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County Employment and Wages in Tennessee – First Quarter 2013


Employment rose in all six of Tennessee’s large counties from March 2012 to March 2013, 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 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 5.3 percent in Rutherford County to 0.3 percent in Knox County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.6 percent during the 12-month period, as 282 of the 334 large U.S. counties gained jobs. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest percentage increase with a gain of 7.0 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.4 percent.

Among the largest counties in Tennessee, employment was highest in Shelby County (471,000) in March 2013. One other county, Davidson, had an employment level exceeding 400,000. Together, Tennessee’s six large counties accounted for 56.7 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.6 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 132.3 million in March 2013.

Average weekly wages increased in three of Tennessee’s six largest counties from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Williamson County recorded the largest wage increase at 4.6 percent. Knox County (3.6 percent) was the only other Tennessee county with an average weekly wage increase above 1.0 percent. Williamson County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,201, followed by the counties of Davidson ($1,008) and Shelby ($979). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 0.6 percent over the year to $989 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the 0.8 percent growth rate for wages in Tennessee. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 89 counties with employment levels below 75,000 in Tennessee. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,011 to $472. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, average weekly wages rose in three of Tennessee’s large counties from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. Williamson’s 4.6-percent wage increase ranked eighth among the nation’s 334 large counties; Knox’s 3.6-percent gain ranked 12th. Three of Tennessee’s large counties experienced declines in average weekly wages, the biggest being a 0.8-percent decline in Hamilton. (See table 1.)

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 232 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the first quarter of 2013. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest increase (14.8 percent), followed by the counties of Benton, Ark. (14.3 percent), McLean, Ill. (11.8 percent), Clayton, Ga., and Somerset, N.J. (up 6.7 percent each).

Nationwide, 92 large counties experienced average weekly wage declines. Williamson, Texas, experienced the largest over-the-year decline with a loss of 13.4 percent. Middlesex, N.J., had the second largest decrease (5.8 percent), followed by the counties of Peoria, Ill. (-5.5 percent) and Washington, Ore. (-3.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 3 of Tennessee’s 6 largest counties placed in the top half of the national ranking among the 334 largest counties in the first quarter of 2013. The highest-paid counties—Williamson and Davidson—were above the U.S. average of $989 and ranked in the top 100 nationwide at 38th and 91st, respectively. Shelby County with an average weekly wage of $979 ranked 107th. Average weekly wages in the remaining three large counties placed in the bottom half of the national ranking. (See table 1.)

There were 96 large counties with an average weekly wage above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2013. New York, N.Y., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $2,448, followed by Somerset, N.J., at $2,009. Rounding out the top five were Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,937), Fairfield, Conn. ($1,878), and San Mateo, Calif., ($1,859).

Nationally, average weekly wages were lower than average in 235 of the 334 largest counties. Horry, S.C. ($564), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($573), Hidalgo, Texas ($580), Lake, Fla. ($624), and Webb, Texas ($632).

Average weekly wages in Tennessee’s smaller counties

Among the 89 counties in Tennessee with employment below 75,000, only Roane County ($1,011) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $989. Grundy County reported the lowest weekly in the state, averaging $472 in the first quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 95 counties in Tennessee were considered, 5 reported average weekly wages under $500, 34 reported wages from $500 to $599, 28 had wages from $600 to $699, 16 had wages from $700 to $799, and 12 had wages at or above $800. (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 2012 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2012 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2014.

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.

Updated MSA Definitions

New Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions, and those for other types of Core Based Statistical reas (CBSA), were announced in March 2013. The QCEW program will be using those definitions for tabulating data referencing 2013 and future years effective with the release of the first quarter 2013 data. Prior year data will not be re-tabulated to the new definitions. For more information regarding the new area definitions, see www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_statpolicy#ms.

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 9.2 million employer reports cover 132.3 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 6 largest counties in Tennessee, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
March 2013 (thousands) Percent change, March 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, first quarter 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

132,338.9 1.6 -- $989 -- 0.6 --

Tennessee

2,675.0 1.5 -- 854 27 0.8 23

Davidson, Tenn.

435.7 2.4 86 1,008 91 -0.3 254

Hamilton, Tenn.

185.3 1.0 193 838 205 -0.8 290

Knox, Tenn.

218.4 0.3 260 831 217 3.6 12

Rutherford, Tenn.

106.7 5.3 6 815 235 -0.2 249

Shelby, Tenn.

471.0 1.1 186 979 107 0.1 216

Williamson, Tenn.

100.7 3.8 15 1,201 38 4.6 8

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.


Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Tennessee, 1st quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment March 2013 Average Weekly Wage (3)

United States (4)

132,338,943 $989

Tennessee

2,675,019 854

Anderson

37,978 962

Bedford

17,166 668

Benton

3,823 541

Bledsoe

2,039 546

Blount

42,041 798

Bradley

38,253 734

Campbell

8,671 586

Cannon

1,906 532

Carroll

7,661 581

Carter

10,452 584

Cheatham

7,178 730

Chester

3,394 568

Claiborne

8,277 590

Clay

1,477 513

Cocke

7,520 577

Coffee

24,047 729

Crockett

3,440 708

Cumberland

16,435 578

Davidson

435,720 1,008

Decatur

3,637 648

De Kalb

5,405 581

Dickson

15,036 632

Dyer

14,701 657

Fayette

7,242 715

Fentress

4,465 631

Franklin

9,780 615

Gibson

13,108 611

Giles

8,842 662

Grainger

3,094 537

Greene

23,880 653

Grundy

2,109 472

Hamblen

28,424 684

Hamilton

185,259 838

Hancock

795 486

Hardeman

6,394 748

Hardin

7,799 733

Hawkins

11,678 670

Haywood

5,022 694

Henderson

7,698 608

Henry

10,703 597

Hickman

3,361 569

Houston

1,497 525

Humphreys

5,513 885

Jackson

1,420 582

Jefferson

11,771 665

Johnson

3,759 658

Knox

218,418 831

Lake

2,018 527

Lauderdale

6,138 590

Lawrence

9,678 578

Lewis

2,400 493

Lincoln

8,865 616

Loudon

13,738 696

McMinn

16,583 709

McNairy

5,696 568

Macon

4,245 557

Madison

53,872 730

Marion

7,110 601

Marshall

7,557 628

Maury

29,102 794

Meigs

1,997 588

Monroe

12,400 646

Montgomery

46,562 651

Moore

1,704 743

Morgan

2,991 594

Obion

10,118 615

Overton

4,482 601

Perry

1,772 497

Pickett

938 477

Polk

2,145 543

Putnam

31,673 651

Rhea

10,241 726

Roane

17,423 1,011

Robertson

19,320 672

Rutherford

106,677 815

Scott

5,089 549

Sequatchie

2,452 519

Sevier

38,583 506

Shelby

471,028 979

Smith

4,821 706

Stewart

2,510 876

Sullivan

67,224 949

Sumner

44,164 686

Tipton

10,361 628

Trousdale

1,479 550

Unicoi

4,761 809

Union

2,207 519

Van Buren

720 554

Warren

12,261 718

Washington

60,130 689

Wayne

3,661 580

Weakley

10,328 531

White

6,476 577

Williamson

100,698 1,201

Wilson

34,473 731

Footnotes
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

SOURCE: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages


Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, first quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
March 2013 (thousands) Percent change, March 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (4)

132,338.9 1.6 $989 -- 0.6 --

Alabama

1,840.4 1.0 812 36 0.5 35

Alaska

317.9 0.5 988 15 1.5 12

Arizona

2,494.6 2.2 891 21 0.6 30

Arkansas

1,151.1 0.0 765 47 2.4 2

California

15,168.9 3.0 1,116 6 -0.2 45

Colorado

2,298.0 3.0 1,004 13 0.1 41

Connecticut

1,618.4 0.4 1,319 3 -0.5 49

Delaware

403.7 1.4 1,070 7 -0.2 45

District of Columbia

717.6 1.0 1,613 1 0.5 35

Florida

7,540.7 2.2 843 30 0.7 28

Georgia

3,878.7 1.8 940 18 1.0 20

Hawaii

616.3 2.4 842 31 1.2 14

Idaho

613.4 3.0 695 51 0.6 30

Illinois

5,601.4 0.7 1,058 9 -0.2 45

Indiana

2,808.1 1.1 832 34 1.2 14

Iowa

1,463.2 1.0 799 39 1.8 6

Kansas

1,322.0 0.7 807 37 0.4 37

Kentucky

1,765.2 0.9 791 40 0.8 23

Louisiana

1,885.8 1.0 847 28 1.3 13

Maine

561.6 0.0 771 45 1.8 6

Maryland

2,509.0 0.8 1,066 8 -0.6 50

Massachusetts

3,218.5 1.0 1,236 4 0.7 28

Michigan

3,950.7 2.1 922 20 0.3 39

Minnesota

2,632.9 1.9 1,002 14 1.2 14

Mississippi

1,088.9 0.4 696 50 1.2 14

Missouri

2,610.3 0.7 842 31 0.6 30

Montana

427.4 1.9 707 49 0.1 41

Nebraska

914.9 1.0 777 43 1.7 9

Nevada

1,144.1 2.3 844 29 -0.2 45

New Hampshire

606.0 0.7 938 19 1.6 11

New Jersey

3,780.4 1.1 1,234 5 0.6 30

New Mexico

784.7 0.6 778 42 -0.6 50

New York

8,565.7 1.0 1,362 2 0.4 37

North Carolina

3,934.4 1.6 884 23 1.7 9

North Dakota

415.0 4.4 885 22 3.1 1

Ohio

5,004.8 0.7 884 23 1.1 19

Oklahoma

1,551.3 1.2 823 35 2.4 2

Oregon

1,644.4 1.9 864 25 0.0 43

Pennsylvania

5,543.3 0.1 968 16 0.9 21

Rhode Island

445.3 0.8 954 17 2.4 2

South Carolina

1,823.7 1.4 773 44 1.2 14

South Dakota

394.3 1.0 709 48 0.9 21

Tennessee

2,675.0 1.5 854 27 0.8 23

Texas

10,928.5 3.0 1,015 12 0.3 39

Utah

1,233.4 3.3 804 38 0.6 30

Vermont

299.3 0.7 791 40 2.3 5

Virginia

3,616.8 0.9 1,027 11 0.8 23

Washington

2,890.8 2.3 1,028 10 1.8 6

West Virginia

701.0 -0.7 767 46 -0.1 44

Wisconsin

2,664.9 0.9 833 33 0.8 23

Wyoming

272.2 0.1 859 26 0.8 23

Puerto Rico

931.3 0.0 515 (5) -1.2 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -6.7 726 (5) 0.4 (5)

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.


Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Tennessee, First Quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: November 15, 2013

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