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15-436-CHI
Friday, May 01, 2015

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County Employment and Wages in North Dakota — Third Quarter 2014

North Dakota’s only large county, Cass, reported an average weekly wage of $897 in the third quarter of 2014, 4.3 percent higher than one year ago, 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 preliminary annual averages of employment.) Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 2.9 percent over the year to $949 in the third quarter of 2014. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that though Cass County’s wages were below the U.S. average, eleven of the state’s smaller counties, those with employment below 75,000, reported wages above that for the nation. (See table 1.)

Employment in Cass County increased 4.4 percent from September 2013 to September 2014. Cass County’s employment level of 116,300 accounted for 25.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationally, employment rose 2.0 percent during this 12-month period, as 306 of the 339 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 71.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 52 smaller counties in North Dakota. Average weekly wages varied widely across the state, with three having wages above $1,400 and two reporting wages under $550. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Cass County’s 4.3-percent wage growth from the third quarter of 2013 to the third quarter of 2014 ranked 28th nationally. (See table 1.) Among the 339 largest U.S. counties, 328 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Olmsted, Minn., had the largest increase with a gain of 11.1 percent. San Franciso, Calif., was second with wage growth of 8.6 percent, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., (7.4 percent). Wage decreases were recorded in 10 large counties nationwide; Collier, Fla., experienced the largest over-the-year wage loss at 3.9 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Cass County’s $897 average wage placed in the top half among the 339 large counties, ranking 147th. Nationally, Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,012. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,824, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,733), San Francisco, Calif. ($1,685), and Washington, D.C. ($1,631).

Average weekly wages in North Dakota’s smaller counties

Forty-one of the 52 counties in North Dakota with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $949. Eleven small counties had above-average wages, all located in the western portion of the state. The highest wage was reported in Williams County at $1,563, followed by McKenzie ($1,491) and Slope ($1,409). Sheridan County reported the lowest wage in the state, averaging $468 in the third quarter of 2014. (See table 2.)

When all 53 counties in North Dakota were considered, 5 reported average weekly wages under $600, 14 had wages from $600 to $699, 15 reported wages from $700 to $799, 6 reported wages from $800 to $899, and 13 had wages of $900 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 fourth quarter 2014 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 17, 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 137.7 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.

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 largest county in North Dakota, third quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage Weekly Wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands)Percent change, September 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2013-14 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

137,724.12.0--$949--2.9--

North Dakota

455.94.3--977146.11

Cass, N.D.

116.34.4198971474.328

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 North Dakota, third quarter 2014
AreaEmployment September 2014Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

137,724,117$949

North Dakota

455,912977

Adams

980678

Barnes

4,967671

Benson

2,199733

Billings

773732

Bottineau

2,785821

Bowman

1,872856

Burke

9701,089

Burleigh

57,977911

Cass

116,334897

Cavalier

1,502761

Dickey

2,143644

Divide

1,1101,011

Dunn

3,3471,379

Eddy

772615

Emmons

990613

Foster

1,685706

Golden Valley

731787

Grand Forks

41,417796

Grant

625630

Griggs

996641

Hettinger

747703

Kidder

669685

LaMoure

1,433663

Logan

633545

McHenry

1,381751

McIntosh

1,083579

McKenzie

12,0121,491

McLean

3,631896

Mercer

5,4141,206

Morton

11,182829

Mountrail

8,5691,381

Nelson

1,110597

Oliver

8591,313

Pembina

4,025816

Pierce

1,747690

Ramsey

5,971722

Ransom

2,085612

Renville

944958

Richland

7,903714

Rolette

4,610658

Sargent

2,839707

Sheridan

264468

Sioux

1,715764

Slope

2271,409

Stark

25,0961,274

Steele

600797

Stutsman

11,239744

Towner

745600

Traill

3,531717

Walsh

5,624678

Ward

36,921948

Wells

1,664589

Williams

43,0711,563

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 2014
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands)Percent change, September 2013-14Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2013-14National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,724.12.0$949--2.9--

Alabama

1,871.21.3815342.530

Alaska

344.7-0.11,01993.019

Arizona

2,539.61.8876242.040

Arkansas

1,170.91.3737471.844

California

16,013.43.11,09553.77

Colorado

2,443.03.7982123.019

Connecticut

1,663.20.81,12441.449

Delaware

426.11.9961162.237

District of Columbia

732.90.81,63114.52

Florida

7,748.43.3826322.138

Georgia

4,059.03.4891212.823

Hawaii

625.10.9870253.94

Idaho

658.42.1721502.626

Illinois

5,807.41.2982122.530

Indiana

2,924.71.4799391.942

Iowa

1,528.81.1800383.610

Kansas

1,363.11.2794402.335

Kentucky

1,827.81.8781422.530

Louisiana

1,928.31.7852273.116

Maine

604.50.3754462.626

Maryland

2,574.51.11,04283.116

Massachusetts

3,386.71.81,16423.019

Michigan

4,141.01.7896192.433

Minnesota

2,757.91.1965152.922

Mississippi

1,105.00.5697511.350

Missouri

2,686.41.0828312.725

Montana

449.50.7732493.77

Nebraska

950.01.1779431.844

Nevada

1,215.84.0840280.551

New Hampshire

633.51.4927183.610

New Jersey

3,880.40.81,08761.747

New Mexico

804.01.1786412.626

New York

8,902.12.01,14533.215

North Carolina

4,085.51.9839292.823

North Dakota

455.94.3977146.11

Ohio

5,219.11.4863263.116

Oklahoma

1,592.31.0826323.610

Oregon

1,752.82.4887223.610

Pennsylvania

5,676.21.0937172.626

Rhode Island

471.81.4895201.844

South Carolina

1,902.72.4768452.433

South Dakota

415.81.7733483.77

Tennessee

2,775.52.4837302.138

Texas

11,433.63.1988113.86

Utah

1,304.73.1803371.548

Vermont

306.51.2805362.335

Virginia

3,667.90.6989102.040

Washington

3,112.83.21,08763.94

West Virginia

709.3-0.2778443.514

Wisconsin

2,783.11.1808351.942

Wyoming

291.31.7877234.43

Puerto Rico

896.7-1.5505(3)0.8(3)

Virgin Islands

37.5-1.0720(3)2.0(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: Friday, May 01, 2015