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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 21, 2023		USDL-23-2473

Technical information:	(202) 691-6567  *  QCEWInfo@bls.gov  *  www.bls.gov/cew
Media contact:		(202) 691-5902  *  PressOffice@bls.gov

COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES - SECOND QUARTER 2023

From June 2022 to June 2023, employment increased in 337 of the 360 largest U.S. counties, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In June 2023, national employment increased to 154.3
million, a 2.4-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and
Wages (QCEW) program. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment, with a gain
of 7.0 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for June 2023, and average weekly wage
data are presented for second quarter 2023.

Among the 360 largest counties, 332 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the
second quarter of 2023, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,332, a 3.2-percent
increase over the year. Clayton, GA, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 17.2
percent. (See table 1.)

Large County Employment in June 2023

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+7.0 percent). Within
Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, which rose by
3,394 (+11.6 percent).

Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment (-7.7 percent). Within
Elkhart, the largest employment decrease occurred in manufacturing, which fell by 10,630 (-13.9
percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2023

Clayton, GA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+17.2
percent). Within Clayton, an average weekly wage gain of $321 (+23.5 percent) in trade,
transportation, and utilities made the largest contribution to the county's increase in average
weekly wages.

Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-13.2
percent). Within Elkhart, an average weekly wage loss of $226 (-16.7 percent) in manufacturing made
the largest contribution to the county's decrease in average weekly wages.

Ten Largest Counties

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. In June 2023,
Harris, TX, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+3.6 percent). Within Harris,
education and health services had the largest employment increase and rose by 17,206 (+5.6 percent).
(See table 2.)

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In
second quarter 2023, San Diego, CA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average
weekly wages (+7.0 percent). Within San Diego, professional and business services had the largest
impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $365 (+18.5 percent).

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 360 U.S. counties with
annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2022. June 2023 employment and second quarter
2023 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.

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.

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The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2023 is scheduled to be released
on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

The County Employment and Wages news release for third quarter 2023 is scheduled to be released on
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



Last Modified Date: November 21, 2023