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Economic News Release
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County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, May 25, 2022		USDL-22-0992

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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – FOURTH QUARTER 2021

From December 2020 to December 2021, employment increased in 334 of the 343 largest U.S. 
counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In December 2021, national employment 
increased to 148.3 million, a 5.2-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of 
Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Clark, NV, had the largest over-the-year increase in 
employment with a gain of 13.3 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for December 
2021, and average weekly wage data are presented for fourth quarter 2021.

Among the 343 largest counties, 334 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the 
fourth quarter of 2021, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,418, a 5.9-percent increase 
over the year. Palm Beach, FL, had the largest fourth quarter over-the-year wage gain at 15.6 percent. 
(See table 1.)

Large County Employment in December 2021

Clark, NV, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+13.3 percent). Within 
Clark, the largest employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality, which gained 65,045 jobs 
over the year (+33.1 percent).

Hinds, MS, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 0.9 
percent. Within Hinds, combined government had the largest employment decrease with a loss of 860 
jobs (-2.6 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Fourth Quarter 2021

Palm Beach, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+15.6 
percent). Within Palm Beach, an average weekly wage gain of $921 (+39.0 percent) in financial 
activities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Kitsap, WA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 
5.5 percent. Within Kitsap, professional and business services had the largest impact, with an average 
weekly wage decrease of $970 (-38.2 percent) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. In December 2021, 
San Diego, CA, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+8.1 percent). Within San 
Diego, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment increase, with a gain of 51,700 jobs (+40.1 
percent). (See table 2.)

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In fourth 
quarter 2021, Miami-Dade, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average weekly 
wages (+11.1 percent). Within Miami-Dade, professional and business services had the largest impact, 
with an average weekly wage increase of $235 (+13.7 percent) over the year.

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 343 U.S. counties with annual 
average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020. December 2021 employment and fourth quarter 
2021 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.

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The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

The County Employment and Wages news release for first quarter 2022 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



Last Modified Date: May 25, 2022