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21-2184-BOS
Friday, December 17, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in New Hampshire — Second Quarter 2021

Employment rose in New Hampshire’s two large counties, Hillsborough and Rockingham, from June 2020 to June 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 William J. Sibley noted that Rockingham County’s 10.1-percent employment increase ranked 32nd among the 343 large U.S. counties. (See table 1.)

National employment increased 6.7 percent over the year, with 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 36.8 percent. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 0.9 percent.

Among the two largest counties in New Hampshire, employment was highest in Hillsborough County (198,000) in June 2021. Within Hillsborough County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment share. Together, the two largest New Hampshire counties accounted for 53.2 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the eight counties in New Hampshire with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in all of the smaller counties were below the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large County Wage Changes

The two large New Hampshire counties reported average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021. The 2.8-percent wage increase in Hillsborough County ranked 194th among the 343 largest U.S. counties. Rockingham County’s 2.5-percent wage increase ranked 206th. Average weekly wages for the nation increased 4.5 percent over the year.

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 302 had over-the-year wage increases. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+29.7 percent). Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.4 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wages

Hillsborough County’s average weekly wage of $1,342 was above the national average of $1,241 and ranked 57th among the 343 large U.S. counties in the second quarter of 2021. Rockingham County’s average weekly wage of $1,237 ranked 92nd.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 90 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2021. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,516. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 253 counties. At $728 a week, Hidalgo, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average Weekly Wages in New Hampshire’s Smaller Counties

Among the eight smaller counties in New Hampshire—those with employment below 75,000—Grafton ($1,219) reported the highest average weekly wage. Carroll County ($845) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all ten counties in New Hampshire were considered, two reported an average weekly wage of less than $899, three registered wages from $900 to $1,049, two had wages from $1,050 to $1,199, and three had average weekly wages of $1,200 or higher. (See chart 1.)

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 third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 9, 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 sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the two largest counties in New Hampshire, second quarter 2021
AreaEstablishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,863.2144,044.86.7--$1,241--4.5--

New Hampshire

58.5657.48.7--1,345810.61

Hillsborough

12.6198.06.31501,342572.8194

Rockingham

11.6151.410.1321,237922.5206

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 New Hampshire, second quarter 2021
AreaEstablishmentsEmployment June 2021Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

10,863,217144,044,799$1,241

New Hampshire

58,529657,4341,345

Belknap

2,19825,855942

Carroll

2,07419,939845

Cheshire

2,24631,204960

Coos

1,00611,860861

Grafton

3,41352,5961,219

Hillsborough

12,637197,9791,342

Merrimack

5,39174,3501,123

Rockingham

11,626151,4481,237

Strafford

3,11146,9321,085

Sullivan

1,13513,8521,008

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, second quarter 2021
StateEstablishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,863.2144,044.86.7$1,241--4.5--

Alabama

137.81,952.04.41,010354.815

Alaska

23.7315.56.71,18117-1.251

Arizona

180.22,857.85.31,154205.96

Arkansas

96.11,205.34.4974455.212

California

1,662.916,992.17.01,57937.55

Colorado

228.92,723.97.11,283104.419

Connecticut

130.11,604.17.91,41160.647

Delaware

35.1440.15.11,165191.741

District of Columbia

44.0724.63.32,09615.48

Florida

782.58,654.06.71,113247.73

Georgia

337.04,453.56.51,139225.96

Hawaii

48.7590.512.71,117230.746

Idaho

76.4801.87.3930505.310

Illinois

394.65,743.56.51,260113.525

Indiana

178.23,011.85.21,013345.48

Iowa

106.11,528.04.8999382.138

Kansas

90.51,356.04.0995412.730

Kentucky

132.41,851.25.6999382.928

Louisiana

142.71,806.65.41,005362.039

Maine

57.0623.08.71,005362.433

Maryland

175.62,599.76.81,31991.044

Massachusetts

277.43,497.010.11,59121.143

Michigan

270.24,175.68.41,143212.532

Minnesota

192.82,814.56.41,240133.326

Mississippi

75.71,107.14.1843513.822

Missouri

221.62,759.35.31,052323.623

Montana

55.1490.77.0959474.518

Nebraska

74.4976.64.8997403.921

Nevada

93.91,353.914.01,106255.310

New Hampshire

58.5657.48.71,345810.61

New Jersey

300.43,993.812.01,38770.845

New Mexico

63.0790.64.3987422.928

New York

667.98,885.49.21,54051.342

North Carolina

311.14,511.37.21,092275.114

North Dakota

32.6407.44.31,067290.647

Ohio

312.45,266.74.31,068283.623

Oklahoma

114.61,568.73.1963462.433

Oregon

169.21,899.65.61,196154.815

Pennsylvania

370.95,674.76.91,193162.039

Rhode Island

42.1472.210.01,16818-0.350

South Carolina

150.12,091.94.9977445.212

South Dakota

36.3442.36.4936492.631

Tennessee

182.33,012.45.91,094267.64

Texas

758.012,466.75.71,210144.717

Utah

119.91,586.07.61,060304.220

Vermont

27.8292.47.51,05331-0.249

Virginia

293.63,854.36.11,257123.227

Washington

263.63,376.75.71,54748.32

West Virginia

52.7663.84.8955482.237

Wisconsin

186.52,845.75.71,037332.335

Wyoming

28.2275.15.6987422.335

Puerto Rico

47.6867.28.6567(3)2.0(3)

Virgin Islands

3.535.70.0923(3)-8.4(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: Friday, December 17, 2021