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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico — Third Quarter 2017
Employment in Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, decreased 2.4 percent from September 2016 to September 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2016 annual average employment of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2017, San Juan’s employment level of 240,600 accounted for 27.9 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.
In the United States, employment grew 1.0 percent over the year, as 283 of the 346 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment.
The average weekly wage in San Juan was $617 in the third quarter of 2017, a 2.2-percent decrease from one year prior. In the United States, the average weekly wage decreased 0.6 percent to $1,021. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 265 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages.
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 $1,021. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $794. Guaynabo, located on the northern part of the island, was the only other small municipio with an average weekly wage above $600. Thirty-eight municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with about half of these lower-wage municipios located in the western part of the island, including Aguada ($304) and Las Marias ($296). (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 $794 in St. Croix. Average weekly wages on St. Thomas and St. John were $751 and $672, respectively.
Of the 36,900 jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2017, 20,100 were on St. Thomas, and 14,700 were on St. Croix.
Additional statistics and other information
Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online 2016 are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.
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 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
QCEW Publication Acceleration and Conversion to Two Data Releases
The national QCEW publication process is accelerating for a more timely release. Beginning with the fourth quarter 2017 release, QCEW data will be published in two parts. The current County Employment and Wages news release and associated data will be accelerated and published first. The full QCEW data release will occur two weeks later, accompanied by a data release notice.
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 9.9 million employer reports cover 144.5 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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United States (3)
Note: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.
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by percent change
United States (2)
District of Columbia
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, May 16, 2018