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In the section on “Large county average weekly wages,” New York County's average weekly wage was incorrect. It has been corrected to $2,025.

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Monday, January 07, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in New York — Second Quarter 2018

Average weekly wages in all 18 large counties in New York increased from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or greater as measured by 2017 annual average employment.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that New York County had the largest growth in average weekly wages, 4.4 percent, followed by Saratoga County, 4.3 percent, and Albany County, 4.2 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $1,055 national average in the second quarter of 2018. Average weekly wages in New York and Westchester Counties exceeded $1,300.

  Chart 1. Large counties in New York State ranked by percent increase in average weekly wages, second quarter 2017-2018 and Chart 2. Large counties in New York State ranked by percent increase in employment, June 2017-June 2018

Seventeen of the 18 large counties in New York had employment gains from June 2017 to June 2018. Saratoga County had the largest gain, up 2.7 percent, while Oneida and Suffolk Counties had the smallest gains, each at 0.1 percent. Employment was unchanged in Monroe County. Nationally, employment grew 1.5 percent from June 2017 to June 2018 as 309 of the 349 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 two of these smaller counties were below the national average in the second quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Seven of New York’s large counties had average weekly wage growth above the national average of 3.4 percent from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018. (See table 1.) New York County ranked 44th with an over-the-year wage gain of 4.4 percent. Saratoga County ranked 50th and Albany County 59th among the 349 large counties in the nation with over-the-year wage increases of 4.3 and 4.2 percent, respectively. Four other New York counties had annual wage gains of at least 3.5 percent and placed in the top third of the national ranking: Orange, Queens, Broome, and Onondaga.

Nationally, 340 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Marin, CA, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 11.7 percent. King, WA, and Lake, IL, tied for the second largest increase, each at 9.3 percent.

Eight large U.S. counties registered wage declines over the year. New Hanover, NC, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.4 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

New York County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $2,025 and ranked fourth among the 349 largest U.S. counties. Westchester County ($1,353) ranked 21st. Five additional counties (Albany, Bronx, Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 nationwide. Broome ($866) and Oneida ($833) reported the lowest average weekly wages among the state’s large counties and ranked 273rd and 302nd, respectively.

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 94 of the largest 349 counties. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,573. San Mateo, CA, was second at $2,357, followed by San Francisco, CA ($2,083), and New York, NY ($2,025).

Among the 255 counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2018, Horry County, SC ($625) reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron ($642) and Hidalgo ($645) Counties in Texas. Average wages in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, TX, were less than one-quarter of the wages reported for the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, CA.

Large county employment

Employment rose in 17 of the 18 largest counties in New York from June 2017 to June 2018. Five counties (Saratoga, Kings, Queens, Rockland, and Orange) had employment growth above the national rate of 1.5 percent.

Nationally, employment grew in 309 of the 349 largest counties nationwide. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (11.6 percent).McLean, IL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 2.0 percent.

In New York, employment was highest in New York County (2,474,700) followed by Kings (772,500), Queens (708,100), Suffolk (688,300), and Nassau (647,200). Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 85.7 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 72.9 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in New York’s smaller counties

Forty-two of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,055. Schenectady ($1,076) and Steuben ($1,055) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Yates and Hamilton Counties reported the lowest average weekly wages at $679 and $694, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 13 had wages below $1,000. Twelve counties reported average weekly wages less than $800, 26 had wages from $800 to $899, and 11 had wages from $900 to $999. Eleven of the 13 counties with an average weekly wage at or above $1,000 were in the eastern part of the state. The counties with the lowest average weekly wage, under $800, were primarily located in the northern and western parts of the state. (See chart 3.)

  Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in New York State, second quarter 2018

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 2017 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2018, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Online Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

New BLS Local Data iPhone App Includes QCEW

Data BLS has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop a new mobile app for iPhones. The BLS Local Data app is ideal for customers, such as jobseekers and economic and workforce development professionals, who want to know more about local labor markets. For more information, please go to: https://blogs.bls.gov/blog/2018/10/18/new-bls-local-data-app-now-available/.


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 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 and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2018
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands) Percent change, June 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Second quarter 2018 National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

147,431.2 1.5 -- $1,055 -- 3.4 --

New York

9,579.2 1.7 -- 1,297 3 4.5 4

Albany, NY

235.5 0.4 271 1,138 61 4.2 59

Bronx, NY

322.2 1.2 176 1,058 94 2.3 244

Broome, NY

87.9 0.7 235 866 273 3.7 93

Dutchess, NY

114.5 0.7 235 1,038 106 1.4 307

Erie, NY

475.0 0.4 271 949 183 3.2 150

Kings, NY

772.5 2.5 63 918 208 2.2 253

Monroe, NY

391.6 0.0 310 996 149 3.1 160

Nassau, NY

647.2 0.5 257 1,175 51 2.5 225

New York, NY

2,474.7 0.7 235 2,025 4 4.4 44

Oneida, NY

107.4 0.1 303 833 302 2.6 216

Onondaga, NY

249.4 0.5 257 984 161 3.7 93

Orange, NY

148.5 1.8 110 941 190 4.0 69

Queens, NY

708.1 2.1 82 1,062 91 3.9 77

Richmond, NY

124.0 1.4 144 997 148 3.4 124

Rockland, NY

129.3 2.0 94 1,016 126 2.6 216

Saratoga, NY

92.7 2.7 48 995 150 4.3 50

Suffolk, NY

688.3 0.1 303 1,134 65 3.4 124

Westchester, NY

441.9 0.9 206 1,353 21 1.4 307

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 2018
Area Employment
June 2018
Average
weekly
wage(1)

United States(2)

147,431,154 $1,055

New York

9,579,225 1,297

Albany

235,483 1,138

Allegany

13,069 804

Bronx

322,205 1,058

Broome

87,930 866

Cattaraugus

29,325 789

Cayuga

26,685 860

Chautauqua

50,049 778

Chemung

35,893 894

Chenango

17,886 869

Clinton

34,801 867

Columbia

22,878 791

Cortland

18,036 808

Delaware

15,107 853

Dutchess

114,485 1,038

Erie

474,972 949

Essex

15,295 816

Franklin

18,672 863

Fulton

17,378 787

Genesee

24,926 777

Greene

15,642 797

Hamilton

1,977 694

Herkimer

17,698 777

Jefferson

43,066 800

Kings

772,476 918

Lewis

6,911 807

Livingston

21,273 799

Madison

21,783 805

Monroe

391,582 996

Montgomery

19,997 783

Nassau

647,173 1,175

New York

2,474,658 2,025

Niagara

74,696 810

Oneida

107,437 833

Onondaga

249,426 984

Ontario

55,101 912

Orange

148,523 941

Orleans

12,536 834

Oswego

34,408 929

Otsego

24,672 846

Putnam

27,600 1,036

Queens

708,088 1,062

Rensselaer

55,320 978

Richmond

123,985 997

Rockland

129,324 1,016

Saratoga

92,711 995

Schenectady

64,367 1,076

Schoharie

9,351 809

Schuyler

5,461 763

Seneca

13,159 831

St. Lawrence

36,134 891

Steuben

38,335 1,055

Suffolk

688,312 1,134

Sullivan

29,690 826

Tioga

13,984 997

Tompkins

51,220 1,014

Ulster

62,679 860

Warren

41,437 817

Washington

16,038 838

Wayne

29,108 823

Westchester

441,882 1,353

Wyoming

14,268 809

Yates

7,296 679

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 2018
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2018 (thousands) Percent change, June 2017-18 Second quarter 2018 National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2017-18 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

147,431.2 1.5 $1,055 -- 3.4 --

Alabama

1,969.9 1.2 882 37 2.8 35

Alaska

335.8 -0.9 1,043 15 3.7 9

Arizona

2,770.8 2.6 973 23 3.3 19

Arkansas

1,214.6 0.7 824 47 1.7 47

California

17,473.1 1.9 1,265 4 4.6 3

Colorado

2,704.4 2.4 1,075 10 3.2 27

Connecticut

1,704.5 0.3 1,218 5 0.1 50

Delaware

454.3 1.3 1,023 17 1.4 49

District of Columbia

777.3 1.3 1,713 1 2.6 39

Florida

8,568.9 2.1 931 28 2.9 32

Georgia

4,440.5 2.0 979 22 2.3 43

Hawaii

658.3 0.5 956 24 2.5 41

Idaho

745.3 3.1 794 50 3.8 8

Illinois

6,061.1 0.8 1,097 9 3.4 14

Indiana

3,075.8 1.1 883 36 2.8 35

Iowa

1,583.7 0.8 880 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,393.3 1.0 879 40 3.4 14

Kentucky

1,905.9 0.9 882 37 2.3 43

Louisiana

1,918.6 0.4 901 33 3.7 9

Maine

636.8 1.0 843 45 3.6 11

Maryland

2,712.0 0.7 1,141 8 3.4 14

Massachusetts

3,650.1 1.0 1,322 2 3.5 12

Michigan

4,424.7 1.3 997 20 2.9 32

Minnesota

2,925.6 0.8 1,072 12 3.3 19

Mississippi

1,130.7 0.2 752 51 2.7 38

Missouri

2,829.0 0.5 924 30 3.9 7

Montana

478.7 1.1 817 48 2.5 41

Nebraska

990.8 0.6 859 43 3.1 29

Nevada

1,372.4 3.1 931 28 3.3 19

New Hampshire

670.8 0.8 1,049 14 3.3 19

New Jersey

4,157.0 0.9 1,201 7 2.3 43

New Mexico

823.6 1.0 852 44 3.5 12

New York

9,579.2 1.7 1,297 3 4.5 4

North Carolina

4,450.2 2.2 933 25 3.3 19

North Dakota

426.1 0.8 986 21 3.4 14

Ohio

5,461.3 0.7 933 25 2.3 43

Oklahoma

1,606.4 1.2 875 41 3.2 27

Oregon

1,947.3 1.5 999 18 3.3 19

Pennsylvania

5,924.9 1.1 1,031 16 3.1 29

Rhode Island

491.0 0.7 998 19 1.7 47

South Carolina

2,126.5 3.4 833 46 0.0 51

South Dakota

439.7 0.9 807 49 2.8 35

Tennessee

2,994.1 1.6 932 27 2.9 32

Texas

12,326.3 2.2 1,062 13 3.4 14

Utah

1,483.9 3.4 899 35 4.3 5

Vermont

312.4 -0.8 907 31 4.3 5

Virginia

3,941.0 1.3 1,073 11 2.6 39

Washington

3,444.1 2.7 1,218 5 6.9 1

West Virginia

702.9 1.6 868 42 4.8 2

Wisconsin

2,933.5 0.9 904 32 3.3 19

Wyoming

282.2 0.5 901 33 3.0 31

Puerto Rico

853.5 -2.3 543 (3) 5.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -14.4 838 (3) 12.8 (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: Monday, January 07, 2019