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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in New York — Second Quarter 2016

Average weekly wages in all 18 large counties in New York increased from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Albany County had the largest growth in average weekly wages, 7.0 percent, followed by Nassau County, 6.4 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $989 national average in the second quarter of 2016. Average weekly wages in five counties (New York, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Albany) exceeded $1,000.

Seventeen of the 18 large counties in New York had employment gains from June 2015 to June 2016. Kings County had the largest gain, up 3.8 percent, while Dutchess County had the smallest gain, at 0.2 percent. Nationally, employment grew 1.5 percent from June 2015 to June 2016 as 291 of the 344 largest U.S. counties added jobs. (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 levels below 75,000. Average wages in all but three of these smaller counties were below the national average in the second quarter of 2016. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Ten of New York’s large counties had average weekly wage growth above the national average of 2.2 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. (See table 1.) Albany County ranked fifth and Nassau County ranked seventh among the 344 large counties in the nation with over-the-year wage increases of 7.0 and 6.4 percent, respectively. Five other counties had annual wage gains of at least 3.5 percent and placed in the top fifth of the national ranking: Suffolk, Erie, Broome, Richmond, and Queens Counties.

Nationally, 304 of the 344 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest wage gain, up 21.0 percent from the second quarter of 2015. Elkhart, Ind., was second with a wage increase of 8.5 percent, followed by King, Wash. (8.1 percent). Among the 36 counties with declining weekly wages, Ventura, Calif., had the largest loss (-8.4 percent) followed by Forsyth, N.C. (-6.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

New York County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,866 and ranked third among the 344 largest U.S. counties. Westchester County ($1,294) ranked in the top 25 in the nation, at 18th. Five additional counties (Nassau, Albany, Suffolk, Rockland, and Dutchess) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 nationwide. Broome ($801) and Oneida ($788) reported the lowest average weekly wages among the state’s large counties and ranked 285th and 296th, respectively.

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 102 of the largest 344 counties. Santa Clara., Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,252. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $1,871, followed by New York, N.Y. at $1,866.

Among the 241 counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2016, Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($598), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($602) and Hidalgo ($626). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than one-third of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Large county employment

Employment rose in 17 of the 18 largest counties in New York State from June 2015 to June 2016. Five of these counties—Kings, Richmond, Nassau, Orange, and Queens—had employment growth above the national rate of 1.5 percent. Only Broome County lost jobs, down 0.1 percent.

Nationally, employment grew in 291 of the 344 largest counties nationwide. Over-the-year growth was led by Williamson, Tenn. (6.7 percent) and Utah, Utah (6.5 percent). Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year decrease (-8.3 percent).

In New York, employment was highest in New York County (2,415,600) followed by Kings (690,400), Suffolk (672,200), and Nassau (635,300). Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 85.4 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.5 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in New York’s smaller counties

Forty-one of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $989. Schenectady ($1,097), Steuben ($1,000), and Putnam ($996) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Hamilton and Yates Counties reported the lowest average weekly wages at $624 and $645, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 12 had wages below $950. Ten counties reported average weekly wages less than $749, 28 had wages from $750 to $849, and 12 had wages from $850 to $949. Nine of the 12 counties with an average weekly wage at or above $950 were in the eastern part of the state. The counties with the lowest average weekly wage, under $749, were all located in the northern and western parts of the state. (See chart 3.)

 

Additional statistics and other information

Quarterly 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 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 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 9.7 million employer reports cover 142.7 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.

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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2016
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, second quarter 2015-16 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

142,717.21.5--$989--2.2--

New York

9,264.01.5--1,21042.515

Albany, N.Y.

233.30.62571,082597.05

Bronx, N.Y.

300.60.72539431401.5241

Broome, N.Y.

87.2-0.12988012853.661

Dutchess, N.Y.

112.10.22839921001.2259

Erie, N.Y.

471.30.62578791963.954

Kings, N.Y.

690.43.8238232641.6235

Monroe, N.Y.

388.70.62579331521.7229

Nassau, N.Y.

635.31.91341,168386.47

New York, N.Y.

2,415.61.51691,86631.2259

Oneida, N.Y.

105.70.82387882960.9277

Onondaga, N.Y.

246.60.82389211623.473

Orange, N.Y.

143.31.71488811923.287

Queens, N.Y.

648.71.61609411433.566

Richmond, N.Y.

115.62.4958871873.661

Rockland, N.Y.

123.31.3188998921.3254

Saratoga, N.Y.

86.90.92299381462.4156

Suffolk, N.Y.

672.20.72531,080604.724

Westchester, N.Y.

431.11.02181,294181.2259

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) 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 employment and wages in the United States and all counties in New York, second quarter 2016
AreaEmployment
June 2016
Average
weekly
wage(1)

United States(2)

142,717,157$989

New York

9,263,9751,210

Albany

233,2551,082

Allegany

13,535738

Bronx

300,574943

Broome

87,193801

Cattaraugus

30,022763

Cayuga

26,845804

Chautauqua

50,511723

Chemung

36,011858

Chenango

18,024838

Clinton

33,648808

Columbia

22,546780

Cortland

18,020736

Delaware

14,893790

Dutchess

112,141992

Erie

471,258879

Essex

15,196750

Franklin

18,476797

Fulton

17,681758

Genesee

24,761748

Greene

15,053791

Hamilton

2,103624

Herkimer

17,453730

Jefferson

43,143768

Kings

690,439823

Lewis

6,673751

Livingston

20,364707

Madison

21,287755

Monroe

388,662933

Montgomery

19,406751

Nassau

635,2751,168

New York

2,415,5931,866

Niagara

75,231789

Oneida

105,674788

Onondaga

246,627921

Ontario

53,971921

Orange

143,297881

Orleans

13,116776

Oswego

34,985854

Otsego

24,484773

Putnam

27,347996

Queens

648,706941

Rensselaer

52,900948

Richmond

115,570887

Rockland

123,328998

Saratoga

86,865938

Schenectady

64,3301,097

Schoharie

8,998715

Schuyler

5,331694

Seneca

11,815795

St. Lawrence

35,492822

Steuben

37,9321,000

Suffolk

672,1861,080

Sullivan

27,099768

Tioga

13,540965

Tompkins

51,679957

Ulster

61,474808

Warren

40,953783

Washington

15,811818

Wayne

29,528787

Westchester

431,0781,294

Wyoming

14,120781

Yates

7,235645

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 employment and wages by state, second quarter 2016
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
June 2016 (thousands)Percent change, June 2015-16Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, second quarter 2015-16National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

142,717.21.5$989--2.2--

Alabama

1,923.51.2835372.029

Alaska

338.7-2.41,01110-1.749

Arizona

2,619.62.6921221.933

Arkansas

1,197.51.1785473.07

California

16,754.12.51,15752.419

Colorado

2,574.52.3999141.043

Connecticut

1,689.9-0.11,21333.07

Delaware

444.00.999016-0.648

District of Columbia

756.01.71,62311.142

Florida

8,161.83.2883252.614

Georgia

4,269.52.7929212.711

Hawaii

643.41.0906243.55

Idaho

699.73.3740503.83

Illinois

5,945.00.21,03892.419

Indiana

2,995.41.0828392.127

Iowa

1,566.00.3825402.99

Kansas

1,378.4-0.2829381.239

Kentucky

1,877.21.5838361.933

Louisiana

1,905.2-1.4852320.246

Maine

622.81.0795463.55

Maryland

2,656.00.91,07082.515

Massachusetts

3,538.21.21,23322.029

Michigan

4,300.91.9942192.711

Minnesota

2,846.80.7997152.029

Mississippi

1,120.10.5727512.515

Missouri

2,785.61.4863302.419

Montana

468.62.2767481.735

Nebraska

978.30.9805432.419

Nevada

1,289.43.3874272.226

New Hampshire

655.11.11,003123.74

New Jersey

4,051.21.71,14761.735

New Mexico

808.1-0.3812420.944

New York

9,264.01.51,21042.515

North Carolina

4,285.32.5865292.127

North Dakota

423.3-4.990823-3.351

Ohio

5,353.10.8882262.029

Oklahoma

1,570.5-1.4823410.645

Oregon

1,867.82.7933204.12

Pennsylvania

5,786.80.4971171.437

Rhode Island

482.90.6949182.515

South Carolina

2,013.72.4804442.810

South Dakota

432.71.0760492.711

Tennessee

2,900.42.4874271.338

Texas

11,810.71.01,000131.239

Utah

1,395.93.8840352.325

Vermont

310.6-0.1850332.419

Virginia

3,833.41.61,011101.239

Washington

3,281.62.81,08375.41

West Virginia

693.2-1.980045-0.447

Wisconsin

2,869.10.9856312.419

Wyoming

281.7-3.784934-2.250

Puerto Rico

879.5-0.7512(3)0.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.40.9743(3)-0.4(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: Wednesday, December 21, 2016