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22-572-PHI
Monday, March 28, 2022

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County Employment and Wages in Pennsylvania — Third Quarter 2021

Employment rose in all 19 large counties in Pennsylvania from September 2020 to September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that both Lehigh County and Philadelphia County had the largest over-the-year increases in employment at 4.2 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

National employment increased 4.4 percent over the year, with 332 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Honolulu, HI, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 13.3 percent. Jefferson, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 3.2 percent.

Among the 19 largest counties in Pennsylvania, employment was highest in Philadelphia County (658,800) in September 2021. Within Philadelphia County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the 19 largest Pennsylvania counties accounted for 76.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 48 counties in Pennsylvania with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 47 of the 48 smaller counties were below the national average of $1,251 in the third quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All 19 large Pennsylvania counties reported average weekly wage gains from the third quarter of 2020 to the third quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) Four counties had rates of wage gains that were at or above the national rate of 6.7 percent: York County (+7.2 percent), Butler and Luzerne Counties (+6.8 percent each), and Lancaster County (+6.7 percent). Over-the-year wage gains among Pennsylvania’s other 15 large counties ranged from 6.4 percent to 1.1 percent.

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 333 had over-the-year wage increases. San Mateo, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+27.2 percent). Union, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-1.2 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in 4 of the 19 largest counties in Pennsylvania were above the national average of $1,251 in the third quarter of 2021. Montgomery County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,489 followed by Chester County ($1,443), Philadelphia County ($1,409) and Allegheny County($1,307).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 85 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2021. San Mateo, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,710. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 258 counties. At $756 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Pennsylvania’s smaller counties

Among the 48 smaller counties in Pennsylvania—those with employment below 75,000—Montour ($1,384) reported an average weekly wage above the national average. Perry County ($707) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 67 counties in Pennsylvania were considered, 10 reported average weekly wages of less than $850, 26 registered wages from $850 to $949, 11 had wages from $950 to $1,049, and 20 had average weekly wages of $1,050 or higher. (See chart 3.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit www.bls.gov/cew.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. This publication is typically published in September of the following year of the reference period or shortly after the QCEW first quarter full data update. The Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online is available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.


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. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/cew. 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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the 19 largest counties in Pennsylvania, third quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
third quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Third quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
third quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

11,021.4 144,863.9 4.4 -- $1,251 -- 6.7 --

Pennsylvania

375.4 5,685.4 3.2 -- 1,205 16 5.8 28

Allegheny

36.5 652.1 1.8 278 1,307 68 5.8 156

Berks

8.9 163.8 2.0 263 1,100 188 4.6 229

Bucks

20.7 254.3 3.9 138 1,123 170 4.5 237

Butler

5.2 82.6 0.3 326 1,109 181 6.8 91

Chester

16.1 240.2 2.5 227 1,443 35 6.3 124

Cumberland

6.8 132.8 1.4 299 1,112 179 5.1 201

Dauphin

7.6 178.3 2.1 256 1,151 154 2.8 307

Delaware

14.3 212.8 3.0 196 1,230 96 3.7 278

Erie

6.9 115.3 0.8 319 909 328 3.9 266

Lackawanna

5.6 91.8 2.1 256 937 319 4.6 229

Lancaster

14.2 240.5 3.0 196 1,033 246 6.7 97

Lehigh

8.9 191.6 4.2 112 1,200 114 6.4 120

Luzerne

7.5 138.8 1.9 267 970 305 6.8 91

Montgomery

28.5 489.4 2.7 216 1,489 29 6.1 138

Northampton

6.9 116.2 4.0 129 1,046 236 6.2 130

Philadelphia

35.2 658.8 4.2 112 1,409 41 1.1 328

Washington

5.6 82.6 2.3 244 1,157 149 3.3 292

Westmoreland

9.2 128.1 2.5 227 977 295 5.7 164

York

9.3 173.3 2.2 252 1,059 225 7.2 65

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(3) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

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

Table 2. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in Pennsylvania, third quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment September 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

11,021,414 144,863,915 $1,251

Pennsylvania

375,378 5,685,429 1,205

Adams

2,165 33,906 928

Allegheny

36,530 652,094 1,307

Armstrong

1,490 15,716 875

Beaver

3,701 52,248 1,162

Bedford

1,219 15,778 820

Berks

8,870 163,842 1,100

Blair

3,503 56,782 892

Bradford

1,600 21,413 1,051

Bucks

20,668 254,328 1,123

Butler

5,199 82,645 1,109

Cambria

3,361 47,249 839

Cameron

160 1,734 917

Carbon

1,288 14,829 832

Centre

3,659 64,331 1,126

Chester

16,113 240,154 1,443

Clarion

1,093 12,407 786

Clearfield

2,126 28,908 867

Clinton

920 12,269 864

Columbia

1,584 23,686 876

Crawford

2,157 28,406 871

Cumberland

6,810 132,797 1,112

Dauphin

7,604 178,342 1,151

Delaware

14,344 212,818 1,230

Elk

985 13,270 892

Erie

6,887 115,257 909

Fayette

2,826 37,190 864

Forest

158 1,876 987

Franklin

3,408 58,322 950

Fulton

319 4,700 1,126

Greene

801 11,396 1,150

Huntingdon

1,014 12,262 838

Indiana

1,966 27,118 1,022

Jefferson

1,209 14,671 853

Juniata

557 6,673 775

Lackawanna

5,573 91,756 937

Lancaster

14,188 240,546 1,033

Lawrence

2,018 26,977 899

Lebanon

2,888 50,060 996

Lehigh

8,947 191,550 1,200

Luzerne

7,494 138,766 970

Lycoming

3,127 47,710 956

Mckean

1,129 13,749 861

Mercer

2,906 42,337 916

Mifflin

1,083 15,395 873

Monroe

3,612 53,631 969

Montgomery

28,499 489,361 1,489

Montour

490 15,938 1,384

Northampton

6,938 116,192 1,046

Northumberland

1,877 26,469 875

Perry

907 7,816 707

Philadelphia

35,165 658,837 1,409

Pike

1,110 11,170 734

Potter

463 5,015 914

Schuylkill

3,054 47,622 948

Snyder

975 15,315 796

Somerset

1,851 23,013 856

Sullivan

195 1,363 758

Susquehanna

987 8,699 890

Tioga

1,038 12,444 911

Union

1,026 16,947 988

Venango

1,253 16,570 860

Warren

1,009 13,067 867

Washington

5,599 82,644 1,157

Wayne

1,415 14,638 890

Westmoreland

9,206 128,145 977

Wyoming

714 8,936 1,057

York

9,311 173,343 1,059

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

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

Table 3. Covered establishments, employment, and wages by state, third quarter 2021
State Establishments,
third quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2020–21
Third quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
third quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

11,021.4 144,863.9 4.4 $1,251 -- 6.7 --

Alabama

139.8 1,955.3 2.6 1,030 36 5.3 37

Alaska

24.0 316.9 4.6 1,205 16 3.4 50

Arizona

184.5 2,926.3 4.6 1,167 19 7.0 13

Arkansas

97.4 1,212.9 2.9 963 47 7.8 6

California

1,679.6 17,208.7 6.6 1,576 4 7.7 8

Colorado

231.8 2,723.4 4.8 1,322 9 7.0 13

Connecticut

132.0 1,605.1 2.9 1,401 6 5.7 31

Delaware

35.9 439.7 2.1 1,198 18 4.4 45

District of Columbia

45.4 736.1 3.1 2,042 1 4.1 46

Florida

808.4 8,910.9 7.0 1,120 25 8.7 3

Georgia

343.9 4,491.4 4.9 1,158 20 6.8 17

Hawaii

49.2 592.8 16.6 1,150 22 3.3 51

Idaho

79.2 804.0 5.3 953 50 7.8 6

Illinois

398.4 5,751.2 3.3 1,274 11 6.3 22

Indiana

178.9 3,020.6 2.6 1,032 34 7.4 10

Iowa

106.8 1,509.6 2.2 1,015 39 4.9 43

Kansas

92.1 1,349.3 1.7 997 40 4.7 44

Kentucky

134.3 1,869.0 3.4 989 43 5.8 28

Louisiana

144.2 1,772.7 1.7 1,021 37 5.4 36

Maine

58.5 619.9 3.6 1,031 35 6.7 18

Maryland

178.1 2,604.6 3.9 1,314 10 3.5 49

Massachusetts

281.4 3,501.0 5.5 1,593 2 7.0 13

Michigan

271.3 4,181.4 3.6 1,154 21 5.3 37

Minnesota

186.9 2,780.5 2.7 1,249 13 6.1 24

Mississippi

77.3 1,122.2 2.6 859 51 6.3 22

Missouri

223.9 2,760.3 2.9 1,055 31 6.0 26

Montana

57.0 487.5 4.4 963 47 6.5 21

Nebraska

75.6 964.6 1.4 1,017 38 5.5 35

Nevada

96.0 1,389.5 10.8 1,135 23 8.3 5

New Hampshire

60.0 654.6 3.3 1,349 8 15.0 1

New Jersey

304.1 3,977.2 5.1 1,384 7 4.1 46

New Mexico

64.8 806.2 4.2 997 40 5.6 32

New York

671.2 8,922.4 4.4 1,534 5 6.1 24

North Carolina

318.4 4,516.4 4.5 1,112 26 7.1 11

North Dakota

33.0 407.2 2.2 1,076 30 5.1 40

Ohio

315.7 5,248.0 2.2 1,098 28 5.6 32

Oklahoma

116.4 1,576.6 1.8 966 45 5.6 32

Oregon

171.2 1,909.5 3.7 1,220 15 9.6 2

Pennsylvania

375.4 5,685.4 3.2 1,205 16 5.8 28

Rhode Island

43.2 474.1 4.8 1,131 24 3.6 48

South Carolina

152.9 2,086.0 2.8 988 44 6.9 16

South Dakota

37.0 435.6 3.1 965 46 5.1 40

Tennessee

187.7 3,044.1 4.2 1,111 27 8.7 3

Texas

770.0 12,613.1 5.6 1,227 14 6.7 18

Utah

123.1 1,594.7 5.0 1,087 29 7.1 11

Vermont

28.1 293.5 2.7 1,055 31 5.8 28

Virginia

299.2 3,845.3 2.9 1,264 12 5.3 37

Washington

266.6 3,415.2 4.4 1,578 3 6.6 20

West Virginia

53.6 664.2 2.7 960 49 5.0 42

Wisconsin

189.5 2,815.9 2.3 1,049 33 7.5 9

Wyoming

28.7 271.1 2.5 995 42 6.0 26

Puerto Rico

47.9 887.9 6.5 568 (3) 4.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.6 34.5 1.9 956 (3) -5.4 (3)

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(3) Data not included in the national ranking.

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

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, March 28, 2022