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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico - Third Quarter 2014

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment decline of 1.8 percent from September 2013 to September 2014, 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.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2014, San Juan’s employment level of 249,269 accounted for 28.0 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 2.0 percent over the year, as 306 of the 339 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 339 largest counties made up 71.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $603 in the third quarter of 2014, 1.3 percent higher than a year ago. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage increased 2.9 percent over the year to $949. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

 Chart 1. Percent change in employment, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, September 2013-2014 and Chart 2. Percent change in average weekly wages, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter, 2013-2014

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 77 municipios in Puerto Rico with employment below 75,000. All 77 had wages below the U.S. average of $949. (See table 2.) Juncos, at $868, had the highest average weekly wage. Two other small municipios, Guaynabo and Las Piedras had weekly wages above $600. These three municipios were located on the northern and eastern parts of the island. Thirty-one municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with roughly half of these low-wage municipios located in the western end of the island, including Lares ($314) and Las Marias ($306). (See chart 3.)

In the neighboring Virgin Islands, average weekly wages were also below the U.S. average. The highest average weekly wage among the three Virgin Island counties was $738 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $710 and $625, respectively.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the Virgin Island’s 37,500 jobs in September 2014 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 14,300 were on St. Croix.

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. The 2013 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 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2013/home.htm. The 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2015.

 Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in PuertoRico, third quarter 2014

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2014 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 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 9.4 million employer reports cover 137.7 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 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2014
Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2014
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands)Percent change, September 2013-14 (2)Average weekly wagePercent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 (2)
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (3)

137,724.12.0$9492.9

Puerto Rico

896.7-1.55050.8

San Juan

249.3-1.86031.3

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

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

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Puerto Rico, 3rd quarter 2014
Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Puerto Rico, 3rd quarter 2014
AreaEmployment September 2014Average Weekly Wage (1)
 
 
 
- Continued

United States (2)

137,724,117$949

Puerto Rico

896,710505

Adjuntas

1,779342

Aguada

4,178340

Aguadilla

17,356538

Aguas Buenas

1,799391

Aibonito

5,259470

Anasco

5,503454

Arecibo

21,164500

Arroyo

2,417496

Barceloneta

9,668558

Barranquitas

3,194401

Bayamon

56,226454

Cabo Rojo

5,922330

Caguas

46,300454

Camuy

3,430363

Canovanas

6,081436

Carolina

47,432461

Catano

10,196587

Cayey

10,355516

Ceiba

1,068407

Ciales

1,531362

Cidra

5,814492

Coamo

3,767378

Comerio

1,963371

Corozal

4,111366

Culebra

384338

Dorado

8,185456

Fajardo

11,872451

Florida

1,185396

Guanica

2,192347

Guayama

10,667507

Guayanilla

2,112429

Guaynabo

45,189630

Gurabo

6,303504

Hatillo

8,055349

Hormigueros

2,504326

Humacao

16,511523

Isabela

6,469443

Jayuya

2,737480

Juana Diaz

6,520430

Juncos

6,588868

Lajas

2,829327

Lares

4,213314

Las Marias

1,047306

Las Piedras

5,979605

Loiza

1,531371

Luquillo

2,140440

Manati

14,310520

Maricao

1,208416

Maunabo

1,495555

Mayaguez

31,826434

Moca

3,527349

Morovis

2,359373

Naguabo

1,823408

Naranjito

2,680386

Orocovis

2,940331

Patillas

1,596371

Penuelas

2,750423

Ponce

49,189437

Quebradillas

2,176375

Rincon

1,614360

Rio Grande

5,707408

Sabana Grande

3,031357

Salinas

3,947457

San German

8,926427

San Juan

249,269603

San Lorenzo

4,263507

San Sebastian

5,231334

Santa Isabel

5,045406

Toa Alta

3,634363

Toa Baja

12,858429

Trujillo Alto

11,131325

Utuado

3,775422

Vega Alta

4,496404

Vega Baja

8,109483

Vieques

1,728441

Villalba

3,298563

Yabucoa

2,973388

Yauco

6,177361

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: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, third quarter 2014
Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, third quarter 2014
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands)Percent change, September 2013-14Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2013-14National ranking by percent change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (2)

137,724.12.0$949--2.9--

Alabama

1,871.21.3815342.530

Alaska

344.7-0.11,01993.019

Arizona

2,539.61.8876242.040

Arkansas

1,170.91.3737471.844

California

16,013.43.11,09553.77

Colorado

2,443.03.7982123.019

Connecticut

1,663.20.81,12441.449

Delaware

426.11.9961162.237

District of Columbia

732.90.81,63114.52

Florida

7,748.43.3826322.138

Georgia

4,059.03.4891212.823

Hawaii

625.10.9870253.94

Idaho

658.42.1721502.626

Illinois

5,807.41.2982122.530

Indiana

2,924.71.4799391.942

Iowa

1,528.81.1800383.610

Kansas

1,363.11.2794402.335

Kentucky

1,827.81.8781422.530

Louisiana

1,928.31.7852273.116

Maine

604.50.3754462.626

Maryland

2,574.51.11,04283.116

Massachusetts

3,386.71.81,16423.019

Michigan

4,141.01.7896192.433

Minnesota

2,757.91.1965152.922

Mississippi

1,105.00.5697511.350

Missouri

2,686.41.0828312.725

Montana

449.50.7732493.77

Nebraska

950.01.1779431.844

Nevada

1,215.84.0840280.551

New Hampshire

633.51.4927183.610

New Jersey

3,880.40.81,08761.747

New Mexico

804.01.1786412.626

New York

8,902.12.01,14533.215

North Carolina

4,085.51.9839292.823

North Dakota

455.94.3977146.11

Ohio

5,219.11.4863263.116

Oklahoma

1,592.31.0826323.610

Oregon

1,752.82.4887223.610

Pennsylvania

5,676.21.0937172.626

Rhode Island

471.81.4895201.844

South Carolina

1,902.72.4768452.433

South Dakota

415.81.7733483.77

Tennessee

2,775.52.4837302.138

Texas

11,433.63.1988113.86

Utah

1,304.73.1803371.548

Vermont

306.51.2805362.335

Virginia

3,667.90.6989102.040

Washington

3,112.83.21,08763.94

West Virginia

709.3-0.2778443.514

Wisconsin

2,783.11.1808351.942

Wyoming

291.31.7877234.43

Puerto Rico

896.7-1.5505(3)0.8(3)

Virgin Islands

37.5-1.0720(3)2.0(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.
 

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.