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County Employment and Wages in Florida – Third Quarter 2012


Employment increased in 19 of the 22 large counties in Florida from September 2011 to September 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 employment advances ranged from 0.7 percent in Alachua and Volusia Counties to 2.7 percent in Sarasota County. Three of Florida’s large counties had over-the-year employment decreases of 0.9 percent or less. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment rose 1.6 percent during the 12-month period as 276 of the 328 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Elkhart, Ind., posted the largest over-the-year percentage increase with a gain of 6.9 percent, while Benton, Wash., experienced the largest employment decline at 5.2 percent.

Among the 22 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade County (990,700) in September 2012. Two other counties—Broward and Orange—had employment levels exceeding 650,000. Together, Florida’s 22 large counties accounted for 85.3 percent of total employment within the state. (See table 1.) Nationwide, the 328 largest counties made up 71.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 132.6 million in September 2012.

The average weekly wage in Pinellas County rose 4.3 percent from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012, the only increase among Florida’s 22 large counties and the third largest increase in the nation. Hillsborough County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $863, followed by the counties of Duval and Palm Beach ($862 each) and Miami-Dade ($857). Nationally, the average weekly wage declined 1.1 percent over the year to $906 in the third quarter of 2012. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 45 counties in Florida with employment levels below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Average weekly wages decreased in 21 of the 22 largest counties in Florida from the third quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of 2012. Brevard County’s 5.5-percent wage decline ranked 322nd among the nation’s 328 largest counties. Four other Florida counties experienced over-the-year wage decreases that placed them in the bottom third of the national ranking—Escambia and Manatee (-3.8 percent each, 306th), Broward (-2.4 percent, 240th) and Hillsborough (2.3 percent, 228th). (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 274 large counties experienced declines in average weekly wages. Yolo, Calif., had the largest decline (7.0 percent) from the third quarter of 2011, followed by the counties of Rockingham, N.H.; Lake, Ohio; and Benton, Wash.(-6.9 percent each).

Among the 328 largest counties, 46 experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest increase in the nation (7.3 percent), followed by the counties of Douglas, Colo. (5.4 percent) and Pinellas, Fla. (4.3 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 4 of Florida’s 22 largest counties place in the top half of the national ranking among the 328 largest counties in the third quarter of 2012. However, none of these counties had an average weekly wage above the national average of $906. The four counties with the lowest average weekly wages in the state—Marion ($621, 324th), Pasco ($624, 323rd), Lake ($630, 322nd), and Volusia ($644, 319th)—placed among the 10 lowest in the United States. (See table 1.)

Average weekly wages were higher than the national average in 102 of the 328 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $1,800. New York, N.Y., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,626, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,537), Washington, D.C. ($1,514), and Arlington, Va. ($1,488).

There were 225 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2012. Horry, S.C. ($554), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($580), Hidalgo, Texas ($584), Yakima, Wash. ($620), and Marion, Fla. ($621).

Average weekly wages in Florida’s smaller counties

All 45 of Florida’s counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $906. Nassau County led all small counties with an average weekly wage of $787. Calhoun County reported the lowest weekly wage among all counties in the state, averaging $502 in the third quarter of 2012. (See table 2.)

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 23 reported average weekly wages under $600, 22 reported wages from $600 to $699, 15 had wages from $700 to $799, and 7 had wages above $800. (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, features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2011 edition of this bulletin, which was published in October 2012, 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 the 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.

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 132.6 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 22 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
September 2012 (thousands) Percent change, September 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (5) Percent change, third quarter 2011-12 (4) National ranking by percent change (5)

United States (6)

132,624.7 1.6 -- $906 -- -1.1 --

Florida

7,307.9 1.9 -- 800 31 -1.4 27

Alachua, Fla.

116.9 0.7 221 749 263 -1.7 173

Brevard, Fla.

186.6 -0.3 290 836 176 -5.5 322

Broward, Fla.

701.1 2.3 67 838 172 -2.4 240

Collier, Fla.

112.7 2.4 54 776 241 -1.1 116

Duval, Fla.

442.7 2.0 97 862 144 -1.3 140

Escambia, Fla.

120.0 1.0 186 702 307 -3.8 306

Hillsborough, Fla.

582.9 1.7 123 863 143 -2.3 228

Lake, Fla.

81.1 2.3 67 630 322 -0.6 86

Lee, Fla.

199.1 1.4 151 728 285 -1.2 127

Leon, Fla.

137.7 -0.1 280 755 256 -0.5 83

Manatee, Fla.

101.6 2.0 97 692 313 -3.8 306

Marion, Fla.

90.2 1.6 134 621 324 -2.1 213

Miami-Dade, Fla.

990.7 2.0 97 857 149 -1.7 173

Okaloosa, Fla.

76.0 -0.9 312 744 270 -2.1 213

Orange, Fla.

682.0 2.4 54 795 219 -1.9 194

Palm Beach, Fla.

498.7 2.1 89 862 144 -1.6 165

Pasco, Fla.

99.2 1.7 123 624 323 -1.4 147

Pinellas, Fla.

381.8 0.9 200 842 168 4.3 3

Polk, Fla.

188.4 1.2 171 708 304 -0.6 86

Sarasota, Fla.

136.4 2.7 45 733 284 -1.2 127

Seminole, Fla.

158.1 1.4 151 747 265 -0.7 96

Volusia, Fla.

149.8 0.7 221 644 319 -1.1 116

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 Florida, 3rd quarter 2012 (2)
Area Employment September 2012 Average Weekly Wage (3)

United States (4)

132,624,657 $906

Florida

7,307,887 800

Alachua

116,860 749

Baker

6,636 557

Bay

71,067 668

Bradford

6,446 583

Brevard

186,567 836

Broward

701,063 838

Calhoun

2,823 502

Charlotte

40,298 615

Citrus

31,443 656

Clay

43,100 616

Collier

112,657 776

Columbia

21,185 638

De Soto

7,272 622

Dixie

2,491 526

Duval

442,749 862

Escambia

119,993 702

Flagler

19,327 581

Franklin

3,404 520

Gadsden

12,461 595

Gilchrist

2,980 556

Glades

1,602 652

Gulf

3,414 573

Hamilton

3,315 733

Hardee

6,778 618

Hendry

10,099 623

Hernando

36,294 583

Highlands

25,446 571

Hillsborough

582,919 863

Holmes

3,284 505

Indian River

43,988 664

Jackson

14,224 588

Jefferson

2,484 552

Lafayette

1,629 514

Lake

81,094 630

Lee

199,055 728

Leon

137,708 755

Levy

7,961 526

Liberty

1,903 569

Madison

4,252 547

Manatee

101,583 692

Marion

90,196 621

Martin

55,299 735

Miami-Dade

990,652 857

Monroe

35,497 701

Nassau

18,273 787

Okaloosa

76,038 744

Okeechobee

10,461 604

Orange

682,005 795

Osceola

75,303 626

Palm Beach

498,667 862

Pasco

99,174 624

Pinellas

381,776 842

Polk

188,381 708

Putnam

16,234 630

St. Johns

57,575 653

St. Lucie

64,247 660

Santa Rosa

33,347 588

Sarasota

136,375 733

Seminole

158,085 747

Sumter

22,320 663

Suwannee

10,763 543

Taylor

6,802 722

Union

3,731 616

Volusia

149,752 644

Wakulla

4,932 567

Walton

20,493 582

Washington

5,739 570

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

United States (4)

132,624.7 1.6 $906 -- -1.1 --

Alabama

1,833.5 0.6 784 33 -2.4 45

Alaska

343.6 0.6 961 9 -0.2 7

Arizona

2,437.5 2.2 846 22 -2.0 43

Arkansas

1,156.7 0.3 708 47 -1.0 17

California

15,109.1 2.8 1,036 6 -1.2 21

Colorado

2,284.6 2.2 936 12 -1.3 25

Connecticut

1,638.9 0.8 1,087 4 -2.8 49

Delaware

407.3 0.1 925 14 -2.5 47

District of Columbia

714.9 0.6 1,514 1 -0.7 15

Florida

7,307.9 1.9 800 31 -1.4 27

Georgia

3,841.2 1.1 854 21 -1.5 31

Hawaii

605.5 1.7 827 26 -1.0 17

Idaho

630.4 1.1 687 49 -1.4 27

Illinois

5,688.6 1.1 945 11 -1.4 27

Indiana

2,849.9 1.8 772 35 -1.7 36

Iowa

1,486.7 1.1 756 41 -0.5 10

Kansas

1,325.5 1.0 761 39 -1.4 27

Kentucky

1,779.5 1.2 751 42 -1.7 36

Louisiana

1,864.3 0.3 805 30 -1.8 38

Maine

597.0 0.2 722 46 -1.6 34

Maryland

2,533.3 1.4 1,007 8 -1.6 34

Massachusetts

3,271.6 1.2 1,102 2 -1.2 21

Michigan

3,984.2 1.5 862 19 -1.5 31

Minnesota

2,675.4 1.1 915 15 0.0 4

Mississippi

1,089.4 0.6 672 51 -1.2 21

Missouri

2,628.8 0.7 793 32 -1.2 21

Montana

441.6 1.8 689 48 0.3 3

Nebraska

924.4 2.0 742 43 -0.5 10

Nevada

1,140.1 1.5 820 27 -3.0 50

New Hampshire

620.6 1.1 874 17 -3.1 51

New Jersey

3,811.2 1.1 1,053 5 -1.8 38

New Mexico

788.7 0.0 761 39 -2.3 44

New York

8,616.8 1.2 1,088 3 -1.1 19

North Carolina

3,934.1 1.6 806 29 -0.2 7

North Dakota

422.2 7.8 872 18 6.3 1

Ohio

5,073.0 1.1 828 24 -0.7 15

Oklahoma

1,545.6 1.3 779 34 -0.5 10

Oregon

1,667.3 1.2 834 23 0.0 4

Pennsylvania

5,598.4 0.6 899 16 -1.3 25

Rhode Island

460.5 0.8 855 20 -1.9 42

South Carolina

1,814.7 1.3 738 44 -1.1 19

South Dakota

405.3 1.6 683 50 -0.1 6

Tennessee

2,674.3 1.7 814 28 -0.6 14

Texas

10,773.4 2.7 930 13 -0.2 7

Utah

1,231.0 3.3 766 37 -1.8 38

Vermont

302.0 1.2 763 38 -1.8 38

Virginia

3,631.1 0.9 960 10 -1.5 31

Washington

2,944.6 1.5 1,024 7 1.3 2

West Virginia

715.4 0.5 724 45 -2.4 45

Wisconsin

2,718.7 0.7 770 36 -2.7 48

Wyoming

284.7 0.0 828 24 -0.5 10

Puerto Rico

933.4 2.1 506 (5) 0.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.6 -9.8 711 (5) -1.1 (5)

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.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.


Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Florida, third quarter 2012

 

Last Modified Date: April 25, 2013