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County Employment and Wages in Colorado – Fourth Quarter 2013

Employment growth recorded in all of Colorado’s large counties


Employment rose in all nine large counties in Colorado from December 2012 to December 2013, 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 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that eight large counties reported employment growth exceeding the national average of 1.8 percent and one county matched the U.S. average.

Weld County led employment growth in the state with a 6.0-percent gain and ranked 1st among the 334 large counties in the nation, followed by Douglas (5.2 percent, 3rd) and Adams (4.6 percent, 11th). Also ranking in the top 100 counties nationwide were Denver (4.0 percent, 29th), Boulder (3.0 percent, 61st), Larimer (2.9 percent, 72nd), and Arapahoe (2.8 percent, 76th).

Nationally, employment rose in 292 of the 334 largest U.S. counties from December 2012 to December 2013. Weld, Colo., posted the largest percentage increase, up 6.0 percent over the year, led by a gain of 1,864 jobs in construction. St. Clair, Ill., experienced the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 3.1 percent.

Among the nine largest counties in Colorado, employment was highest in Denver County (451,200) in December 2013. Three other counties—Arapahoe, El Paso, and Jefferson—had employment levels exceeding 200,000. Together, the nine large counties accounted for 79.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages rose in 6 of the 9 large counties in Colorado from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013. Weld had the largest over-the-year increase with a gain of 4.8 percent, though it registered the lowest wage level among the nine counties at $871. Wages in five of the large counties exceeded the national average of $1,000 with the highest level among Colorado’s large counties recorded in Denver ($1,224). (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 55 counties in Colorado with employment below 75,000. Of these smaller counties, only Broomfield ($1,367) and Rio Blanco ($1,026) had average weekly wages above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Six of Colorado’s 9 large counties recorded wage growth from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013, while the U.S. average weekly wage was unchanged. (See table 1.) As mentioned, Weld had the largest wage increase (4.8 percent), placing 8th in the national ranking, followed by Boulder (3.7 percent, 13th). Also placing in the top 100 of the ranking were Adams (2.3 percent, 36th) and Larimer (1.4 percent, 75th). Of the remaining large counties in Colorado, Denver registered wage growth of 1.0 percent and placed 106th in the national ranking followed by El Paso (0.2 percent, 165th). In contrast, three large counties experienced decreases in average weekly wages. Douglas had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 29.7 percent over the year placing it last (334th) in the national ranking. Average weekly wages also decreased in Arapahoe (-0.9 percent, 250th) and Jefferson (-0.2 percent, 205th).

Among the 334 largest counties, 185 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Santa Cruz, Calif., had the largest wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (6.5 percent). Average weekly wages decreased in 140 of the largest counties. As mentioned, Douglas, Colo., registered the largest average weekly wage decline with a loss of 29.7 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Five of the state’s large counties had average weekly wages that were above the national average of $1,000, placing them in the top 100 among the 334 largest counties in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2013. Denver recorded the highest weekly wage at $1,224 and ranked 29th followed by the counties of Boulder ($1,174, 42nd), Arapahoe ($1,145, 50th), Douglas ($1,123, 52nd), and Jefferson ($1,005, 95th). The average weekly wages in Colorado’s four other large counties ranged from $871 to $946.

Nationally, weekly wages were higher than average in 98 of the 334 largest U.S. counties. San Mateo, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,724. New York, N.Y., was second at $2,041, followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,972). Among the 235 large counties with average weekly wages below the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2013, Horry, S.C. ($587) reported the lowest wage.

Average weekly wages in Colorado’s smaller counties

Of the 55 counties in Colorado with employment below 75,000, only Broomfield ($1,367) and Rio Blanco ($1,026) had average weekly wages above the national average of $1,000. Baca County reported the lowest weekly wage in the state with an average of $516 in the fourth quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 64 counties in Colorado were considered, 7 had wages above $1,000. Six of these high-wage counties were concentrated in the vicinity of the major metropolitan areas of Denver and Boulder. (See chart 1.) Among the remaining counties, 9 had wages under $600, 22 reported wages from $600 to $699, 13 had wages from $700 to $799, 8 had wages from $800 to $899, and 5 had wages from $900 to $999.

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 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 in September 2014.

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.


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 136.1 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 9 largest counties in Colorado, fourth quarter 2013
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (1)
December 2013 (thousands) Percent change, December 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, fourth quarter 2012-13 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

136,129.4 1.8 -- $1,000 -- 0.0 --

Colorado

2,383.9 3.1 -- 1,023 13 -0.9 43

Adams, Colo.

177.1 4.6 11 946 143 2.3 36

Arapahoe, Colo.

300.5 2.8 76 1,145 50 -0.9 250

Boulder, Colo.

167.6 3.0 61 1,174 42 3.7 13

Denver, Colo.

451.2 4.0 29 1,224 29 1.0 106

Douglas, Colo.

106.3 5.2 3 1,123 52 -29.7 334

El Paso, Colo.

246.4 2.0 122 887 189 0.2 165

Jefferson, Colo.

218.3 1.8 139 1,005 95 -0.2 205

Larimer, Colo.

138.3 2.9 72 900 177 1.4 75

Weld, Colo.

93.2 6.0 1 871 207 4.8 8

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: 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 Colorado, fourth quarter 2013
Area Employment December 2013 Average weekly wage (1) Area Employment December 2013 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

136,129,407 $1,000 Kiowa 459 608

Colorado

2,383,920 1023 Kit Carson 3,220 652

Adams

177,088 946 Lake 2,174 639

Alamosa

7,361 663 La Plata 24,710 927

Arapahoe

300,489 1,145 Larimer 138,299 900

Archuleta

3,372 630 Las Animas 4,999 715

Baca

1,123 516 Lincoln 2,085 661

Bent

1,114 601 Logan 8,220 680

Boulder

167,566 1,174 Mesa 59,033 811

Broomfield

34,470 1,367 Mineral 521 586

Chaffee

6,619 702 Moffat 4,912 854

Cheyenne

731 840 Montezuma 8,913 671

Clear Creek

3,266 854 Montrose 13,559 728

Conejos

1,323 570 Morgan 12,152 733

Costilla

775 529 Otero 6,146 677

Crowley

1,079 699 Ouray 1,552 699

Custer

794 594 Park 2,037 683

Delta

8,326 674 Phillips 1,639 689

Denver

451,190 1,224 Pitkin 17,589 913

Dolores

486 737 Prowers 4,438 632

Douglas

106,336 1,123 Pueblo 56,689 756

Eagle

31,642 833 Rio Blanco 3,054 1,026

Elbert

3,193 726 Rio Grande 3,820 654

El Paso

246,363 887 Routt 15,088 887

Fremont

12,609 707 Saguache 1,419 644

Garfield

24,866 926 San Juan 229 529

Gilpin

5,153 746 San Miguel 5,007 717

Grand

7,315 617 Sedgwick 783 591

Gunnison

7,687 703 Summit 21,069 705

Hinsdale

238 526 Teller 6,394 673

Huerfano

1,648 562 Washington 1,195 663

Jackson

543 628 Weld 93,165 871

Jefferson

218,274 1,005 Yuma 3,944 722

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: Covered employment and wages 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 2013
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
December 2013 (thousands) Percent change, December 2012-13 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, fourth quarter 2012-13 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

136,129.4 1.8 $1,000 -- 0.0 --

Alabama

1,866.5 1.0 851 34 -0.5 39

Alaska

315.1 0.0 1,022 14 1.6 7

Arizona

2,571.0 2.4 906 23 -0.5 39

Arkansas

1,154.3 -0.5 771 47 0.4 22

California

15,650.3 2.8 1,175 6 -0.9 43

Colorado

2,383.9 3.1 1,023 13 -0.9 43

Connecticut

1,661.2 0.3 1,238 4 -1.3 49

Delaware

419.6 1.8 1,035 9 -0.6 41

District of Columbia

727.3 0.6 1,638 1 -3.9 51

Florida

7,739.5 2.7 883 29 0.2 27

Georgia

3,986.9 2.5 924 21 -0.1 32

Hawaii

632.9 1.7 871 30 0.3 25

Idaho

634.5 2.6 754 50 3.0 2

Illinois

5,758.9 1.0 1,060 8 0.2 27

Indiana

2,896.9 1.6 814 40 -0.2 35

Iowa

1,510.9 1.4 834 38 1.6 7

Kansas

1,359.5 1.6 832 39 -0.4 38

Kentucky

1,818.0 1.2 804 42 0.2 27

Louisiana

1,911.6 0.9 889 26 0.5 20

Maine

586.8 0.8 786 46 1.7 5

Maryland

2,555.1 0.4 1,076 7 -0.9 43

Massachusetts

3,332.9 1.5 1,258 3 0.8 17

Michigan

4,072.4 2.0 952 20 -0.2 35

Minnesota

2,720.6 1.7 988 16 0.3 25

Mississippi

1,108.1 1.1 729 51 1.3 11

Missouri

2,670.4 1.1 861 32 -0.2 35

Montana

440.0 1.3 760 48 0.4 22

Nebraska

944.3 1.4 796 43 -0.1 32

Nevada

1,180.5 3.0 884 28 0.7 18

New Hampshire

629.3 1.4 1,017 15 -0.8 42

New Jersey

3,887.5 1.2 1,186 5 1.1 14

New Mexico

796.2 -0.1 814 40 1.4 10

New York

8,888.6 1.7 1,266 2 -1.1 48

North Carolina

4,045.5 1.9 860 33 0.7 18

North Dakota

435.0 3.3 980 17 3.8 1

Ohio

5,175.4 1.4 887 27 0.0 30

Oklahoma

1,581.3 0.6 851 34 -0.1 32

Oregon

1,699.6 2.5 894 25 2.6 3

Pennsylvania

5,650.3 0.4 976 18 0.4 22

Rhode Island

462.7 1.4 960 19 1.5 9

South Carolina

1,875.8 2.3 793 44 1.0 15

South Dakota

407.1 1.3 759 49 1.3 11

Tennessee

2,758.3 1.8 895 24 -0.9 43

Texas

11,246.3 2.6 1,027 12 0.0 30

Utah

1,284.7 3.1 836 37 -0.9 43

Vermont

308.5 0.6 848 36 2.3 4

Virginia

3,670.0 0.1 1,028 11 -1.3 49

Washington

2,976.0 2.5 1,034 10 1.7 5

West Virginia

710.1 -0.6 792 45 0.5 20

Wisconsin

2,751.8 1.0 865 31 1.2 13

Wyoming

279.2 0.6 917 22 1.0 15

Puerto Rico

958.3 -2.3 551 (3) 0.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.5 -3.6 754 (3) 2.4 (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: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.

Chart1. Average weekly wages for counties in Colorado, fourth quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: June 30, 2014

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