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County Employment and Wages in West Virginia – Third Quarter 2015

Employment decreased 1.2 percent in West Virginia’s only large county, Kanawha, from September 2014 to September 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2014 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that Kanawha County was one of the 24 large counties in the U.S. in which employment declined over the year. Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent, as 312 of the 342 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Kanawha County ranked 330th in the nation for employment change. (See table 1.)

Nationally, Williamson, Tenn., recorded the largest percentage increase in employment with a gain of 6.5 percent over the year. Ector, Texas, registered the largest over-the-year employment decline among the largest U.S. counties, down 8.3 percent.

Employment in Kanawha County stood at 102,611 in September 2015, accounting for 14.6 percent of West Virginia’s total employment. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 54 counties in West Virginia with employment levels below 75,000. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average of $974 in the third quarter of 2015. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The average weekly wage in Kanawha County increased 1.3 percent from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Kanawha County placed in the bottom fifth of the national ranking for wage growth (279th), with a wage increase one-half of the 2.6-percent national average.

Nationally, 319 of the 342 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Rockland, N.Y., had the largest wage gain, up 24.9 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Lake, Ill., was second with a wage increase of 11.7 percent, followed by Onondaga, N.Y., at 6.5 percent and Washington, Ore., at 6.4 percent.

Among the large U.S. counties, 20 experienced over-the-year average weekly wage decreases. Midland, Texas, had the largest wage decrease with a loss of 6.7 percent. Ector, Texas, had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, down 4.9 percent from the third quarter 2014, followed by Lafayette, La. (-3.2 percent); Stark, Ohio (-2.1 percent); and Gregg, Texas (-1.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Kanawha County reported average weekly wages of $839, below the national average of $974 for the third quarter 2015, and ranked 228th among the 342 largest U.S. counties.

Nationally, 100 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2015. Santa Clara, Calif., had the highest average weekly wage at $2,090. San Mateo, Calif., was second ($1,894), followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,829).

Seventy one percent of the largest U.S. counties (242) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($598), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($615) and Hidalgo ($624). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than a third of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Average weekly wages in West Virginia's smaller counties

When all 55 counties in West Virginia were considered, all had wages below the national average. Eight reported average weekly wages under $600, 17 had wages from $600 to $699, 19 reported wages from $700 to $799, and 11 had wages of $800 to $899. No counties had wages of $900 or above. (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 2014 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 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


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 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 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: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the top 10 large counties ranked by average weekly wage and the largest county in West Virginia, third quarter 2015
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,442.2 1.9 -- $974 -- 2.6 --

Santa Clara, Calif.

1,026.6 4.0 32 2,090 1 3.2 91

San Mateo, Calif.

387.8 5.0 10 1,894 2 3.4 77

New York, N.Y.

2,370.4 2.1 145 1,829 3 2.5 165

San Francisco, Calif.

684.1 5.2 8 1,712 4 1.4 274

Washington, D.C.

143.6 1.4 211 1,667 5 2.3 193

Arlington, Va.

171.3 3.0 95 1,587 6 1.5 265

Suffolk, Mass.

639.1 2.0 151 1,559 7 3.1 104

King, Wash.

1,292.1 3.4 66 1,463 8 1.0 300

Fairfax, Va.

589.0 2.0 151 1,462 9 1.2 286

Somerset, N.J.

182.4 1.2 221 1,447 10 4.3 30

Kanawha, W.Va.

102.6 -1.2 330 839 228 1.3 279

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 West Virginia, 3rd quarter 2015
Area Employment September 2015 Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224 $974

West Virginia

702,443 785

Barbour

3,389 648

Berkeley

32,345 748

Boone

5,897 848

Braxton

4,142 610

Brooke

8,349 742

Cabell

51,857 750

Calhoun

1,429 796

Clay

1,413 565

Doddridge

1,424 757

Fayette

11,438 653

Gilmer

2,203 760

Grant

3,440 715

Greenbrier

13,393 695

Hampshire

4,385 577

Hancock

10,026 660

Hardy

5,842 610

Harrison

35,302 871

Jackson

7,911 713

Jefferson

15,664 770

Kanawha

102,611 839

Lewis

6,819 830

Lincoln

2,595 653

Logan

10,106 733

McDowell

4,744 774

Marion

19,305 768

Marshall

10,693 899

Mason

5,740 747

Mercer

19,999 658

Mineral

7,860 753

Mingo

5,458 804

Monongalia

55,850 891

Monroe

1,979 691

Morgan

2,785 592

Nicholas

7,586 624

Ohio

29,198 773

Pendleton

1,582 568

Pleasants

2,944 877

Pocahontas

2,917 577

Preston

7,461 714

Putnam

20,453 858

Raleigh

32,425 726

Randolph

11,658 623

Ritchie

3,304 682

Roane

2,998 641

Summers

2,275 534

Taylor

3,332 698

Tucker

2,723 652

Tyler

2,354 823

Upshur

7,764 687

Wayne

8,755 796

Webster

1,982 673

Wetzel

4,725 578

Wirt

588 573

Wood

37,548 731

Wyoming

4,924 833

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 2015
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 -- 2.6 --

Alabama

1,893.6 1.2 830 34 1.8 40

Alaska

346.4 0.4 1,041 9 2.2 34

Arizona

2,613.9 2.9 889 24 1.5 42

Arkansas

1,193.4 1.9 756 48 2.6 22

California

16,474.4 3.0 1,134 5 3.4 6

Colorado

2,513.0 2.9 1,006 12 2.4 30

Connecticut

1,668.3 0.2 1,147 4 2.0 38

Delaware

436.3 2.1 963 15 0.3 48

District of Columbia

743.6 1.4 1,667 1 2.3 33

Florida

8,023.2 3.5 852 31 3.1 10

Georgia

4,171.1 2.8 916 22 2.8 19

Hawaii

635.4 1.4 896 23 3.1 10

Idaho

680.3 3.3 736 50 2.1 37

Illinois

5,888.6 1.3 1,020 10 3.9 3

Indiana

2,971.7 1.6 818 39 2.4 30

Iowa

1,535.9 0.4 823 38 3.0 14

Kansas

1,370.9 0.6 809 41 1.8 40

Kentucky

1,852.5 1.4 804 42 2.9 18

Louisiana

1,926.3 -0.2 858 30 0.7 47

Maine

609.7 0.7 779 46 3.3 7

Maryland

2,607.8 1.3 1,067 8 2.4 30

Massachusetts

3,446.9 1.4 1,197 2 3.0 14

Michigan

4,203.0 1.6 921 20 2.7 20

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 990 14 2.6 22

Mississippi

1,118.9 1.2 706 51 1.3 43

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 846 32 2.2 34

Montana

457.9 1.9 759 47 3.7 4

Nebraska

964.0 1.4 811 40 4.2 2

Nevada

1,254.5 3.2 862 29 2.5 27

New Hampshire

642.8 1.5 952 18 2.7 20

New Jersey

3,933.9 1.4 1,116 6 2.6 22

New Mexico

809.2 0.6 798 43 1.3 43

New York

9,065.4 1.8 1,180 3 3.1 10

North Carolina

4,194.1 2.5 863 28 3.0 14

North Dakota

438.0 -3.8 956 17 -2.3 51

Ohio

5,282.7 1.2 878 25 1.9 39

Oklahoma

1,598.0 0.2 825 37 0.0 49

Oregon

1,812.8 3.0 924 19 4.4 1

Pennsylvania

5,722.1 0.8 961 16 2.5 27

Rhode Island

477.4 1.2 919 21 2.6 22

South Carolina

1,959.7 2.9 788 44 2.6 22

South Dakota

419.5 0.9 756 48 3.1 10

Tennessee

2,850.6 2.7 864 27 3.2 8

Texas

11,681.0 2.1 999 13 1.1 45

Utah

1,353.9 3.7 829 35 3.2 8

Vermont

308.2 0.5 829 35 3.0 14

Virginia

3,759.7 2.5 1,014 11 2.5 27

Washington

3,187.6 2.5 1,111 7 2.2 34

West Virginia

702.4 -1.1 785 45 0.9 46

Wisconsin

2,815.7 0.9 834 33 3.5 5

Wyoming

287.4 -1.5 866 26 -1.1 50

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.8 -2.1 738 (3) 2.1 (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.

  Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in West Virginia, third quarter 2015

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County Employment and Wages in West Virginia – Third Quarter 2015

Employment decreased 1.2 percent in West Virginia’s only large county, Kanawha, from September 2014 to September 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2014 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that Kanawha County was one of the 24 large counties in the U.S. in which employment declined over the year. Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent, as 312 of the 342 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Kanawha County ranked 330th in the nation for employment change. (See table 1.)

Nationally, Williamson, Tenn., recorded the largest percentage increase in employment with a gain of 6.5 percent over the year. Ector, Texas, registered the largest over-the-year employment decline among the largest U.S. counties, down 8.3 percent.

Employment in Kanawha County stood at 102,611 in September 2015, accounting for 14.6 percent of West Virginia’s total employment. Nationwide, the 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 54 counties in West Virginia with employment levels below 75,000. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average of $974 in the third quarter of 2015. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

The average weekly wage in Kanawha County increased 1.3 percent from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015. Kanawha County placed in the bottom fifth of the national ranking for wage growth (279th), with a wage increase one-half of the 2.6-percent national average.

Nationally, 319 of the 342 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. Rockland, N.Y., had the largest wage gain, up 24.9 percent from the third quarter of 2014. Lake, Ill., was second with a wage increase of 11.7 percent, followed by Onondaga, N.Y., at 6.5 percent and Washington, Ore., at 6.4 percent.

Among the large U.S. counties, 20 experienced over-the-year average weekly wage decreases. Midland, Texas, had the largest wage decrease with a loss of 6.7 percent. Ector, Texas, had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, down 4.9 percent from the third quarter 2014, followed by Lafayette, La. (-3.2 percent); Stark, Ohio (-2.1 percent); and Gregg, Texas (-1.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Kanawha County reported average weekly wages of $839, below the national average of $974 for the third quarter 2015, and ranked 228th among the 342 largest U.S. counties.

Nationally, 100 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2015. Santa Clara, Calif., had the highest average weekly wage at $2,090. San Mateo, Calif., was second ($1,894), followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,829).

Seventy one percent of the largest U.S. counties (242) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($598), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($615) and Hidalgo ($624). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than a third of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Average weekly wages in West Virginia's smaller counties

When all 55 counties in West Virginia were considered, all had wages below the national average. Eight reported average weekly wages under $600, 17 had wages from $600 to $699, 19 reported wages from $700 to $799, and 11 had wages of $800 to $899. No counties had wages of $900 or above. (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 2014 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 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


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 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 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: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the top 10 large counties ranked by average weekly wage and the largest county in West Virginia, third quarter 2015
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

140,442.2 1.9 -- $974 -- 2.6 --

Santa Clara, Calif.

1,026.6 4.0 32 2,090 1 3.2 91

San Mateo, Calif.

387.8 5.0 10 1,894 2 3.4 77

New York, N.Y.

2,370.4 2.1 145 1,829 3 2.5 165

San Francisco, Calif.

684.1 5.2 8 1,712 4 1.4 274

Washington, D.C.

143.6 1.4 211 1,667 5 2.3 193

Arlington, Va.

171.3 3.0 95 1,587 6 1.5 265

Suffolk, Mass.

639.1 2.0 151 1,559 7 3.1 104

King, Wash.

1,292.1 3.4 66 1,463 8 1.0 300

Fairfax, Va.

589.0 2.0 151 1,462 9 1.2 286

Somerset, N.J.

182.4 1.2 221 1,447 10 4.3 30

Kanawha, W.Va.

102.6 -1.2 330 839 228 1.3 279

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 West Virginia, 3rd quarter 2015
Area Employment September 2015 Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224 $974

West Virginia

702,443 785

Barbour

3,389 648

Berkeley

32,345 748

Boone

5,897 848

Braxton

4,142 610

Brooke

8,349 742

Cabell

51,857 750

Calhoun

1,429 796

Clay

1,413 565

Doddridge

1,424 757

Fayette

11,438 653

Gilmer

2,203 760

Grant

3,440 715

Greenbrier

13,393 695

Hampshire

4,385 577

Hancock

10,026 660

Hardy

5,842 610

Harrison

35,302 871

Jackson

7,911 713

Jefferson

15,664 770

Kanawha

102,611 839

Lewis

6,819 830

Lincoln

2,595 653

Logan

10,106 733

McDowell

4,744 774

Marion

19,305 768

Marshall

10,693 899

Mason

5,740 747

Mercer

19,999 658

Mineral

7,860 753

Mingo

5,458 804

Monongalia

55,850 891

Monroe

1,979 691

Morgan

2,785 592

Nicholas

7,586 624

Ohio

29,198 773

Pendleton

1,582 568

Pleasants

2,944 877

Pocahontas

2,917 577

Preston

7,461 714

Putnam

20,453 858

Raleigh

32,425 726

Randolph

11,658 623

Ritchie

3,304 682

Roane

2,998 641

Summers

2,275 534

Taylor

3,332 698

Tucker

2,723 652

Tyler

2,354 823

Upshur

7,764 687

Wayne

8,755 796

Webster

1,982 673

Wetzel

4,725 578

Wirt

588 573

Wood

37,548 731

Wyoming

4,924 833

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 2015
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 -- 2.6 --

Alabama

1,893.6 1.2 830 34 1.8 40

Alaska

346.4 0.4 1,041 9 2.2 34

Arizona

2,613.9 2.9 889 24 1.5 42

Arkansas

1,193.4 1.9 756 48 2.6 22

California

16,474.4 3.0 1,134 5 3.4 6

Colorado

2,513.0 2.9 1,006 12 2.4 30

Connecticut

1,668.3 0.2 1,147 4 2.0 38

Delaware

436.3 2.1 963 15 0.3 48

District of Columbia

743.6 1.4 1,667 1 2.3 33

Florida

8,023.2 3.5 852 31 3.1 10

Georgia

4,171.1 2.8 916 22 2.8 19

Hawaii

635.4 1.4 896 23 3.1 10

Idaho

680.3 3.3 736 50 2.1 37

Illinois

5,888.6 1.3 1,020 10 3.9 3

Indiana

2,971.7 1.6 818 39 2.4 30

Iowa

1,535.9 0.4 823 38 3.0 14

Kansas

1,370.9 0.6 809 41 1.8 40

Kentucky

1,852.5 1.4 804 42 2.9 18

Louisiana

1,926.3 -0.2 858 30 0.7 47

Maine

609.7 0.7 779 46 3.3 7

Maryland

2,607.8 1.3 1,067 8 2.4 30

Massachusetts

3,446.9 1.4 1,197 2 3.0 14

Michigan

4,203.0 1.6 921 20 2.7 20

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 990 14 2.6 22

Mississippi

1,118.9 1.2 706 51 1.3 43

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 846 32 2.2 34

Montana

457.9 1.9 759 47 3.7 4

Nebraska

964.0 1.4 811 40 4.2 2

Nevada

1,254.5 3.2 862 29 2.5 27

New Hampshire

642.8 1.5 952 18 2.7 20

New Jersey

3,933.9 1.4 1,116 6 2.6 22

New Mexico

809.2 0.6 798 43 1.3 43

New York

9,065.4 1.8 1,180 3 3.1 10

North Carolina

4,194.1 2.5 863 28 3.0 14

North Dakota

438.0 -3.8 956 17 -2.3 51

Ohio

5,282.7 1.2 878 25 1.9 39

Oklahoma

1,598.0 0.2 825 37 0.0 49

Oregon

1,812.8 3.0 924 19 4.4 1

Pennsylvania

5,722.1 0.8 961 16 2.5 27

Rhode Island

477.4 1.2 919 21 2.6 22

South Carolina

1,959.7 2.9 788 44 2.6 22

South Dakota

419.5 0.9 756 48 3.1 10

Tennessee

2,850.6 2.7 864 27 3.2 8

Texas

11,681.0 2.1 999 13 1.1 45

Utah

1,353.9 3.7 829 35 3.2 8

Vermont

308.2 0.5 829 35 3.0 14

Virginia

3,759.7 2.5 1,014 11 2.5 27

Washington

3,187.6 2.5 1,111 7 2.2 34

West Virginia

702.4 -1.1 785 45 0.9 46

Wisconsin

2,815.7 0.9 834 33 3.5 5

Wyoming

287.4 -1.5 866 26 -1.1 50

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.8 -2.1 738 (3) 2.1 (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.

  Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in West Virginia, third quarter 2015

Last Modified Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016