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SOUTHEAST INFORMATION OFFICE Atlanta, Ga. For release: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Technical Information: (404) 893-4222 · [email protected] · www.bls.gov/ro4 Media Contact: (404) 893-4220 13-55-ATL

COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES IN MISSISSIPPI ­ SECOND QUARTER 2012

Employment in Hinds County declined 1.1 percent from June 2011 to June 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 Janet S. Rankin noted that Harrison County, Mississippi's other large county, saw an employment gain of 0.3 percent. (See table 1.) Nationally, employment increased 1.8 percent during the 12-month period, as 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Yakima, Wash., posted the largest percentage increase, with a gain of 8.2 percent. Madison, Ill., St. Clair, Ill., and Clay, Mo., had the largest over-the-year decreases in employment among the nation's largest counties with losses of 2.0 percent each. Among Mississippi's two largest counties, employment was higher in Hinds (120,600) in June 2012. Together, Hinds and Harrison counties accounted for 18.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 328 largest counties made up 70.9 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 132.9 million in June 2012. Hinds County posted a 1.9-percent wage gain from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012 and wages in Harrison County increased 0.3 percent. Nationally, average weekly wages advanced 1.3 percent. Average weekly wages in both Hinds County ($793) and Harrison County ($670) were well below the national average of $903. (See table 1.) Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000. One of these smaller counties, Claiborne ($1,316), had average weekly wages above the national average. (See table 2.) Large county wage changes Hinds County's 1.9-percent wage growth from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012 ranked 108th among the 328 largest counties. Harrison County (0.3 percent) ranked 215th among the nation's largest counties. (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 233 large counties experienced growth in average weekly wages. Washington, Ore., had the largest wage gain among the largest U.S. counties (8.5 percent) from the second quarter of 2011. Washington, Pa., ranked second with a gain of 7.8 percent, followed by the counties of McLean, Ill. (7.2 percent), San Mateo, Calif. (7.1 percent), and Weld, Colo. (6.4 percent). Among the 328 largest counties, 86 experienced over-the-year declines in average weekly wages. Williamson, Texas, had the largest decrease in the nation (-17.0 percent), followed by the counties of Kitsap, Wash. (-4.2 percent), Arlington, Va. (-3.8 percent), Durham, N.C. (-3.6 percent), and Benton, Wash. (-3.4 percent). Large county average weekly wages Average weekly wages in both of Mississippi's large counties placed in the bottom half of the national rankings in the second quarter of 2012. Hinds County ($793) ranked 213th and Harrison County ($670) ranked 316th. Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 109 of the 328 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $1,754. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,646, followed by Washington, D.C. ($1,544), San Mateo, Calif. ($1,515), and Arlington, Va. ($1,493). There were 219 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2012. Horry, S.C. ($532), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($571), Hidalgo, Texas ($583), Lake, Fla. ($614), and Yakima, Wash. ($617). Average weekly wages in Mississippi's smaller counties Among the 80 counties in Mississippi with employment below 75,000, all but 1 had average weekly wages below the national average of $903. The lone exception was Claiborne ($1,316). (See table 2.) Humphreys County reported the lowest weekly wage among all the counties in the state, averaging $450 in the second quarter of 2012. When all 82 counties in Mississippi were considered, 4 reported average weekly wages under $500, 40 reported wages from $500-$599, 30 had wages from $600-$699, 8 had wages above $700. (See chart 1.) 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/. An annual bulletin, 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 bulletin contains selected data produced by the 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 http://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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Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (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 9.2 million employer reports cover 132.9 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.

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Table 1. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 2 largest counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2012 (2)

Employment Area June Percent 2012 change, June (thousands) 2011-12 (4) 132,896.0 1,087.4 84.1 120.7 1.8 0.6 0.3 -1.1 National ranking by percent change (5) --266 321 Average Weekly Wage (3) Average National Percent change, weekly ranking by second quarter wage level (5) 2011-12 (4) $903 681 670 793 -49 316 213 1.3 2.9 0.3 1.9 National ranking by percent change (5) -3 215 108

United States (6) Mississippi Harrison, Miss. Hinds, Miss.

(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.

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Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Mississippi, second quarter 2012 (2)

Area United States (4) Employment June 2012 132,896,015 Average weekly wage (3) $903 Area Employment June 2012 Average weekly wage (3)

Leake 5,089 $523 Lee 50,766 671 Mississippi 1,087,438 681 Leflore 13,992 603 Lincoln 11,007 618 Adams 10,726 596 Lowndes 25,193 743 Alcorn 13,049 609 Madison 46,604 768 Amite 1,561 551 Marion 7,388 599 Attala 4,647 534 Marshall 5,761 614 Benton 1,325 615 Monroe 9,265 640 Bolivar 11,978 596 Montgomery 2,557 510 Calhoun 3,516 534 Neshoba 13,444 621 Carroll 1,194 526 Newton 5,932 559 Chickasaw 6,223 532 Noxubee 2,355 520 Choctaw 1,924 665 Oktibbeha 18,578 633 Claiborne 3,900 1,316 Panola 10,855 626 Clarke 2,896 581 Pearl River 9,957 573 Clay 5,027 629 Perry 2,055 680 Coahoma 8,202 608 Pike 14,476 559 Copiah 7,183 592 Pontotoc 11,235 588 Covington 5,105 571 Prentiss 7,154 543 De Soto 45,997 613 Quitman 1,176 508 Forrest 36,417 687 Rankin 56,301 674 Franklin 1,650 650 Scott 12,524 568 George 4,423 580 Sharkey 1,248 512 Greene 1,978 547 Simpson 7,444 494 Grenada 9,960 584 Smith 2,679 632 Hancock 13,339 867 Stone 3,873 598 Harrison 84,095 670 Sunflower 8,948 553 Hinds 120,653 793 Tallahatchie 2,848 477 Holmes 3,669 566 Tate 5,463 596 Humphreys 2,742 450 Tippah 5,717 581 Issaquena 257 458 Tishomingo 5,302 551 Itawamba 5,676 584 Tunica 11,380 552 Jackson 48,916 859 Union 9,623 677 Jasper 4,315 680 Walthall 2,653 528 Jefferson 1,236 562 Warren 20,410 732 Jefferson Davis 1,621 607 Washington 17,609 608 Jones 28,557 669 Wayne 5,069 594 Kemper 2,328 627 Webster 2,000 533 Lafayette 18,656 689 Wilkinson 2,050 558 Lamar 17,357 530 Winston 4,593 609 Lauderdale 33,098 657 Yalobusha 3,255 541 Lawrence 2,515 773 Yazoo 6,059 662 (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.

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Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, second quarter 2012 (2)

State United States (4) Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Puerto Rico Virgin Islands Employment June Percent change, 2012 June 2011-12 (thousands) 132,896.0 1.8 1,841.7 342.9 2,393.9 1,157.4 15,045.8 2,291.8 1,650.0 409.3 717.9 7,233.7 3,854.7 603.7 626.1 5,698.0 2,832.6 1,502.7 1,334.4 1,780.7 1,877.2 601.8 2,550.2 3,301.5 3,984.0 2,695.1 1,087.4 2,629.1 442.0 930.9 1,141.7 623.8 3,884.0 791.9 8,701.2 3,919.1 420.3 5,104.0 1,543.4 1,663.9 5,645.9 463.1 1,830.7 412.8 2,669.1 10,779.5 1,225.8 300.2 3,659.9 2,948.3 712.3 2,749.7 288.9 933.3 40.2 0.9 2.1 2.6 1.1 2.4 2.5 1.2 0.2 0.9 2.0 1.4 2.1 1.5 1.1 2.3 1.5 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.2 1.5 1.9 2.1 1.5 0.6 0.4 2.0 2.0 1.6 1.4 1.4 0.4 1.5 1.5 9.9 1.9 1.9 1.6 0.7 0.9 1.5 1.9 2.0 3.0 3.6 1.0 1.2 2.4 1.4 1.4 1.6 1.8 -8.6 Average weekly wage $903 783 955 862 717 1,034 918 1,111 948 1,544 805 848 812 673 953 763 743 763 772 806 719 992 1,109 859 907 681 791 700 719 815 891 1,056 783 1,096 787 854 817 768 837 893 859 736 677 816 922 766 792 952 947 776 778 842 499 819 Average weekly wage (3) National Percent change, ranking second quarter by level 2011-12 -1.3 34 8 18 47 6 14 2 11 1 30 22 28 51 9 41 43 41 38 29 45 7 3 19 15 49 32 48 45 27 17 5 34 4 33 21 25 39 24 16 19 44 50 26 13 40 31 10 12 37 36 23 (5) (5) 2.0 1.5 2.1 2.1 1.8 2.0 -0.4 2.4 0.3 0.4 1.9 1.8 0.9 1.6 1.9 2.5 1.1 1.6 1.5 1.0 0.7 -1.2 1.7 1.1 2.9 2.2 2.6 0.7 -0.1 0.3 0.0 2.6 0.4 0.5 11.1 2.8 2.7 2.3 2.1 -0.3 1.4 3.2 2.8 2.6 1.3 2.6 0.3 2.2 1.4 1.4 2.7 0.6 9.8 National ranking by percent change -20 29 17 17 24 20 50 13 44 42 22 24 38 27 22 12 35 27 29 37 39 51 26 35 3 15 8 39 48 44 47 8 42 41 1 4 6 14 17 49 31 2 4 8 34 8 44 15 31 31 6 (5) (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.

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Chart 1. Average weekly wages in Mississippi, second quarter 2012

DeSoto MarshallBenton Tippah Alcorn Tishomingo Prentiss

Average weekly wages (National average = $903)

$499 or less 500 - 599 600 - 699 700 or more

Tunica

Tate

Union Panola Lafayette LeeItawamba CoahomaQuitman Pontotoc Yalobusha Tallahatchie CalhounChickasaw Bolivar Monroe Grenada Clay Sunflower Webster Leflore Montgomery OktibbehaLowndes Carroll Choctaw Washington HumphreysHolmes Sharkey Issaquena Yazoo Leake Neshoba Kemper Madison Warren Hinds Scott Rankin Smith Jasper Copiah Jefferson Simpson Clarke Newton Lauderdale Attala Winston Noxubee

Claiborne

Adams Franklin

LincolnLawrence

Covington Jones Jefferson Davis

Wayne

Wilkinson

Amite

Pike Marion Lamar Walthall

Forrest Perry Greene

Pearl River Stone

George

Harrison Jackson Hancock

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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