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09/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 09:12

County Employment and Wages in Tennessee – First Quarter 2019

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Employment rose in each of Tennessee's six large counties from March 2018 to March 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment gains ranged from 4.0 percent in Williamson County to 1.2 percent in Shelby County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.4 percent from March 2018 to March 2019 as 298 of the 355 largest U.S. counties had increases. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment, with a gain of 5.8 percent. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.9 percent.

Among the largest counties in Tennessee, employment was highest in Davidson County (503,700) in March 2019, followed by Shelby County (498,300). Together, Tennessee's six large counties accounted for 57.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.5 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 146.5 million in March 2019.

Average weekly wages increased in 4 of Tennessee's 6 largest counties from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. Williamson County (7.4 percent) had the largest over-the-year wage gain, followed by Rutherford County (5.1 percent). Williamson County had the highest average weekly wage among the state's largest counties at $1,389, followed by Davidson County at $1,222. Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 2.8 percent over the year, growing to $1,184 in the first quarter of 2019. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 89 counties in Tennessee with 2018 average annual employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $1,342 to $504. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

In the first quarter of 2019, 4 of Tennessee's 6 largest counties had over-the-year wage gains above the national average of 2.8 percent. Williamson County (7.4 percent) had the highest wage gain and ranked fifth among the 355 largest counties nationwide. In contrast, Knox and Davidson counties had over-the-year wage declines, down 2.7 and 0.5 percent, respectively. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 325 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage gain at 10.2 percent, followed by Bay, FL (9.3 percent).

Of the 355 largest counties, 28 experienced an over-the-year decrease in average weekly wages. Elkhart, IN, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-7.6 percent), followed by Olmsted, MN (-5.1 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 3 of Tennessee's 6 largest counties placed in the top half of the national ranking among the 355 largest counties in the first quarter of 2019. Williamson and Davidson Counties had average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,184 and ranked in the top 100 nationwide at 43rd and 80th, respectively. Shelby County ($1,104) ranked 130th.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were above the U.S. average ($1,184) in 92 of the 355 largest counties in the first quarter of 2019. New York, NY, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,153, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,759), and Santa Clara, CA ($2,758).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 263 had average weekly wages below the national average in the first quarter of 2019. Cameron, TX, reported the lowest wage ($648), followed by Horry, SC ($652), and Hidalgo, TX ($662).

Average weekly wages in Tennessee's smaller counties

Among the 89 counties in Tennessee-those with 2018 annual employment levels below 75,000-only Roane County ($1,342) had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,184. Hancock County reported the lowest average weekly in the state, averaging $504 in the first quarter of 2019. (See table 2.)

When all 95 counties in Tennessee were considered, 7 reported average weekly wages below $600, 26 had wages from $600 to $699, 35 had wages from $700 to $799, 14 had wages from $800 to $899, and 13 had wages at or above $900. (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 2018 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 2019 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

QCEW Data Now Available in Census Business Builder Version 2.6

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data is now available in Census Business Builder Version 2.6, a suite of U.S. Census Bureau web tools that assists business owners and regional analysts in data-driven decision making. As the first collaboration of this type between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, this data-sharing project makes data more accessible for local users and enhances the efficiency of digital service delivery. The Census Business Builder is available at: www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html.


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 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.

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Area Employment Average weekly wage
March 2019 (thousands) Percent change, March 2018-19 National ranking by percent change Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States

146,497.6 1.4 -- $1,184 -- 2.8 --

Tennessee

3,004.2 2.0 -- 996 28 1.9 42

Davidson, TN

503.7 3.4 19 1,222 80 -0.5 339

Hamilton, TN

206.4 1.8 94 996 201 3.3 110

Knox, TN

239.7 1.3 150 952 235 -2.7 353

Rutherford, TN

132.4 1.6 118 948 239 5.1 31

Shelby, TN

498.3 1.2 159 1,104 130 2.9 144

Williamson, TN

137.8 4.0 6 1,389 43 7.4 5

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.


Area Employment March 2019 Average Weekly Wage

United States

146,497,599 $1,184

Tennessee

3,004,216 996

Anderson

39,501 1,168

Bedford

16,274 736

Benton

4,205 652

Bledsoe

2,189 674

Blount

50,416 895

Bradley

41,753 813

Campbell

9,031 679

Cannon

2,218 653

Carroll

6,836 651

Carter

11,360 675

Cheatham

8,552 890

Chester

3,720 651

Claiborne

9,226 662

Clay

1,409 600

Cocke

7,714 664

Coffee

27,058 900

Crockett

3,612 777

Cumberland

17,515 648

Davidson

503,719 1,222

Decatur

3,358 718

De Kalb

5,701 742

Dickson

18,037 740

Dyer

15,484 773

Fayette

7,967 863

Fentress

5,199 594

Franklin

11,590 728

Gibson

14,395 700

Giles

10,189 743

Grainger

3,796 714

Greene

25,063 743

Grundy

2,145 524

Hamblen

32,105 783

Hamilton

206,358 996

Hancock

944 504

Hardeman

6,831 743

Hardin

8,090 865

Hawkins

12,878 796

Haywood

4,819 773

Henderson

7,997 795

Henry

11,474 737

Hickman

3,645 705

Houston

1,511 607

Humphreys

5,962 978

Jackson

1,388 611

Jefferson

13,354 790

Johnson

4,162 766

Knox

239,672 952

Lake

1,635 659

Lauderdale

6,586 732

Lawrence

10,796 673

Lewis

2,647 592

Lincoln

10,370 708

Loudon

15,913 837

McMinn

19,017 859

McNairy

5,493 636

Macon

4,995 637

Madison

59,447 835

Marion

7,333 725

Marshall

9,882 795

Maury

37,099 954

Meigs

2,208 743

Monroe

14,437 755

Montgomery

55,377 754

Moore

2,191 838

Morgan

3,016 691

Obion

10,951 700

Overton

5,051 705

Perry

1,880 594

Pickett

973 712

Polk

2,068 638

Putnam

36,915 746

Rhea

10,456 829

Roane

19,129 1,342

Robertson

21,296 742

Rutherford

132,411 948

Scott

5,785 595

Sequatchie

3,082 606

Sevier

46,796 585

Shelby

498,315 1,104

Smith

5,289 819

Stewart

2,737 945

Sullivan

68,436 962

Sumner

55,425 840

Tipton

11,591 694

Trousdale

1,954 749

Unicoi

4,816 874

Union

2,463 651

Van Buren

794 620

Warren

12,626 795

Washington

61,648 782

Wayne

3,750 627

Weakley

11,183 654

White

7,420 663

Williamson

137,761 1,389

Wilson

47,111 808

NOTE: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.


State Employment Average weekly wage
March 2019 (thousands) Percent change, March 2018-19 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States

146,497.6 1.4 $1,184 -- 2.8 --

Alabama

1,978.0 1.6 944 38 2.5 32

Alaska

312.4 0.3 1,108 18 3.3 9

Arizona

2,895.1 2.5 1,056 22 3.0 21

Arkansas

1,218.5 0.7 896 45 2.2 38

California

17,436.4 1.8 1,401 5 3.8 4

Colorado

2,690.3 1.9 1,231 9 4.8 2

Connecticut

1,650.6 0.0 1,487 4 2.3 34

Delaware

444.1 1.3 1,199 13 -0.1 51

District of Columbia

773.5 0.5 1,921 1 0.2 49

Florida

8,894.3 2.1 1,015 26 2.7 25

Georgia

4,488.6 2.1 1,121 17 2.6 28

Hawaii

658.1 -0.4 1,006 27 3.4 8

Idaho

732.3 2.7 828 50 2.3 34

Illinois

5,912.0 0.1 1,275 8 2.7 25

Indiana

3,059.1 1.2 963 33 0.9 48

Iowa

1,527.1 0.1 942 39 2.3 34

Kansas

1,379.3 0.6 940 40 3.2 12

Kentucky

1,882.6 0.6 920 41 2.2 38

Louisiana

1,916.8 -0.1 954 34 2.5 32

Maine

599.8 1.2 919 42 3.1 16

Maryland

2,670.3 0.9 1,228 10 1.7 45

Massachusetts

3,558.1 1.1 1,561 3 3.5 7

Michigan

4,307.4 0.6 1,078 20 0.1 50

Minnesota

2,840.8 0.5 1,203 12 2.3 34

Mississippi

1,129.8 0.4 779 51 1.8 43

Missouri

2,788.4 0.5 986 31 2.6 28

Montana

458.8 0.9 844 49 3.1 16

Nebraska

965.6 0.1 917 43 2.2 38

Nevada

1,392.2 3.0 992 29 1.5 47

New Hampshire

656.2 1.2 1,156 15 3.1 16

New Jersey

4,040.2 1.3 1,399 6 1.7 45

New Mexico

825.4 1.3 890 47 3.2 12

New York

9,453.5 1.5 1,639 2 2.6 28

North Carolina

4,458.5 2.0 1,054 23 3.2 12

North Dakota

414.3 1.5 1,021 25 3.3 9

Ohio

5,363.2 0.7 1,035 24 3.0 21

Oklahoma

1,617.0 1.1 953 35 4.3 3

Oregon

1,921.9 1.3 1,060 21 3.3 9

Pennsylvania

5,850.3 1.1 1,146 16 2.8 24

Rhode Island

474.7 0.8 1,104 19 1.8 43

South Carolina

2,110.0 2.0 901 44 3.0 21

South Dakota

419.0 0.4 865 48 2.7 25

Tennessee

3,004.2 2.0 996 28 1.9 42

Texas

12,455.6 2.2 1,204 11 3.1 16

Utah

1,501.4 3.0 978 32 3.1 16

Vermont

309.1 0.4 950 36 3.7 5

Virginia

3,896.9 1.2 1,186 14 2.1 41

Washington

3,371.1 1.8 1,368 7 4.9 1

West Virginia

687.1 0.3 896 45 3.2 12

Wisconsin

2,838.9 0.1 992 29 2.6 28

Wyoming

269.0 1.9 948 37 3.7 5

Puerto Rico

875.8 2.2 553 -2.1

Virgin Islands

36.6 9.6 966 -1.0

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.