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19-2257-NEW
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in New York — Second Quarter 2019

Average weekly wages in all 18 large counties in New York increased from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Bronx County had the largest growth in average weekly wages, 5.7 percent, followed by Oneida County, 4.8 percent, and Westchester County, 4.7 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Six of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $1,095 national average in the second quarter of 2019. Average weekly wages in New York and Westchester Counties exceeded $1,400.

Eleven of the 18 large counties in New York had employment gains from June 2018 to June 2019. Richmond County had the largest gain, up 3.9 percent, followed by Rockland County, 2.2 percent. Nationally, employment grew 1.1 percent from June 2018 to June 2019 as 279 of the 355 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 2019. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Seven of New York’s large counties had average weekly wage growth above the national average of 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019. (See table 1.) Bronx County’s 5.7-percent wage growth ranked 15th among the nation’s 355 largest counties. Oneida County ranked 48th and Westchester County ranked 53rd in the nation with over-the-year wage increases of 4.8 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. Three other New York counties had annual wage gains of at least 4.0 percent and placed in the top third of the national ranking: New York, Kings, and Saratoga.

Nationally, 347 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Benton, AR, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 16.3 percent, followed by San Francisco, at 15.5 percent.

In contrast, eight of the largest U.S. counties had wage declines over the year. McLean, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 5.8 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

New York County had the highest average weekly wage in the state at $2,109 and ranked fourth among the 355 largest U.S. counties. Westchester County ($1,417) ranked 19th. Five additional counties (Albany, Bronx, Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk) had average weekly wages that placed in the top 100 nationwide. Broome ($894) and Oneida ($870) reported the lowest average weekly wages among the state’s large counties and ranked 274th and 300th, respectively.

Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 93 of the largest 355 counties. Santa Clara, CA, held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,612. San Francisco, CA, was second at $2,430, followed by San Mateo, CA ($2,373), and New York, NY ($2,109).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 260 had average weekly wages below the national average in the second quarter of 2019. Horry, SC ($649) had the lowest weekly wage.

Large county employment

Employment rose in 11 of the 18 largest counties in New York from June 2018 to June 2019. Five counties (Richmond, Rockland, Queens, Onondaga, and Orange) had employment growth above the national rate of 1.1 percent.

Nationally, employment grew in 279 of the 355 largest counties nationwide. Adams, CO, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (5.3 percent), and Richmond, NY, Utah, UT, and Williamson, TX, tied for the second largest increase (3.9 percent each). Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 6.4 percent.

In New York, employment was highest in New York County (2,532,100) followed by Kings (794,600), Queens (720,600), Suffolk (688,500), and Nassau (642,200). Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 85.9 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.4 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 $1,095. Steuben ($1,127) and Schenectady ($1,115) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Yates and Hamilton Counties reported the lowest average weekly wages at $690 and $691, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 19 had wages below $1,000. Twenty counties reported average weekly wages less than $850, and 23 had wages from $850 to $999. Those with the lowest average weekly wages, under $825, were small upstate counties, 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 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 the national news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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 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 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands) Percent change, June 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, second quarter 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

149,089.2 1.1 -- $1,095 -- 3.8 --

New York

9,682.8 1.0 -- 1,347 3 3.9 11

Albany, NY

234.8 -0.9 336 1,181 60 3.5 166

Bronx, NY

325.0 0.8 184 1,117 86 5.7 15

Broome, NY

87.6 -0.5 317 894 274 3.5 166

Dutchess, NY

114.7 0.1 269 1,076 106 3.2 200

Erie, NY

476.7 -0.2 298 986 185 3.9 123

Kings, NY

794.6 0.5 224 955 202 4.5 71

Monroe, NY

396.0 0.6 209 1,009 165 2.1 297

Nassau, NY

642.2 -0.6 327 1,216 52 3.4 176

New York, NY

2,532.1 1.1 150 2,109 4 4.3 87

Oneida, NY

107.3 0.2 261 870 300 4.8 48

Onondaga, NY

253.7 1.4 120 1,003 169 2.3 280

Orange, NY

150.7 1.3 131 963 197 2.6 258

Queens, NY

720.6 1.6 102 1,088 97 2.4 272

Richmond, NY

128.6 3.9 2 1,034 150 3.7 148

Rockland, NY

132.0 2.2 60 1,038 148 1.8 321

Saratoga, NY

92.3 -1.2 341 1,040 143 4.0 110

Suffolk, NY

688.5 -0.4 313 1,157 73 2.0 303

Westchester, NY

440.4 -0.1 291 1,417 19 4.7 53

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 2019
Area Employment June 2019 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

149,089,158 $1,095

New York

9,682,791 1,347

Albany

234,814 1,181

Allegany

13,058 818

Bronx

324,982 1,117

Broome

87,602 894

Cattaraugus

29,019 809

Cayuga

26,198 886

Chautauqua

49,663 810

Chemung

35,332 933

Chenango

17,675 908

Clinton

35,068 912

Columbia

22,751 824

Cortland

18,011 827

Delaware

15,072 916

Dutchess

114,662 1,076

Erie

476,728 986

Essex

15,199 839

Franklin

18,430 922

Fulton

17,284 821

Genesee

24,740 821

Greene

14,863 891

Hamilton

1,983 691

Herkimer

17,131 798

Jefferson

42,294 843

Kings

794,608 955

Lewis

6,866 840

Livingston

20,972 849

Madison

21,509 842

Monroe

396,042 1,009

Montgomery

19,775 818

Nassau

642,243 1,216

New York

2,532,130 2,109

Niagara

75,097 838

Oneida

107,274 870

Onondaga

253,673 1,003

Ontario

54,293 939

Orange

150,678 963

Orleans

12,544 891

Oswego

33,889 951

Otsego

24,633 861

Putnam

27,498 1,064

Queens

720,640 1,088

Rensselaer

55,692 1,010

Richmond

128,553 1,034

Rockland

132,031 1,038

Saratoga

92,321 1,040

Schenectady

63,717 1,115

Schoharie

9,398 822

Schuyler

5,293 784

Seneca

12,940 926

St. Lawrence

36,135 909

Steuben

38,251 1,127

Suffolk

688,474 1,157

Sullivan

30,381 871

Tioga

13,937 1,029

Tompkins

49,962 1,071

Ulster

61,748 904

Warren

40,623 849

Washington

15,920 900

Wayne

29,301 851

Westchester

440,409 1,417

Wyoming

14,255 885

Yates

7,143 690

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 2019
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2019 (thousands) Percent change, June 2018-19 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, second quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

149,089.2 1.1 $1,095 -- 3.8 --

Alabama

1,993.7 1.1 911 36 3.4 28

Alaska

338.9 0.7 1,078 15 3.6 26

Arizona

2,843.3 2.6 1,010 23 3.8 16

Arkansas

1,222.5 0.6 862 47 4.6 4

California

17,717.4 1.5 1,325 4 4.7 3

Colorado

2,765.7 2.2 1,128 9 4.9 2

Connecticut

1,690.8 -0.8 1,266 6 3.9 11

Delaware

458.0 0.8 1,057 17 3.4 28

District of Columbia

780.4 0.5 1,778 1 3.8 16

Florida

8,722.9 1.8 968 26 3.9 11

Georgia

4,507.1 1.7 1,016 22 3.9 11

Hawaii

652.2 -1.2 992 24 3.7 22

Idaho

765.1 2.6 820 50 3.3 33

Illinois

6,074.7 0.3 1,122 10 2.4 47

Indiana

3,089.8 0.5 910 38 3.1 39

Iowa

1,584.7 0.1 902 40 2.5 45

Kansas

1,403.0 0.6 905 39 2.8 42

Kentucky

1,909.7 0.3 911 36 3.3 33

Louisiana

1,920.2 -0.2 923 35 2.4 47

Maine

639.6 0.4 874 45 3.7 22

Maryland

2,733.6 0.7 1,178 8 3.3 33

Massachusetts

3,690.1 0.9 1,377 2 4.3 5

Michigan

4,419.7 0.1 1,018 21 2.4 47

Minnesota

2,952.6 0.8 1,101 13 2.6 44

Mississippi

1,135.9 0.4 767 51 2.0 51

Missouri

2,836.7 0.3 948 30 2.5 45

Montana

483.1 1.0 843 48 3.3 33

Nebraska

991.5 0.1 889 42 3.5 27

Nevada

1,408.8 2.6 961 29 3.2 38

New Hampshire

676.1 0.8 1,090 14 4.0 10

New Jersey

4,182.5 0.7 1,236 7 3.0 41

New Mexico

834.0 1.0 888 44 4.3 5

New York

9,682.8 1.0 1,347 3 3.9 11

North Carolina

4,527.3 2.0 970 25 3.9 11

North Dakota

431.8 1.3 1,026 20 4.1 7

Ohio

5,486.7 0.4 965 27 3.4 28

Oklahoma

1,618.5 0.5 900 41 3.1 39

Oregon

1,976.5 1.3 1,036 18 3.8 16

Pennsylvania

5,972.1 0.8 1,070 16 3.8 16

Rhode Island

494.5 0.7 1,034 19 3.4 28

South Carolina

2,144.2 1.3 867 46 3.7 22

South Dakota

441.8 0.4 838 49 3.8 16

Tennessee

3,047.8 1.8 964 28 3.3 33

Texas

12,585.6 2.0 1,102 12 3.8 16

Utah

1,526.1 3.0 936 32 4.1 7

Vermont

314.0 0.0 929 34 2.7 43

Virginia

3,981.6 1.0 1,113 11 3.7 22

Washington

3,500.6 1.8 1,288 5 5.9 1

West Virginia

700.4 -0.6 889 42 2.4 47

Wisconsin

2,945.3 0.3 940 31 4.1 7

Wyoming

287.6 1.7 932 33 3.4 28

Puerto Rico

867.7 1.5 531 (3) -1.8 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.0 10.0 919 (3) 8.8 (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: Tuesday, December 31, 2019