Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Wages increased in 17 of the 18 largest counties in New York State from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2012 annual average employment.) Saratoga posted the largest gain, 5.5 percent, followed by Westchester, 4.2 percent, and Albany, 3.9 percent. (See chart 1. and table 1.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Dutchess was the only county where average weekly wages decreased (-0.1 percent).
Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $921 national average in the second quarter of 2013. Average weekly wages in three counties (New York, Westchester, and Nassau) exceeded $1,000.
The largest employment gain among New York’s large counties was in Richmond, up 3.1 percent. Nationally, employment grew 1.6 from June 2012 to June 2013. (See chart 2.)
Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 44 counties in New York with employment below 75,000. All but three of these small counties had an average wage below the U.S. average. (See table 2.)
From the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, six large New York counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.1 percent. (See table 1.) Saratoga County (5.5 percent) ranked seventh in wage growth among the 334 large U.S. counties. The five other counties with above-average growth (Westchester, Albany, Oneida, Richmond, and Suffolk) placed in the top third of the national ranking. In contrast, Dutchess County’s 0.1-percent loss ranked 314th nationally.
Among large counties in the United States, 304 recorded wage gains, with Union, N.J., registering the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages in the second quarter (8.1 percent). Among the 18 counties with declining weekly wages, Davidson, Tenn., recorded the largest loss, 2.2 percent.
Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $921 national average in the second quarter of 2013. The two highest paying counties, New York ($1,675) and Westchester ($1,244) ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Five additional counties (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Albany, and Dutchess) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 among the 334 large counties nationwide.
At the other end of the scale, Kings ($744), Broome ($745), and Oneida ($761) recorded the lowest weekly average among the state’s large counties, placing them in the lowest 25 percent of the national ranking.
Nationally, 107 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $921 in the second quarter of 2013. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,810. New York, was second at $1,675, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,632).
Among the 227 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average, Horry, S.C. ($537) reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron, Texas ($572), and Hidalgo, Texas ($592).
Employment rose in 13 of 18 largest counties in New York State from June 2012 to June 2013. Six of these counties—Richmond, Queens, Bronx, Kings, Nassau, and Saratoga—posted employment growth above the national rate of 1.6 percent. Four counties posted over-the-year declines. Oneida experienced the largest loss, down 2.3 percent, followed by Broome, down 1.9 percent.
Nationally, employment grew in 288 of the 334 largest counties nationwide. The largest over-the-year percentage growth was recorded in Fort Bend, Texas. (7.0 percent); Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease (-4.5 percent).
In New York, employment was highest in Manhattan, (2,434,000) followed by Suffolk (652,800) and Nassau (609,500) Counties. Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 84.9 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.
Forty-one of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average. Putnam ($973), Schenectady ($960), and Ontario ($925) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Hamilton County in the Adirondacks and Yates County in western New York reported the lowest average weekly wages at $574 and $587, respectively.
When all 62 counties in New York were considered, 10 counties had an average weekly wage at or above $900, 7 of which were clustered in the lower Hudson River valley or on Long Island. Of the 13 counties with average weekly wages from $800 and $899, 10 were located in the western part of the state or the upper Hudson River valley. Thirty-nine counties encompassing a large portion of the state had average weekly wages below $800, with 10 counties located mostly in the north and west reporting wages below $700. (See chart 3.)
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 the QCEW Web site at 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. The 2012 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 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2014.
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County employment and wage data for the third quarter 2013 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
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 9.2 million employer reports cover 135.1 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 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.
|Area||Employment||Average Weekly Wage (3)|
|June 2013 (thousands)||Percent change, June 2012-13 (4)||National ranking by percent change (5)||Average weekly wage||National ranking by level (5)||Percent change, second quarter 2012-13 (4)||National ranking by percent change (5)|
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|Area||Employment June 2013 (thousands)||Average weekly wage(3)|
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|June 2013 (thousands)||Percent change, June 2012-13||Average weekly wage||National ranking by level||Percent change, second quarter 2012-13||National ranking by percent change|
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District of Columbia
Last Modified Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014