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15-39-CHI
Thursday, January 15, 2015

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County Employment and Wages in Iowa – Second Quarter 2014

The five largest counties in Iowa reported employment growth from June 2013 to June 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2013 annual average employment.) Polk County had the largest increase, up 3.0 percent, followed by Linn and Scott Counties, each up 1.2 percent. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that only Polk County experienced an over-the-year employment gain greater than the national increase of 2.0 percent. (See table 1.)

Among the five largest counties in Iowa, employment was highest in Polk County (290,300) in June 2014. Collectively, Iowa’s five large counties accounted for 43.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 71.8 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 137.8 million in June 2014.

The average weekly wage in Johnson County rose 3.3 percent from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014, the largest increase among Iowa’s large counties. Polk County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $920, followed by Linn ($894) and Johnson ($874) Counties. (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 2.1 percent over the year to $940 in the second quarter of 2014.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 94 counties in Iowa with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Three of Iowa’s large counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.1 percent from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014. (See table 1.) As noted, Johnson County experienced the state’s largest average weekly wage increase of 3.3 percent, ranking 41st among the 339 largest U.S. counties. This was followed by Black Hawk County (2.8 percent) and Polk County (2.4 percent), which ranked 79th and 104th, respectively, nationwide.

Among the 339 largest counties in the U.S., 312 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2014. Midland, Texas, had the largest wage increase (9.0 percent). Twenty-two large counties experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages, of which Williamson, Texas, had the largest decrease (-2.7 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in all five large Iowa counties were below the national average of $940 in the second quarter of 2014. As noted, Polk County ($920) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 125th among the 339 largest counties in the nation. Scott County ($766) reported the lowest average weekly wage of Iowa’s large counties and ranked 280th nationwide.

Nationally, Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the 339 large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,886. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,740, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,732) and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,593).

Average weekly wages in Iowa’s smaller counties

All 94 counties in Iowa with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $940. Among these smaller counties, Dallas County had the highest average weekly wage at $895 and Decatur County had the lowest at $529. (See table 2.)

When all 99 counties in Iowa were considered, none had wages above the national average. Six reported average weekly wages of $599 or less, 31 reported wages from $600 to $649, 31 had wages from $650 to $699, and 31 had wages of $700 or more. (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 2013 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 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13.htm. The 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2015.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2014 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. (CT).


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 9.4 million employer reports cover 137.8 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.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 5 largest counties in Iowa, second quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage Weekly Wage (1)
June
2014
(thousands)
Percent
change,
June
2013-14 (2)
National
ranking by
percent change (3)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking
by level (3)
Percent
change,
second
quarter
2013-14 (2)
National
ranking by
percent
change (3)

United States (4)

137,776.42.0--$940--2.1--

Iowa

1,547.81.6--780433.07

Black Hawk, Iowa

76.10.32957802642.879

Johnson, Iowa

80.91.12358741643.341

Linn, Iowa

130.41.22228941481.6195

Polk, Iowa

290.33.0709201252.4104

Scott, Iowa

91.51.22227662802.0143

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 Iowa, 2nd quarter 2014
AreaEmployment June 2014Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

137,776,364$940

  Iowa

1,547,848780

    Adair

2,892638

    Adams

1,288615

    Allamakee

5,471573

    Appanoose

4,639613

    Audubon

1,912613

    Benton

5,898629

    Black Hawk

76,127780

    Boone

9,857689

    Bremer

10,362708

    Buchanan

6,750634

    Buena Vista

11,143648

    Butler

3,906636

    Calhoun

3,126600

    Carroll

11,935658

    Cass

6,278630

    Cedar

5,633656

    Cerro Gordo

24,428708

    Cherokee

5,272666

    Chickasaw

5,034681

    Clarke

4,326637

    Clay

9,074695

    Clayton

6,940653

    Clinton

22,334686

    Crawford

7,558687

    Dallas

38,542895

    Davis

1,984608

    Decatur

2,402529

    Delaware

6,820722

    Des Moines

23,140726

    Dickinson

10,431631

    Dubuque

58,458744

    Emmet

4,234668

    Fayette

7,413632

    Floyd

5,717672

    Franklin

4,310758

    Fremont

2,845673

    Greene

3,277704

    Grundy

4,350731

    Guthrie

3,231666

    Hamilton

5,990656

    Hancock

7,005756

    Hardin

7,415665

    Harrison

4,372618

    Henry

9,203712

    Howard

4,279641

    Humboldt

4,141680

    Ida

3,607705

    Iowa

9,858689

    Jackson

6,311562

    Jasper

11,763692

    Jefferson

7,440679

    Johnson

80,871874

    Jones

6,765679

    Keokuk

2,511645

    Kossuth

7,171726

    Lee

16,703782

    Linn

130,427894

    Louisa

3,761630

    Lucas

3,341695

    Lyon

4,799611

    Madison

3,796631

    Mahaska

8,231653

    Marion

17,244769

    Marshall

18,753732

    Mills

4,231757

    Mitchell

3,690708

    Monona

2,952583

    Monroe

3,717816

    Montgomery

4,388649

    Muscatine

23,303841

    O'Brien

6,693618

    Osceola

2,346658

    Page

6,420673

    Palo Alto

3,878616

    Plymouth

11,245762

    Pocahontas

3,147689

    Polk

290,338920

    Pottawattamie

39,004708

    Poweshiek

9,989740

    Ringgold

1,424605

    Sac

3,378616

    Scott

91,528766

    Shelby

6,269635

    Sioux

20,715662

    Story

45,696828

    Tama

4,997617

    Taylor

2,011596

    Union

6,522646

    Van Buren

2,129617

    Wapello

16,238684

    Warren

10,581671

    Washington

8,698588

    Wayne

1,937653

    Webster

18,486763

    Winnebago

4,438615

    Winneshiek

10,770658

    Woodbury

53,150694

    Worth

2,436600

    Wright

6,010745

Data are preliminary.

 

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.
 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, second quarter 2014
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2014 (thousands)Percent change, June 2013-14Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2013-14National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,776.42.0$940--2.1--

Alabama

1,872.90.7806361.638

Alaska

344.90.51,01484.62

Arizona

2,486.01.9888211.343

Arkansas

1,168.11.5745471.541

California

15,905.62.81,07262.415

Colorado

2,439.33.4960142.98

Connecticut

1,676.60.61,15532.513

Delaware

429.02.5976111.244

District of Columbia

732.61.01,5691-0.551

Florida

7,628.63.1839282.123

Georgia

4,036.33.1882221.735

Hawaii

624.61.1845262.710

Idaho

659.22.5697512.222

Illinois

5,836.91.5988101.932

Indiana

2,916.91.8784421.244

Iowa

1,547.81.6780433.07

Kansas

1,372.81.7797382.320

Kentucky

1,820.81.7798372.027

Louisiana

1,921.61.4843272.415

Maine

610.40.8746462.123

Maryland

2,594.40.91,02071.638

Massachusetts

3,407.01.41,15822.415

Michigan

4,164.72.3897202.320

Minnesota

2,782.01.3947161.932

Mississippi

1,101.10.5705502.027

Missouri

2,703.21.3818311.932

Montana

453.41.1734482.415

Nebraska

956.21.4756452.710

Nevada

1,210.13.4833300.650

New Hampshire

637.21.2955154.33

New Jersey

3,944.80.81,09751.244

New Mexico

801.00.6794401.735

New York

8,965.21.81,14642.415

North Carolina

4,080.72.4818311.244

North Dakota

453.04.4936175.51

Ohio

5,233.81.4846252.123

Oklahoma

1,578.01.0816332.612

Oregon

1,748.42.4874232.98

Pennsylvania

5,719.81.0933181.638

Rhode Island

472.91.6898192.027

South Carolina

1,916.42.7765442.513

South Dakota

422.91.4712493.34

Tennessee

2,755.71.8836292.027

Texas

11,402.83.0973133.15

Utah

1,297.52.9796391.735

Vermont

307.01.0813350.749

Virginia

3,710.80.7976110.848

Washington

3,109.63.299092.123

West Virginia

711.3-0.3792411.442

Wisconsin

2,809.11.3816332.027

Wyoming

295.31.6871243.15

Puerto Rico

897.0-2.0504(3)0.6(3)

Virgin Islands

37.8-2.2728(3)2.8(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: Thursday, January 15, 2015