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County Employment and Wages in New York - Second Quarter 2014

Wages increased in 16 of the 18 largest counties in New York State from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014, 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 2013 annual average employment.) Queens, (3.2 percent), Albany (3.1 percent), and New York (3.0 percent) posted the largest gains. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Westchester County’s 1.6-percent over-the-year decline in average weekly wages was the largest decrease among the state’s large counties.

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $940 national average in the second quarter of 2014. Average weekly wages in five counties (New York, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland) exceeded $1,000.

 Chart 1. Large counties ranked by percent increase in average weekly wages, second quarter 2013-2014 and Chart 2. Large counties ranked by percent increase in employment, June 2013-June 2014

The largest employment gain among New York’s large counties was in Kings, up 4.7 percent. Nationally, employment grew 2.0 percent from June 2013 to June 2014. (See chart 2.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 44 counties in New York with employment below 75,000. All but three of these small counties had an average wage below the U.S. average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014, six large New York counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.1 percent. (See table 1.) Queens County’s 3.2-percent increase ranked 49th in wage growth among the 339 large U.S. counties, followed by Albany and New York which ranked 54th and 58th, respectively. Three other counties with above-average wage growth—Erie, Monroe, and Oneida—tied for 123rd place in the national ranking. In contrast, Westchester County’s 1.6-percent loss ranked 338th nationally.

Among large counties in the United States, 312 recorded wage gains, with Midland, Texas, registering the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages in the second quarter (9.0 percent). Among the 22 counties with declining weekly wages, Williamson, Texas, recorded the largest loss, 2.7 percent. Westchester, N.Y., had the second largest decrease in average weekly wages, followed by Lake, Ind.; and Bibb, Ga.

Large county average weekly wages

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $940 national average in the second quarter of 2014. The two highest paying counties, New York ($1,732) and Westchester ($1,215) ranked among the top 25 in the nation. Five additional counties (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Albany, and Dutchess) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 among the 339 large counties nationwide.

At the other end of the scale, Broome ($756), Kings ($759), and Oneida ($760) recorded the lowest weekly averages among the state’s large counties, placing them in the lowest 25 percent of the national ranking.

Nationally, 109 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $940 in the second quarter of 2014. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,886. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,740, followed by New York, N.Y., at $1,732.

Among the 230 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average, Horry, S.C. ($548) reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron, Texas ($585), and Hidalgo, Texas ($608).

Large county employment

Employment rose in 14 of the 18 largest counties in New York State from June 2013 to June 2014. Five of these counties— Kings, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, and New York—posted employment growth above the national rate of 2.0 percent. Three counties posted over-the-year declines. Saratoga experienced the largest loss, down 0.2 percent, followed by Oneida and Onandaga, down 0.1 percent each.

Nationally, employment grew in 305 of the 339 largest counties nationwide. The largest over-the-year percentage growth was recorded in Weld, Colo., (8.9 percent); Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease (-1.6 percent).

In New York, employment was highest in Manhattan, (2,492,500) followed by Suffolk (656,200) and Nassau (618,400) counties. Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 85.0 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 339 largest counties made up 71.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in New York's smaller counties

Forty-one of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average. Schenectady ($971), Putnam ($963), and Steuben ($949) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Yates County in western New York and Hamilton County in the Adirondacks reported the lowest average weekly wages at $617 and $641, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 10 had wages below the national average. Ten counties reported wages under $699, and 29 reported wages from $700 to $799. Of the 11 counties with average weekly wages ranging from $800 and $899, over half were located in the western part of the state. Twelve counties had an average weekly wage at or above $900, 9 of which were clustered in the Hudson River Valley or on Long Island. The lowest-paid counties, those with wages under $700, were located in the northern and western parts of the the state. (See chart 3.)

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 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 2013 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 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13.htm. The 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2015.

County employment and wage data for the third quarter 2014 are scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 19, 2015.


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 9.4 million employer reports cover 137.8 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 employment and wages in the United States and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2014
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2014 (thousands) Percent change, June 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2013-14 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

137,776.4 2.0 -- $940 -- 2.1 --

New York

8,965.2 1.8 -- 1,146 4 2.4 15

Albany, N.Y.

227.3 0.4 289 985 81 3.1 54

Bronx, N.Y.

251.6 1.4 194 889 153 0.2 308

Broome, N.Y.

89.2 0.1 302 756 293 1.1 249

Dutchess, N.Y.

110.6 0.0 306 969 83 0.7 276

Erie, N.Y.

462.7 0.7 267 826 212 2.2 123

Kings, N.Y.

566.7 4.7 13 759 286 1.5 205

Monroe, N.Y.

381.2 0.4 289 889 153 2.2 123

Nassau, N.Y.

618.4 1.5 185 1,061 52 1.6 195

New York, N.Y.

2,492.5 2.7 87 1,732 3 3.0 58

Oneida, N.Y.

104.0 -0.1 311 760 284 2.2 123

Onondaga, N.Y.

243.7 -0.1 311 866 169 1.3 226

Orange, N.Y.

138.9 1.2 222 825 214 -0.2 323

Queens, N.Y.

553.6 3.1 64 884 157 3.2 49

Richmond, N.Y.

99.1 2.9 73 797 246 0.9 264

Rockland, N.Y.

118.3 2.8 78 1,003 70 1.7 177

Saratoga, N.Y.

83.2 -0.2 317 868 168 1.3 226

Suffolk, N.Y.

656.2 0.4 289 1,014 65 1.7 177

Westchester, N.Y.

421.1 1.2 222 1,215 22 -1.6 338

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

Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in New York, 2nd quarter 2014 (2)
Area Employment June 2014 Average weekly wage (3)

United States (4)

137,776,364 $940

New York

8,965,165 1,146

Albany

227,256 985

Allegany

13,815 688

Bronx

251,589 889

Broome

89,207 756

Cattaraugus

30,091 735

Cayuga

27,185 776

Chautauqua

51,036 689

Chemung

37,593 830

Chenango

18,020 784

Clinton

33,080 771

Columbia

22,210 734

Cortland

18,011 706

Delaware

15,305 781

Dutchess

110,633 969

Erie

462,719 826

Essex

15,008 728

Franklin

18,315 779

Fulton

17,249 695

Genesee

25,010 697

Greene

14,908 780

Hamilton

2,162 641

Herkimer

17,914 661

Jefferson

43,081 739

Kings

566,709 759

Lewis

6,869 707

Livingston

19,893 687

Madison

21,561 725

Monroe

381,213 889

Montgomery

18,845 730

Nassau

618,426 1,061

New York

2,492,470 1,732

Niagara

75,066 732

Oneida

104,048 760

Onondaga

243,673 866

Ontario

53,638 855

Orange

138,928 825

Orleans

12,987 769

Oswego

33,577 784

Otsego

25,111 717

Putnam

26,393 963

Queens

553,639 884

Rensselaer

52,580 905

Richmond

99,096 797

Rockland

118,317 1,003

Saratoga

83,200 868

Schenectady

63,659 971

Schoharie

8,615 656

Schuyler

5,264 654

Seneca

11,610 781

St. Lawrence

35,485 793

Steuben

38,296 949

Suffolk

656,197 1,014

Sullivan

25,784 758

Tioga

13,231 899

Tompkins

49,271 904

Ulster

59,833 763

Warren

41,220 736

Washington

16,249 817

Wayne

29,486 752

Westchester

421,128 1,215

Wyoming

14,518 777

Yates

7,176 617

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.
 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, second quarter 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2014 (thousands) Percent change, June 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,776.4 2.0 $940 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,872.9 0.7 806 36 1.6 38

Alaska

344.9 0.5 1,014 8 4.6 2

Arizona

2,486.0 1.9 888 21 1.3 43

Arkansas

1,168.1 1.5 745 47 1.5 41

California

15,905.6 2.8 1,072 6 2.4 15

Colorado

2,439.3 3.4 960 14 2.9 8

Connecticut

1,676.6 0.6 1,155 3 2.5 13

Delaware

429.0 2.5 976 11 1.2 44

District of Columbia

732.6 1.0 1,569 1 -0.5 51

Florida

7,628.6 3.1 839 28 2.1 23

Georgia

4,036.3 3.1 882 22 1.7 35

Hawaii

624.6 1.1 845 26 2.7 10

Idaho

659.2 2.5 697 51 2.2 22

Illinois

5,836.9 1.5 988 10 1.9 32

Indiana

2,916.9 1.8 784 42 1.2 44

Iowa

1,547.8 1.6 780 43 3.0 7

Kansas

1,372.8 1.7 797 38 2.3 20

Kentucky

1,820.8 1.7 798 37 2.0 27

Louisiana

1,921.6 1.4 843 27 2.4 15

Maine

610.4 0.8 746 46 2.1 23

Maryland

2,594.4 0.9 1,020 7 1.6 38

Massachusetts

3,407.0 1.4 1,158 2 2.4 15

Michigan

4,164.7 2.3 897 20 2.3 20

Minnesota

2,782.0 1.3 947 16 1.9 32

Mississippi

1,101.1 0.5 705 50 2.0 27

Missouri

2,703.2 1.3 818 31 1.9 32

Montana

453.4 1.1 734 48 2.4 15

Nebraska

956.2 1.4 756 45 2.7 10

Nevada

1,210.1 3.4 833 30 0.6 50

New Hampshire

637.2 1.2 955 15 4.3 3

New Jersey

3,944.8 0.8 1,097 5 1.2 44

New Mexico

801.0 0.6 794 40 1.7 35

New York

8,965.2 1.8 1,146 4 2.4 15

North Carolina

4,080.7 2.4 818 31 1.2 44

North Dakota

453.0 4.4 936 17 5.5 1

Ohio

5,233.8 1.4 846 25 2.1 23

Oklahoma

1,578.0 1.0 816 33 2.6 12

Oregon

1,748.4 2.4 874 23 2.9 8

Pennsylvania

5,719.8 1.0 933 18 1.6 38

Rhode Island

472.9 1.6 898 19 2.0 27

South Carolina

1,916.4 2.7 765 44 2.5 13

South Dakota

422.9 1.4 712 49 3.3 4

Tennessee

2,755.7 1.8 836 29 2.0 27

Texas

11,402.8 3.0 973 13 3.1 5

Utah

1,297.5 2.9 796 39 1.7 35

Vermont

307.0 1.0 813 35 0.7 49

Virginia

3,710.8 0.7 976 11 0.8 48

Washington

3,109.6 3.2 990 9 2.1 23

West Virginia

711.3 -0.3 792 41 1.4 42

Wisconsin

2,809.1 1.3 816 33 2.0 27

Wyoming

295.3 1.6 871 24 3.1 5

Puerto Rico

897.0 -2.0 504 (3) 0.6 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.8 -2.2 728 (3) 2.8 (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: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
 

 Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in New York State, second quarter 2014

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015