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Friday, March 19, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in Florida — Third Quarter 2020

Employment declined in all of Florida’s 25 largest counties from September 2019 to September 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2019.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that Orange County had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment at (-15.7 percent), followed by Osceola County (-10.3 percent) and Miami-Dade County (-9.5 percent). (See chart 1 and table 1.)


National employment decreased 6.8 percent over the year, with 355 of the 357 largest U.S. counties reporting declines. Maui + Kalawao, HI, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 35.4 percent. Utah, UT, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment with a gain of 1.9 percent.

Among the 25 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade County (1,048,500) in September 2020. Within Miami-Dade County’s private industry, health care and social assistance accounted for the largest employment. Together, the 25 largest Florida counties accounted for 87.0 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 357 largest counties made up 72.9 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 42 counties in Florida with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in all 42 smaller counties were below the national average in the third quarter of 2020. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All large Florida counties reported average weekly wage gains from the third quarter of 2019 to the third quarter of 2020. (See chart 2.) Twelve counties had rates of wage gains at or above the national rate of 7.4 percent. Orange County had the largest gain (+10.6 percent), followed by Palm Beach County (+10.2 percent). Over-the-year wage gains among Florida’s other 23 large counties ranged from 9.6 percent to 4.7 percent.


Among the 357 largest counties in the United States, 350 had over-the-year wage increases. Nationally, the increases in average weekly wages largely reflect substantial employment loss among lower-paid industries. Employment declines occurring in some higher-paid industries also feature significant wage increases. San Mateo, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+23.2 percent). Seven large counties had wage declines during the period. Ector, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-11.0 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Average weekly wages in all 25 of Florida’s largest counties were below the national average of $1,173 in the third quarter of 2020. Average weekly wages in Florida’s large counties ranged from $1,133 in Hillsborough County to $759 in Osceola County.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 96 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2020. San Mateo, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,922. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in 261 counties. At $697 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Florida’s smaller counties

All 42 smaller counties in Florida—those with employment below 75,000—had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,173. Among these smaller counties, Hamilton had the highest average weekly wage at $974. Holmes County ($618) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 9 reported average weekly wages of less than $700, 24 had average weekly wages from $700 to $799, 15 registered wages from $800 to $899, 10 had wages from $900 to $999, and 9 had average weekly wages of $1,000 or higher. (See chart 3.)

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 2019 edition of this publication was published in September 2020. Tables and additional content from the 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2019/home.htm. The 2020 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2021.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 25 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2020
AreaEstablishments,
third quarter 2020
(thousands)
EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
September 2019–20 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Third quarter
2020
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
third quarter 2019–20 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,561.3138,549.5-6.8--$1,173--7.4--

Florida

749.18,329.7-5.8--1,029278.011

Alachua

7.5128.2-4.8841,0142147.8140

Brevard

16.9214.7-2.6241,0172105.9254

Broward

74.9753.6-7.92401,0891629.171

Collier

15.7139.4-4.4719842437.0190

Duval

31.4509.0-3.0351,0731716.7209

Escambia

8.7134.6-2.8319113166.4227

Hillsborough

47.6675.9-4.8841,1331198.980

Lake

9.299.6-2.5237963497.3168

Lee

24.4253.3-4.7829352969.656

Leon

9.2145.2-4.6789452834.7302

Manatee

12.1121.5-5.21059133139.171

Marion

9.0104.3-1.797873507.4162

Miami-Dade

108.11,048.5-9.53081,1161367.8140

Okaloosa

6.984.0-2.1149832449.558

Orange

47.4733.3-15.73501,05618010.631

Osceola

8.189.5-10.33287593534.8299

Palm Beach

61.2568.7-6.31751,11513910.238

Pasco

12.1120.6-2.1148353437.3168

Pinellas

35.7417.2-5.21051,0112178.2119

Polk

14.9230.1-0.638713355.6266

Sarasota

17.2162.1-4.6789562706.6215

Seminole

16.2191.6-4.4719902377.1181

St. Johns

8.478.2-1.259033216.6215

St. Lucie

7.377.8-2.3208353436.0253

Volusia

15.4166.4-5.11028243458.980

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 2020
AreaEmployment September 2020Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

138,549,503$1,173

Florida

8,329,7301,029

Alachua

128,2201,014

Baker

7,635683

Bay

72,823868

Bradford

6,433738

Brevard

214,6751,017

Broward

753,6201,089

Calhoun

2,935660

Charlotte

46,779824

Citrus

31,172760

Clay

51,976805

Collier

139,429984

Columbia

24,211770

De Soto

9,202742

Dixie

2,884679

Duval

509,0431,073

Escambia

134,612911

Flagler

23,961715

Franklin

3,381669

Gadsden

15,505726

Gilchrist

3,744761

Glades

1,867841

Gulf

3,913773

Hamilton

2,873974

Hardee

6,587727

Hendry

11,335741

Hernando

43,212767

Highlands

25,427722

Hillsborough

675,9051,133

Holmes

3,447618

Indian River

49,807866

Jackson

14,692730

Jefferson

2,540678

Lafayette

1,397663

Lake

99,590796

Lee

253,259935

Leon

145,192945

Levy

8,993644

Liberty

1,884745

Madison

4,628651

Manatee

121,533913

Marion

104,259787

Martin

66,655867

Miami-Dade

1,048,5451,116

Monroe

36,877895

Nassau

22,933828

Okaloosa

84,045983

Okeechobee

10,988754

Orange

733,2811,056

Osceola

89,479759

Palm Beach

568,7491,115

Pasco

120,600835

Pinellas

417,1891,011

Polk

230,071871

Putnam

15,947796

St. Johns

78,187903

St. Lucie

77,801835

Santa Rosa

39,169744

Sarasota

162,065956

Seminole

191,572990

Sumter

30,892844

Suwannee

10,923705

Taylor

6,252754

Union

3,369744

Volusia

166,438824

Wakulla

6,011812

Walton

27,418829

Washington

5,807715

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 2020
StateEstablishments,
third quarter 2020
(thousands)
EmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
September 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
September 2019–20
Third quarter
2020
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
third quarter 2019–20
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

10,561.3138,549.5-6.8$1,173--7.4--

Alabama

132.21,902.4-4.5978336.427

Alaska

22.9302.6-10.71,165145.442

Arizona

174.12,797.1-4.21,091227.317

Arkansas

93.61,180.1-3.4892496.131

California

1,643.816,096.8-9.21,466412.01

Colorado

220.12,597.2-5.61,23595.638

Connecticut

125.41,555.6-7.31,32877.415

Delaware

34.9428.8-5.61,150156.821

District of Columbia

43.3713.7-8.11,96216.131

Florida

749.18,329.7-5.81,029278.011

Georgia

313.04,282.1-5.21,084235.835

Hawaii

46.5507.5-22.91,1141810.34

Idaho

70.7763.7-0.2884505.541

Illinois

385.95,558.5-7.81,199116.821

Indiana

172.42,941.8-4.7961395.343

Iowa

105.11,475.0-5.2969366.034

Kansas

89.21,325.4-5.0952406.624

Kentucky

128.01,807.1-5.5935435.835

Louisiana

139.51,734.6-9.6970355.245

Maine

54.4597.3-5.9966379.09

Maryland

172.42,496.6-7.61,27789.57

Massachusetts

265.13,314.8-9.41,48829.76

Michigan

266.94,035.9-7.91,096207.514

Minnesota

183.12,703.3-7.41,178126.427

Mississippi

74.91,092.4-4.0810515.638

Missouri

218.82,681.7-5.1995325.638

Montana

53.0466.9-2.5904486.624

Nebraska

73.7949.9-3.8964386.427

Nevada

87.91,251.0-11.61,048247.813

New Hampshire

56.1634.2-5.21,171138.910

New Jersey

289.33,778.4-8.01,33169.57

New Mexico

63.1771.9-8.6944415.146

New York

657.68,547.7-10.81,446510.05

North Carolina

301.44,308.2-4.41,039266.920

North Dakota

32.5398.2-7.01,02528-0.350

Ohio

305.75,136.8-5.61,040256.624

Oklahoma

112.41,538.5-5.7917462.348

Oregon

164.61,837.3-7.01,113197.415

Pennsylvania

366.55,501.0-7.61,139177.019

Rhode Island

40.1452.5-8.01,0922110.43

South Carolina

146.62,022.9-5.2924446.723

South Dakota

35.2422.3-2.6918457.218

Tennessee

173.62,918.1-4.61,022295.835

Texas

733.111,926.8-5.51,150153.847

Utah

114.31,518.2-1.01,015306.131

Vermont

26.4283.9-8.61,001317.912

Virginia

285.73,737.0-5.01,201106.427

Washington

256.63,266.2-6.31,482311.02

West Virginia

51.7649.1-6.7913471.849

Wisconsin

181.22,746.6-5.2977345.343

Wyoming

27.5264.0-6.893942-0.451

Puerto Rico

45.7831.6-5.3547(3)3.4(3)

Virgin Islands

3.433.9-13.01,019(3)-0.5(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: Friday, March 19, 2021