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Monday, June 26, 2017

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County Employment and Wages in the Delmarva Peninsula – Fourth Quarter 2016

Delmarva Peninsula Employment Increased Over the Year

In December 2016, 617,495 workers were employed on the Delmarva Peninsula, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that from December 2015 to December 2016, employment on the peninsula increased 0.4 percent, less than the 1.2-percent advance nationwide. New Castle County, Del., with 291,320 workers, had the highest employment level among the area’s 14 counties and accounted for nearly half of the jobs on the Delmarva Peninsula in December 2016. Employment levels in the remaining Delaware counties, Sussex (74,703) and Kent (66,503), ranked second and third on the peninsula. (See table A.)

Table A. Covered employment and wages in the United States and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, fourth quarter 2016
Area Employment December 2016 Average weekly wages Fourth Quarter 2016 (1)
Level Rank Level Rank

United States (2)

143,749,900 -- $1,067 --

Delmarva (3)

617,495 -- 796 --

Kent, Del.

66,503 3 824 6

New Castle, Del.

291,320 1 1,166 1

Sussex, Del.

74,703 2 794 8

Caroline, Md.

9,530 11 790 9

Cecil, Md.

31,688 5 909 2

Dorchester, Md.

10,989 10 777 10

Kent, Md.

7,861 12 805 7

Queen Anne's, Md.

14,721 8 763 11

Somerset, Md.

6,686 13 864 3

Talbot, Md.

19,161 7 835 4

Wicomico, Md.

45,830 4 828 5

Worcester, Md.

20,719 6 692 13

Accomack, Va.

12,831 9 701 12

Northampton, Va.

4,953 14 647 14

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
(3) Data for the Delmarva Peninsula were calculated for this release using published employment and wage levels for each county on the peninsula.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

With the three highest employment levels on the Delmarva Peninsula, Delaware’s counties employed 70 percent of the area’s workers in December 2016. Maryland’s nine counties employed 27 percent of the workers on the peninsula and Virginia’s two counties accounted for the remaining 3 percent. Following the three Delaware counties, two other counties had employment over 25,000—Wicomico (45,830) and Cecil (31,688), both in Maryland. Located at the southern tip of the peninsula, Northampton, Va., had the fewest jobs, at 4,953; Maryland’s southernmost county, Somerset, was next with 6,686. Other counties employing fewer than 10,000 workers were Kent, Md. (7,861), and Caroline, Md. (9,530).

Workers on the Delmarva Peninsula earned an average of $976 per week in the fourth quarter of 2016—$91 below the national average of $1,067. In addition to employing the most workers on the peninsula, New Castle, Del., also had the highest average weekly wage, at $1,166. New Castle was the only county on the Delmarva Peninsula with an average weekly wage above the national average; the second-highest average wage on the peninsula was $909 per week in Cecil, Md. Northampton, Va., at $647, had the lowest average weekly wage on the Delmarva Peninsula, followed by Worcester, Md., and Accomack, Va., at $692 and $701, respectively. Four other counties on the peninsula had average weekly wages below $800—more than 25 percent below the national average. (See chart 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

The Delmarva Peninsula, located on the East Coast of the United States, comprises portions of three states―Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. The Delmarva Peninsula includes Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties in Delaware; Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties in Maryland; and Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia.

For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit the QCEW Web site at

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2015 edition of this publication contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at The 2016 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2017.

The County Employment and Wages release for first quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Upcoming Industry Changes to QCEW Data

Beginning with the release of first quarter 2017 data, the program will switch to the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for the assignment and tabulation of economic data by industry. For more information on the change, please see the Federal Register notice at

Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The 9.9 million employer reports cover 143.7 million full- and part-time workers. The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS Web site at; however, data in QCEW press releases have been revised and may not match the data contained on the Bureau’s Web site.

QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of individual establishment records reflecting the number of establishments that exist in a county or industry at a point in time. Establishments can move in or out of a county or industry for a number of reasons—some reflecting economic events, others reflecting administrative changes.

The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released by the individual states as well as from the data presented on the BLS Web site. These potential differences result from the states’ continuing receipt, review and editing of UI data over time. On the other hand, differences between data in this release and the data found on the BLS Web site are the result of adjustments made to improve over-the-year comparisons. Specifically, these adjustments account for administrative (noneconomic) changes such as a correction to a previously reported location or industry classification. Adjusting for these administrative changes allows users to more accurately assess changes of an economic nature (such as a firm moving from one county to another or changing its primary economic activity) over a 12-month period. Currently, adjusted data are available only from BLS press releases.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

  Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county on the Delmarva Peninsula, fourth quarter 2016


Last Modified Date: Monday, June 26, 2017