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County Employment and Wages in Michigan — Fourth Quarter 2014

Eight of the 10 large counties in Michigan reported employment gains from December 2013 to December 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2013 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that Ottawa County had the largest increase, up 4.1 percent, followed by the counties of Kent (3.1 percent) and Wayne (2.2 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.2 percent from December 2013 to December 2014 as 319 of the 339 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Weld, Colo., and Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increases, with gains of 8.0 percent each over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.0 percent.

Among the 10 largest counties in Michigan, employment was highest in Wayne County (706,500) and Oakland County (704,800) in December 2014. Two other counties, Kent (371,300) and Macomb (312,700) had employment levels of more than 300,000. Together, the 10 largest Michigan counties accounted for 69.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 72.1 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014, Ottawa County recorded the fastest rate of increase in average weekly wages among the 10 large counties in Michigan, registering a gain of 4.7 percent. (See table 1.) Oakland County recorded the highest average weekly wage among these large counties at $1,164 per week, followed by Wayne County at $1,119. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,035, up 3.5 percent from a year ago.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 73 counties in Michigan with employment levels below 75,000. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in the fourth quarter of 2014. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Ottawa County’s 4.7-percent rise in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014 ranked 60th among the nation’s 339 largest counties. (See table 1.)  Recording similar increases over the year were Washtenaw (4.2 percent, 99th) and Oakland County (4.0 percent, 113th). Of the 10 large counties in Michigan, MaComb County had the lowest wage increase at 1.5 percent.

Nationally, 332 of the 339 largest counties registered over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Benton, Ark., had the largest wage gain, up 9.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Washington, Pa., was second with a wage increase of 9.2 percent, followed by the counties of Midland, Texas (9.0 percent), Brazoria, Texas (8.9 percent), and Douglas, Colo. (8.8 percent).

Of the 339 largest U.S. counties, 7 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 20.4 percent from the fourth quarter 2013. Olmsted, Minn., had the second largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 5.5 percent, followed by Morris, N.J. (-2.9 percent); Rockland, N.Y. (-1.3 percent); and Camden, N.J., and Butler, Pa. (-0.8 percent each).

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, Oakland County ($1,164) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 53rd among the 339 largest U.S. counties. Wayne ($1,119, 63rd) and Washtenaw ($1,069, 79th) Counties also reported average weekly wages above the national average of $1,035. Saginaw ($818) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 286th nationwide.

Nationally, 95 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,035 in the fourth quarter of 2014. San Mateo, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,166. New York, N.Y., was second at $2,138, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($2,114), Suffolk Mass. ($1,856), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,850).

Seventy-two percent of the largest U.S. counties (244) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($610), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($621) and Hidalgo ($641), and the Florida counties of Osceola ($687) and Lake ($691).

Average weekly wages in Michigan’s smaller counties

All 73 counties in Michigan with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,035. Among these smaller counties, Midland had the highest average weekly wage at $1,024, while Keweenaw had the lowest at $489. (See table 2.)

When the 83 counties in Michigan were considered, all but 3 had wages below the national average. Three reported average weekly wages less than $600, 18 had wages from $600 to $699, 32 reported wages from $700 to $799, 19 had wages from $800 to $899, and 11 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 first quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 17, 2015.


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 9.5 million employer reports cover 139.2 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 10 largest counties in Michigan, fourth quarter 2014
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2014 (thousands) Percent change, December 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

139,204.8 2.2 -- $1,035 -- 3.5 --

Michigan

4,158.9 2.1 -- 984 20 3.3 37

Genesee, Mich.

135.8 0.9 259 837 270 3.1 208

Ingham, Mich.

151.4 -0.3 325 966 153 3.3 191

Kalamazoo, Mich.

114.6 1.4 214 934 179 3.7 143

Kent, Mich.

371.3 3.1 84 909 202 3.4 179

Macomb, Mich.

312.7 2.1 151 1,025 107 1.5 306

Oakland, Mich.

704.8 1.6 197 1,164 53 4.0 113

Ottawa, Mich.

116.7 4.1 36 914 197 4.7 60

Saginaw, Mich.

84.8 -0.1 323 818 286 3.0 220

Washtenaw, Mich.

203.9 1.9 162 1,069 79 4.2 99

Wayne, Mich.

706.5 2.2 140 1,119 63 3.0 220

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 Michigan, fourth quarter 2014
Area Employment December 2014 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

139,204,840 $1,035

Michigan

4,158,910 984

Alcona

1,593 683

Alger

2,287 796

Allegan

36,684 874

Alpena

11,186 744

Antrim

4,859 624

Arenac

4,416 634

Baraga

3,492 682

Barry

11,635 778

Bay

35,728 816

Benzie

3,923 602

Berrien

59,695 882

Branch

13,126 756

Calhoun

56,529 952

Cass

8,618 736

Charlevoix

9,835 806

Cheboygan

5,707 616

Chippewa

12,694 714

Clare

6,455 735

Clinton

15,715 835

Crawford

3,692 765

Delta

13,366 729

Dickinson

13,947 869

Eaton

36,967 828

Emmet

17,349 745

Genesee

135,831 837

Gladwin

3,976 674

Gogebic

5,557 710

Grand Traverse

47,386 835

Gratiot

13,157 793

Hillsdale

12,159 840

Houghton

11,659 766

Huron

11,034 747

Ingham

151,446 966

Ionia

21,698 616

Iosco

7,482 696

Iron

3,571 704

Isabella

29,433 721

Jackson

57,172 868

Kalamazoo

114,578 934

Kalkaska

3,888 983

Kent

371,313 909

Keweenaw

349 489

Lake

1,360 634

Lapeer

20,488 704

Leelanau

5,775 709

Lenawee

27,458 767

Livingston

55,136 820

Luce

1,833 722

Mackinac

3,191 634

Macomb

312,659 1,025

Manistee

6,555 743

Marquette

26,935 825

Mason

10,276 791

Mecosta

12,829 847

Menominee

7,515 665

Midland

36,980 1,024

Missaukee

3,309 650

Monroe

41,398 864

Montcalm

15,394 782

Montmorency

1,885 667

Muskegon

62,206 811

Newaygo

11,587 731

Oakland

704,761 1,164

Oceana

6,365 665

Ogemaw

6,081 605

Ontonagon

1,331 604

Osceola

5,798 860

Oscoda

1,571 571

Otsego

9,571 749

Ottawa

116,692 914

Presque Isle

3,080 711

Roscommon

5,101 596

Saginaw

84,819 818

St. Clair

44,633 817

St. Joseph

22,354 769

Sanilac

10,772 693

Schoolcraft

2,654 766

Shiawassee

16,238 723

Tuscola

11,737 751

Van Buren

20,792 723

Washtenaw

203,874 1,069

Wayne

706,495 1,119

Wexford

13,141 770

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, fourth quarter 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2014 (thousands) Percent change, December 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

139,204.8 2.2 $1,035 -- 3.5 --

Alabama

1,891.4 1.3 881 35 3.5 31

Alaska

317.6 0.8 1,063 13 4.0 20

Arizona

2,630.8 2.2 926 25 2.3 47

Arkansas

1,180.5 2.2 807 47 4.5 5

California

16,068.5 2.6 1,209 6 2.9 41

Colorado

2,478.0 3.9 1,066 12 4.1 17

Connecticut

1,681.2 1.2 1,278 4 2.7 45

Delaware

433.0 2.9 1,049 16 1.5 51

District of Columbia

736.9 0.9 1,696 1 3.7 28

Florida

8,009.6 3.5 911 28 3.1 40

Georgia

4,131.9 3.7 958 21 3.8 25

Hawaii

638.3 0.7 908 29 4.2 15

Idaho

650.7 2.5 782 50 4.0 20

Illinois

5,844.1 1.4 1,089 8 2.8 42

Indiana

2,946.5 1.7 846 41 3.9 22

Iowa

1,527.6 1.1 870 38 4.3 11

Kansas

1,377.2 1.3 855 39 2.6 46

Kentucky

1,852.2 1.8 836 43 4.1 17

Louisiana

1,954.0 2.1 923 26 3.8 25

Maine

592.7 0.9 826 44 5.1 4

Maryland

2,590.3 1.3 1,113 7 3.5 31

Massachusetts

3,415.6 2.2 1,315 3 4.5 5

Michigan

4,158.9 2.1 984 20 3.3 37

Minnesota

2,762.9 1.4 1,024 17 3.6 30

Mississippi

1,118.6 1.0 747 51 2.3 47

Missouri

2,709.8 1.5 891 32 3.4 34

Montana

442.2 0.5 794 48 4.5 5

Nebraska

958.1 1.4 837 42 5.2 3

Nevada

1,229.6 4.2 899 30 1.6 50

New Hampshire

638.0 1.4 1,081 10 6.3 2

New Jersey

3,933.6 1.3 1,211 5 2.0 49

New Mexico

808.4 1.3 850 40 4.4 10

New York

9,067.6 2.0 1,321 2 4.3 11

North Carolina

4,141.8 2.4 890 33 3.4 34

North Dakota

454.8 4.5 1,050 15 7.1 1

Ohio

5,264.3 1.6 922 27 3.9 22

Oklahoma

1,614.3 2.1 876 36 2.8 42

Oregon

1,755.4 3.2 928 23 3.8 25

Pennsylvania

5,716.5 1.2 1,013 18 3.7 28

Rhode Island

471.5 1.9 1,003 19 4.5 5

South Carolina

1,931.4 2.9 817 46 3.2 39

South Dakota

412.5 1.3 791 49 4.2 15

Tennessee

2,822.1 2.4 927 24 3.5 31

Texas

11,662.7 3.7 1,070 11 4.3 11

Utah

1,324.2 3.0 872 37 4.3 11

Vermont

311.0 0.7 882 34 4.1 17

Virginia

3,691.4 0.6 1,057 14 2.8 42

Washington

3,069.7 3.2 1,082 9 4.5 5

West Virginia

712.0 0.1 818 45 3.3 37

Wisconsin

2,789.3 1.3 894 31 3.4 34

Wyoming

283.6 1.5 952 22 3.9 22

Puerto Rico

944.2 -1.5 556 (3) 0.7 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.5 -0.3 746 (3) -1.2 (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 Michigan, Fourth Quarter 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Michigan — Fourth Quarter 2014

Eight of the 10 large counties in Michigan reported employment gains from December 2013 to December 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2013 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that Ottawa County had the largest increase, up 4.1 percent, followed by the counties of Kent (3.1 percent) and Wayne (2.2 percent). (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.2 percent from December 2013 to December 2014 as 319 of the 339 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Weld, Colo., and Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increases, with gains of 8.0 percent each over the year. Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.0 percent.

Among the 10 largest counties in Michigan, employment was highest in Wayne County (706,500) and Oakland County (704,800) in December 2014. Two other counties, Kent (371,300) and Macomb (312,700) had employment levels of more than 300,000. Together, the 10 largest Michigan counties accounted for 69.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 72.1 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014, Ottawa County recorded the fastest rate of increase in average weekly wages among the 10 large counties in Michigan, registering a gain of 4.7 percent. (See table 1.) Oakland County recorded the highest average weekly wage among these large counties at $1,164 per week, followed by Wayne County at $1,119. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,035, up 3.5 percent from a year ago.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 73 counties in Michigan with employment levels below 75,000. Wage levels in all of these smaller counties were below the national average in the fourth quarter of 2014. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Ottawa County’s 4.7-percent rise in average weekly wages from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014 ranked 60th among the nation’s 339 largest counties. (See table 1.)  Recording similar increases over the year were Washtenaw (4.2 percent, 99th) and Oakland County (4.0 percent, 113th). Of the 10 large counties in Michigan, MaComb County had the lowest wage increase at 1.5 percent.

Nationally, 332 of the 339 largest counties registered over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Benton, Ark., had the largest wage gain, up 9.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013. Washington, Pa., was second with a wage increase of 9.2 percent, followed by the counties of Midland, Texas (9.0 percent), Brazoria, Texas (8.9 percent), and Douglas, Colo. (8.8 percent).

Of the 339 largest U.S. counties, 7 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 20.4 percent from the fourth quarter 2013. Olmsted, Minn., had the second largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 5.5 percent, followed by Morris, N.J. (-2.9 percent); Rockland, N.Y. (-1.3 percent); and Camden, N.J., and Butler, Pa. (-0.8 percent each).

Large county average weekly wages

As noted, Oakland County ($1,164) had the highest average weekly wage in the state and ranked 53rd among the 339 largest U.S. counties. Wayne ($1,119, 63rd) and Washtenaw ($1,069, 79th) Counties also reported average weekly wages above the national average of $1,035. Saginaw ($818) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s large counties and ranked 286th nationwide.

Nationally, 95 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,035 in the fourth quarter of 2014. San Mateo, Calif., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,166. New York, N.Y., was second at $2,138, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($2,114), Suffolk Mass. ($1,856), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,850).

Seventy-two percent of the largest U.S. counties (244) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($610), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($621) and Hidalgo ($641), and the Florida counties of Osceola ($687) and Lake ($691).

Average weekly wages in Michigan’s smaller counties

All 73 counties in Michigan with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,035. Among these smaller counties, Midland had the highest average weekly wage at $1,024, while Keweenaw had the lowest at $489. (See table 2.)

When the 83 counties in Michigan were considered, all but 3 had wages below the national average. Three reported average weekly wages less than $600, 18 had wages from $600 to $699, 32 reported wages from $700 to $799, 19 had wages from $800 to $899, and 11 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 first quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 17, 2015.


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 9.5 million employer reports cover 139.2 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 10 largest counties in Michigan, fourth quarter 2014
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2014 (thousands) Percent change, December 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

139,204.8 2.2 -- $1,035 -- 3.5 --

Michigan

4,158.9 2.1 -- 984 20 3.3 37

Genesee, Mich.

135.8 0.9 259 837 270 3.1 208

Ingham, Mich.

151.4 -0.3 325 966 153 3.3 191

Kalamazoo, Mich.

114.6 1.4 214 934 179 3.7 143

Kent, Mich.

371.3 3.1 84 909 202 3.4 179

Macomb, Mich.

312.7 2.1 151 1,025 107 1.5 306

Oakland, Mich.

704.8 1.6 197 1,164 53 4.0 113

Ottawa, Mich.

116.7 4.1 36 914 197 4.7 60

Saginaw, Mich.

84.8 -0.1 323 818 286 3.0 220

Washtenaw, Mich.

203.9 1.9 162 1,069 79 4.2 99

Wayne, Mich.

706.5 2.2 140 1,119 63 3.0 220

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 Michigan, fourth quarter 2014
Area Employment December 2014 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

139,204,840 $1,035

Michigan

4,158,910 984

Alcona

1,593 683

Alger

2,287 796

Allegan

36,684 874

Alpena

11,186 744

Antrim

4,859 624

Arenac

4,416 634

Baraga

3,492 682

Barry

11,635 778

Bay

35,728 816

Benzie

3,923 602

Berrien

59,695 882

Branch

13,126 756

Calhoun

56,529 952

Cass

8,618 736

Charlevoix

9,835 806

Cheboygan

5,707 616

Chippewa

12,694 714

Clare

6,455 735

Clinton

15,715 835

Crawford

3,692 765

Delta

13,366 729

Dickinson

13,947 869

Eaton

36,967 828

Emmet

17,349 745

Genesee

135,831 837

Gladwin

3,976 674

Gogebic

5,557 710

Grand Traverse

47,386 835

Gratiot

13,157 793

Hillsdale

12,159 840

Houghton

11,659 766

Huron

11,034 747

Ingham

151,446 966

Ionia

21,698 616

Iosco

7,482 696

Iron

3,571 704

Isabella

29,433 721

Jackson

57,172 868

Kalamazoo

114,578 934

Kalkaska

3,888 983

Kent

371,313 909

Keweenaw

349 489

Lake

1,360 634

Lapeer

20,488 704

Leelanau

5,775 709

Lenawee

27,458 767

Livingston

55,136 820

Luce

1,833 722

Mackinac

3,191 634

Macomb

312,659 1,025

Manistee

6,555 743

Marquette

26,935 825

Mason

10,276 791

Mecosta

12,829 847

Menominee

7,515 665

Midland

36,980 1,024

Missaukee

3,309 650

Monroe

41,398 864

Montcalm

15,394 782

Montmorency

1,885 667

Muskegon

62,206 811

Newaygo

11,587 731

Oakland

704,761 1,164

Oceana

6,365 665

Ogemaw

6,081 605

Ontonagon

1,331 604

Osceola

5,798 860

Oscoda

1,571 571

Otsego

9,571 749

Ottawa

116,692 914

Presque Isle

3,080 711

Roscommon

5,101 596

Saginaw

84,819 818

St. Clair

44,633 817

St. Joseph

22,354 769

Sanilac

10,772 693

Schoolcraft

2,654 766

Shiawassee

16,238 723

Tuscola

11,737 751

Van Buren

20,792 723

Washtenaw

203,874 1,069

Wayne

706,495 1,119

Wexford

13,141 770

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, fourth quarter 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2014 (thousands) Percent change, December 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

139,204.8 2.2 $1,035 -- 3.5 --

Alabama

1,891.4 1.3 881 35 3.5 31

Alaska

317.6 0.8 1,063 13 4.0 20

Arizona

2,630.8 2.2 926 25 2.3 47

Arkansas

1,180.5 2.2 807 47 4.5 5

California

16,068.5 2.6 1,209 6 2.9 41

Colorado

2,478.0 3.9 1,066 12 4.1 17

Connecticut

1,681.2 1.2 1,278 4 2.7 45

Delaware

433.0 2.9 1,049 16 1.5 51

District of Columbia

736.9 0.9 1,696 1 3.7 28

Florida

8,009.6 3.5 911 28 3.1 40

Georgia

4,131.9 3.7 958 21 3.8 25

Hawaii

638.3 0.7 908 29 4.2 15

Idaho

650.7 2.5 782 50 4.0 20

Illinois

5,844.1 1.4 1,089 8 2.8 42

Indiana

2,946.5 1.7 846 41 3.9 22

Iowa

1,527.6 1.1 870 38 4.3 11

Kansas

1,377.2 1.3 855 39 2.6 46

Kentucky

1,852.2 1.8 836 43 4.1 17

Louisiana

1,954.0 2.1 923 26 3.8 25

Maine

592.7 0.9 826 44 5.1 4

Maryland

2,590.3 1.3 1,113 7 3.5 31

Massachusetts

3,415.6 2.2 1,315 3 4.5 5

Michigan

4,158.9 2.1 984 20 3.3 37

Minnesota

2,762.9 1.4 1,024 17 3.6 30

Mississippi

1,118.6 1.0 747 51 2.3 47

Missouri

2,709.8 1.5 891 32 3.4 34

Montana

442.2 0.5 794 48 4.5 5

Nebraska

958.1 1.4 837 42 5.2 3

Nevada

1,229.6 4.2 899 30 1.6 50

New Hampshire

638.0 1.4 1,081 10 6.3 2

New Jersey

3,933.6 1.3 1,211 5 2.0 49

New Mexico

808.4 1.3 850 40 4.4 10

New York

9,067.6 2.0 1,321 2 4.3 11

North Carolina

4,141.8 2.4 890 33 3.4 34

North Dakota

454.8 4.5 1,050 15 7.1 1

Ohio

5,264.3 1.6 922 27 3.9 22

Oklahoma

1,614.3 2.1 876 36 2.8 42

Oregon

1,755.4 3.2 928 23 3.8 25

Pennsylvania

5,716.5 1.2 1,013 18 3.7 28

Rhode Island

471.5 1.9 1,003 19 4.5 5

South Carolina

1,931.4 2.9 817 46 3.2 39

South Dakota

412.5 1.3 791 49 4.2 15

Tennessee

2,822.1 2.4 927 24 3.5 31

Texas

11,662.7 3.7 1,070 11 4.3 11

Utah

1,324.2 3.0 872 37 4.3 11

Vermont

311.0 0.7 882 34 4.1 17

Virginia

3,691.4 0.6 1,057 14 2.8 42

Washington

3,069.7 3.2 1,082 9 4.5 5

West Virginia

712.0 0.1 818 45 3.3 37

Wisconsin

2,789.3 1.3 894 31 3.4 34

Wyoming

283.6 1.5 952 22 3.9 22

Puerto Rico

944.2 -1.5 556 (3) 0.7 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.5 -0.3 746 (3) -1.2 (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 Michigan, Fourth Quarter 2014

Last Modified Date: Monday, July 20, 2015