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20-506-NEW
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico — Third Quarter 2019

Employment in Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, increased 1.7 percent from September 2018 to September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2018 annual average employment of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2019, San Juan’s employment level of 242,900 accounted for 27.6 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.1 percent over the year, as 283 of the 355 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 355 largest counties made up 73.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $637 in the third quarter of 2019, a 0.9-percent decrease over the year. In the United States, the average weekly wage increased 3.6 percent to $1,093. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Among the 355 largest U.S. counties, 350 had over-the-year increases 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 municipios had wages below the U.S. average of $1,093. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $868. Two small municipios, located in the northern and southeastern parts of the island, had average weekly wages above $600—Guaynabo ($650) and Maunabo ($607). Thirty-five municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with about half of these municipios located in the western part of the island, including the three with the lowest averages—Cabo Rojo ($322), Moca ($321), and Las Marías ($305). (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 $1,124 in St. Croix. Average weekly wages on St. Thomas and St. John were $931 and $725, respectively. Of the 37,800 jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2019, 18,922 were on St. Thomas, and 17,513 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 2018 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2019, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2019 version of this news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm. The 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2020.

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 news release for fourth quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2019
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands)Percent change, September 2018-19 (2)Third quarter 2019Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 (2)

United States (3)

148,556.51.1$1,0933.6

Puerto Rico

878.91.9528-0.8

San Juan

242.91.7637-0.9

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 2019
AreaEmployment September 2019Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,556,525$1,093

Puerto Rico

878,885528

Adjuntas

1,634333

Aguada

3,961373

Aguadilla

17,636574

Aguas Buenas

1,680381

Aibonito

5,658480

Añasco

4,996501

Arecibo

21,692486

Arroyo

2,196555

Barceloneta

10,336537

Barranquitas

2,909398

Bayamón

52,404481

Cabo Rojo

6,226322

Caguas

44,176497

Camuy

3,703376

Canóvanas

5,028457

Carolina

45,590484

Cataño

10,389577

Cayey

9,533501

Ceiba

1,158416

Ciales

1,608382

Cidra

5,948472

Coamo

3,357389

Comerío

1,673373

Corozal

3,759381

Culebra

448383

Dorado

8,748501

Fajardo

9,448474

Florida

1,058370

Guánica

2,933335

Guayama

9,564464

Guayanilla

2,441391

Guaynabo

53,461650

Gurabo

7,698556

Hatillo

8,544360

Hormigueros

2,466365

Humacao

14,207558

Isabela

6,516490

Jayuya

2,724477

Juana Diaz

6,287481

Juncos

7,182868

Lajas

3,338341

Lares

4,135337

Las Marías

1,135305

Las Piedras

7,223536

Loiza

1,526382

Luquillo

2,068384

Manatí

13,561564

Maricao

1,259455

Maunabo

1,246607

Mayagüez

29,291462

Moca

4,299321

Morovis

2,143379

Naguabo

2,174388

Naranjito

3,355404

Orocovis

3,029342

Patillas

1,477433

Peñuelas

2,541384

Ponce

46,147453

Quebradillas

2,139348

Rincón

1,838372

Río Grande

5,154435

Sabana Grande

3,301349

Salinas

3,584462

San Germán

7,351422

San Juan

242,878637

San Lorenzo

3,488395

San Sebastián

5,279337

Santa Isabel

5,405445

Toa Alta

3,514402

Toa Baja

12,724441

Trujillo Alto

10,417348

Utuado

3,596395

Vega Alta

4,395442

Vega Baja

7,717500

Vieques

1,418422

Villalba

3,209553

Yabucoa

2,612384

Yauco

5,830382

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 2019
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands)Percent change, September 2018-19Third quarter 2019National ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2018-19National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

148,556.501.1$1,093--3.6--

Alabama

1,989.501.1919363.818

Alaska

3381.21,105143.721

Arizona

2,913.402.61,018224.54

Arkansas

1,222.800841493.818

California

17,713.101.41,30953.818

Colorado

2,749.002.41,17086.11

Connecticut

1,676.60-0.31,23662.350

Delaware

453.21.11,078153.332

District of Columbia

776.40.61,85112.549

Florida

8,838.201.7955293.427

Georgia

4,509.701.41,026203.427

Hawaii

654.1-0.31,012233.915

Idaho

765.22.9838504.110

Illinois

6,023.1001,125103.623

Indiana

3,083.500.3914373.526

Iowa

1,556.900.191437339

Kansas

1,395.900.4893432.943

Kentucky

1,910.800.7884453.427

Louisiana

1,913.50-0.3923352.647

Maine

632.60.9887444.27

Maryland

2,696.900.21,16993.623

Massachusetts

3,642.500.91,35924.27

Michigan

4,375.800.21,02121339

Minnesota

2,917.800.41,10713339

Mississippi

1,135.800.1768512.746

Missouri

2,826.500.6942313.915

Montana

478.91.2848483.915

Nebraska

984.70.390839413

Nevada

1,412.202.1973264.110

New Hampshire

667.90.81,075163.427

New Jersey

4,104.000.91,2177339

New Mexico

842.11.7899405.12

New York

9,575.401.11,31443.332

North Carolina

4,501.302.2972273.623

North Dakota

428.40.91,028193.332

Ohio

5,443.300.3976253.137

Oklahoma

1,628.800.5897412.647

Oregon

1,970.701.41,037183.235

Pennsylvania

5,947.900.81,064173.235

Rhode Island

491.30.6991242.844

South Carolina

2,132.402.2866463.721

South Dakota

433.40.4855473.427

Tennessee

3,060.801.9966282.844

Texas

12,603.202.11,109124.110

Utah

1,535.202.8954304.83

Vermont

3110927344.35

Virginia

3,931.4011,12510413

Washington

3,489.802.11,33534.35

West Virginia

694.4-1.8897410.351

Wisconsin

2,893.800.1929333.137

Wyoming

283.11.5942314.27

Puerto Rico

878.91.9528(3)-0.8(3)

Virgin Islands

37.89.61,012(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: Wednesday, March 25, 2020