For Release: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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County Employment and Wages in Florida — Third Quarter 2013

Employment increased in 21 of the 22 large counties in Florida from September 2012 to September 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2012 annual average employment.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment advances ranged from 5.2 percent in Lee County to 0.7 percent in Leon County. Brevard County was the only large county in Florida to experience an employment decline, down 0.3 percent. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment rose 1.7 percent during the 12-month period as 286 of the 334 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. Fort Bend, Texas, posted the largest over-the-year percentage increase with a gain of 6.0 percent, while Peoria, Ill., experienced the largest employment decline at 3.7 percent.

Among the 22 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade County (1,016,700) in September 2013. Two other counties—Broward and Orange—had employment levels exceeding 700,000. Together, Florida’s 22 large counties accounted for 85.4 percent of total employment within the state. (See table 1.) Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 135.0 million in September 2013.

The average weekly wage in Collier County rose 8.0 percent from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013, the largest increase in the state and the third largest increase in the nation. Palm Beach County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties at $884, followed by the counties of Hillsborough ($874) and Miami-Dade ($873). Nationally, the average weekly wage rose 1.9 percent over the year to $922 in the third quarter of 2013. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 45 counties in Florida with employment levels below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Average weekly wages increased in 20 of the 22 largest counties in Florida from the third quarter of 2012 to the third quarter of 2013. As noted, Collier County’s 8.0-percent wage increase ranked third among the nation’s 334 largest counties. Four other Florida counties experienced over-the-year wage increases that placed them in the top third of the national ranking—Marion (2.9 percent, 51st), Palm Beach (2.6 percent, 70th) and Alachua and Miami-Dade (2.1 percent each, 108th). (See table 1.)

Nationwide, 291 large counties experienced increases in average weekly wages. San Mateo, Calif., had the largest gain (9.9 percent) from the third quarter of 2012, followed by the counties of Dane, Wis. (9.3 percent) and Collier, Fla. (8.0 percent).

Among the 334 largest U.S. counties, 40 experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Pinellas, Fla., had the largest decrease in the nation (-4.3 percent), followed by the counties of Rockland, N.Y. (-4.1 percent), Harford, Md. (-2.6 percent), and Douglas, Colo. (-2.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in 4 of Florida’s 22 largest counties place in the top half of the national ranking among the 334 largest counties in the third quarter of 2013. However, none of these counties had an average weekly wage above the national average of $922. The four large counties with the lowest average weekly wages in the state—Pasco ($635, 331st), Marion ($639, 328th), Lake ($640, 327th), and Volusia ($650, 325th)—placed among the 10 lowest in the United States. (See table 1.)

Average weekly wages were higher than the national average in 101 of the 334 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif., recorded the highest average weekly wage at $1,868. San Mateo, Calif., was second with an average weekly wage of $1,698, followed by New York, N.Y. ($1,667), Washington, D.C. ($1,560), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,549).

There were 232 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2013. Horry County, S.C. ($564), reported the lowest wage, followed by the counties of Cameron, Texas ($587), Hidalgo, Texas ($595), Pasco, Fla. ($635), and Webb, Texas ($636).

Average weekly wages in Florida’s smaller counties

All 45 counties in Florida with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $922. Among these counties, Hamilton County had the highest average weekly wage at $750. Holmes County reported the lowest weekly wage among all counties in the state, averaging $517 in the third quarter of 2013. (See table 2.)

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 22 reported average weekly wages under $600, 24 reported wages from $600 to $699, 12 had wages from $700 to $799, and 9 had wages above $800. (See chart 1.)

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 the QCEW Web site at https://www.bls.gov/cew/.

An annual bulletin, Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online, features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2012 edition of this bulletin, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by the Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from the Employment and Wages Online Annual Averages 2012 are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2012/home.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2014.

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Changes to QCEW Data Files

BLS discontinued its ftp service on February 28, 2014. As part of this transition, the QCEW data file collection was substantially reorganized and improved. For more information, see www.bls.gov/cew/dataguide.htm.

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 9.3 million employer reports cover 135.0 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 22 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2013 (2)
Table 1. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 22 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2013 (2)
AreaEmploymentAverage Weekly Wage (3)
September 2013 (thousands)Percent change, September 2012-13 (4)National ranking by percent change (5)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (5)Percent change, third quarter 2012-13 (4)National ranking by percent change (5)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (6)

134,957.51.7--$922--1.9--

Florida

7,501.82.6--808311.146

Alachua, Fla.

118.21.61567642632.1108

Brevard, Fla.

186.7-0.33028451760.5255

Broward, Fla.

719.42.6778461741.1212

Collier, Fla.

118.65.158371878.03

Duval, Fla.

451.22.677865161-0.1295

Escambia, Fla.

121.91.12037093171.9138

Hillsborough, Fla.

603.03.3418741511.0216

Lake, Fla.

83.73.9236403271.3202

Lee, Fla.

210.45.247293000.4262

Leon, Fla.

138.40.72397572750.4262

Manatee, Fla.

103.82.3976993201.9138

Marion, Fla.

91.31.02146393282.951

Miami-Dade, Fla.

1,016.72.4908731522.1108

Okaloosa, Fla.

77.61.12037572750.5255

Orange, Fla.

707.83.3418042221.0216

Palm Beach, Fla.

518.43.3418841422.670

Pasco, Fla.

100.82.4906353311.8146

Pinellas, Fla.

390.51.5162802227-4.3334

Polk, Fla.

193.11.91307183111.8146

Sarasota, Fla.

142.64.0227442870.8236

Seminole, Fla.

162.32.7687622661.6172

Volusia, Fla.

152.71.91306503251.1212

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Florida, 3rd quarter 2013 (2)
Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Florida, 3rd quarter 2013 (2)
AreaEmployment September 2013Average Weekly Wage (3)
 
 
 
- Continued

United States (4)

134,957,493$922

Florida

7,501,757808

Alachua

118,175764

Baker

6,844571

Bay

72,275673

Bradford

6,549603

Brevard

186,656845

Broward

719,423846

Calhoun

2,877550

Charlotte

41,660632

Citrus

30,919665

Clay

45,746627

Collier

118,585837

Columbia

21,632643

De Soto

7,590615

Dixie

2,660526

Duval

451,181865

Escambia

121,892709

Flagler

19,772582

Franklin

3,492533

Gadsden

12,691594

Gilchrist

3,043571

Glades

1,530674

Gulf

3,567593

Hamilton

3,155750

Hardee

6,589594

Hendry

10,135640

Hernando

37,589586

Highlands

24,475597

Hillsborough

602,960874

Holmes

3,211517

Indian River

44,696674

Jackson

14,168597

Jefferson

2,487574

Lafayette

1,612521

Lake

83,661640

Lee

210,420729

Leon

138,407757

Levy

8,050536

Liberty

2,121594

Madison

4,235568

Manatee

103,789699

Marion

91,305639

Martin

55,700709

Miami-Dade

1,016,677873

Monroe

36,589691

Nassau

19,089706

Okaloosa

77,567757

Okeechobee

10,391641

Orange

707,802804

Osceola

76,725640

Palm Beach

518,426884

Pasco

100,775635

Pinellas

390,499802

Polk

193,054718

Putnam

16,098637

St. Johns

60,201674

St. Lucie

66,233684

Santa Rosa

32,928586

Sarasota

142,635744

Seminole

162,288762

Sumter

24,054674

Suwannee

10,949558

Taylor

6,940743

Union

3,656626

Volusia

152,731650

Wakulla

5,135589

Walton

22,003601

Washington

5,699583

Footnotes
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

SOURCE: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
 

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, third quarter 2013 (2)
Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, third quarter 2013 (2)
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (3)
September 2013 (thousands)Percent change, September 2012-13Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2012-13National ranking by percent change
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- ContinuedNote: See footnotes at end of table.

United States (4)

134,957.51.7$922--1.9--

Alabama

1,847.60.8794341.343

Alaska

345.00.499093.07

Arizona

2,490.92.2859221.536

Arkansas

1,156.50.1723472.121

California

15,526.42.71,05762.121

Colorado

2,355.73.1952121.731

Connecticut

1,650.30.71,10931.928

Delaware

416.82.1941142.121

District of Columbia

726.21.51,56013.07

Florida

7,501.82.6808311.146

Georgia

3,928.22.3867211.536

Hawaii

617.71.7839251.633

Idaho

644.72.3703502.319

Illinois

5,731.70.7959111.536

Indiana

2,883.61.2784381.633

Iowa

1,512.01.5772402.121

Kansas

1,347.61.8776392.026

Kentucky

1,794.51.0760431.146

Louisiana

1,893.41.4827282.910

Maine

601.50.7735461.830

Maryland

2,546.40.61,01180.451

Massachusetts

3,318.31.21,13122.611

Michigan

4,069.72.1875201.536

Minnesota

2,724.21.7938152.611

Mississippi

1,099.10.8688512.515

Missouri

2,661.01.3805321.440

Montana

446.71.2705492.319

Nebraska

937.51.3766413.43

Nevada

1,169.42.5836272.026

New Hampshire

624.50.6895182.417

New Jersey

3,851.91.21,06851.343

New Mexico

793.70.5766410.749

New York

8,724.81.31,10841.731

North Carolina

4,006.41.7817301.440

North Dakota

436.73.4921165.51

Ohio

5,147.51.4837261.245

Oklahoma

1,572.61.4797332.417

Oregon

1,709.82.4856232.611

Pennsylvania

5,622.40.3913171.633

Rhode Island

465.21.3878192.611

South Carolina

1,859.32.3751441.928

South Dakota

408.90.9706483.43

Tennessee

2,712.81.5819290.650

Texas

11,091.92.8952122.515

Utah

1,265.52.9791363.16

Vermont

302.50.0788373.43

Virginia

3,650.10.6971101.146

Washington

3,017.92.41,04472.121

West Virginia

710.3-0.7751443.72

Wisconsin

2,752.71.1793353.07

Wyoming

286.10.2840241.440

Puerto Rico

910.9-2.5501(5)-0.6(5)

Virgin Islands

37.9-1.9706(5)-0.6(5)

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.
 

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.
 

 Chart 1. Average weekly wages by county in Florida, third quarter 2013