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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico — Third Quarter 2017

Employment in Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, decreased 2.4 percent from September 2016 to September 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2016 annual average employment of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2017, San Juan’s employment level of 240,600 accounted for 27.9 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.0 percent over the year, as 283 of the 346 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $617 in the third quarter of 2017, a 2.2-percent decrease from one year prior. In the United States, the average weekly wage decreased 0.6 percent to $1,021. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 265 had over-the-year decreases 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 had wages below the U.S. average of $1,021. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $794. Guaynabo, located on the northern part of the island, was the only other small municipio with an average weekly wage above $600. Thirty-eight municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with about half of these lower-wage municipios located in the western part of the island, including Aguada ($304) and Las Marias ($296). (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 $794 in St. Croix. Average weekly wages on St. Thomas and St. John were $751 and $672, respectively.

Of the 36,900 jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2017, 20,100 were on St. Thomas, and 14,700 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 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 Annual Averages Online 2016 are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

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 release for fourth quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

QCEW Publication Acceleration and Conversion to Two Data Releases

The national QCEW publication process is accelerating for a more timely release. Beginning with the fourth quarter 2017 release, QCEW data will be published in two parts. The current County Employment and Wages news release and associated data will be accelerated and published first. The full QCEW data release will occur two weeks later, accompanied by a data release notice.


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 144.5 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2017
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2016-17 (2)
Third quarter
2017
Percent change,
third quarter
2016-17 (2)

United States (3)

144,464.4 1.0 $1,021 -0.6

Puerto Rico

862.8 -3.1 509 -2.7

San Juan

240.6 -2.4 617 -2.2

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 2017
Area Employment
September 2017
Average
weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

144,464,425 $1,021

Puerto Rico

862,778 509

Adjuntas

1,912 350

Aguada

4,072 304

Aguadilla

17,648 551

Aguas Buenas

1,678 386

Aibonito

5,647 443

Anasco

4,828 474

Arecibo

20,596 474

Arroyo

2,272 547

Barceloneta

10,064 527

Barranquitas

3,177 388

Bayamon

53,325 456

Cabo Rojo

5,394 308

Caguas

43,605 477

Camuy

3,376 350

Canovanas

5,178 459

Carolina

45,576 476

Catano

10,195 568

Cayey

9,470 482

Ceiba

1,092 406

Ciales

1,501 361

Cidra

5,922 469

Coamo

3,436 360

Comerio

1,603 397

Corozal

3,883 371

Culebra

455 363

Dorado

8,152 487

Fajardo

10,733 452

Florida

1,108 371

Guanica

2,464 329

Guayama

10,472 470

Guayanilla

2,316 416

Guaynabo

45,583 625

Gurabo

6,533 508

Hatillo

8,274 344

Hormigueros

2,336 335

Humacao

16,287 533

Isabela

7,028 449

Jayuya

2,752 478

Juana Diaz

6,113 454

Juncos

6,622 794

Lajas

2,900 324

Lares

3,573 318

Las Marias

1,042 296

Las Piedras

6,601 529

Loiza

1,439 377

Luquillo

1,973 373

Manati

13,466 532

Maricao

1,260 386

Maunabo

1,319 544

Mayaguez

28,166 457

Moca

4,395 310

Morovis

2,290 366

Naguabo

2,185 361

Naranjito

3,112 384

Orocovis

2,681 332

Patillas

1,522 387

Penuelas

2,672 360

Ponce

44,361 445

Quebradillas

1,974 377

Rincon

1,783 341

Rio Grande

5,814 420

Sabana Grande

2,738 342

Salinas

3,910 419

San German

8,279 397

San Juan

240,573 617

San Lorenzo

3,680 370

San Sebastian

5,187 316

Santa Isabel

5,295 408

Toa Alta

3,299 389

Toa Baja

12,103 440

Trujillo Alto

9,821 333

Utuado

3,512 437

Vega Alta

4,326 401

Vega Baja

7,354 491

Vieques

1,681 408

Villalba

3,406 503

Yabucoa

2,884 358

Yauco

5,886 367

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 2017
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September
2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2016-17

Third
quarter
2017

National
ranking
by level
Percent change,
third quarter
2016-17
National
ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

144,464.4 1.0 $1,021 -- -0.6 --

Alabama

1,941.1 0.8 859 37 -1.3 38

Alaska

335.4 -0.7 1,025 15 -2.8 50

Arizona

2,760.1 2.4 948 24 -0.2 10

Arkansas

1,213.0 0.6 788 49 -0.6 19

California

17,153.4 1.7 1,215 4 0.5 4

Colorado

2,625.9 1.9 1,067 9 0.5 4

Connecticut

1,676.3 0.1 1,179 6 -2.2 47

Delaware

443.0 0.4 1,026 14 0.4 6

District of Columbia

764.7 0.7 1,759 1 1.3 2

Florida

8,305.8 -0.2 896 29 -1.1 31

Georgia

4,343.5 1.3 961 21 -0.9 27

Hawaii

652.5 0.4 953 22 -0.3 13

Idaho

722.3 2.7 778 50 -0.5 16

Illinois

5,969.6 0.5 1,057 10 -0.3 13

Indiana

3,044.0 0.6 861 36 -0.6 19

Iowa

1,546.1 -0.2 855 38 -2.2 47

Kansas

1,376.4 -0.1 839 41 -2.1 46

Kentucky

1,890.4 0.5 837 42 -2.4 49

Louisiana

1,904.3 -0.1 869 33 -1.7 42

Maine

621.9 0.7 821 46 -0.5 16

Maryland

2,661.8 0.5 1,105 8 -1.7 42

Massachusetts

3,568.0 0.9 1,265 2 -0.9 27

Michigan

4,334.3 0.9 964 20 -1.1 31

Minnesota

2,883.0 1.1 1,030 13 -2.0 45

Mississippi

1,129.1 -0.1 729 51 -1.4 39

Missouri

2,805.8 0.9 878 31 -1.2 34

Montana

468.6 0.9 793 48 0.1 8

Nebraska

973.3 -0.2 850 39 -0.8 23

Nevada

1,337.7 2.9 914 26 -3.8 51

New Hampshire

659.1 0.6 1,022 16 -0.4 15

New Jersey

4,043.6 1.1 1,156 7 -1.5 41

New Mexico

816.0 0.3 823 45 -0.8 23

New York

9,329.8 1.2 1,219 3 -0.2 10

North Carolina

4,348.0 1.3 904 27 -0.7 21

North Dakota

419.2 -1.0 953 22 -1.2 34

Ohio

5,383.6 0.6 920 25 -0.8 23

Oklahoma

1,593.3 0.7 843 40 -1.2 34

Oregon

1,905.3 1.8 969 19 -0.1 9

Pennsylvania

5,836.5 1.0 1,002 17 -1.1 31

Rhode Island

484.5 0.8 973 18 -1.8 44

South Carolina

2,027.2 0.8 828 43 -0.5 16

South Dakota

426.2 0.4 803 47 -0.7 21

Tennessee

2,953.3 1.1 903 28 -1.2 34

Texas

12,008.9 1.4 1,032 12 -1.0 29

Utah

1,444.1 2.6 879 30 -0.2 10

Vermont

310.3 0.1 869 33 -1.4 39

Virginia

3,843.6 1.0 1,053 11 -0.8 23

Washington

3,343.4 2.0 1,208 5 1.7 1

West Virginia

694.0 0.2 826 44 1.1 3

Wisconsin

2,866.9 0.5 876 32 -1.0 29

Wyoming

276.2 0.3 868 35 0.3 7

Puerto Rico

862.8 -3.1 509 (3) -2.7 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.9 -1.1 763 (3) -1.9 (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, May 16, 2018