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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
Area Establishments,
third quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average 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)

10,561.3 138,549.5 -6.8 -- $1,173 -- 7.4 --

Florida

749.1 8,329.7 -5.8 -- 1,029 27 8.0 11

Alachua

7.5 128.2 -4.8 84 1,014 214 7.8 140

Brevard

16.9 214.7 -2.6 24 1,017 210 5.9 254

Broward

74.9 753.6 -7.9 240 1,089 162 9.1 71

Collier

15.7 139.4 -4.4 71 984 243 7.0 190

Duval

31.4 509.0 -3.0 35 1,073 171 6.7 209

Escambia

8.7 134.6 -2.8 31 911 316 6.4 227

Hillsborough

47.6 675.9 -4.8 84 1,133 119 8.9 80

Lake

9.2 99.6 -2.5 23 796 349 7.3 168

Lee

24.4 253.3 -4.7 82 935 296 9.6 56

Leon

9.2 145.2 -4.6 78 945 283 4.7 302

Manatee

12.1 121.5 -5.2 105 913 313 9.1 71

Marion

9.0 104.3 -1.7 9 787 350 7.4 162

Miami-Dade

108.1 1,048.5 -9.5 308 1,116 136 7.8 140

Okaloosa

6.9 84.0 -2.1 14 983 244 9.5 58

Orange

47.4 733.3 -15.7 350 1,056 180 10.6 31

Osceola

8.1 89.5 -10.3 328 759 353 4.8 299

Palm Beach

61.2 568.7 -6.3 175 1,115 139 10.2 38

Pasco

12.1 120.6 -2.1 14 835 343 7.3 168

Pinellas

35.7 417.2 -5.2 105 1,011 217 8.2 119

Polk

14.9 230.1 -0.6 3 871 335 5.6 266

Sarasota

17.2 162.1 -4.6 78 956 270 6.6 215

Seminole

16.2 191.6 -4.4 71 990 237 7.1 181

St. Johns

8.4 78.2 -1.2 5 903 321 6.6 215

St. Lucie

7.3 77.8 -2.3 20 835 343 6.0 253

Volusia

15.4 166.4 -5.1 102 824 345 8.9 80

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
Area Employment September 2020 Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

138,549,503 $1,173

Florida

8,329,730 1,029

Alachua

128,220 1,014

Baker

7,635 683

Bay

72,823 868

Bradford

6,433 738

Brevard

214,675 1,017

Broward

753,620 1,089

Calhoun

2,935 660

Charlotte

46,779 824

Citrus

31,172 760

Clay

51,976 805

Collier

139,429 984

Columbia

24,211 770

De Soto

9,202 742

Dixie

2,884 679

Duval

509,043 1,073

Escambia

134,612 911

Flagler

23,961 715

Franklin

3,381 669

Gadsden

15,505 726

Gilchrist

3,744 761

Glades

1,867 841

Gulf

3,913 773

Hamilton

2,873 974

Hardee

6,587 727

Hendry

11,335 741

Hernando

43,212 767

Highlands

25,427 722

Hillsborough

675,905 1,133

Holmes

3,447 618

Indian River

49,807 866

Jackson

14,692 730

Jefferson

2,540 678

Lafayette

1,397 663

Lake

99,590 796

Lee

253,259 935

Leon

145,192 945

Levy

8,993 644

Liberty

1,884 745

Madison

4,628 651

Manatee

121,533 913

Marion

104,259 787

Martin

66,655 867

Miami-Dade

1,048,545 1,116

Monroe

36,877 895

Nassau

22,933 828

Okaloosa

84,045 983

Okeechobee

10,988 754

Orange

733,281 1,056

Osceola

89,479 759

Palm Beach

568,749 1,115

Pasco

120,600 835

Pinellas

417,189 1,011

Polk

230,071 871

Putnam

15,947 796

St. Johns

78,187 903

St. Lucie

77,801 835

Santa Rosa

39,169 744

Sarasota

162,065 956

Seminole

191,572 990

Sumter

30,892 844

Suwannee

10,923 705

Taylor

6,252 754

Union

3,369 744

Volusia

166,438 824

Wakulla

6,011 812

Walton

27,418 829

Washington

5,807 715

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
State Establishments,
third quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average 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)

10,561.3 138,549.5 -6.8 $1,173 -- 7.4 --

Alabama

132.2 1,902.4 -4.5 978 33 6.4 27

Alaska

22.9 302.6 -10.7 1,165 14 5.4 42

Arizona

174.1 2,797.1 -4.2 1,091 22 7.3 17

Arkansas

93.6 1,180.1 -3.4 892 49 6.1 31

California

1,643.8 16,096.8 -9.2 1,466 4 12.0 1

Colorado

220.1 2,597.2 -5.6 1,235 9 5.6 38

Connecticut

125.4 1,555.6 -7.3 1,328 7 7.4 15

Delaware

34.9 428.8 -5.6 1,150 15 6.8 21

District of Columbia

43.3 713.7 -8.1 1,962 1 6.1 31

Florida

749.1 8,329.7 -5.8 1,029 27 8.0 11

Georgia

313.0 4,282.1 -5.2 1,084 23 5.8 35

Hawaii

46.5 507.5 -22.9 1,114 18 10.3 4

Idaho

70.7 763.7 -0.2 884 50 5.5 41

Illinois

385.9 5,558.5 -7.8 1,199 11 6.8 21

Indiana

172.4 2,941.8 -4.7 961 39 5.3 43

Iowa

105.1 1,475.0 -5.2 969 36 6.0 34

Kansas

89.2 1,325.4 -5.0 952 40 6.6 24

Kentucky

128.0 1,807.1 -5.5 935 43 5.8 35

Louisiana

139.5 1,734.6 -9.6 970 35 5.2 45

Maine

54.4 597.3 -5.9 966 37 9.0 9

Maryland

172.4 2,496.6 -7.6 1,277 8 9.5 7

Massachusetts

265.1 3,314.8 -9.4 1,488 2 9.7 6

Michigan

266.9 4,035.9 -7.9 1,096 20 7.5 14

Minnesota

183.1 2,703.3 -7.4 1,178 12 6.4 27

Mississippi

74.9 1,092.4 -4.0 810 51 5.6 38

Missouri

218.8 2,681.7 -5.1 995 32 5.6 38

Montana

53.0 466.9 -2.5 904 48 6.6 24

Nebraska

73.7 949.9 -3.8 964 38 6.4 27

Nevada

87.9 1,251.0 -11.6 1,048 24 7.8 13

New Hampshire

56.1 634.2 -5.2 1,171 13 8.9 10

New Jersey

289.3 3,778.4 -8.0 1,331 6 9.5 7

New Mexico

63.1 771.9 -8.6 944 41 5.1 46

New York

657.6 8,547.7 -10.8 1,446 5 10.0 5

North Carolina

301.4 4,308.2 -4.4 1,039 26 6.9 20

North Dakota

32.5 398.2 -7.0 1,025 28 -0.3 50

Ohio

305.7 5,136.8 -5.6 1,040 25 6.6 24

Oklahoma

112.4 1,538.5 -5.7 917 46 2.3 48

Oregon

164.6 1,837.3 -7.0 1,113 19 7.4 15

Pennsylvania

366.5 5,501.0 -7.6 1,139 17 7.0 19

Rhode Island

40.1 452.5 -8.0 1,092 21 10.4 3

South Carolina

146.6 2,022.9 -5.2 924 44 6.7 23

South Dakota

35.2 422.3 -2.6 918 45 7.2 18

Tennessee

173.6 2,918.1 -4.6 1,022 29 5.8 35

Texas

733.1 11,926.8 -5.5 1,150 15 3.8 47

Utah

114.3 1,518.2 -1.0 1,015 30 6.1 31

Vermont

26.4 283.9 -8.6 1,001 31 7.9 12

Virginia

285.7 3,737.0 -5.0 1,201 10 6.4 27

Washington

256.6 3,266.2 -6.3 1,482 3 11.0 2

West Virginia

51.7 649.1 -6.7 913 47 1.8 49

Wisconsin

181.2 2,746.6 -5.2 977 34 5.3 43

Wyoming

27.5 264.0 -6.8 939 42 -0.4 51

Puerto Rico

45.7 831.6 -5.3 547 (3) 3.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.4 33.9 -13.0 1,019 (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