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Thursday, April 07, 2016

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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico - Third Quarter 2015

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment increase of 0.4 percent from September 2014 to September 2015, 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 2014 annual average employment.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2015, San Juan’s employment level of 250,396 accounted for 28.1 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.9 percent over the year, as 312 of the 342 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $614 in the third quarter of 2015, 1.7 percent higher than a year ago. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage increased 2.6 percent over the year to $974. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

 

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 $974. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $880. Guaynabo, located on the northern part of the island, was the only other small municipio with an average weekly wage above $600. 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 ($323) and Las Marias ($319). (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 $756 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $716 and $693, respectively.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the Virgin Island’s 36,800 jobs in September 2015 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 14,100 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 2014 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 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

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.

 

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


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 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2015
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands)Percent change, September 2014-15 (2)Average weekly wagePercent change, fourth quarter 2014-15 (2)

United States (3)

140,442.21.9$9742.6

Puerto Rico

891.1-0.75121.4

San Juan

250.40.46141.7

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, third quarter 2015
AreaEmployment September 2015Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224$974

Puerto Rico

891,130512

Adjuntas

1,852344

Aguada

4,243340

Aguadilla

17,531556

Aguas Buenas

1,797378

Aibonito

5,492473

Anasco

5,420501

Arecibo

20,340493

Arroyo

2,470518

Barceloneta

9,256545

Barranquitas

3,068410

Bayamon

54,997462

Cabo Rojo

6,373330

Caguas

45,682467

Camuy

3,113380

Canovanas

5,775439

Carolina

46,532471

Catano

10,266577

Cayey

10,159508

Ceiba

1,095401

Ciales

1,499364

Cidra

5,834495

Coamo

3,785383

Comerio

2,097365

Corozal

4,022364

Culebra

438346

Dorado

8,106482

Fajardo

11,330476

Florida

1,204373

Guanica

2,350354

Guayama

10,974493

Guayanilla

2,062425

Guaynabo

45,789620

Gurabo

6,504527

Hatillo

8,414354

Hormigueros

2,346334

Humacao

16,525530

Isabela

6,464449

Jayuya

2,757478

Juana Diaz

6,443454

Juncos

6,499880

Lajas

2,772329

Lares

3,774323

Las Marias

1,293319

Las Piedras

6,236583

Loiza

1,473372

Luquillo

1,950404

Manati

13,524516

Maricao

1,120433

Maunabo

1,302577

Mayaguez

31,061437

Moca

3,803347

Morovis

2,299375

Naguabo

1,953414

Naranjito

2,788392

Orocovis

3,156331

Patillas

1,684359

Penuelas

2,681417

Ponce

48,148445

Quebradillas

2,135371

Rincon

1,644353

Rio Grande

5,572417

Sabana Grande

2,965350

Salinas

3,482472

San German

8,842424

San Juan

250,396614

San Lorenzo

4,140490

San Sebastian

5,214337

Santa Isabel

5,106418

Toa Alta

3,656394

Toa Baja

12,774439

Trujillo Alto

10,894329

Utuado

3,863403

Vega Alta

4,569401

Vega Baja

7,986490

Vieques

1,808418

Villalba

3,381567

Yabucoa

2,958382

Yauco

5,982372

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 2015
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands)Percent change, September 2014-15Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2014-15National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,442.21.9$974--2.6--

Alabama

1,893.61.2830341.840

Alaska

346.40.41,04192.234

Arizona

2,613.92.9889241.542

Arkansas

1,193.41.9756482.622

California

16,474.43.01,13453.46

Colorado

2,513.02.91,006122.430

Connecticut

1,668.30.21,14742.038

Delaware

436.32.1963150.348

District of Columbia

743.61.41,66712.333

Florida

8,023.23.5852313.110

Georgia

4,171.12.8916222.819

Hawaii

635.41.4896233.110

Idaho

680.33.3736502.137

Illinois

5,888.61.31,020103.93

Indiana

2,971.71.6818392.430

Iowa

1,535.90.4823383.014

Kansas

1,370.90.6809411.840

Kentucky

1,852.51.4804422.918

Louisiana

1,926.3-0.2858300.747

Maine

609.70.7779463.37

Maryland

2,607.81.31,06782.430

Massachusetts

3,446.91.41,19723.014

Michigan

4,203.01.6921202.720

Minnesota

2,800.71.4990142.622

Mississippi

1,118.91.2706511.343

Missouri

2,737.91.9846322.234

Montana

457.91.9759473.74

Nebraska

964.01.4811404.22

Nevada

1,254.53.2862292.527

New Hampshire

642.81.5952182.720

New Jersey

3,933.91.41,11662.622

New Mexico

809.20.6798431.343

New York

9,065.41.81,18033.110

North Carolina

4,194.12.5863283.014

North Dakota

438.0-3.895617-2.351

Ohio

5,282.71.2878251.939

Oklahoma

1,598.00.2825370.049

Oregon

1,812.83.0924194.41

Pennsylvania

5,722.10.8961162.527

Rhode Island

477.41.2919212.622

South Carolina

1,959.72.9788442.622

South Dakota

419.50.9756483.110

Tennessee

2,850.62.7864273.28

Texas

11,681.02.1999131.145

Utah

1,353.93.7829353.28

Vermont

308.20.5829353.014

Virginia

3,759.72.51,014112.527

Washington

3,187.62.51,11172.234

West Virginia

702.4-1.1785450.946

Wisconsin

2,815.70.9834333.55

Wyoming

287.4-1.586626-1.150

Puerto Rico

891.1-0.7512(3)1.4(3)

Virgin Islands

36.8-2.1738(3)2.1(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: Thursday, April 07, 2016