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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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County Employment and Wages in Florida – Third Quarter 2017

Employment increased in 11 of Florida’s 24 large counties from September 2016 to September 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2016 average annual employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increases ranged from 2.0 percent in Osceola County to 0.2 percent in Pinellas County. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.0 percent from September 2016 to September 2017 as 283 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 10.4 percent over the year. Collier, Fla., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a loss of 5.2 percent.

Among the 24 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade County (1,092,600) in September 2017, while Bay County had the smallest employment level (77,500). Together, Florida’s large counties accounted for about 86.9 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.7 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 144.5 million in September 2017.

Nineteen of Florida’s 24 large counties had over-the-year wage decreases in September 2017, with the largest loss in Okaloosa County (-4.3 percent). Miami-Dade County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties ($984), followed by Hillsborough ($976), Duval and Palm Beach Counties ($951 each), and Broward County ($941). Nationally, the average weekly wage decreased 0.6 percent over the year to $1,021 in the third quarter of 2017. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 43 counties in Florida with employment below 75,000. All of these smaller counties had average weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

As noted, 19 Florida large counties had over-the-year wage declines in September 2017. Average weekly wage losses ranged from 4.3 percent in Okaloosa County to 0.1 percent in both Miami-Dade and Pasco Counties. Four large counties in Florida had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Leon County had the largest wage increase (0.8 percent), followed by Sarasota County (0.5 percent).

Nationally, 265 of the 346 largest counties registered over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Mercer, N.J., had the largest wage decline, down 8.8 percent from the third quarter of 2016, followed by Wyandotte, Kan. (-6.0 percent).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 71 experienced an over-the-year increase in average weekly wages. Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages (8.4 percent), followed by Union, N.J (8.2 percent); Elkhart, Ind. (6.5 percent); Forsyth, N.C. (5.3 percent); and Maui + Kalawao, Hawaii (4.6 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in five of Florida’s large counties placed in the top half of the national ranking in the third quarter of 2017. However, average weekly wages in these five counties were below the national average of $1,021. The four large counties with the lowest average weekly wages in the state—Osceola ($689, 342nd), Lake ($692, 341st), Marion ($695, 340th), and Pasco ($717, 337th) — ranked among the 10 lowest in the United States.

Nationally, 96 large counties had average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,021 in the third quarter of 2017. Santa Clara, Calif., had the highest average weekly wage at $2,320, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,123); and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,954).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 250 had weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2017. Cameron, Texas had the lowest wage ($612), followed by Horry, S.C. ($633); and Hidalgo, Texas ($649).

Average weekly wages in Florida’s smaller counties

All 43 counties in Florida with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,021. Among these counties, St. Johns County had the highest average weekly wage at $830. Calhoun County reported the lowest weekly wage among all counties in the state, averaging $551 in the third quarter of 2017. (See table 2.)

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 3 reported average weekly wages below $600, 27 had wages from $600-$699, 20 had wages from $700-$799, 11 had wages from $800 to $899, and 6 had wages above $900. (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 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 2016 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

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 national 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.

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 24 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2017 (thousands)Percent change, September 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2016-17 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

144,464.41.0--$1,021---0.6--

Florida

8,305.8-0.2--89629-1.131

Alachua, Fla.

129.10.62098812240.072

Bay, Fla.

77.50.3244729335-3.6326

Brevard, Fla.

201.6-1.1329902197-3.0311

Broward, Fla.

778.9-0.7314941169-1.1168

Collier, Fla.

128.3-5.2346857253-1.6217

Duval, Fla.

498.61.3114951158-1.7231

Escambia, Fla.

133.71.2132802307-0.6121

Hillsborough, Fla.

662.5-0.5306976133-1.8237

Lake, Fla.

93.8-0.5306692341-3.5323

Lee, Fla.

239.7-2.83458103000.164

Leon, Fla.

146.8-1.53348522600.838

Manatee, Fla.

116.1-0.1287793312-3.2316

Marion, Fla.

99.0-0.1287695340-3.2316

Miami-Dade, Fla.

1,092.6-1.7337984128-0.182

Okaloosa, Fla.

82.90.7192819294-4.3340

Orange, Fla.

811.71.3114895207-1.4195

Osceola, Fla.

90.62.060689342-2.5285

Palm Beach, Fla.

576.0-1.0328951158-2.4281

Pasco, Fla.

115.00.9167717337-0.182

Pinellas, Fla.

418.20.2259881224-1.9245

Polk, Fla.

211.41.2132777324-0.8142

Sarasota, Fla.

161.5-0.83218412750.552

Seminole, Fla.

185.30.42338662410.164

Volusia, Fla.

166.8-0.7314720336-1.0156

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 Florida, third quarter 2017
AreaEmployment September 2017Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

144,464,425$1,021

Florida

8,305,778896

Alachua

129,053881

Baker

7,571629

Bay

77,494729

Bradford

6,611675

Brevard

201,644902

Broward

778,914941

Calhoun

2,766551

Charlotte

44,496710

Citrus

31,680684

Clay

50,405705

Collier

128,342857

Columbia

23,597700

De Soto

8,439663

Dixie

2,685674

Duval

498,632951

Escambia

133,677802

Flagler

22,875631

Franklin

3,370577

Gadsden

12,979679

Gilchrist

3,554628

Glades

1,514798

Gulf

3,772658

Hamilton

2,985778

Hardee

6,504706

Hendry

10,745682

Hernando

42,146668

Highlands

26,385645

Hillsborough

662,464976

Holmes

3,315601

Indian River

48,833761

Jackson

14,301655

Jefferson

2,491637

Lafayette

1,365602

Lake

93,846692

Lee

239,659810

Leon

146,802852

Levy

8,900582

Liberty

1,877666

Madison

4,255614

Manatee

116,082793

Marion

98,959695

Martin

64,368756

Miami-Dade

1,092,565984

Monroe

34,466766

Nassau

22,000737

Okaloosa

82,868819

Okeechobee

10,879685

Orange

811,698895

Osceola

90,603689

Palm Beach

575,992951

Pasco

115,020717

Pinellas

418,211881

Polk

211,363777

Putnam

16,006690

St. Johns

72,301830

St. Lucie

72,506755

Santa Rosa

36,993676

Sarasota

161,531841

Seminole

185,257866

Sumter

27,632764

Suwannee

11,122642

Taylor

6,650731

Union

3,625712

Volusia

166,793720

Wakulla

5,607662

Walton

25,591706

Washington

5,772653

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
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2017 (thousands)Percent change, September 2016-17Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2016-17National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

144,464.41.0$1,021---0.6--

Alabama

1,941.10.885937-1.338

Alaska

335.4-0.71,02515-2.850

Arizona

2,760.12.494824-0.210

Arkansas

1,213.00.678849-0.619

California

17,153.41.71,21540.54

Colorado

2,625.91.91,06790.54

Connecticut

1,676.30.11,1796-2.247

Delaware

443.00.41,026140.46

District of Columbia

764.70.71,75911.32

Florida

8,305.8-0.289629-1.131

Georgia

4,343.51.396121-0.927

Hawaii

652.50.495322-0.313

Idaho

722.32.777850-0.516

Illinois

5,969.60.51,05710-0.313

Indiana

3,044.00.686136-0.619

Iowa

1,546.1-0.285538-2.247

Kansas

1,376.4-0.183941-2.146

Kentucky

1,890.40.583742-2.449

Louisiana

1,904.3-0.186933-1.742

Maine

621.90.782146-0.516

Maryland

2,661.80.51,1058-1.742

Massachusetts

3,568.00.91,2652-0.927

Michigan

4,334.30.996420-1.131

Minnesota

2,883.01.11,03013-2.045

Mississippi

1,129.1-0.172951-1.439

Missouri

2,805.80.987831-1.234

Montana

468.60.9793480.18

Nebraska

973.3-0.285039-0.823

Nevada

1,337.72.991426-3.851

New Hampshire

659.10.61,02216-0.415

New Jersey

4,043.61.11,1567-1.541

New Mexico

816.00.382345-0.823

New York

9,329.81.21,2193-0.210

North Carolina

4,348.01.390427-0.721

North Dakota

419.2-1.095322-1.234

Ohio

5,383.60.692025-0.823

Oklahoma

1,593.30.784340-1.234

Oregon

1,905.31.896919-0.19

Pennsylvania

5,836.51.01,00217-1.131

Rhode Island

484.50.897318-1.844

South Carolina

2,027.20.882843-0.516

South Dakota

426.20.480347-0.721

Tennessee

2,953.31.190328-1.234

Texas

12,008.91.41,03212-1.029

Utah

1,444.12.687930-0.210

Vermont

310.30.186933-1.439

Virginia

3,843.61.01,05311-0.823

Washington

3,343.42.01,20851.71

West Virginia

694.00.2826441.13

Wisconsin

2,866.90.587632-1.029

Wyoming

276.20.3868350.37

Puerto Rico

862.8-3.1509(3)-2.7(3)

Virgin Islands

36.9-1.1763(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, March 21, 2018