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County Employment and Wages in Kentucky - First Quarter 2014


Employment rose in all three of Kentucky’s large counties from March 2013 to March 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.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 1.5 percent in Boone County to 1.0 percent in Jefferson County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.7 percent during the 12-month period, as 281 of the 339 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Weld, Colo., posted the largest percentage increase, with a gain of 7.5 percent over the year. Peoria, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease, down 2.6 percent.

Among the three large counties in Kentucky, employment was highest in Jefferson County (431,600) in March 2014, while Boone County had the smallest employment (77,100). Together, Kentucky’s large counties accounted for 38.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties accounted for 72.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 134.6 million in March 2014.

All three large Kentucky counties experienced average weekly wage gains from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. Jefferson County had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 3.8 percent. Jefferson County also had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $994. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.8 percent over the year to $1,027 in the first quarter of 2014. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 117 counties with employment levels below 75,000 in Kentucky. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,229 to $474. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages increased in all three of Kentucky’s large counties from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014. At 3.8 percent, Jefferson County’s wage gain ranked 84th among the nation’s 339 large counties. Fayette County’s 2.8-percent increase ranked 149th. Boone County’s 1.2-percent advance ranked 275th. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 323 large counties experienced increases in average weekly wages. Chester, Pa., had the largest increase (13.9 percent), followed by the counties of New York, N.Y. (12.0 percent), San Mateo, Calif. (9.6 percent), Forsyth, N.C. (9.6 percent), and San Francisco, Calif. (9.3 percent).

Among the 339 largest U.S. counties, 15 experienced over-the-year declines in average weekly wages. Benton, Ark., experienced the largest average weekly wage decrease with a loss of 3.2 percent, followed by the counties of Cumberland, N.C. (-2.0 percent), Dutchess, N.Y. (-1.6 percent), Ocean, N.J. (-1.3 percent), and McLean, Ill. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in the state’s three large counties were below the U.S. average of $1,027. Jefferson County ($994, 116th) placed in the top half of the national ranking among the 339 largest counties in the first quarter of 2014. Average weekly wages in Fayette ($869, 195th) and Boone ($822, 246th) placed in the bottom half of the national ranking. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, there were 95 large counties with an average weekly wage above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2014. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,749, followed by Santa Clara, Calif., at $2,074. Rounding out the top five were San Mateo, Calif. ($2,058), Somerset, N.J. ($2,048), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,944).

There were 244 large U.S. counties with an average weekly wage below the national average in the first quarter of 2014. Horry, S.C. ($571), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($581), Hidalgo, Texas ($597), Lake, Fla. ($639), and Webb, Texas ($650).

Average weekly wages in Kentucky’s smaller counties

Among the 117 counties in Kentucky with employment below 75,000, Hancock ($1,229) and Ballard ($1,123) were the only two to report an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,027. Robertson County reported the lowest wage in the state, averaging $474 in the first quarter of 2014. (See table 2.)

When all 120 counties in Kentucky were considered, 48 reported average weekly wages under $600, 34 reported average weekly wages from $600 to $699, 21 reported wages from $700 to $799, 7 reported wages from $800 to $899, and 10 had wages above $900. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

Quarterly 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 the QCEW Web site at 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, which was published in September 2014, 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.

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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 134.6 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.


Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 3 largest counties in Kentucky, first quarter 2014
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

134,555.0 1.7 -- $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Kentucky

1,784.1 1.1 -- 811 40 2.7 33

Boone, Ky.

77.1 1.5 153 822 246 1.2 275

Fayette, Ky.

180.0 1.3 170 869 195 2.8 149

Jefferson, Ky.

431.6 1.0 195 994 116 3.8 84
(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Kentucky, 1st quarter 2014
Area Employment March 2014 Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

134,554,959 $1,027

Kentucky

1,784,069 811

Adair

4,650 531

Allen

3,972 635

Anderson

4,366 636

Ballard

2,141 1,123

Barren

16,325 636

Bath

1,712 572

Bell

8,470 568

Boone

77,078 822

Bourbon

6,545 713

Boyd

25,802 890

Boyle

13,381 702

Bracken

1,375 627

Breathitt

3,247 626

Breckinridge

3,511 557

Bullitt

21,341 621

Butler

2,703 605

Caldwell

4,074 587

Calloway

16,082 596

Campbell

28,368 758

Carlisle

1,023 508

Carroll

6,245 1,009

Carter

5,636 541

Casey

3,564 550

Christian

31,198 730

Clark

13,657 716

Clay

3,981 631

Clinton

3,847 512

Crittenden

1,992 552

Cumberland

1,649 573

Daviess

44,266 698

Edmonson

1,493 569

Elliott

884 514

Estill

2,331 583

Fayette

179,964 869

Fleming

2,964 571

Floyd

11,095 683

Franklin

30,518 772

Fulton

2,241 669

Gallatin

2,300 946

Garrard

2,031 576

Grant

4,827 657

Graves

10,947 635

Grayson

7,541 580

Green

1,787 510

Greenup

7,657 668

Hancock

4,364 1,229

Hardin

45,137 740

Harlan

6,963 701

Harrison

4,534 761

Hart

4,689 607

Henderson

19,623 704

Henry

2,717 661

Hickman

1,065 503

Hopkins

17,440 773

Jackson

1,795 560

Jefferson

431,644 994

Jessamine

15,517 695

Johnson

5,720 607

Kenton

63,694 930

Knott

2,501 649

Knox

8,919 555

Larue

2,518 520

Laurel

23,789 646

Lawrence

3,246 659

Lee

1,718 560

Leslie

1,728 639

Letcher

4,657 634

Lewis

1,937 531

Lincoln

4,112 595

Livingston

2,899 756

Logan

8,120 756

Lyon

2,145 506

McCracken

37,620 784

McCreary

2,735 611

McLean

1,873 540

Madison

33,397 683

Magoffin

2,068 543

Marion

7,817 662

Marshall

11,024 907

Martin

2,725 820

Mason

9,235 771

Meade

4,318 598

Menifee

840 557

Mercer

6,069 910

Metcalfe

1,791 576

Monroe

2,986 530

Montgomery

10,306 664

Morgan

2,984 588

Muhlenberg

9,673 815

Nelson

14,493 675

Nicholas

860 517

Ohio

7,234 576

Oldham

14,171 733

Owen

1,703 692

Owsley

641 475

Pendleton

2,309 795

Perry

12,298 699

Pike

22,011 787

Powell

2,403 541

Pulaski

24,976 613

Robertson

272 474

Rockcastle

3,467 552

Rowan

9,911 590

Russell

5,900 542

Scott

23,937 909

Shelby

14,676 712

Simpson

8,685 636

Spencer

1,776 595

Taylor

10,612 581

Todd

2,239 541

Trigg

3,219 589

Trimble

1,028 852

Union

5,695 872

Warren

59,287 757

Washington

3,246 630

Wayne

4,923 580

Webster

3,575 976

Whitley

11,693 627

Wolfe

1,245 489

Woodford

8,723 740
(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, first quarter 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2014 (thousands) Percent change, March 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

134,555.0 1.7 $1,027 -- 3.8 --

Alabama

1,849.5 0.6 825 38 1.6 50

Alaska

319.1 0.3 1,023 15 3.5 17

Arizona

2,540.8 1.9 918 22 3.1 26

Arkansas

1,152.6 0.3 784 46 2.5 37

California

15,572.9 2.8 1,165 6 4.5 5

Colorado

2,370.1 3.1 1,046 13 4.2 9

Connecticut

1,627.2 0.5 1,362 3 3.3 24

Delaware

412.5 2.0 1,110 7 3.9 13

District of Columbia

727.3 1.2 1,701 1 5.3 3

Florida

7,752.4 2.9 868 28 3.0 28

Georgia

3,974.8 2.6 972 18 3.4 18

Hawaii

624.9 1.2 857 32 1.9 42

Idaho

631.5 3.3 722 50 3.9 13

Illinois

5,651.2 0.9 1,104 8 4.2 9

Indiana

2,842.5 1.2 845 35 1.7 48

Iowa

1,485.4 1.5 824 39 3.0 28

Kansas

1,343.0 1.7 840 36 4.1 11

Kentucky

1,784.1 1.1 811 40 2.7 33

Louisiana

1,909.8 1.2 868 28 2.6 35

Maine

565.9 0.7 786 45 1.9 42

Maryland

2,512.8 0.1 1,086 9 1.8 47

Massachusetts

3,272.2 1.3 1,300 4 5.3 3

Michigan

4,013.5 1.7 950 20 3.1 26

Minnesota

2,652.3 0.8 1,036 14 3.4 18

Mississippi

1,096.8 0.6 707 51 1.7 48

Missouri

2,634.6 1.0 866 31 2.9 30

Montana

429.9 0.7 730 49 3.3 24

Nebraska

930.7 1.7 797 42 2.6 35

Nevada

1,183.5 3.4 867 30 2.7 33

New Hampshire

614.2 1.3 970 19 3.4 18

New Jersey

3,794.3 0.6 1,263 5 2.2 38

New Mexico

787.0 0.2 793 43 1.9 42

New York

8,699.5 1.6 1,460 2 7.3 1

North Carolina

4,003.2 1.7 914 23 3.4 18

North Dakota

428.9 3.3 944 21 6.7 2

Ohio

5,071.5 1.3 909 24 2.8 32

Oklahoma

1,565.2 0.7 854 34 3.9 13

Oregon

1,688.5 2.8 893 25 3.4 18

Pennsylvania

5,560.9 0.3 1,007 16 4.1 11

Rhode Island

449.7 1.1 996 17 4.4 8

South Carolina

1,873.6 2.7 787 44 1.9 42

South Dakota

400.2 1.4 741 48 4.5 5

Tennessee

2,718.2 1.7 874 27 2.2 38

Texas

11,220.6 2.6 1,062 11 4.5 5

Utah

1,270.8 3.1 831 37 3.4 18

Vermont

301.1 0.5 807 41 1.9 42

Virginia

3,613.2 0.0 1,050 12 2.2 38

Washington

2,966.3 2.6 1,068 10 3.8 16

West Virginia

694.6 -0.9 779 47 1.4 51

Wisconsin

2,694.5 1.0 856 33 2.9 30

Wyoming

275.4 1.0 877 26 2.1 41

Puerto Rico

914.9 -1.8 521 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.3 -3.6 744 (3) 2.6 (3)
(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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Kentucky, first quarter 2014

Last Modified Date: October 28, 2014

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