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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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County Employment and Wages in Florida – Third Quarter 2019

Employment increased in 24 of Florida’s 26 large counties from September 2018 to September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that employment increased by 3.0 percent or more over the year for three counties—Osceola, Manatee, and St. Lucie. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment increased 1.1 percent over the year with 283 of the 355 largest U.S. counties reporting increases. New Hanover, NC, had the largest percentage increase in the country, up 5.8 percent over the year. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 5.9 percent.

Among the 26 largest counties in Florida, employment was highest in Miami-Dade (1,157,200) in September 2019, while Bay County had the smallest employment level (74,700). Together, Florida’s large counties accounted for 88.6 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

Each of Florida’s 26 large counties had over-the-year wage increases from the third quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019, with the largest gain in Bay County (8.7 percent). Hillsborough County had the highest average weekly wage among the state’s largest counties ($1,046), followed by Miami-Dade County ($1,039). Nationally, the average weekly wage increased 3.6 percent from a year ago to $1,093 in the third quarter of 2019.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 41 counties in Florida with employment below 75,000. Average weekly wages in these smaller counties ranged from $854 to $609. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

Among Florida’s 26 largest counties, average weekly wage increases in Bay (8.7 percent, 5th), Okaloosa (5.7 percent, 17th), and Pasco (5.2 percent, 25th) were in the top tenth of the national ranking in the third quarter of 2019. Average weekly wage growth in Florida’s other 23 large counties ranged from 4.6 percent to 0.9 percent.

Nationally, 350 of the 355 largest counties had over-the-year wage increases. Boulder, CO, had the largest third quarter over-the-year wage gain at 18.4 percent. The remaining five large counties registered wage declines during the period. Linn, IA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-2.6 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 2019. However, no large county in Florida had an average weekly wage above the national average of $1,093.

Nationally, 98 large counties reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2019. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $2,447. Average weekly wages were below the national average in 257 counties. At $659 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Florida’s smaller counties

All 41 smaller counties in Florida—those with employment below 75,000—had average weekly wages below the national average of $1,093. Among these counties, Hamilton had the highest average weekly wage at $854. Holmes County had the lowest average wage in the state at $609 per week.

When all 67 counties in Florida were considered, 17 had average weekly wages at or below $699, 24 had wages from $700 to $799, 14 had wages from $800 to $899, 7 had wages from $900 to $999, and 5 had wages of $1,000 or more. (See chart 1.)

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.

The County Employment and Wages 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.

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 26 largest counties in Florida, third quarter 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2019 (thousands) Percent change, September 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3) Average weekly wage National ranking by level (3) Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 (2) National ranking by percent change (3)

United States (4)

148,556.5 1.1 -- $1,093 -- 3.6 --

Florida

8,838.2 1.7 -- 955 29 3.4 27

Alachua

134.4 1.0 171 937 225 2.7 257

Bay

74.7 -5.9 355 815 334 8.7 5

Brevard

221.8 1.8 84 958 203 1.9 305

Broward

819.4 0.5 226 1,000 171 4.1 103

Collier

145.8 2.2 60 920 247 4.0 114

Duval

525.2 1.7 93 1,008 164 2.9 238

Escambia

137.9 1.4 122 856 308 4.5 66

Hillsborough

708.0 2.8 35 1,046 135 3.8 132

Lake

101.3 1.9 76 741 348 2.5 267

Lee

264.3 2.1 64 854 312 3.6 157

Leon

152.9 0.6 217 901 274 4.6 60

Manatee

128.0 3.1 21 840 324 4.0 114

Marion

105.1 1.9 76 735 349 3.4 182

Miami-Dade

1,157.2 1.3 132 1,039 141 3.6 157

Okaloosa

85.7 1.9 76 894 278 5.7 17

Orange

868.5 1.9 76 958 203 3.1 212

Osceola

99.8 3.2 17 720 351 1.6 320

Palm Beach

606.6 1.3 132 1,009 161 2.3 283

Pasco

122.7 1.1 153 775 344 5.2 25

Pinellas

438.4 0.8 196 931 233 3.3 195

Polk

228.3 2.7 37 822 332 2.5 267

Sarasota

169.5 1.3 132 898 276 3.9 122

Seminole

200.2 1.4 122 929 234 0.9 339

St. Johns

79.0 2.3 54 851 313 3.0 227

St. Lucie

79.9 3.0 25 788 340 1.4 328

Volusia

173.5 -0.6 321 763 347 2.1 292

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 2019
Area Employment September 2019 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

148,556,525 $1,093

Florida

8,838,211 $955

Alachua

134,446 $937

Baker

7,588 $648

Bay

74,725 $815

Bradford

6,651 $717

Brevard

221,776 $958

Broward

819,355 $1,000

Calhoun

2,858 $639

Charlotte

47,750 $756

Citrus

32,203 $722

Clay

53,758 $746

Collier

145,782 $920

Columbia

24,856 $755

De Soto

9,084 $707

Dixie

2,790 $677

Duval

525,212 $1,008

Escambia

137,918 $856

Flagler

24,047 $667

Franklin

3,292 $631

Gadsden

15,315 $701

Gilchrist

3,636 $656

Glades

1,882 $814

Gulf

3,726 $720

Hamilton

3,125 $854

Hardee

6,637 $689

Hendry

11,319 $706

Hernando

45,147 $715

Highlands

26,917 $683

Hillsborough

707,966 $1,046

Holmes

3,525 $609

Indian River

52,297 $803

Jackson

14,610 $700

Jefferson

2,438 $670

Lafayette

1,377 $645

Lake

101,288 $741

Lee

264,337 $854

Leon

152,885 $901

Levy

8,819 $615

Liberty

1,889 $698

Madison

4,534 $639

Manatee

128,034 $840

Marion

105,060 $735

Martin

68,391 $807

Miami-Dade

1,157,209 $1,039

Monroe

40,374 $823

Nassau

23,740 $782

Okaloosa

85,664 $894

Okeechobee

11,440 $690

Orange

868,533 $958

Osceola

99,833 $720

Palm Beach

606,613 $1,009

Pasco

122,676 $775

Pinellas

438,378 $931

Polk

228,343 $822

Putnam

16,399 $738

St. Johns

78,987 $851

St. Lucie

79,878 $788

Santa Rosa

40,191 $715

Sarasota

169,540 $898

Seminole

200,174 $929

Sumter

31,503 $806

Suwannee

11,411 $684

Taylor

6,419 $743

Union

3,399 $746

Volusia

173,536 $763

Wakulla

5,943 $725

Walton

27,386 $778

Washington

6,108 $675

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 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

148,556.5 1.1 $1,093 -- 3.6 --

Alabama

1,989.5 1.1 919 36 3.8 18

Alaska

338.0 1.2 1,105 14 3.7 21

Arizona

2,913.4 2.6 1,018 22 4.5 4

Arkansas

1,222.8 0.0 841 49 3.8 18

California

17,713.1 1.4 1,309 5 3.8 18

Colorado

2,749.0 2.4 1,170 8 6.1 1

Connecticut

1,676.6 -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

8,838.2 1.7 955 29 3.4 27

Georgia

4,509.7 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

6,023.1 0.0 1,125 10 3.6 23

Indiana

3,083.5 0.3 914 37 3.5 26

Iowa

1,556.9 0.1 914 37 3.0 39

Kansas

1,395.9 0.4 893 43 2.9 43

Kentucky

1,910.8 0.7 884 45 3.4 27

Louisiana

1,913.5 -0.3 923 35 2.6 47

Maine

632.6 0.9 887 44 4.2 7

Maryland

2,696.9 0.2 1,169 9 3.6 23

Massachusetts

3,642.5 0.9 1,359 2 4.2 7

Michigan

4,375.8 0.2 1,021 21 3.0 39

Minnesota

2,917.8 0.4 1,107 13 3.0 39

Mississippi

1,135.8 0.1 768 51 2.7 46

Missouri

2,826.5 0.6 942 31 3.9 15

Montana

478.9 1.2 848 48 3.9 15

Nebraska

984.7 0.3 908 39 4.0 13

Nevada

1,412.2 2.1 973 26 4.1 10

New Hampshire

667.9 0.8 1,075 16 3.4 27

New Jersey

4,104.0 0.9 1,217 7 3.0 39

New Mexico

842.1 1.7 899 40 5.1 2

New York

9,575.4 1.1 1,314 4 3.3 32

North Carolina

4,501.3 2.2 972 27 3.6 23

North Dakota

428.4 0.9 1,028 19 3.3 32

Ohio

5,443.3 0.3 976 25 3.1 37

Oklahoma

1,628.8 0.5 897 41 2.6 47

Oregon

1,970.7 1.4 1,037 18 3.2 35

Pennsylvania

5,947.9 0.8 1,064 17 3.2 35

Rhode Island

491.3 0.6 991 24 2.8 44

South Carolina

2,132.4 2.2 866 46 3.7 21

South Dakota

433.4 0.4 855 47 3.4 27

Tennessee

3,060.8 1.9 966 28 2.8 44

Texas

12,603.2 2.1 1,109 12 4.1 10

Utah

1,535.2 2.8 954 30 4.8 3

Vermont

311.0 0.0 927 34 4.3 5

Virginia

3,931.4 1.0 1,125 10 4.0 13

Washington

3,489.8 2.1 1,335 3 4.3 5

West Virginia

694.4 -1.8 897 41 0.3 51

Wisconsin

2,893.8 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 18, 2020