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County Employment and Wages in Minnesota – Third Quarter 2013


All seven large counties in Minnesota reported employment increases from September 2012 to September 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.) Anoka County had the largest increase, up 3.1 percent followed by Dakota, up 2.4 percent. Employment in Hennepin and Stearns Counties rose 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that these same four large counties experienced over-the-year rates of employment growth above the 1.7 percent national increase.

Among the seven largest counties in Minnesota, employment was highest in Hennepin (860,000) in September 2013, followed by Ramsey (325,000). Two other counties—Dakota and Anoka—had employment levels of more than 100,000. Collectively, Minnesota's seven large counties accounted for 64.3 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in Anoka County rose 4.0 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, the largest increase among Minnesota's large counties. Hennepin County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,162, followed by Ramsey ($1,028) and Olmsted ($972). (See table 1.) Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 1.9 percent over the year to $922 in the third quarter of 2013.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Minnesota with employment below 75,000. Of these 80, only Faribault County ($984) had average weekly wages above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All seven of Minnesota’s large counties recorded wage increases greater than or equal to the national increase of 1.9 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. (See table 1.) As noted, Anoka County experienced the state’s largest average weekly wage increase, up 4.0 percent. This was followed by Ramsey (3.7 percent) and Stearns (2.7 percent). Dakota and St. Louis had the smallest wage increases among Minnesota’s large counties, up 1.9 percent each.

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 291 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest increase with a gain of 9.9 percent. Dane, Wis., was second with wage growth of 9.3 percent, followed by Collier, Fla. (8.0 percent). Wage decreases were recorded in 40 large counties nationwide; Pinellas, Fla., experienced the largest over-the-year wage loss at 4.3 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in three of Minnesota’s seven large counties were above the national average of $922 in the third quarter of 2013. As noted, Hennepin County ($1,162) had the highest average weekly wage in the state, ranking 23rd among the 334 largest U.S. counties, followed by Ramsey ($1,028) and Olmsted ($972) which placed 53rd and 74th respectively. Stearns ($750) reported the lowest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties and ranked 280th nationwide.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 101 of the largest counties in the country. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,868. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,698, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,667), Washington, D.C. ($1,560), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,549).

Of the largest counties in the United States, 232, or more than two-thirds, reported average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2013. The lowest wage was reported in Horry, S.C., at $564 per week. Pasco, Fla. ($635), joined the Texas counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Webb among the bottom five. Wages in these five lowest-ranked counties were about one-third or less of the average weekly wage in the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Average weekly wages in Minnesota's smaller counties

Among the 80 smaller counties in the state (those with employment below 75,000), Faribault County had the highest average weekly wage at $984 and was the only smaller county to have wages greater than the $922 national average. Cass County had the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties at $511. (See table 2.)

When all 87 counties in Minnesota were considered, all but 4 had wages below the national average of $922. Sixteen reported average weekly wages under $600, 37 had wages from $600 to $699, 25 reported wages from $700 to $799, 4 reported wages from $800 to $899, and 5 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 2012 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 2013 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 September 2014.

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Changes to QCEW Data Files

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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 9.3 million employer reports cover 135.0 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 (see Technical Note below) 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 7 largest counties in Minnesota, third quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September 2013 (thousands) Percent change, September 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, third quarter 2012-13 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

134,957.5 1.7 -- $922 -- 1.9 --

Minnesota

2,724.2 1.7 -- 938 15 2.6 11

Anoka, Minn.

116.4 3.1 54 906 117 4.0 17

Dakota, Minn.

178.9 2.4 90 892 136 1.9 138

Hennepin, Minn.

860.0 1.9 130 1,162 23 2.5 77

Olmsted, Minn.

92.0 0.1 279 972 74 2.1 108

Ramsey, Minn.

325.0 1.1 203 1,028 53 3.7 26

St. Louis, Minn.

96.4 1.1 203 793 241 1.9 138

Stearns, Minn.

82.6 1.8 140 750 280 2.7 65

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 Minnesota, third quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment September 2013 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

134,957,493 $922

Minnesota

2,724,179 938

Aitkin

3,770 589

Anoka

116,439 906

Becker

13,786 636

Beltrami

18,521 701

Benton

17,034 678

Big Stone

1,816 628

Blue Earth

38,006 725

Brown

13,945 692

Carlton

13,403 717

Carver

35,097 875

Cass

10,437 511

Chippewa

5,802 616

Chisago

14,226 677

Clay

18,577 658

Clearwater

2,670 640

Cook

3,138 533

Cottonwood

4,908 594

Crow Wing

28,317 641

Dakota

178,936 892

Dodge

5,513 735

Douglas

18,012 709

Faribault

5,109 984

Fillmore

6,238 555

Freeborn

12,138 668

Goodhue

21,805 759

Grant

1,879 659

Hennepin

860,043 1,162

Houston

5,053 555

Hubbard

6,173 609

Isanti

11,058 694

Itasca

15,938 721

Jackson

5,721 670

Kanabec

3,769 687

Kandiyohi

23,056 654

Kittson

1,486 654

Koochiching

5,106 743

Lac qui Parle

2,324 575

Lake

4,458 757

Lake of the Woods

1,507 527

Le Sueur

8,519 677

Lincoln

1,728 588

Lyon

15,153 711

McLeod

17,537 741

Mahnomen

2,004 600

Marshall

2,427 701

Martin

8,388 719

Meeker

6,878 625

Mille Lacs

9,591 614

Morrison

10,965 600

Mower

16,307 762

Murray

3,030 602

Nicollet

14,027 673

Nobles

10,201 668

Norman

1,676 592

Olmsted

91,970 972

Otter Tail

22,506 643

Pennington

10,138 853

Pine

8,332 535

Pipestone

4,345 583

Polk

12,132 654

Pope

4,129 721

Ramsey

324,951 1,028

Red Lake

1,029 558

Redwood

6,400 589

Renville

5,720 666

Rice

23,199 742

Rock

3,457 615

Roseau

8,807 784

St. Louis

96,395 793

Scott

43,413 843

Sherburne

25,779 735

Sibley

4,268 641

Stearns

82,600 750

Steele

22,060 703

Stevens

5,325 737

Swift

3,520 667

Todd

6,220 619

Traverse

1,077 564

Wabasha

7,160 604

Wadena

5,722 687

Waseca

7,199 733

Washington

76,410 758

Watonwan

3,879 575

Wilkin

2,099 677

Winona

24,946 688

Wright

38,415 704

Yellow Medicine

4,211 619

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.


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

United States (4)

134,957.5 1.7 $922 -- 1.9 --

Alabama

1,847.6 0.8 794 34 1.3 43

Alaska

345.0 0.4 990 9 3.0 7

Arizona

2,490.9 2.2 859 22 1.5 36

Arkansas

1,156.5 0.1 723 47 2.1 21

California

15,526.4 2.7 1,057 6 2.1 21

Colorado

2,355.7 3.1 952 12 1.7 31

Connecticut

1,650.3 0.7 1,109 3 1.9 28

Delaware

416.8 2.1 941 14 2.1 21

District of Columbia

726.2 1.5 1,560 1 3.0 7

Florida

7,501.8 2.6 808 31 1.1 46

Georgia

3,928.2 2.3 867 21 1.5 36

Hawaii

617.7 1.7 839 25 1.6 33

Idaho

644.7 2.3 703 50 2.3 19

Illinois

5,731.7 0.7 959 11 1.5 36

Indiana

2,883.6 1.2 784 38 1.6 33

Iowa

1,512.0 1.5 772 40 2.1 21

Kansas

1,347.6 1.8 776 39 2.0 26

Kentucky

1,794.5 1.0 760 43 1.1 46

Louisiana

1,893.4 1.4 827 28 2.9 10

Maine

601.5 0.7 735 46 1.8 30

Maryland

2,546.4 0.6 1,011 8 0.4 51

Massachusetts

3,318.3 1.2 1,131 2 2.6 11

Michigan

4,069.7 2.1 875 20 1.5 36

Minnesota

2,724.2 1.7 938 15 2.6 11

Mississippi

1,099.1 0.8 688 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,661.0 1.3 805 32 1.4 40

Montana

446.7 1.2 705 49 2.3 19

Nebraska

937.5 1.3 766 41 3.4 3

Nevada

1,169.4 2.5 836 27 2.0 26

New Hampshire

624.5 0.6 895 18 2.4 17

New Jersey

3,851.9 1.2 1,068 5 1.3 43

New Mexico

793.7 0.5 766 41 0.7 49

New York

8,724.8 1.3 1,108 4 1.7 31

North Carolina

4,006.4 1.7 817 30 1.4 40

North Dakota

436.7 3.4 921 16 5.5 1

Ohio

5,147.5 1.4 837 26 1.2 45

Oklahoma

1,572.6 1.4 797 33 2.4 17

Oregon

1,709.8 2.4 856 23 2.6 11

Pennsylvania

5,622.4 0.3 913 17 1.6 33

Rhode Island

465.2 1.3 878 19 2.6 11

South Carolina

1,859.3 2.3 751 44 1.9 28

South Dakota

408.9 0.9 706 48 3.4 3

Tennessee

2,712.8 1.5 819 29 0.6 50

Texas

11,091.9 2.8 952 12 2.5 15

Utah

1,265.5 2.9 791 36 3.1 6

Vermont

302.5 0.0 788 37 3.4 3

Virginia

3,650.1 0.6 971 10 1.1 46

Washington

3,017.9 2.4 1,044 7 2.1 21

West Virginia

710.3 -0.7 751 44 3.7 2

Wisconsin

2,752.7 1.1 793 35 3.0 7

Wyoming

286.1 0.2 840 24 1.4 40

Puerto Rico

910.9 -2.5 501 (5) -0.6 (5)

Virgin Islands

37.9 -1.9 706 (5) -0.6 (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 Minnesota, third quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: April 16, 2014