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Employment down in all of the 357 largest U.S. counties from June 2019 to June 2020

November 23, 2020

From June 2019 to June 2020, employment decreased in all of the 357 largest U.S. counties. Atlantic County, New Jersey (part of the Atlantic City metropolitan area), had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 34.2 percent, followed by Maui + Kalawao County, Hawaii (−32.6 percent), and Barnstable County, Massachusetts (−21.1 percent). National employment decreased to 135.1 million, a 9.4-percent decline over the year ended June 2020.

Employment change by county, June 2019–June 2020

Employment change by county, June 2019–June 2020
County 12-month percent change Total employment

Atlantic, NJ

-34.2% 90,800

Maui + Kalawao, HI

-32.6 54,600

Barnstable, MA

-21.1 85,700

Midland, TX

-21.0 87,800

Clayton, GA

-20.5 97,300

Orleans, LA

-20.3 158,800

Orange, FL

-19.9 688,200

Ector, TX

-19.3 65,900

New London, CT

-18.9 101,400

Clark, NV

-18.9 830,000

New York, NY

-18.8 2,048,700

Cook, IL

-13.1 2,297,300

Orange, CA

-12.7 1,442,000

Los Angeles, CA

-12.2 3,945,300

San Diego, CA

-11.2 1,325,100

United States, total

-9.4 135,114,400

Miami-Dade, FL

-9.3 1,036,800

King, WA

-8.9 1,312,900

Harris, TX

-7.3 2,179,400

Dallas, TX

-5.8 1,623,500

Maricopa, AZ

-4.6 1,924,600

Ada, ID

-2.6 248,500

Pasco, FL

-2.5 113,200

Lexington, SC

-2.5 118,300

McLennan, TX

-2.3 111,100

Marion, FL

-2.2 104,500

Benton, AR

-1.4 121,700

Polk, FL

-1.4 220,800

Davis, UT

-0.9 132,200

Utah, UT

-0.2 248,500

Cleveland, OK

-0.2 80,900

352 of the 357 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Atlantic County, New Jersey, had the largest over-the-year wage gain in the second quarter at 22.5 percent, while Ector County, Texas, and Midland County, Texas had the largest fall in wages, at 6.6 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. Among the 10 largest U.S. counties, New York County, New York, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average weekly wages (+14.9 percent). Average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,188 in the second quarter of 2020, an 8.6-percent increase over the year. The increases in average weekly wages largely reflect substantial employment loss among lower-paid industries.

Change in average weekly wage by county, June 2019–June 2020

Change in average weekly wage by county, June 2019–June 2020
County 12-month percent change Average weekly wage

Atlantic, NJ

22.5% $1,104

Westchester, NY

21.7 1,721

Orleans, LA

18.2 1,165

San Mateo, CA

18.1 2,812

New London, CT

17.3 1,236

Santa Clara, CA

16.5 3,045

Barnstable, MA

16.1 1,076

Marin, CA

15.6 1,617

Kent, RI

15.3 1,070

Monmouth, NJ

15.0 1,197

New York, NY

14.9 2,427

King, WA

13.9 1,945

Orange, CA

11.4 1,334

San Diego, CA

10.6 1,315

Cook, IL

9.6 1,372

Los Angeles, CA

8.9 1,333

United States, total

8.6 1,188

Maricopa, AZ

7.7 1,137

Miami-Dade, FL

5.5 1,109

Dallas, TX

4.5 1,361

Harris, TX

3.4 1,352

Elkhart, IN

-1.5 908

Winnebago, WI

-2.6 1,033

Rutherford, TN

-2.7 934

Midland, TX

-4.6 1,404

Ector, TX

-6.6 1,142

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program and are preliminary. Large counties are defined as having employment of at least 75,000. To learn more, see “County Employment and Wages – Second Quarter 2020.” You can view employment data for the nation, states, counties, and metropolitan areas through the data viewer tool.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment down in all of the 357 largest U.S. counties from June 2019 to June 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/employment-down-in-all-of-the-357-largest-u-s-counties-from-june-2019-to-june-2020.htm (visited September 16, 2021).

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