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22-100-NEW
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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County Employment and Wages in New York – Second Quarter 2021

Employment rose in all 18 of the largest counties in New York from June 2020 to June 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Richmond County had the largest over-the-year increase in employment at 14.5 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

National employment increased 6.7 percent over the year, with 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 36.8 percent. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 0.9 percent.

Among the 18 largest counties in New York, employment was highest in New York County (2,181,700). Together, the 18 largest New York counties accounted for 85.4 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

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. Wage levels in 42 of the 44 smaller counties were below the national average of $1,241 in the second quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Eleven New York large counties reported average weekly wage gains from the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) Onondaga (+5.9 percent) and Oneida Counties (+5.8 percent) had the largest gains. Over-the-year wage declines were reported in seven of New York’s largest counties, with the largest decline posted by Westchester County (-7.1 percent).

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 302 had over-the-year wage increases. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+29.7 percent). Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

New York County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $2,555 and ranked fourth among the 343 largest U.S. counties. Westchester County ($1,591) ranked 21st nationally. Five additional counties (Albany, Bronx, Dutchess, Nassau, and Suffolk) had average weekly wages that placed in the top 100 nationwide. Broome ($1,030) and Oneida ($1,003) reported the lowest average weekly wages among the state’s large counties and ranked 231st and 260th nationwide, respectively.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 90 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the second quarter of 2021. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,516. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 253 counties. At $728 a week, Hidalgo, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

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 $1,241. Steuben ($1,376) and Schenectady ($1,242) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Hamilton and Yates Counties reported the lowest average weekly wages at $774 and $797, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, 5 reported average weekly wages of less than $900, 17 registered wages from $900 to $999, 20 recorded wages from $1,000 to $1,099, 9 had wages from $1,100 to $1,199, and 11 had average weekly wages of $1,200 or higher. (See chart 3.)

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. This publication is typically published in September of the following year of the reference period or shortly after the QCEW first quarter full data update. The Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online is available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.


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.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 -- $1,241 -- 4.5 --

New York

667.9 8,885.4 9.2 -- 1,540 5 1.3 42

Albany

10.3 220.3 4.3 255 1,338 59 4.6 107

Bronx

19.1 304.6 5.6 184 1,229 96 2.1 227

Broome

4.2 79.2 4.7 233 1,030 231 2.0 230

Dutchess

8.4 105.9 8.0 78 1,259 79 4.7 101

Erie

24.5 439.9 8.3 67 1,115 170 0.8 281

Kings

66.1 770.6 12.1 15 1,054 213 -0.6 316

Monroe

18.7 364.6 6.1 162 1,136 158 1.0 273

Nassau

53.8 601.2 12.2 13 1,371 53 -1.1 320

New York

125.9 2,181.7 6.5 137 2,555 4 5.3 77

Oneida

5.2 98.6 4.1 267 1,003 260 5.8 56

Onondaga

12.6 233.7 5.7 174 1,161 138 5.9 50

Orange

10.8 143.0 10.3 31 1,081 190 -0.5 314

Queens

53.5 660.2 11.9 17 1,198 109 2.0 230

Richmond

10.0 126.0 14.5 8 1,160 139 -0.3 312

Rockland

11.2 126.9 13.0 11 1,149 146 -0.1 305

Saratoga

6.1 87.0 12.1 15 1,142 155 -2.4 333

Suffolk

53.4 646.8 11.3 23 1,304 67 0.4 294

Westchester

35.7 402.1 8.8 51 1,591 21 -7.1 339

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from 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 establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in New York, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment June 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

10,863,217 144,044,799 $1,241

New York

667,864 8,885,368 1,540

Albany

10,283 220,325 1,338

Allegany

892 12,683 868

Bronx

19,147 304,564 1,229

Broome

4,237 79,220 1,030

Cattaraugus

1,759 27,155 934

Cayuga

1,662 24,728 1,030

Chautauqua

3,115 45,644 915

Chemung

1,875 32,813 1,072

Chenango

1,024 16,767 1,032

Clinton

1,903 32,058 1,007

Columbia

2,051 20,824 941

Cortland

1,083 16,474 924

Delaware

1,202 14,207 1,012

Dutchess

8,403 105,929 1,259

Erie

24,458 439,901 1,115

Essex

1,281 14,254 943

Franklin

1,104 17,513 1,080

Fulton

1,177 16,005 949

Genesee

1,442 23,065 956

Greene

1,303 14,232 1,035

Hamilton

240 1,890 774

Herkimer

1,230 16,487 889

Jefferson

2,842 40,234 955

Kings

66,077 770,579 1,054

Lewis

577 6,635 915

Livingston

1,427 19,140 943

Madison

1,573 20,087 954

Monroe

18,654 364,641 1,136

Montgomery

1,205 18,190 943

Nassau

53,830 601,188 1,371

New York

125,905 2,181,653 2,555

Niagara

4,799 68,340 937

Oneida

5,233 98,645 1,003

Onondaga

12,599 233,684 1,161

Ontario

3,189 50,946 1,070

Orange

10,774 142,995 1,081

Orleans

778 11,291 1,026

Oswego

2,304 31,152 1,077

Otsego

1,513 21,724 1,024

Putnam

3,111 25,906 1,218

Queens

53,452 660,184 1,198

Rensselaer

3,370 52,673 1,116

Richmond

10,000 125,992 1,160

Rockland

11,191 126,941 1,149

St. Lawrence

2,044 34,347 1,020

Saratoga

6,113 87,024 1,142

Schenectady

3,410 56,485 1,242

Schoharie

675 8,386 905

Schuyler

431 5,177 866

Seneca

752 11,090 1,047

Steuben

2,096 35,408 1,376

Suffolk

53,361 646,779 1,304

Sullivan

2,101 28,329 981

Tioga

867 12,757 1,133

Tompkins

2,638 45,118 1,229

Ulster

5,322 56,857 1,029

Warren

2,384 37,217 969

Washington

1,201 14,900 1,065

Wayne

2,051 28,086 962

Westchester

35,700 402,132 1,591

Wyoming

895 13,740 1,006

Yates

662 6,912 797

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 establishments, employment, and wages by state, second quarter 2021
State Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Alabama

137.8 1,952.0 4.4 1,010 35 4.8 15

Alaska

23.7 315.5 6.7 1,181 17 -1.2 51

Arizona

180.2 2,857.8 5.3 1,154 20 5.9 6

Arkansas

96.1 1,205.3 4.4 974 45 5.2 12

California

1,662.9 16,992.1 7.0 1,579 3 7.5 5

Colorado

228.9 2,723.9 7.1 1,283 10 4.4 19

Connecticut

130.1 1,604.1 7.9 1,411 6 0.6 47

Delaware

35.1 440.1 5.1 1,165 19 1.7 41

District of Columbia

44.0 724.6 3.3 2,096 1 5.4 8

Florida

782.5 8,654.0 6.7 1,113 24 7.7 3

Georgia

337.0 4,453.5 6.5 1,139 22 5.9 6

Hawaii

48.7 590.5 12.7 1,117 23 0.7 46

Idaho

76.4 801.8 7.3 930 50 5.3 10

Illinois

394.6 5,743.5 6.5 1,260 11 3.5 25

Indiana

178.2 3,011.8 5.2 1,013 34 5.4 8

Iowa

106.1 1,528.0 4.8 999 38 2.1 38

Kansas

90.5 1,356.0 4.0 995 41 2.7 30

Kentucky

132.4 1,851.2 5.6 999 38 2.9 28

Louisiana

142.7 1,806.6 5.4 1,005 36 2.0 39

Maine

57.0 623.0 8.7 1,005 36 2.4 33

Maryland

175.6 2,599.7 6.8 1,319 9 1.0 44

Massachusetts

277.4 3,497.0 10.1 1,591 2 1.1 43

Michigan

270.2 4,175.6 8.4 1,143 21 2.5 32

Minnesota

192.8 2,814.5 6.4 1,240 13 3.3 26

Mississippi

75.7 1,107.1 4.1 843 51 3.8 22

Missouri

221.6 2,759.3 5.3 1,052 32 3.6 23

Montana

55.1 490.7 7.0 959 47 4.5 18

Nebraska

74.4 976.6 4.8 997 40 3.9 21

Nevada

93.9 1,353.9 14.0 1,106 25 5.3 10

New Hampshire

58.5 657.4 8.7 1,345 8 10.6 1

New Jersey

300.4 3,993.8 12.0 1,387 7 0.8 45

New Mexico

63.0 790.6 4.3 987 42 2.9 28

New York

667.9 8,885.4 9.2 1,540 5 1.3 42

North Carolina

311.1 4,511.3 7.2 1,092 27 5.1 14

North Dakota

32.6 407.4 4.3 1,067 29 0.6 47

Ohio

312.4 5,266.7 4.3 1,068 28 3.6 23

Oklahoma

114.6 1,568.7 3.1 963 46 2.4 33

Oregon

169.2 1,899.6 5.6 1,196 15 4.8 15

Pennsylvania

370.9 5,674.7 6.9 1,193 16 2.0 39

Rhode Island

42.1 472.2 10.0 1,168 18 -0.3 50

South Carolina

150.1 2,091.9 4.9 977 44 5.2 12

South Dakota

36.3 442.3 6.4 936 49 2.6 31

Tennessee

182.3 3,012.4 5.9 1,094 26 7.6 4

Texas

758.0 12,466.7 5.7 1,210 14 4.7 17

Utah

119.9 1,586.0 7.6 1,060 30 4.2 20

Vermont

27.8 292.4 7.5 1,053 31 -0.2 49

Virginia

293.6 3,854.3 6.1 1,257 12 3.2 27

Washington

263.6 3,376.7 5.7 1,547 4 8.3 2

West Virginia

52.7 663.8 4.8 955 48 2.2 37

Wisconsin

186.5 2,845.7 5.7 1,037 33 2.3 35

Wyoming

28.2 275.1 5.6 987 42 2.3 35

Puerto Rico

47.6 867.2 8.6 567 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.5 35.7 0.0 923 (3) -8.4 (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, January 26, 2022