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Employment up more than 5.0 percent over the year in New Hanover County, NC, and Adams County, CO

February 27, 2020

From September 2018 to September 2019, employment increased in 283 of the 355 largest U.S. counties. New Hanover County, North Carolina (part of the Wilmington metropolitan area), had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 5.8 percent. In Adams County, Colorado (part of the Denver area), employment increased 5.3 percent over the year ended in September 2019.

Percent change in employment from September 2018–September 2019 and average weekly wage in third quarter 2019, in the 355 largest U.S. counties
County Average weekly wage Percent change in employment

United States

$1,093 1.1%

Alabama

Jefferson, AL

1,055 1.1

Madison, AL

1,194 3.0

Mobile, AL

922 0.5

Montgomery, AL

909 -0.8

Shelby, AL

1,009 -0.8

Tuscaloosa, AL

887 2.2

Alaska

Anchorage, AK

1,150 -0.1

Arizona

Maricopa, AZ

1,060 3.2

Pima, AZ

934 0.8

Arkansas

Benton, AR

1,012 2.5

Pulaski, AR

961 -0.6

Washington, AR

882 1.0

California

Alameda, CA

1,490 0.1

Butte, CA

866 -2.4

Contra Costa, CA

1,311 -0.2

Fresno, CA

856 1.5

Kern, CA

907 2.5

Los Angeles, CA

1,225 1.0

Marin, CA

1,328 0.9

Merced, CA

846 2.9

Monterey, CA

936 1.1

Napa, CA

1,077 1.5

Orange, CA

1,204 1.1

Placer, CA

1,101 2.1

Riverside, CA

881 2.4

Sacramento, CA

1,183 1.8

San Bernardino, CA

927 1.7

San Diego, CA

1,197 1.5

San Francisco, CA

2,273 3.5

San Joaquin, CA

937 1.2

San Luis Obispo, CA

946 1.0

San Mateo, CA

2,366 3.1

Santa Barbara, CA

1,041 2.6

Santa Clara, CA

2,447 1.8

Santa Cruz, CA

992 1.3

Solano, CA

1,142 0.7

Sonoma, CA

1,090 1.0

Stanislaus, CA

949 0.8

Tulare, CA

787 0.6

Ventura, CA

1,065 1.0

Yolo, CA

1,199 1.8

Colorado

Adams, CO

1,092 5.3

Arapahoe, CO

1,284 1.6

Boulder, CO

1,547 2.9

Denver, CO

1,369 2.1

Douglas, CO

1,236 2.5

El Paso, CO

1,000 2.5

Jefferson, CO

1,149 1.9

Larimer, CO

1,014 2.3

Weld, CO

1,052 3.8

Connecticut

Fairfield, CT

1,475 -0.6

Hartford, CT

1,254 0.0

New Haven, CT

1,092 0.2

New London, CT

1,048 -1.2

Delaware

New Castle, DE

1,201 0.7

Sussex, DE

782 2.8

District of Columbia

Washington, DC

1,851 0.6

Florida

Alachua, FL

937 1.0

Bay, FL

815 -5.9

Brevard, FL

958 1.8

Broward, FL

1,000 0.5

Collier, FL

920 2.2

Duval, FL

1,008 1.7

Escambia, FL

856 1.4

Hillsborough, FL

1,046 2.8

Lake, FL

741 1.9

Lee, FL

854 2.1

Leon, FL

901 0.6

Manatee, FL

840 3.1

Marion, FL

735 1.9

Miami-Dade, FL

1,039 1.3

Okaloosa, FL

894 1.9

Orange, FL

958 1.9

Osceola, FL

720 3.2

Palm Beach, FL

1,009 1.3

Pasco, FL

775 1.1

Pinellas, FL

931 0.8

Polk, FL

822 2.7

St. Johns, FL

851 2.3

St. Lucie, FL

788 3.0

Sarasota, FL

898 1.3

Seminole, FL

929 1.4

Volusia, FL

763 -0.6

Georgia

Bibb, GA

847 -0.4

Chatham, GA

909 0.4

Clayton, GA

1,100 2.3

Cobb, GA

1,131 1.6

DeKalb, GA

1,099 0.7

Forsyth, GA

968 2.1

Fulton, GA

1,422 1.1

Gwinnett, GA

1,007 2.0

Hall, GA

915 0.1

Muscogee, GA

850 -0.4

Richmond, GA

919 1.4

Hawaii

Honolulu, HI

1,059 -0.5

Maui + Kalawao, HI

906 -0.1

Idaho

Ada, ID

970 3.2

Illinois

Champaign, IL

947 1.1

Cook, IL

1,244 0.1

DuPage, IL

1,221 -0.7

Kane, IL

948 0.5

Lake, IL

1,302 -0.7

McHenry, IL

846 -0.9

McLean, IL

986 -0.4

Madison, IL

840 1.1

Peoria, IL

1,066 -2.6

St. Clair, IL

859 -0.9

Sangamon, IL

1,177 -0.7

Will, IL

916 1.7

Winnebago, IL

928 -2.0

Indiana

Allen, IN

879 1.1

Elkhart, IN

890 -3.8

Hamilton, IN

1,018 1.0

Lake, IN

925 0.1

Marion, IN

1,098 1.2

St. Joseph, IN

891 0.5

Tippecanoe, IN

924 1.2

Vanderburgh, IN

883 -1.0

Iowa

Johnson, IA

1,014 0.3

Linn, IA

1,010 0.7

Polk, IA

1,078 0.9

Scott, IA

891 0.3

Kansas

Johnson, KS

1,074 1.2

Sedgwick, KS

894 1.7

Shawnee, KS

872 -0.6

Wyandotte, KS

1,036 0.2

Kentucky

Boone, KY

917 1.5

Fayette, KY

938 1.1

Jefferson, KY

1,037 0.5

Louisiana

856 -1.1

Caddo, LA

Calcasieu, LA

980 -3.0

East Baton Rouge, LA

1,010 -1.6

Jefferson, LA

945 0.0

Lafayette, LA

922 0.5

Orleans, LA

993 1.9

St. Tammany, LA

899 1.6

Maine

Cumberland, ME

1,007 0.7

Maryland

Anne Arundel, MD

1,139 -0.1

Baltimore, MD

1,061 -0.3

Frederick, MD

1,007 1.0

Harford, MD

1,053 -1.3

Howard, MD

1,320 1.5

Montgomery, MD

1,404 0.3

Prince George's, MD

1,156 -0.5

Baltimore City, MD

1,239 -0.7

Massachusetts

Barnstable, MA

914 -0.4

Bristol, MA

973 0.6

Essex, MA

1,154 0.1

Hampden, MA

947 0.2

Middlesex, MA

1,625 1.6

Norfolk, MA

1,216 -0.4

Plymouth, MA

1,036 0.2

Suffolk, MA

1,784 2.4

Worcester, MA

1,063 0.2

Michigan

Genesee, MI

877 0.6

Ingham, MI

994 1.0

Kalamazoo, MI

993 -0.5

Kent, MI

960 0.3

Macomb, MI

1,049 0.3

Oakland, MI

1,165 0.0

Ottawa, MI

921 0.8

Saginaw, MI

861 -0.1

Washtenaw, MI

1,179 2.0

Wayne, MI

1,150 0.4

Minnesota

Anoka, MN

1,094 0.7

Dakota, MN

1,057 0.0

Hennepin, MN

1,322 0.5

Olmsted, MN

1,279 0.1

Ramsey, MN

1,196 0.1

St. Louis, MN

915 -1.0

Stearns, MN

943 0.2

Washington, MN

908 0.9

Mississippi

Harrison, MS

722 0.9

Hinds, MS

910 0.0

Missouri

Boone, MO

896 0.5

Clay, MO

920 0.0

Greene, MO

838 1.5

Jackson, MO

1,070 0.4

St. Charles, MO

862 3.0

St. Louis, MO

1,131 0.3

St. Louis City, MO

1,172 0.3

Montana

Yellowstone, MT

919 0.4

Nebraska

Douglas, NE

1,027 0.9

Lancaster, NE

891 0.2

Nevada

Clark, NV

950 2.3

Washoe, NV

1,007 1.4

New Hampshire

Hillsborough, NH

1,146 0.5

Merrimack, NH

1,018 0.3

Rockingham, NH

1,048 1.1

New Jersey

Atlantic, NJ

877 -1.2

Bergen, NJ

1,238 1.0

Burlington, NJ

1,096 0.3

Camden, NJ

1,038 -0.1

Essex, NJ

1,330 0.9

Gloucester, NJ

890 2.9

Hudson, NJ

1,384 1.0

Mercer, NJ

1,296 1.1

Middlesex, NJ

1,216 0.3

Monmouth, NJ

1,032 0.7

Morris, NJ

1,534 0.7

Ocean, NJ

850 2.0

Passaic, NJ

1,005 1.0

Somerset, NJ

1,518 -0.3

Union, NJ

1,272 0.7

New Mexico

Bernalillo, NM

939 1.2

New York

Albany, NY

1,122 -0.7

Bronx, NY

1,131 1.1

Broome, NY

887 -1.3

Dutchess, NY

1,041 0.0

Erie, NY

953 -0.7

Kings, NY

953 1.1

Monroe, NY

1,009 0.0

Nassau, NY

1,162 0.1

New York, NY

2,055 1.2

Oneida, NY

838 0.5

Onondaga, NY

997 0.3

Orange, NY

918 0.8

Queens, NY

1,076 1.3

Richmond, NY

1,028 4.7

Rockland, NY

998 3.5

Saratoga, NY

978 -0.4

Suffolk, NY

1,158 0.0

Westchester, NY

1,308 -0.6

North Carolina

Buncombe, NC

846 1.0

Cabarrus, NC

806 2.0

Catawba, NC

830 -0.5

Cumberland, NC

848 1.5

Durham, NC

1,327 4.1

Forsyth, NC

967 1.8

Guilford, NC

925 0.3

Mecklenburg, NC

1,214 2.7

New Hanover, NC

873 5.8

Pitt, NC

906 1.5

Wake, NC

1,157 3.3

North Dakota

Cass, ND

991 1.5

Ohio

Butler, OH

945 0.6

Cuyahoga, OH

1,084 0.2

Delaware, OH

1,046 0.4

Franklin, OH

1,096 0.6

Greene, OH

1,081 1.6

Hamilton, OH

1,186 0.5

Lake, OH

913 1.7

Lorain, OH

823 1.1

Lucas, OH

933 0.2

Mahoning, OH

767 -0.1

Montgomery, OH

925 0.0

Stark, OH

810 -0.5

Summit, OH

927 -0.2

Warren, OH

1,144 2.4

Oklahoma

Cleveland, OK

777 3.8

Oklahoma, OK

1,000 0.8

Tulsa, OK

969 1.3

Oregon

Clackamas, OR

1,040 2.0

Deschutes, OR

907 2.5

Jackson, OR

849 0.2

Lane, OR

856 0.4

Marion, OR

908 1.5

Multnomah, OR

1,159 1.4

Washington, OR

1,371 1.7

Pennsylvania

Allegheny, PA

1,147 0.3

Berks, PA

967 0.8

Bucks, PA

981 1.2

Butler, PA

995 0.7

Chester, PA

1,271 1.2

Cumberland, PA

981 1.0

Dauphin, PA

1,063 0.7

Delaware, PA

1,105 0.9

Erie, PA

816 -0.9

Lackawanna, PA

813 -0.8

Lancaster, PA

908 1.1

Lehigh, PA

1,045 0.9

Luzerne, PA

848 0.2

Montgomery, PA

1,287 1.3

Northampton, PA

905 1.8

Philadelphia, PA

1,290 1.6

Washington, PA

1,047 -0.2

Westmoreland, PA

889 0.3

York, PA

939 0.2

Rhode Island

Kent, RI

939 0.1

Providence, RI

1,011 0.3

South Carolina

Charleston, SC

965 3.0

Greenville, SC

910 1.7

Horry, SC

660 3.2

Lexington, SC

841 2.7

Richland, SC

923 1.3

Spartanburg, SC

889 2.7

York, SC

876 4.4

South Dakota

Minnehaha, SD

946 0.9

Tennessee

Davidson, TN

1,179 3.4

Hamilton, TN

963 1.3

Knox, TN

936 0.8

Rutherford, TN

939 1.4

Shelby, TN

1,061 0.8

Williamson, TN

1,251 3.7

Texas

Bell, TX

916 1.3

Bexar, TX

965 1.2

Brazoria, TX

1,095 2.0

Brazos, TX

815 2.2

Cameron, TX

659 1.5

Collin, TX

1,278 3.0

Dallas, TX

1,303 2.7

Denton, TX

962 3.5

Ector, TX

1,227 -1.3

El Paso, TX

765 1.4

Fort Bend, TX

977 2.2

Galveston, TX

959 0.9

Harris, TX

1,315 1.9

Hidalgo, TX

683 2.3

Jefferson, TX

1,084 1.9

Lubbock, TX

861 1.1

McLennan, TX

892 1.4

Midland, TX

1,459 0.5

Montgomery, TX

1,061 2.6

Nueces, TX

937 1.1

Potter, TX

888 1.6

Smith, TX

893 0.4

Tarrant, TX

1,079 1.6

Travis, TX

1,312 3.1

Webb, TX

712 0.8

Williamson, TX

1,143 3.9

Utah

Davis, UT

873 2.3

Salt Lake, UT

1,081 2.7

Utah, UT

914 3.3

Weber, UT

831 3.0

Vermont

Chittenden, VT

1,065 0.2

Virginia

Arlington, VA

1,744 2.5

Chesterfield, VA

926 1.1

Fairfax, VA

1,651 1.5

Henrico, VA

1,023 -0.5

Loudoun, VA

1,228 2.9

Prince William, VA

960 1.0

Alexandria City, VA

1,505 -1.6

Chesapeake City, VA

860 1.4

Newport News City, VA

1,019 1.2

Norfolk City, VA

1,063 0.1

Richmond City, VA

1,198 1.8

Virginia Beach City, VA

823 0.6

Washington

Benton, WA

1,099 3.5

Clark, WA

1,060 1.7

King, WA

1,814 3.1

Kitsap, WA

1,014 2.1

Pierce, WA

1,039 1.7

Snohomish, WA

1,167 2.0

Spokane, WA

953 1.8

Thurston, WA

1,051 1.2

Whatcom, WA

932 0.6

Yakima, WA

790 1.4

West Virginia

Kanawha, WV

950 -1.5

Wisconsin

Brown, WI

947 -0.6

Dane, WI

1,062 1.8

Milwaukee, WI

1,008 -0.5

Outagamie, WI

917 -0.3

Racine, WI

910 -0.3

Waukesha, WI

1,054 0.4

Winnebago, WI

968 -0.1

Employment grew by more than 4.0 percent in Richmond County, New York (in the New York City area); York County, South Carolina (part of the Charlotte, North Carolina, area); and Durham County, North Carolina (part of the Durham-Chapel Hill area).

Bay, Florida (part of the Panama City area), experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.9 percent. Decreases of 3.0 percent or more were also recorded in Calcasieu, Louisiana, and Elkhart, Indiana.

Three counties in California's San Francisco and San Jose metropolitan areas—Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco—had average weekly wages of $2,273 or higher, the highest among the 355 largest counties during the third quarter of 2019. Average weekly wages were $2,055 in New York County (Manhattan), in the New York City area. Average weekly wages were less than $700 in Hidalgo, Texas; Horry, South Carolina; and Cameron, Texas.

Among the 10 largest counties, Maricopa, Arizona (part of the Phoenix area), had the largest over-the-year percentage gain in employment, 3.2 percent. All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment and average weekly wages.

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 – Third Quarter 2019."

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up more than 5.0 percent over the year in New Hanover County, NC, and Adams County, CO on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/employment-up-more-than-5-point-0-percent-over-the-year-in-new-hanover-county-nc-and-adams-county-co.htm (visited August 05, 2020).

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