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18-850-NEW
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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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

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 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.


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 9.9 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2016-17 (2)
Third quarter
2017
Percent change,
third quarter
2016-17 (2)

United States (3)

144,464.41.0$1,021-0.6

Puerto Rico

862.8-3.1509-2.7

San Juan

240.6-2.4617-2.2

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 2017
AreaEmployment
September 2017
Average
weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

144,464,425$1,021

Puerto Rico

862,778509

Adjuntas

1,912350

Aguada

4,072304

Aguadilla

17,648551

Aguas Buenas

1,678386

Aibonito

5,647443

Anasco

4,828474

Arecibo

20,596474

Arroyo

2,272547

Barceloneta

10,064527

Barranquitas

3,177388

Bayamon

53,325456

Cabo Rojo

5,394308

Caguas

43,605477

Camuy

3,376350

Canovanas

5,178459

Carolina

45,576476

Catano

10,195568

Cayey

9,470482

Ceiba

1,092406

Ciales

1,501361

Cidra

5,922469

Coamo

3,436360

Comerio

1,603397

Corozal

3,883371

Culebra

455363

Dorado

8,152487

Fajardo

10,733452

Florida

1,108371

Guanica

2,464329

Guayama

10,472470

Guayanilla

2,316416

Guaynabo

45,583625

Gurabo

6,533508

Hatillo

8,274344

Hormigueros

2,336335

Humacao

16,287533

Isabela

7,028449

Jayuya

2,752478

Juana Diaz

6,113454

Juncos

6,622794

Lajas

2,900324

Lares

3,573318

Las Marias

1,042296

Las Piedras

6,601529

Loiza

1,439377

Luquillo

1,973373

Manati

13,466532

Maricao

1,260386

Maunabo

1,319544

Mayaguez

28,166457

Moca

4,395310

Morovis

2,290366

Naguabo

2,185361

Naranjito

3,112384

Orocovis

2,681332

Patillas

1,522387

Penuelas

2,672360

Ponce

44,361445

Quebradillas

1,974377

Rincon

1,783341

Rio Grande

5,814420

Sabana Grande

2,738342

Salinas

3,910419

San German

8,279397

San Juan

240,573617

San Lorenzo

3,680370

San Sebastian

5,187316

Santa Isabel

5,295408

Toa Alta

3,299389

Toa Baja

12,103440

Trujillo Alto

9,821333

Utuado

3,512437

Vega Alta

4,326401

Vega Baja

7,354491

Vieques

1,681408

Villalba

3,406503

Yabucoa

2,884358

Yauco

5,886367

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 2017
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September
2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2016-17

Third
quarter
2017

National
ranking
by level
Percent change,
third quarter
2016-17
National
ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

144,464.41.0$1,021---0.6--

Alabama

1,941.10.885937-1.338

Alaska

335.4-0.71,02515-2.850

Arizona

2,760.12.494824-0.210

Arkansas

1,213.00.678849-0.619

California

17,153.41.71,21540.54

Colorado

2,625.91.91,06790.54

Connecticut

1,676.30.11,1796-2.247

Delaware

443.00.41,026140.46

District of Columbia

764.70.71,75911.32

Florida

8,305.8-0.289629-1.131

Georgia

4,343.51.396121-0.927

Hawaii

652.50.495322-0.313

Idaho

722.32.777850-0.516

Illinois

5,969.60.51,05710-0.313

Indiana

3,044.00.686136-0.619

Iowa

1,546.1-0.285538-2.247

Kansas

1,376.4-0.183941-2.146

Kentucky

1,890.40.583742-2.449

Louisiana

1,904.3-0.186933-1.742

Maine

621.90.782146-0.516

Maryland

2,661.80.51,1058-1.742

Massachusetts

3,568.00.91,2652-0.927

Michigan

4,334.30.996420-1.131

Minnesota

2,883.01.11,03013-2.045

Mississippi

1,129.1-0.172951-1.439

Missouri

2,805.80.987831-1.234

Montana

468.60.9793480.18

Nebraska

973.3-0.285039-0.823

Nevada

1,337.72.991426-3.851

New Hampshire

659.10.61,02216-0.415

New Jersey

4,043.61.11,1567-1.541

New Mexico

816.00.382345-0.823

New York

9,329.81.21,2193-0.210

North Carolina

4,348.01.390427-0.721

North Dakota

419.2-1.095322-1.234

Ohio

5,383.60.692025-0.823

Oklahoma

1,593.30.784340-1.234

Oregon

1,905.31.896919-0.19

Pennsylvania

5,836.51.01,00217-1.131

Rhode Island

484.50.897318-1.844

South Carolina

2,027.20.882843-0.516

South Dakota

426.20.480347-0.721

Tennessee

2,953.31.190328-1.234

Texas

12,008.91.41,03212-1.029

Utah

1,444.12.687930-0.210

Vermont

310.30.186933-1.439

Virginia

3,843.61.01,05311-0.823

Washington

3,343.42.01,20851.71

West Virginia

694.00.2826441.13

Wisconsin

2,866.90.587632-1.029

Wyoming

276.20.3868350.37

Puerto Rico

862.8-3.1509(3)-2.7(3)

Virgin Islands

36.9-1.1763(3)-1.9(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, May 16, 2018