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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in the Delmarva Peninsula – Fourth Quarter 2018

Delmarva Peninsula Employment Increased Over the Year

In December 2018, 630,021 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 2017 to December 2018, employment on the peninsula increased 1.2 percent, less than the 1.5-percent advance nationwide. New Castle County, DE, with 296,053 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 2018. Employment levels in the remaining Delaware counties, Sussex (79,895) and Kent (67,159), 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 2018
Area Employment December 2018 Average weekly wages Fourth Quarter 2018 (1)
Level Rank Level Rank

United States (2)

148,061,800 -- $1,144 --

Delmarva (3)

630,021 -- 1,031 --

Kent, Del.

67,159 3 867 8

New Castle, Del.

296,053 1 1,228 1

Sussex, Del.

79,895 2 833 9

Caroline, Md.

9,879 11 829


Cecil, Md.

32,519 5 961 2

Dorchester, Md.

10,971 10 813 11

Kent, Md.

7,821 12 927 3

Queen Anne's, Md.

15,007 8 877 6

Somerset, Md.

6,779 13 886 5

Talbot, Md.

19,359 7 892 4

Wicomico, Md.

45,881 4 873 7

Worcester, Md.

21,245 6 739 13

Accomack, Va.

13,304 9 782 12

Northampton, Va.

4,149 14 662 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.

The three Delaware counties had the highest employment levels on the Delmarva Peninsula and accounted for 70 percent of the area’s workers in December 2018. 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 (45,881) and Cecil (32,519), both in Maryland. Located at the southern tip of the peninsula, Northampton, VA, had the lowest employment at 4,149; Maryland’s southernmost county, Somerset, was next with 6,779. Other counties employing fewer than 10,000 workers were Kent, MD (7,821) and Caroline, MD (9,879).  

Workers on the Delmarva Peninsula earned an average of $1,031 per week in the fourth quarter of 2018—$113 below the national average of $1,144. In addition to employing the most workers on the peninsula, New Castle, DE, also had the highest average weekly wage, at $1,228. 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 $961 per week in Cecil, MD. Northampton, VA, at $662, had the lowest average weekly wage on the Delmarva Peninsula, followed by Worcester, MD, and Accomack, VA, at $739 and $782, respectively. (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, , and .  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 2017 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 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for first quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

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 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.

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 2018


Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 02, 2019