi – Second Quarter 2016

Employment increased in each of Mississippi’s two large counties from June 2015 to June 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Hinds County employment rose 1.0 percent during the 12-month period. Harrison County employment increased 0.1 percent over the year. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.5 percent from June 2015 to June 2016 as 291 of the 344 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 6.7 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the large U.S. counties with a loss of 8.3 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (121,100) in June 2016, followed by Harrison (85,200). Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 142.7 million in June 2016.

From the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, Harrison County and Hinds County each recorded a 1.9-percent increase in average weekly wages. (See table 1.) Hinds County had the higher average weekly wage at $843. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $989, a 2.2-percent increase from a year ago.

Employment and wages levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000. Wage levels were below the national average in all but one of these smaller counties. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Harrison and Hinds Counties’ average weekly wages each advanced 1.9 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, ranking 216th in the national ranking. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 304 of the 344 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (21.0 percent). Elkhart, Ind., was second with a wage increase of 8.5 percent, followed by the counties of King, Wash. (8.1 percent); Washington, Ore. (7.4 percent); and Albany, N.Y. (7.0 percent).

Of the 344 largest U.S. counties, 36 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Ventura, Calif., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-8.4 percent), followed by Forsyth, N.C. (-6.5 percent); Lafayette, La. (-6.2 percent); Gregg, Texas (-3.7 percent); and Midland, Texas (-3.2 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in both Hinds County ($843) and Harrison County ($698) were below the U.S. average of $989 and placed in the bottom third of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2016. The average weekly wage in Hinds County ranked 241st and Harrison County’s average weekly wage ranked 335th. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 102 of the 344 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,252. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,866).

Seventy percent of the largest U.S. counties (241) reported average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2016. The lowest wage was reported in Horry, S.C. ($598), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($602) and Hidalgo ($626).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Among the 80 smaller counties in Mississippi—those with employment below 75,000—only Kemper ($990) had an average weekly wage above the $989 national average. Issaquena County reported the lowest weekly wage among all the counties in the state, averaging $449 in the second quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages below $600, 39 had wages from $600 to $699, 11 had wages from $700 to $799, and 9 had wages above $800. (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 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at https://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 142.7 million full- and part-time workers. 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 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2016
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.2 1.5 -- $989 -- 2.2 --

Mississippi

1,120.1 0.5 -- 727 51 2.5 15

Harrison, Miss.

85.2 1.0 218 698 335 1.9 216

Hinds, Miss.

121.1 0.1 287 843 241 1.9 216

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 Mississippi, second quarter 2016
Area Employment June 2016 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157 $989

Mississippi

1,120,065 727

Adams

10,450 649

Alcorn

13,784 654

Amite

1,762 615

Attala

4,559 602

Benton

931 636

Bolivar

11,938 650

Calhoun

3,244 556

Carroll

1,084 565

Chickasaw

5,327 584

Choctaw

2,214 739

Claiborne

3,193 886

Clarke

2,942 599

Clay

5,309 632

Coahoma

8,189 643

Copiah

7,277 645

Covington

5,369 610

De Soto

56,544 637

Forrest

38,111 737

Franklin

1,622 716

George

4,819 582

Greene

1,897 610

Grenada

10,662 630

Hancock

13,042 870

Harrison

85,185 698

Hinds

121,109 843

Holmes

3,550 579

Humphreys

2,209 515

Issaquena

186 449

Itawamba

6,295 653

Jackson

49,383 919

Jasper

3,821 706

Jefferson

1,184 592

Jefferson Davis

1,519 650

Jones

27,141 682

Kemper

2,693 990

Lafayette

22,441 906

Lamar

18,519 557

Lauderdale

33,208 672

Lawrence

2,484 834

Leake

4,923 575

Lee

54,161 716

Leflore

14,342 610

Lincoln

11,821 681

Lowndes

24,903 747

Madison

55,067 843

Marion

7,878 657

Marshall

6,338 696

Monroe

9,771 696

Montgomery

2,515 580

Neshoba

12,789 621

Newton

5,609 600

Noxubee

2,539 565

Oktibbeha

20,301 684

Panola

10,601 653

Pearl River

10,168 621

Perry

2,141 741

Pike

14,867 581

Pontotoc

12,422 636

Prentiss

7,125 594

Quitman

1,087 585

Rankin

62,007 735

Scott

13,731 608

Sharkey

1,196 544

Simpson

6,893 554

Smith

2,820 721

Stone

4,131 634

Sunflower

8,534 598

Tallahatchie

3,049 561

Tate

5,507 609

Tippah

6,409 611

Tishomingo

6,244 594

Tunica

8,596 602

Union

10,582 836

Walthall

2,383 548

Warren

20,188 766

Washington

17,747 634

Wayne

4,853 671

Webster

1,927 609

Wilkinson

1,668 562

Winston

4,588 663

Yalobusha

2,848 629

Yazoo

6,222 729

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 2016
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands) Percent change, June 2015-16 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.2 1.5 $989 -- 2.2 --

Alabama

1,923.5 1.2 835 37 2.0 29

Alaska

338.7 -2.4 1,011 10 -1.7 49

Arizona

2,619.6 2.6 921 22 1.9 33

Arkansas

1,197.5 1.1 785 47 3.0 7

California

16,754.1 2.5 1,157 5 2.4 19

Colorado

2,574.5 2.3 999 14 1.0 43

Connecticut

1,689.9 -0.1 1,213 3 3.0 7

Delaware

444.0 0.9 990 16 -0.6 48

District of Columbia

756.0 1.7 1,623 1 1.1 42

Florida

8,161.8 3.2 883 25 2.6 14

Georgia

4,269.5 2.7 929 21 2.7 11

Hawaii

643.4 1.0 906 24 3.5 5

Idaho

699.7 3.3 740 50 3.8 3

Illinois

5,945.0 0.2 1,038 9 2.4 19

Indiana

2,995.4 1.0 828 39 2.1 27

Iowa

1,566.0 0.3 825 40 2.9 9

Kansas

1,378.4 -0.2 829 38 1.2 39

Kentucky

1,877.2 1.5 838 36 1.9 33

Louisiana

1,905.2 -1.4 852 32 0.2 46

Maine

622.8 1.0 795 46 3.5 5

Maryland

2,656.0 0.9 1,070 8 2.5 15

Massachusetts

3,538.2 1.2 1,233 2 2.0 29

Michigan

4,300.9 1.9 942 19 2.7 11

Minnesota

2,846.8 0.7 997 15 2.0 29

Mississippi

1,120.1 0.5 727 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,785.6 1.4 863 30 2.4 19

Montana

468.6 2.2 767 48 1.7 35

Nebraska

978.3 0.9 805 43 2.4 19

Nevada

1,289.4 3.3 874 27 2.2 26

New Hampshire

655.1 1.1 1,003 12 3.7 4

New Jersey

4,051.2 1.7 1,147 6 1.7 35

New Mexico

808.1 -0.3 812 42 0.9 44

New York

9,264.0 1.5 1,210 4 2.5 15

North Carolina

4,285.3 2.5 865 29 2.1 27

North Dakota

423.3 -4.9 908 23 -3.3 51

Ohio

5,353.1 0.8 882 26 2.0 29

Oklahoma

1,570.5 -1.4 823 41 0.6 45

Oregon

1,867.8 2.7 933 20 4.1 2

Pennsylvania

5,786.8 0.4 971 17 1.4 37

Rhode Island

482.9 0.6 949 18 2.5 15

South Carolina

2,013.7 2.4 804 44 2.8 10

South Dakota

432.7 1.0 760 49 2.7 11

Tennessee

2,900.4 2.4 874 27 1.3 38

Texas

11,810.7 1.0 1,000 13 1.2 39

Utah

1,395.9 3.8 840 35 2.3 25

Vermont

310.6 -0.1 850 33 2.4 19

Virginia

3,833.4 1.6 1,011 10 1.2 39

Washington

3,281.6 2.8 1,083 7 5.4 1

West Virginia

693.2 -1.9 800 45 -0.4 47

Wisconsin

2,869.1 0.9 856 31 2.4 19

Wyoming

281.7 -3.7 849 34 -2.2 50

Puerto Rico

879.5 -0.7 512 (3) 0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.4 0.9 743 (3) -0.4 (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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016