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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in Mississippi – Second Quarter 2017

Employment increased in one of Mississippi’s two large counties from June 2016 to June 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with 2016 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Harrison County employment rose 1.8 percent during the 12-month period. Hinds County employment decreased 0.8 percent over the year. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.7 percent from June 2016 to June 2017 as 318 of the 346 largest U.S. counties had increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.3 percent over the year. Lucas, Ohio, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a loss of 1.9 percent.

Among Mississippi’s two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (120,700) in June 2017, followed by Harrison (86,900). Together, Hinds and Harrison Counties accounted for 18.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 145.2 million in June 2017.

From the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017, Harrison County gained 3.0 percent in average weekly wages, the largest among the two large counties in Mississippi. (See table 1.) Hinds County had the higher average weekly wage at $849. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,020, a 3.2-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 each of these smaller counties. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Harrison and Hinds Counties’ average weekly wages rose 3.0 and 1.0 percent, respectively, from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. Harrison (168th) ranked in the top half and Hinds (300th) was in the bottom quarter of the national rankings for large county wage growth. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 325 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. New Hanover, N.C., had the largest weekly wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (11.9 percent). San Mateo, Calif., and Midland, Texas were second with increases of 11.4 percent each. The top five counties for average weekly wage gains included Kitsap, Wash. (11.0 percent) and Clackamas, Ore. (10.0 percent).

Of the 346 largest U.S. counties, 19 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-20.4 percent), followed by Union, N.J. (-3.7 percent); Warren, Ohio (-3.6 percent); Somerset, N.J. (-3.4 percent); Fairfield, Conn. (-1.9 percent); and Washington, Ore. (-1.9 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in both Hinds County ($849) and Harrison County ($718) were below the U.S. average of $1,020 and placed in the bottom third of the national ranking in the second quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average ($1,020) in 97 of the 346 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., was the highest-paid large county with an average weekly wage of $2,392. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $2,093, followed by San Francisco, Calif. ($1,941) and New York, N.Y. ($1,907).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 249 had average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2017. The lowest wage was reported in Cameron, Texas ($615), followed by Horry, S.C. ($622); and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($632) and Webb ($667).

Average weekly wages in Mississippi’s smaller counties

Among the 80 smaller counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000, Kemper ($972) had the highest average weekly wage in the state. Issaquena County had the lowest weekly wage in the state, averaging $450 in the second quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 15 had average weekly wages below $600, 41 had wages from $600 to $699, 20 had wages from $700 to $799, and 6 had wages $800 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 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 8, 2018.


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 9.9 million employer reports cover 145.2 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 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017 (thousands) Percent change, June 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2016-17 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

145,186.4 1.7 -- $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Mississippi

1,128.9 0.7 -- 732 51 0.8 49

Harrison, Miss.

86.9 1.8 146 718 336 3.0 168

Hinds, Miss.

120.7 -0.8 339 849 266 1.0 300

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 2017
Area Employment June 2017 Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

145,186,369 $1,020

Mississippi

1,128,924 732

Adams

10,568 648

Alcorn

14,058 649

Amite

1,713 647

Attala

4,558 607

Benton

961 655

Bolivar

11,449 665

Calhoun

3,240 549

Carroll

1,160 575

Chickasaw

5,424 636

Choctaw

2,072 770

Claiborne

3,365 968

Clarke

2,833 608

Clay

5,249 635

Coahoma

7,847 645

Copiah

7,084 718

Covington

5,592 636

De Soto

58,989 653

Forrest

39,432 742

Franklin

1,589 742

George

5,012 594

Greene

1,978 616

Grenada

10,853 638

Hancock

13,116 928

Harrison

86,855 718

Hinds

120,734 849

Holmes

3,525 615

Humphreys

2,231 534

Issaquena

211 450

Itawamba

6,266 665

Jackson

48,695 924

Jasper

4,076 709

Jefferson

1,052 642

Jefferson Davis

1,654 673

Jones

26,888 705

Kemper

2,457 972

Lafayette

22,799 714

Lamar

19,131 575

Lauderdale

33,755 665

Lawrence

2,425 782

Leake

4,808 602

Lee

54,732 714

Leflore

14,919 623

Lincoln

11,937 701

Lowndes

24,928 750

Madison

55,792 829

Marion

8,012 663

Marshall

6,534 728

Monroe

9,718 752

Montgomery

2,532 559

Neshoba

12,258 636

Newton

5,516 618

Noxubee

2,513 582

Oktibbeha

20,097 690

Panola

10,292 679

Pearl River

10,320 619

Perry

2,132 757

Pike

14,879 599

Pontotoc

12,384 665

Prentiss

7,281 622

Quitman

960 598

Rankin

62,174 741

Scott

14,049 621

Sharkey

1,214 530

Simpson

6,927 530

Smith

2,783 715

Stone

4,197 633

Sunflower

8,453 600

Tallahatchie

2,977 625

Tate

5,525 616

Tippah

6,528 650

Tishomingo

6,212 614

Tunica

8,436 625

Union

11,040 789

Walthall

2,366 573

Warren

20,116 787

Washington

17,160 626

Wayne

4,873 679

Webster

1,926 596

Wilkinson

1,688 585

Winston

4,927 682

Yalobusha

2,870 672

Yazoo

6,376 717

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 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017 (thousands) Percent change, June 2016-17 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2016-17 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

145,186.4 1.7 $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Alabama

1,946.4 1.2 858 38 2.8 31

Alaska

338.4 -0.7 1,005 16 -0.5 51

Arizona

2,699.6 2.9 943 23 2.5 35

Arkansas

1,206.0 0.7 810 47 3.2 22

California

17,150.9 2.2 1,210 5 4.7 3

Colorado

2,638.8 2.5 1,042 11 4.2 5

Connecticut

1,701.2 0.6 1,216 4 0.4 50

Delaware

446.6 0.6 1,012 15 2.2 43

District of Columbia

766.5 1.0 1,675 1 3.3 19

Florida

8,390.6 2.8 905 27 2.5 35

Georgia

4,357.8 2.1 956 21 2.9 27

Hawaii

653.0 1.0 935 24 3.5 13

Idaho

723.5 3.4 765 50 3.4 16

Illinois

6,006.6 0.9 1,062 9 2.4 39

Indiana

3,041.0 1.5 859 37 3.7 9

Iowa

1,571.4 0.4 853 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,377.8 -0.1 849 40 2.4 39

Kentucky

1,889.4 0.8 862 35 2.9 27

Louisiana

1,907.7 0.0 869 34 2.0 46

Maine

629.1 0.9 814 46 2.5 35

Maryland

2,694.8 1.4 1,103 8 3.1 23

Massachusetts

3,604.5 1.6 1,278 2 3.6 11

Michigan

4,365.3 1.6 969 19 2.9 27

Minnesota

2,902.1 2.0 1,037 12 3.9 6

Mississippi

1,128.9 0.7 732 51 0.8 49

Missouri

2,818.7 1.2 889 30 3.0 25

Montana

473.6 1.3 797 48 3.9 6

Nebraska

984.0 0.4 833 43 3.5 13

Nevada

1,333.5 3.4 900 29 2.9 27

New Hampshire

665.4 1.6 1,015 14 1.2 48

New Jersey

4,123.5 1.8 1,173 6 2.3 41

New Mexico

815.4 0.7 823 45 1.5 47

New York

9,417.4 1.6 1,237 3 2.2 43

North Carolina

4,361.4 1.8 902 28 4.3 4

North Dakota

422.7 -0.2 953 22 5.0 2

Ohio

5,422.8 1.2 912 25 3.3 19

Oklahoma

1,583.8 0.8 845 41 2.5 35

Oregon

1,912.6 2.2 967 20 3.8 8

Pennsylvania

5,859.4 1.3 1,000 17 3.0 25

Rhode Island

487.3 1.0 980 18 2.6 33

South Carolina

2,053.9 2.0 834 42 3.6 11

South Dakota

435.5 0.6 785 49 3.4 16

Tennessee

2,948.1 1.8 906 26 3.5 13

Texas

12,059.6 2.1 1,027 13 2.7 32

Utah

1,440.3 3.4 862 35 2.6 33

Vermont

314.2 1.0 870 33 2.1 45

Virginia

3,886.6 1.5 1,047 10 3.7 9

Washington

3,352.5 2.2 1,141 7 5.6 1

West Virginia

690.9 -0.3 828 44 3.4 16

Wisconsin

2,905.3 1.1 876 31 2.3 41

Wyoming

280.2 -0.7 875 32 3.1 23

Puerto Rico

873.6 -1.0 515 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 762 (3) 2.6 (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.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 27, 2017