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Economic News Release
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County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Tuesday, November 22, 2022		USDL-22-2205

Technical information:	(202) 691-6567  *  QCEWInfo@bls.gov  	*  www.bls.gov/cew
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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – SECOND QUARTER 2022

From June 2021 to June 2022, employment increased in 338 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In June 2022, national employment increased to 149.9 
million, a 4.0-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and 
Wages (QCEW) program. Orange, FL, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment, with a 
gain of 9.7 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for June 2022, and average weekly 
wage data are presented for second quarter 2022.

Among the 355 largest counties, 340 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the 
second quarter of 2022, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,294, a 4.3-percent increase 
over the year. Saratoga, NY, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 16.3 percent. 
(See table 1.)

Large County Employment in June 2022

Orange, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+9.7 percent). Within 
Orange, the largest employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality, which rose by 38,690 over 
the year (+23.2 percent).

Kanawha, WV, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 
1.0 percent. Within Kanawha, education and health services had the largest employment decrease, with a 
decline of 533 (-2.7 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2022

Saratoga, NY, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+16.3 
percent). Within Saratoga, an average weekly wage gain of $1,748 (+109.3 percent) in manufacturing 
made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Benton, AR, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 
16.1 percent. Within Benton, professional and business services had the largest impact, with an average 
weekly wage decrease of $952 (-35.9 percent) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties
All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. In June 2022, New 
York, NY, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+8.0 percent). Within New York, 
leisure and hospitality had the largest employment increase and rose by 78,453 (+45.6 percent). (See 
table 2.)

Among the 10 largest counties, 8 had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In 
second quarter 2022, Miami-Dade, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average 
weekly wages (+7.7 percent). Within Miami-Dade, professional and business services had the largest 
impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $199 (+14.1 percent) over the year.

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 355 U.S. counties with annual 
average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2021. June 2022 employment and second quarter 2022 
average weekly wages for all states are provided in table 3 of this release.

The QCEW Technical Note is available at www.bls.gov/cew/news-release-technical-note.htm.

QCEW response rate tables are available at www.bls.gov/cew/response-rates/.

The most current news release on quarterly measures of gross job flows is available from QCEW 
Business Employment Dynamics at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cewbd.pdf.

Several BLS regional offices issue QCEW news releases targeted to local data users. Links to these 
releases are available at www.bls.gov/cew/regional-resources.htm.

QCEW data are available in the Census Business Builder suite of web tools assisting business owners 
and regional analysts in data-driven decision making at www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html. 

The QCEW news release schedule is available at www.bls.gov/cew/release-calendar.htm.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access 
telecommunications relay services.

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The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2022 is scheduled to be 
released on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). 

The County Employment and Wages news release for third quarter 2022 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



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		Improved Usability of QCEW State and Local Government Employment and Wages 

	QCEW state and local government employment and wage measures will include data for some states 
	that were previously suppressed for confidentiality reasons. Publication of these data is possible 
	because state and local government employment and wages are fully disclosable by law in many
	states. The improved data, which will be available on December 6, 2022, account for about
	4.2 million in June 2022 employment. Suppressed data were always included in totals and do not 
	represent an increase in employment.

	For more information about the improved usability of QCEW state and local government data, see 
	www.bls.gov/cew/additional-resources/improved-usability-of-state-and-local-government-data.htm.
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Last Modified Date: November 22, 2022