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Thursday, April 18, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico — Third Quarter 2018

Employment in Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, increased 1.3 percent from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 annual average employment of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2018, San Juan’s employment level of 242,000 accounted for 28.1 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.6 percent over the year, as 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $649 in the third quarter of 2018, a 6.0-percent increase from one year prior. In the United States, the average weekly wage increased 3.3 percent to $1,055. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Among the 349 largest U.S. counties, 336 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 $1,055. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $838. Two small municipios located on the northern part of the island, had average weekly wages above $600—Guaynabo ($661) and Cataño ($601). Thirty municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with about half of these municipios located in the western part of the island, including Cabo Rojo ($324) and Las Marías ($322). (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 $908 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $881 and $685, respectively.

Of the 33,400 jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2018, 17,700 were on St. Thomas, and 14,500 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 2017 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 2018 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2017 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn17.htm. The 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2019.

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 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.


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 2018
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands) Percent change, September 2017-18 (2) Third quarter 2018 Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 (2)

United States (3)

146,824.1 1.6 $1,055 3.3

Puerto Rico

862.5 0.2 534 5.3

San Juan

242.0 1.3 649 6.0

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 2018
Area Employment September 2018 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093 $1,055

Puerto Rico

862,488 534

Adjuntas

1,591 334

Aguada

4,271 355

Aguadilla

17,236 569

Aguas Buenas

1,706 370

Aibonito

5,491 457

Añasco

4,927 511

Arecibo

20,023 487

Arroyo

2,105 551

Barceloneta

10,575 531

Barranquitas

3,033 403

Bayamón

52,428 473

Cabo Rojo

5,904 324

Caguas

44,705 495

Camuy

3,725 365

Canóvanas

4,760 453

Carolina

44,053 497

Cataño

10,214 601

Cayey

9,281 500

Ceiba

1,139 424

Ciales

1,482 383

Cidra

5,959 481

Coamo

3,307 380

Comerío

1,627 392

Corozal

3,866 379

Culebra

436 353

Dorado

8,361 511

Fajardo

9,325 477

Florida

988 401

Guánica

2,375 337

Guayama

9,973 481

Guayanilla

2,382 414

Guaynabo

48,310 661

Gurabo

6,441 537

Hatillo

8,367 361

Hormigueros

2,373 353

Humacao

14,662 585

Isabela

6,937 470

Jayuya

2,719 508

Juana Díaz

6,086 478

Juncos

6,734 838

Lajas

3,101 327

Lares

3,913 341

Las Marías

1,109 322

Las Piedras

7,269 535

Loíza

1,621 394

Luquillo

1,867 415

Manatí

13,728 544

Maricao

1,241 359

Maunabo

1,258 578

Mayagüez

28,870 463

Moca

4,230 329

Morovis

2,128 375

Naguabo

2,089 395

Naranjito

3,036 413

Orocovis

2,326 365

Patillas

1,475 419

Peñuelas

2,457 412

Ponce

44,649 463

Quebradillas

1,982 372

Rincón

1,735 359

Rio Grande

4,827 424

Sabana Grande

3,115 354

Salinas

3,481 479

San Germán

8,182 402

San Juan

241,993 649

San Lorenzo

3,926 398

San Sebastián

5,239 334

Santa Isabel

5,071 457

Toa Alta

3,214 409

Toa Baja

13,339 452

Trujillo Alto

9,363 358

Utuado

3,537 424

Vega Alta

4,346 429

Vega Baja

7,757 501

Vieques

1,463 453

Villalba

3,292 586

Yabucoa

2,499 393

Yauco

5,844 383

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 2018
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands) Percent change, September 2017-18 Third quarter 2018 National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

146,824.1 1.6 $1,055 -- 3.3 --

Alabama

1,966.0 1.2 885 38 3.1 25

Alaska

334.0 -0.4 1,065 13 3.7 12

Arizona

2,838.6 2.8 974 23 2.9 31

Arkansas

1,222.1 0.7 811 49 2.9 31

California

17,457.5 1.8 1,260 5 3.8 9

Colorado

2,684.0 2.1 1,104 9 3.5 18

Connecticut

1,681.5 0.3 1,209 6 2.5 41

Delaware

447.8 0.6 1,046 15 2.4 42

District of Columbia

770.7 0.7 1,807 1 2.8 36

Florida

8,690.7 4.6 924 29 3.1 25

Georgia

4,448.8 2.3 993 20 3.3 21

Hawaii

654.7 0.0 975 22 2.4 42

Idaho

743.5 3.0 805 50 3.2 23

Illinois

6,029.2 0.8 1,087 10 3.0 28

Indiana

3,072.3 0.9 883 39 2.4 42

Iowa

1,555.0 0.6 887 37 3.7 12

Kansas

1,390.4 1.0 867 42 3.5 18

Kentucky

1,898.7 0.5 855 43 2.2 47

Louisiana

1,915.4 0.5 901 33 3.7 12

Maine

626.5 0.6 851 45 3.7 12

Maryland

2,683.9 0.7 1,130 8 2.4 42

Massachusetts

3,598.1 0.7 1,305 2 3.2 23

Michigan

4,366.5 0.8 991 21 2.8 36

Minnesota

2,904.3 0.8 1,074 12 4.2 5

Mississippi

1,133.7 0.2 754 51 3.4 20

Missouri

2,812.0 0.4 907 31 3.3 21

Montana

473.3 1.0 815 48 2.8 36

Nebraska

980.3 0.6 873 41 2.8 36

Nevada

1,382.9 3.4 936 28 2.4 42

New Hampshire

662.3 0.5 1,040 16 1.7 49

New Jersey

4,072.6 0.8 1,181 7 2.1 48

New Mexico

826.2 1.2 855 43 3.9 7

New York

9,467.5 1.4 1,272 4 4.2 5

North Carolina

4,398.0 1.1 938 26 3.8 9

North Dakota

424.3 1.1 995 19 4.4 3

Ohio

5,424.4 0.7 947 25 2.9 31

Oklahoma

1,616.8 1.2 874 40 3.6 16

Oregon

1,939.8 1.5 1,005 18 3.8 9

Pennsylvania

5,894.8 1.0 1,031 17 3.0 28

Rhode Island

489.4 1.0 963 24 -1.3 51

South Carolina

2,088.2 2.8 834 46 0.8 50

South Dakota

431.5 1.3 827 47 3.0 28

Tennessee

3,005.6 1.7 938 26 3.9 7

Texas

12,327.0 2.6 1,064 14 3.1 25

Utah

1,494.4 3.4 911 30 3.6 16

Vermont

310.9 0.0 892 36 2.6 40

Virginia

3,889.6 1.1 1,082 11 2.9 31

Washington

3,425.6 2.4 1,280 3 6.2 2

West Virginia

706.0 1.7 894 35 8.1 1

Wisconsin

2,888.9 0.7 901 33 2.9 31

Wyoming

278.2 0.6 905 32 4.3 4

Puerto Rico

862.5 0.2 534 (3) 5.3 (3)

Virgin Islands

33.4 -8.0 888 (3) 18.6 (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, April 18, 2019