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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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County Employment and Wages in Florida – Third Quarter 2018

Employment increased in each of Florida’s 24 large counties from September 2017 to September 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with 2017 average annual employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that 3 counties in Florida ranked among the top 5 in the national ranking by percent increase in employment. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from September 2017 to September 2018 as 295 of the 349 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 11.9 percent. New Hanover, NC, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 2.0 percent.

Among the 24 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade (1,142,100) in September 2018, while Bay County had the smallest employment level (79,600). Together, Florida’s large counties accounted for 86.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 349 largest counties made up 73.0 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 146.8 million in September 2018.

Each of Florida’s 24 large counties had over-the-year wage increases with the largest gain in Seminole County (5.9 percent). Hillsborough County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties ($1,009), followed by Miami-Dade ($1,001). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased to $1,055, a 3.3 percent increase over the year. (See table 1.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 43 counties in Florida with 2017 average annual employment levels below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these counties ranged from $827 to $588. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Among Florida’s 24 largest counties, average weekly wage increases in Seminole (5.9 percent, 13th) and Osceola (5.1 percent, 23rd) were in the top tenth of the national ranking. Average weekly wage growth in Florida’s other 22 large counties ranged from 3.9 to 1.3 percent.

Nationally, 336 of the 349 largest counties had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2018. Chatham, GA, had the largest over-the-year wage gain at 8.5 percent, followed by King, WA (7.9 percent).

Of the 349 largest U.S. counties, 11 had over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages. Elkhart, IN, had the largest percentage decrease in average weekly wages (-4.2 percent), followed by Union, NJ (-3.7 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 2018. However, no large county in Florida had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,055. (See table 1.)

Nationally, 94 large counties had average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,055 in the third quarter of 2018. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,460, followed by San Mateo, CA ($2,363), and San Francisco, CA ($2,097).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 255 had weekly wages below the national average in the third quarter of 2018. Cameron, TX, had the lowest wage ($632), followed by Horry, SC ($635), and Hidalgo, TX ($662).

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 $1,055. Among these counties, St. Johns had the highest average weekly wage at $827. Holmes County reported the lowest weekly wage among all counties in the state, averaging $588 in the third quarter of 2018. (See table 2.)

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 9 had average weekly wages below $650, 30 had wages from $650-$749, 15 had wages from $750-$849, 8 had wages from $850 to $949, and 5 had wages above $950. (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 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.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 5, 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.

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 2018
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands)Percent change, September 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)Average weekly wageNational ranking by level (3)Percent change, third quarter 2017-18 (2)National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

146,824.11.6--$1,055--3.3--

Florida

8,690.74.6--924293.125

Alachua, Fla.

132.72.3729112233.4122

Bay, Fla.

79.62.6627573363.795

Brevard, Fla.

215.66.649381913.973

Broward, Fla.

811.33.9229661723.0163

Collier, Fla.

142.610.528842542.9169

Duval, Fla.

515.63.4389761652.5215

Escambia, Fla.

136.02.3728203132.2259

Hillsborough, Fla.

685.53.5331,0091323.3128

Lake, Fla.

99.05.097173433.3128

Lee, Fla.

258.67.838243111.9280

Leon, Fla.

151.63.5338632751.3312

Manatee, Fla.

122.04.9128043241.5304

Marion, Fla.

103.13.6307113442.3241

Miami-Dade, Fla.

1,142.13.9221,0011381.8283

Okaloosa, Fla.

84.21.11688432923.2141

Orange, Fla.

850.54.6159311943.973

Osceola, Fla.

95.34.9127073455.123

Palm Beach, Fla.

599.14.0209861553.6101

Pasco, Fla.

121.25.287283412.0272

Pinellas, Fla.

434.03.5339022342.5215

Polk, Fla.

221.55.098013253.0163

Sarasota, Fla.

168.74.3188662732.7196

Seminole, Fla.

195.55.099162125.913

Volusia, Fla.

174.04.3187443393.6101

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 2018
AreaEmployment September 2018Average Weekly Wage(1)

United States(2)

146,824,093$1,055

Florida

8,690,689924

Alachua

132,701911

Baker

7,730635

Bay

79,612757

Bradford

6,679711

Brevard

215,583938

Broward

811,306966

Calhoun

2,914606

Charlotte

46,788730

Citrus

32,571703

Clay

52,768723

Collier

142,644884

Columbia

24,234714

De Soto

8,799666

Dixie

2,764746

Duval

515,555976

Escambia

136,029820

Flagler

23,499653

Franklin

3,408590

Gadsden

13,914697

Gilchrist

3,482618

Glades

1,727767

Gulf

3,757671

Hamilton

3,104802

Hardee

6,540697

Hendry

11,499705

Hernando

44,098696

Highlands

27,147664

Hillsborough

685,4641,009

Holmes

3,397588

Indian River

51,675777

Jackson

14,810670

Jefferson

2,534641

Lafayette

1,296619

Lake

98,976717

Lee

258,558824

Leon

151,640863

Levy

8,937610

Liberty

1,885733

Madison

4,363613

Manatee

122,011804

Marion

103,118711

Martin

67,517776

Miami-Dade

1,142,0661,001

Monroe

39,178802

Nassau

23,130766

Okaloosa

84,214843

Okeechobee

11,381687

Orange

850,532931

Osceola

95,288707

Palm Beach

599,135986

Pasco

121,190728

Pinellas

434,016902

Polk

221,460801

Putnam

16,429711

St. Johns

76,857827

St. Lucie

77,256778

Santa Rosa

38,768694

Sarasota

168,695866

Seminole

195,450916

Sumter

29,563775

Suwannee

11,439662

Taylor

6,553739

Union

3,385744

Volusia

173,950744

Wakulla

5,805680

Walton

26,296730

Washington

6,087665

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
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2018 (thousands)Percent change, September 2017-18Average weekly wageNational ranking by levelPercent change, third quarter 2017-18National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

146,824.11.6$1,055--3.3--

Alabama

1,966.01.2885383.125

Alaska

334.0-0.41,065133.712

Arizona

2,838.62.8974232.931

Arkansas

1,222.10.7811492.931

California

17,457.51.81,26053.89

Colorado

2,684.02.11,10493.518

Connecticut

1,681.50.31,20962.541

Delaware

447.80.61,046152.442

District of Columbia

770.70.71,80712.836

Florida

8,690.74.6924293.125

Georgia

4,448.82.3993203.321

Hawaii

654.70.0975222.442

Idaho

743.53.0805503.223

Illinois

6,029.20.81,087103.028

Indiana

3,072.30.9883392.442

Iowa

1,555.00.6887373.712

Kansas

1,390.41.0867423.518

Kentucky

1,898.70.5855432.247

Louisiana

1,915.40.5901333.712

Maine

626.50.6851453.712

Maryland

2,683.90.71,13082.442

Massachusetts

3,598.10.71,30523.223

Michigan

4,366.50.8991212.836

Minnesota

2,904.30.81,074124.25

Mississippi

1,133.70.2754513.420

Missouri

2,812.00.4907313.321

Montana

473.31.0815482.836

Nebraska

980.30.6873412.836

Nevada

1,382.93.4936282.442

New Hampshire

662.30.51,040161.749

New Jersey

4,072.60.81,18172.148

New Mexico

826.21.2855433.97

New York

9,467.51.41,27244.25

North Carolina

4,398.01.1938263.89

North Dakota

424.31.1995194.43

Ohio

5,424.40.7947252.931

Oklahoma

1,616.81.2874403.616

Oregon

1,939.81.51,005183.89

Pennsylvania

5,894.81.01,031173.028

Rhode Island

489.41.096324-1.351

South Carolina

2,088.22.8834460.850

South Dakota

431.51.3827473.028

Tennessee

3,005.61.7938263.97

Texas

12,327.02.61,064143.125

Utah

1,494.43.4911303.616

Vermont

310.90.0892362.640

Virginia

3,889.61.11,082112.931

Washington

3,425.62.41,28036.22

West Virginia

706.01.7894358.11

Wisconsin

2,888.90.7901332.931

Wyoming

278.20.6905324.34

Puerto Rico

862.50.2534(3)5.3(3)

Virgin Islands

33.4-8.0888(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: Tuesday, April 02, 2019