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20-506-NEW
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico — Third Quarter 2019

Employment in Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, increased 1.7 percent from September 2018 to September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2018 annual average employment of 75,000 or more.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2019, San Juan’s employment level of 242,900 accounted for 27.6 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.1 percent over the year, as 283 of the 355 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 355 largest counties made up 73.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $637 in the third quarter of 2019, a 0.9-percent decrease over the year. In the United States, the average weekly wage increased 3.6 percent to $1,093. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Among the 355 largest U.S. counties, 350 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 $1,093. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $868. Two small municipios, located in the northern and southeastern parts of the island, had average weekly wages above $600—Guaynabo ($650) and Maunabo ($607). Thirty-five municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with about half of these municipios located in the western part of the island, including the three with the lowest averages—Cabo Rojo ($322), Moca ($321), and Las Marías ($305). (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 $1,124 in St. Croix. Average weekly wages on St. Thomas and St. John were $931 and $725, respectively. Of the 37,800 jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands in September 2019, 18,922 were on St. Thomas, and 17,513 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 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 this news release. Tables and additional content from the 2018 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm. The 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2020.

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 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


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 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands) Percent change, September 2018-19 (2) Third quarter 2019 Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 (2)

United States (3)

148,556.5 1.1 $1,093 3.6

Puerto Rico

878.9 1.9 528 -0.8

San Juan

242.9 1.7 637 -0.9

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 2019
Area Employment September 2019 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,556,525 $1,093

Puerto Rico

878,885 528

Adjuntas

1,634 333

Aguada

3,961 373

Aguadilla

17,636 574

Aguas Buenas

1,680 381

Aibonito

5,658 480

Añasco

4,996 501

Arecibo

21,692 486

Arroyo

2,196 555

Barceloneta

10,336 537

Barranquitas

2,909 398

Bayamón

52,404 481

Cabo Rojo

6,226 322

Caguas

44,176 497

Camuy

3,703 376

Canóvanas

5,028 457

Carolina

45,590 484

Cataño

10,389 577

Cayey

9,533 501

Ceiba

1,158 416

Ciales

1,608 382

Cidra

5,948 472

Coamo

3,357 389

Comerío

1,673 373

Corozal

3,759 381

Culebra

448 383

Dorado

8,748 501

Fajardo

9,448 474

Florida

1,058 370

Guánica

2,933 335

Guayama

9,564 464

Guayanilla

2,441 391

Guaynabo

53,461 650

Gurabo

7,698 556

Hatillo

8,544 360

Hormigueros

2,466 365

Humacao

14,207 558

Isabela

6,516 490

Jayuya

2,724 477

Juana Diaz

6,287 481

Juncos

7,182 868

Lajas

3,338 341

Lares

4,135 337

Las Marías

1,135 305

Las Piedras

7,223 536

Loiza

1,526 382

Luquillo

2,068 384

Manatí

13,561 564

Maricao

1,259 455

Maunabo

1,246 607

Mayagüez

29,291 462

Moca

4,299 321

Morovis

2,143 379

Naguabo

2,174 388

Naranjito

3,355 404

Orocovis

3,029 342

Patillas

1,477 433

Peñuelas

2,541 384

Ponce

46,147 453

Quebradillas

2,139 348

Rincón

1,838 372

Río Grande

5,154 435

Sabana Grande

3,301 349

Salinas

3,584 462

San Germán

7,351 422

San Juan

242,878 637

San Lorenzo

3,488 395

San Sebastián

5,279 337

Santa Isabel

5,405 445

Toa Alta

3,514 402

Toa Baja

12,724 441

Trujillo Alto

10,417 348

Utuado

3,596 395

Vega Alta

4,395 442

Vega Baja

7,717 500

Vieques

1,418 422

Villalba

3,209 553

Yabucoa

2,612 384

Yauco

5,830 382

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

United States (2)

148,556.50 1.1 $1,093 -- 3.6 --

Alabama

1,989.50 1.1 919 36 3.8 18

Alaska

338 1.2 1,105 14 3.7 21

Arizona

2,913.40 2.6 1,018 22 4.5 4

Arkansas

1,222.80 0 841 49 3.8 18

California

17,713.10 1.4 1,309 5 3.8 18

Colorado

2,749.00 2.4 1,170 8 6.1 1

Connecticut

1,676.60 -0.3 1,236 6 2.3 50

Delaware

453.2 1.1 1,078 15 3.3 32

District of Columbia

776.4 0.6 1,851 1 2.5 49

Florida

8,838.20 1.7 955 29 3.4 27

Georgia

4,509.70 1.4 1,026 20 3.4 27

Hawaii

654.1 -0.3 1,012 23 3.9 15

Idaho

765.2 2.9 838 50 4.1 10

Illinois

6,023.10 0 1,125 10 3.6 23

Indiana

3,083.50 0.3 914 37 3.5 26

Iowa

1,556.90 0.1 914 37 3 39

Kansas

1,395.90 0.4 893 43 2.9 43

Kentucky

1,910.80 0.7 884 45 3.4 27

Louisiana

1,913.50 -0.3 923 35 2.6 47

Maine

632.6 0.9 887 44 4.2 7

Maryland

2,696.90 0.2 1,169 9 3.6 23

Massachusetts

3,642.50 0.9 1,359 2 4.2 7

Michigan

4,375.80 0.2 1,021 21 3 39

Minnesota

2,917.80 0.4 1,107 13 3 39

Mississippi

1,135.80 0.1 768 51 2.7 46

Missouri

2,826.50 0.6 942 31 3.9 15

Montana

478.9 1.2 848 48 3.9 15

Nebraska

984.7 0.3 908 39 4 13

Nevada

1,412.20 2.1 973 26 4.1 10

New Hampshire

667.9 0.8 1,075 16 3.4 27

New Jersey

4,104.00 0.9 1,217 7 3 39

New Mexico

842.1 1.7 899 40 5.1 2

New York

9,575.40 1.1 1,314 4 3.3 32

North Carolina

4,501.30 2.2 972 27 3.6 23

North Dakota

428.4 0.9 1,028 19 3.3 32

Ohio

5,443.30 0.3 976 25 3.1 37

Oklahoma

1,628.80 0.5 897 41 2.6 47

Oregon

1,970.70 1.4 1,037 18 3.2 35

Pennsylvania

5,947.90 0.8 1,064 17 3.2 35

Rhode Island

491.3 0.6 991 24 2.8 44

South Carolina

2,132.40 2.2 866 46 3.7 21

South Dakota

433.4 0.4 855 47 3.4 27

Tennessee

3,060.80 1.9 966 28 2.8 44

Texas

12,603.20 2.1 1,109 12 4.1 10

Utah

1,535.20 2.8 954 30 4.8 3

Vermont

311 0 927 34 4.3 5

Virginia

3,931.40 1 1,125 10 4 13

Washington

3,489.80 2.1 1,335 3 4.3 5

West Virginia

694.4 -1.8 897 41 0.3 51

Wisconsin

2,893.80 0.1 929 33 3.1 37

Wyoming

283.1 1.5 942 31 4.2 7

Puerto Rico

878.9 1.9 528 (3) -0.8 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.8 9.6 1,012 (3) 12.8 (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: Wednesday, March 25, 2020