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Occupational Employment and Wages in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway
May 2012


Workers in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $19.25 in May 2012, about 13 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 20 of the 22 major occupational groups including computer and mathematical, management, and protective service.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 4 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical, office and administrative support, and installation, maintenance, and repair. Conversely, nine groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including production, architecture and engineering, and food preparation and serving related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)


Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Little Rock-
North Little Rock-
Conway
United States Little Rock-
North Little Rock-
Conway
Percent
difference(1)

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $19.25 * -13

Management

4.9 5.1 52.20 41.77 * -20

Business and financial operations

4.9 4.6 * 33.44 27.79 * -17

Computer and mathematical

2.7 2.6 38.55 29.09 * -25

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.2 * 37.98 30.98 * -18

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.7 * 32.87 26.19 * -20

Community and social service

1.4 1.2 * 21.27 19.93 * -6

Legal

0.8 0.9 47.39 35.70 * -25

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.8 24.62 23.49 -5

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 1.0 * 26.20 21.14 * -19

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 8.0 * 35.35 31.71 * -10

Healthcare support

3.0 3.3 * 13.36 11.54 * -14

Protective service

2.5 2.2 * 20.70 16.83 * -19

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 8.5 * 10.28 9.18 * -11

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 3.4 12.34 10.52 * -15

Personal care and service

2.9 2.7 11.80 10.07 * -15

Sales and related

10.6 10.7 18.26 16.27 * -11

Office and administrative support

16.4 18.0 * 16.54 14.93 * -10

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 11.65 15.00 * 29

Construction and extraction

3.8 3.8 21.61 17.46 * -19

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.2 * 21.09 18.44 * -13

Production

6.6 5.2 * 16.59 15.22 * -8

Transportation and material moving

6.7 6.7 16.15 14.89 * -8

* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level. (1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.


One occupational group—healthcare practitioners and technical—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway had 26,830 jobs in healthcare practitioners and technical, accounting for 8.0 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.9-percent national share. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $31.71, measurably below the national wage of $35.35.

With employment of 9,800, registered nurses was the largest occupation within the healthcare practitioners and technical group, followed by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (3,180) and pharmacy technicians (1,190). Among the higher paying jobs were surgeons and family and general practitioners, with mean hourly wages of $111.69 and $109.83, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were psychiatric technicians ($11.74) and dietetic technicians ($12.12). (Detailed occupational data for the healthcare practitioners and technical group are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30780.htm.)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the healthcare practitioners and technical group. For instance, surgical technologists and speech-language pathologists were both employed at 2.0 times the national rate in Little Rock. On the other hand, medical records and health information technicians had a location quotient of 1.0 in Little Rock, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc/.

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.



OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE: A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.



Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year for a 3-year period. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. The sample in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,898 establishments with a response rate of 82 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

Area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski, and Saline Counties in Arkansas.


Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/ro6. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the
BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/2012/may/methods_statement.pdf. 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. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation,
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

26,830 1.4 $31.71 $65,960

Chiropractors

50 0.7 67.02 139,400

Dentists, general

240 1.0 82.63 171,860

Dietitians and nutritionists

210 1.4 24.65 51,270

Optometrists

(5) (5) 51.54 107,200

Pharmacists

950 1.3 50.91 105,880

Family and general practitioners

530 1.9 109.83 228,450

Internists, general

70 0.6 81.57 169,660

Obstetricians and gynecologists

80 1.6 (6) (6)

Psychiatrists

(5) (5) 69.89 145,360

Surgeons

120 1.1 111.69 232,320

Physicians and surgeons, all other

1,400 1.8 73.66 153,220

Physician assistants

50 0.2 36.79 76,520

Occupational therapists

430 1.6 35.15 73,100

Physical therapists

660 1.3 35.58 74,010

Recreational therapists

130 2.6 17.51 36,410

Respiratory therapists

330 1.1 24.79 51,560

Speech-language pathologists

610 1.9 31.27 65,040

Veterinarians

110 0.7 44.33 92,200

Registered nurses

9,800 1.4 28.23 58,720

Nurse anesthetists

50 0.6 63.29 131,650

Nurse practitioners

250 0.9 43.79 91,080

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other

100 1.3 30.49 63,420

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists

780 1.9 24.27 50,480

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians

770 1.9 16.56 34,450

Dental hygienists

360 0.7 27.19 56,550

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

130 1.0 27.11 56,390

Diagnostic medical sonographers

130 0.9 27.66 57,540

Nuclear medicine technologists

60 1.1 31.16 64,810

Radiologic technologists

740 1.5 22.64 47,090

Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

100 1.3 27.05 56,260

Dietetic technicians

50 0.8 12.12 25,200

Pharmacy technicians

1,190 1.3 13.04 27,130

Psychiatric technicians

290 1.7 11.74 24,420

Surgical technologists

500 2.0 19.82 41,230

Veterinary technologists and technicians

90 0.4 18.79 39,090

Ophthalmic medical technicians

(5) (5) 13.92 28,950

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

3,180 1.7 17.97 37,370

Medical records and health information technicians

460 1.0 17.26 35,910

Opticians, dispensing

(5) (5) 18.24 37,950

Health technologists and technicians, all other

300 1.4 18.26 37,980

Occupational health and safety specialists

240 1.6 27.37 56,920

Athletic trainers

80 1.5 (7) 41,160

Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other

60 0.5 19.43 40,420

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway MSA, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_30780.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a 'year-round, full-time' hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimates not released.
(6) This wage is equal to or greater than $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year.
(7) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

Last Modified Date: May 21, 2013