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County Employment and Wages in New York — Second Quarter 2017

Average weekly wages in 16 of the 18 large counties in New York increased from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are those with 2016 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Monroe County had the largest growth in average weekly wages, 3.9 percent, followed by Bronx County, 3.7 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Six of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $1,020 national average in the second quarter of 2017. Average weekly wages in New York and Westchester Counties exceeded $1,300.

All 18 large counties in New York had employment gains from June 2016 to June 2017. Kings County had the largest gain, up 3.7 percent, while Albany County had the smallest gain, at 0.1 percent. Nationally, employment grew 1.7 percent from June 2016 to June 2017 as 318 of the 346 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 three of these smaller counties were below the national average in the second quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Two of New York’s large counties had average weekly wage growth above the national average of 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. (See table 1.) Monroe County ranked 92nd and Bronx County ranked 114th among the 346 large counties in the nation with over-the-year wage increases of 3.9 and 3.7 percent, respectively. Three other New York counties had annual wage gains of at least 3.0 percent and placed in the top half of the national ranking: Kings, Oneida, and Dutchess.

Nationally, 325 of the 346 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. New Hanover, N.C., had the largest percentage wage increase among the largest U.S. counties (11.9 percent). San Mateo, Calif., and Midland, Texas, tied for the second largest increase, each at 11.4 percent.

Nineteen large U.S. counties registered wage declines over the year. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-20.4 percent), followed by Union, N.J. (-3.7 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

New York County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $1,907 and ranked fourth among the 346 largest U.S. counties. Westchester County ($1,327) ranked 19th. Four additional counties (Nassau, Suffolk, Albany, and Dutchess) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 nationwide. Broome ($817) and Oneida ($810) reported the lowest average weekly wages among the state’s large counties and ranked 297th and 302nd, respectively.

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 97 of the largest 346 counties. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,392. San Mateo, Calif., was second at $2,093, followed by San Francisco, Calif., at $1,941, and New York, N.Y., at $1,907.

Among the 249 counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2016, Cameron County, Texas ($615) reported the lowest wage, followed by Horry County, S.C. ($622), and Hidalgo County, Texas ($632). Wages in these lowest-ranked counties were less than one-third of the average weekly wage reported for the highest-ranked county, Santa Clara, Calif.

Large county employment

Employment rose in all 18 of the largest counties in New York State from June 2016 to June 2017. Four counties—Kings, Queens, Rockland, and Saratoga—had employment growth above the national rate of 1.7 percent.

Nationally, employment grew in 318 of the 346 largest counties nationwide. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year employment growth (7.3 percent). Lucas, Ohio, had the largest over-the-year decrease (-14.2 percent).

In New York, employment was highest in New York County (2,469,100) followed by Kings (714,000), Suffolk (682,800), Queens (666,300), and Nassau (643,600). Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 85.5 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in New York’s smaller counties

Forty-one of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,020. Tompkins ($1,109), Schenectady ($1,063), and Steuben ($1,042) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Yates and Hamilton Counties reported the lowest average weekly wages at $653 and $657, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 10 had wages below $1,000. Twenty-three counties reported average weekly wages less than $800, 16 had wages from $800 to $899, and 13 had wages from $900 to $999. Eight of the 10 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.)

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 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 Online Annual Averages 2016 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 145.2 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.

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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
June 2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2017
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

145,186.4 1.7 -- $1,020 -- 3.2 --

New York

9,417.4 1.6 -- 1,237 3 2.2 43

Albany, N.Y.

235.0 0.1 316 1,084 68 0.6 310

Bronx, N.Y.

303.2 0.9 247 978 132 3.7 114

Broome, N.Y.

87.6 0.4 294 817 297 2.1 231

Dutchess, N.Y.

113.5 0.4 294 1,023 95 3.0 168

Erie, N.Y.

474.9 0.6 274 904 196 2.7 189

Kings, N.Y.

714.0 3.7 15 850 263 3.2 148

Monroe, N.Y.

390.9 0.6 274 968 147 3.9 92

Nassau, N.Y.

643.6 1.7 157 1,150 49 -1.5 339

New York, N.Y.

2,469.1 1.7 157 1,907 4 2.4 215

Oneida, N.Y.

106.9 0.8 252 810 302 3.1 156

Onondaga, N.Y.

247.7 0.4 294 936 169 1.8 247

Orange, N.Y.

145.5 1.4 194 905 194 2.7 189

Queens, N.Y.

666.3 2.9 55 965 150 2.4 215

Richmond, N.Y.

116.7 1.7 157 911 188 2.4 215

Rockland, N.Y.

126.5 2.4 89 989 124 -0.7 336

Saratoga, N.Y.

89.2 2.4 89 949 160 1.3 282

Suffolk, N.Y.

682.8 1.0 235 1,086 67 0.4 315

Westchester, N.Y.

437.6 1.3 200 1,327 19 2.6 196

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 2017
Area Employment
June 2017
Average
weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

145,186,369 $1,020

New York

9,417,378 1,237

Albany

234,988 1,084

Allegany

13,270 751

Bronx

303,187 978

Broome

87,642 817

Cattaraugus

29,532 781

Cayuga

26,444 817

Chautauqua

50,139 758

Chemung

35,719 872

Chenango

18,022 841

Clinton

34,618 851

Columbia

22,456 781

Cortland

18,105 748

Delaware

15,040 820

Dutchess

113,543 1,023

Erie

474,927 904

Essex

15,243 758

Franklin

18,487 822

Fulton

17,489 774

Genesee

24,641 757

Greene

15,253 801

Hamilton

2,048 657

Herkimer

17,581 752

Jefferson

43,050 774

Kings

714,019 850

Lewis

6,854 774

Livingston

20,877 738

Madison

21,581 767

Monroe

390,860 968

Montgomery

19,810 763

Nassau

643,606 1,150

New York

2,469,060 1,907

Niagara

74,120 785

Oneida

106,907 810

Onondaga

247,666 936

Ontario

54,201 936

Orange

145,485 905

Orleans

12,795 807

Oswego

34,378 982

Otsego

24,558 813

Putnam

27,841 1,011

Queens

666,285 965

Rensselaer

54,266 980

Richmond

116,747 911

Rockland

126,455 989

Saratoga

89,154 949

Schenectady

64,740 1,063

Schoharie

9,157 747

Schuyler

5,341 735

Seneca

13,150 791

St. Lawrence

35,533 842

Steuben

37,879 1,042

Suffolk

682,803 1,086

Sullivan

27,867 789

Tioga

13,676 964

Tompkins

51,463 1,109

Ulster

62,413 829

Warren

41,840 799

Washington

15,940 822

Wayne

28,751 806

Westchester

437,557 1,327

Wyoming

14,092 785

Yates

7,050 653

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 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
June 2016-17
Second quarter
2017
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2016-17
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

145,186.4 1.7 $1,020 -- 3.2 --

Alabama

1,946.4 1.2 858 38 2.8 31

Alaska

338.4 -0.7 1,005 16 -0.5 51

Arizona

2,699.6 2.9 943 23 2.5 35

Arkansas

1,206.0 0.7 810 47 3.2 22

California

17,150.9 2.2 1,210 5 4.7 3

Colorado

2,638.8 2.5 1,042 11 4.2 5

Connecticut

1,701.2 0.6 1,216 4 0.4 50

Delaware

446.6 0.6 1,012 15 2.2 43

District of Columbia

766.5 1.0 1,675 1 3.3 19

Florida

8,390.6 2.8 905 27 2.5 35

Georgia

4,357.8 2.1 956 21 2.9 27

Hawaii

653.0 1.0 935 24 3.5 13

Idaho

723.5 3.4 765 50 3.4 16

Illinois

6,006.6 0.9 1,062 9 2.4 39

Indiana

3,041.0 1.5 859 37 3.7 9

Iowa

1,571.4 0.4 853 39 3.3 19

Kansas

1,377.8 -0.1 849 40 2.4 39

Kentucky

1,889.4 0.8 862 35 2.9 27

Louisiana

1,907.7 0.0 869 34 2.0 46

Maine

629.1 0.9 814 46 2.5 35

Maryland

2,694.8 1.4 1,103 8 3.1 23

Massachusetts

3,604.5 1.6 1,278 2 3.6 11

Michigan

4,365.3 1.6 969 19 2.9 27

Minnesota

2,902.1 2.0 1,037 12 3.9 6

Mississippi

1,128.9 0.7 732 51 0.8 49

Missouri

2,818.7 1.2 889 30 3.0 25

Montana

473.6 1.3 797 48 3.9 6

Nebraska

984.0 0.4 833 43 3.5 13

Nevada

1,333.5 3.4 900 29 2.9 27

New Hampshire

665.4 1.6 1,015 14 1.2 48

New Jersey

4,123.5 1.8 1,173 6 2.3 41

New Mexico

815.4 0.7 823 45 1.5 47

New York

9,417.4 1.6 1,237 3 2.2 43

North Carolina

4,361.4 1.8 902 28 4.3 4

North Dakota

422.7 -0.2 953 22 5.0 2

Ohio

5,422.8 1.2 912 25 3.3 19

Oklahoma

1,583.8 0.8 845 41 2.5 35

Oregon

1,912.6 2.2 967 20 3.8 8

Pennsylvania

5,859.4 1.3 1,000 17 3.0 25

Rhode Island

487.3 1.0 980 18 2.6 33

South Carolina

2,053.9 2.0 834 42 3.6 11

South Dakota

435.5 0.6 785 49 3.4 16

Tennessee

2,948.1 1.8 906 26 3.5 13

Texas

12,059.6 2.1 1,027 13 2.7 32

Utah

1,440.3 3.4 862 35 2.6 33

Vermont

314.2 1.0 870 33 2.1 45

Virginia

3,886.6 1.5 1,047 10 3.7 9

Washington

3,352.5 2.2 1,141 7 5.6 1

West Virginia

690.9 -0.3 828 44 3.4 16

Wisconsin

2,905.3 1.1 876 31 2.3 41

Wyoming

280.2 -0.7 875 32 3.1 23

Puerto Rico

873.6 -1.0 515 (3) 1.2 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 762 (3) 2.6 (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, January 11, 2018