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County Employment and Wages in California – Fourth Quarter 2012


Employment rose in all 26 of the large counties in California from December 2011 to December 2012, 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 2011 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Richard J. Holden noted that San Francisco County posted the largest employment increase, 4.2 percent, followed by San Luis Obispo County at 4.1 percent.

Nationally, employment advanced 1.9 percent from December 2011 to December 2012 as 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Elkhart County, Ind., recorded the highest percentage increase in the country, up 7.4 percent over the year. Sangamon, Ill., registered the largest percentage employment decline, down 2.5 percent.

Among the large counties in California, Los Angeles County had the highest number of employed, 4,082,200. Orange and San Diego were the only other counties with employment levels above 1,000,000. Together, the 26 large counties in California accounted for 92.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties made up 71.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages increased in all 26 of the large California counties from the fourth quarter 2011 to the fourth quarter 2012. San Mateo County recorded the greatest increase, 107.3 percent, along with the highest average weekly wage, $3,240, for both the state and the nation. Average weekly wages nationally increased 4.7 percent over the year to $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 32 counties in California with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,110 in Alpine to $647 in Mariposa during the fourth quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All large California counties experienced over-the-year wage increases from the fourth quarter of 2011 and 8 of the 26 had increases exceeding the national average. Alternatively, eight counties posted over-the-year increases of less than one-half of the national average increase of 4.7 percent.

Nationally, 316 of the 328 largest counties registered over-the-year wage increases. San Mateo County, Calif., had the largest wage gain, up 107.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Douglas County, Colo., was second with a wage increase of 48.0 percent, followed by the counties of Virginia Beach City, Va. (13.3 percent), and Rockingham, N.H. (12.0 percent).

Among the large U.S. counties, 10 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Lake, Ohio, had the largest wage decrease with a loss of 3.2 percent. Passaic, N.J., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, down 2.1 percent from the fourth quarter 2011, followed by Genesee, Mich. (-1.7 percent), Atlantic, N.J. (-1.4 percent), and Benton, Wash. (-1.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

San Mateo County’s $3,240 weekly wage placed 1st among the 328 largest counties in the nation during the fourth quarter of 2011. San Mateo was followed by Santa Clara ($1,906, 3rd), San Francisco ($1,694, 7th), Alameda ($1,265, 25th), and Marin ($1,225, 29th). All five counties are located in the San Francisco Bay area. At the other end of the wage spectrum, Tulare County’s $697 weekly wage ranked 318th.

Nationally, 97 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012. San Mateo, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties. Average weekly wages ranked second in New York, N.Y. ($2,107), followed by Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,906).

Seventy percent of the largest U.S. counties (231) reported weekly wages below the national average. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($576), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($609) and Hidalgo ($612). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than twenty percent of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, San Mateo.

Average weekly wages in California’s smaller counties

Of the 32 counties in California with employment below 75,000, only Alpine had average weekly wages higher than the national average of $1,000. (See table 2.)

When all 58 counties in California were considered, 13 counties had an average weekly wage at or below than $699. Seventeen had wages from $700 to $799, 10 reported wages from $800 to $899, 7 had wages from $900 to $999, and 11 reported wages above $1,000.

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 http://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 2011 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 2012 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2011 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn11.htm. The 2012 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2013.

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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 9.2 million employer reports covered 133.7 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 BLS 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 26 largest counties in California, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
December 2012 (thousands) Percent change, December 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, fourth quarter 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)
United States [6]
133,726.8 1.9 -- 1000 -- 4.7 --
California
15,216.3 3.3 -- 1186 5 7.8 2
Alameda, Calif.
670.7 4.0 17 1265 25 3.9 119
Contra Costa, Calif.
331.8 2.9 59 1168 43 2.9 183
Fresno, Calif.
335.2 1.8 143 777 289 2.9 183
Kern, Calif.
295.3 3.0 52 842 233 2.1 234
Los Angeles, Calif.
4,082.2 1.9 134 1185 37 6.6 29
Marin, Calif.
109.0 3.8 20 1225 29 3.4 150
Monterey, Calif.
152.4 3.2 41 809 267 1.4 271
Orange, Calif.
1,436.6 2.7 69 1131 52 4.4 91
Placer, Calif.
132.5 2.8 65 979 111 4.5 85
Riverside, Calif.
585.6 3.4 33 765 298 1.5 265
Sacramento, Calif.
595.1 2.7 69 1056 68 1.3 276
San Bernardino, Calif.
629.4 2.2 106 830 249 2.6 202
San Diego, Calif.
1,302.0 2.3 94 1099 57 5.5 45
San Francisco, Calif.
603.3 4.2 12 1694 7 7.6 15
San Joaquin, Calif.
205.2 1.5 172 810 265 1.6 261
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
103.9 4.1 15 809 267 1.3 276
San Mateo, Calif.
349.2 3.6 25 3240 1 107.3 1
Santa Barbara, Calif.
180.5 3.6 25 961 129 7.4 17
Santa Clara, Calif.
928.0 3.7 23 1906 3 5.0 71
Santa Cruz, Calif.
90.4 3.5 29 849 220 0.1 313
Solano, Calif.
123.9 3.3 39 998 98 7.4 17
Sonoma, Calif.
179.8 3.2 41 918 156 2.6 202
Stanislaus, Calif.
162.3 2.5 80 793 277 2.3 219
Tulare, Calif.
139.8 0.4 265 697 318 3.6 139
Ventura, Calif.
311.0 3.1 48 984 108 3.3 157
Yolo, Calif.
89.4 1.2 194 997 100 8.6 10

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 the county of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(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 California, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
United States (4)
133,726,808 $1,000
California
15,216,293 1,186
Alameda
670,733 1,265
Alpine
504 1,110
Amador
11,501 782
Butte
72,448 748
Calaveras
7,533 697
Colusa
7,699 741
Contra Costa
331,817 1,168
Del Norte
7,778 688
El Dorado
48,782 832
Fresno
335,249 777
Glenn
8,189 697
Humboldt
45,528 685
Imperial
62,533 705
Inyo
7,409 760
Kern
295,322 842
Kings
41,013 770
Lake
13,930 663
Lassen
10,132 831
Los Angeles
4,082,217 1,185
Madera
46,511 738
Marin
108,953 1,225
Mariposa
4,735 647
Mendocino
29,958 692
Merced
69,441 719
Modoc
2,435 662
Mono
6,592 652
Monterey
152,444 809
Napa
65,678 937
Nevada
28,768 817
Orange
1,436,612 1,131
Placer
132,543 979
Plumas
5,536 781
Riverside
585,585 765
Sacramento
595,114 1,056
San Benito
13,937 794
San Bernardino
629,403 830
San Diego
1,302,033 1,099
San Francisco
603,321 1,694
San Joaquin
205,224 810
San Luis Obispo
103,942 809
San Mateo
349,233 3,240
Santa Barbara
180,508 961
Santa Clara
927,981 1,906
Santa Cruz
90,401 849
Shasta
59,111 759
Sierra
524 740
Siskiyou
12,034 667
Solano
123,882 998
Sonoma
179,844 918
Stanislaus
162,326 793
Sutter
25,978 713
Tehama
15,648 699
Trinity
2,594 661
Tulare
139,776 697
Tuolumne
15,832 785
Ventura
311,046 984
Yolo
89,412 997
Yuba
16,255 830

SOURCE: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Area Employment December 2012 Average Weekly Wage (3)

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, fourth quarter 2012 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
December
2012
(thousands)
Percent change,
December
2011-12
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level
Percent change,
fourth quarter
2011-12
National
ranking by
percent change

United States (4)

133,726.8 1.9 $1,000 -- 4.7 --

Alabama

1,847.3 1.1 854 33 2.6 41

Alaska

314.8 1.1 1,007 15 2.7 38

Arizona

2,509.2 2.4 912 22 3.3 33

Arkansas

1,160.3 0.2 767 47 4.2 19

California

15,216.3 3.3 1,186 5 7.8 2

Colorado

2,311.4 2.7 1,032 11 5.8 5

Connecticut

1,657.6 1.0 1,253 3 5.3 8

Delaware

411.0 1.2 1,044 9 6.1 4

District of Columbia

721.5 1.7 1,703 1 2.2 47

Florida

7,535.5 2.3 880 27 3.9 23

Georgia

3,889.9 1.7 927 21 4.7 13

Hawaii

620.7 2.1 868 30 2.7 38

Idaho

618.4 2.0 732 50 2.1 48

Illinois

5,697.9 1.1 1,058 8 4.4 17

Indiana

2,850.5 1.8 816 40 3.4 32

Iowa

1,486.6 1.3 821 39 3.7 26

Kansas

1,339.2 1.5 835 37 4.4 17

Kentucky

1,796.0 1.4 801 42 1.8 49

Louisiana

1,891.9 1.0 884 26 4.1 20

Maine

582.2 0.2 773 46 2.4 45

Maryland

2,544.1 1.2 1,086 7 2.5 42

Massachusetts

3,279.3 1.3 1,248 4 4.8 11

Michigan

3,988.9 1.9 954 18 2.3 46

Minnesota

2,677.2 1.6 985 16 5.1 10

Mississippi

1,096.5 1.1 720 51 3.2 34

Missouri

2,641.9 0.9 863 31 4.6 14

Montana

434.6 1.9 757 48 4.1 20

Nebraska

931.3 2.2 797 43 4.6 14

Nevada

1,145.8 1.9 877 28 2.9 35

New Hampshire

620.8 0.8 1,023 13 5.5 6

New Jersey

3,846.4 1.1 1,172 6 2.9 35

New Mexico

796.8 1.5 802 41 0.4 51

New York

8,741.9 1.4 1,280 2 6.9 3

North Carolina

3,963.9 1.9 854 33 3.6 29

North Dakota

421.0 6.1 944 20 8.4 1

Ohio

5,098.0 1.3 887 25 3.6 29

Oklahoma

1,565.3 1.9 847 35 3.9 23

Oregon

1,654.1 1.4 871 29 2.5 42

Pennsylvania

5,629.8 0.5 972 17 3.8 25

Rhode Island

456.4 1.0 945 19 2.7 38

South Carolina

1,832.2 2.0 784 45 2.8 37

South Dakota

401.7 1.2 749 49 3.5 31

Tennessee

2,710.4 2.1 903 24 5.2 9

Texas

10,956.4 3.2 1,027 12 5.5 6

Utah

1,246.6 3.7 844 36 4.5 16

Vermont

306.1 0.7 829 38 2.5 42

Virginia

3,663.7 1.1 1,042 10 3.7 26

Washington

2,902.0 2.1 1,017 14 4.0 22

West Virginia

714.3 0.0 788 44 1.5 50

Wisconsin

2,723.6 1.2 855 32 4.8 11

Wyoming

277.6 0.2 908 23 3.7 26

Puerto Rico

978.6 1.6 550 (5) -0.4 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -7.9 738 (5) -3.9 (5)

(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 California, Fourth Quarter 2012

Last Modified Date: July 30, 2013

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