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22-41-SAN
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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County Employment and Wages in Alaska – Second Quarter 2021

Employment increased 4.8 percent in Alaska’s only large county, Anchorage Municipality, from June 2020 to June 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that in June 2021, Anchorage Borough’s employment totaled 140,800 and accounted for 44.6 percent of total employment within the state. (See table 1.)

National employment increased 6.7 percent over the year, with 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting increases. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 0.9 percent. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 36.8 percent. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 29 boroughs in Alaska with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 23 of the 29 smaller counties were below the national average of in the second quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the second quarter of 2020 to the second quarter of 2021, the average weekly wage in Anchorage Municipality fell 1.5 percent, compared to a 4.5-percent increase nationwide.

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 302 had over-the-year wage increases. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+29.7 percent). Thirty-six large counties had wage declines during the period. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.4 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Anchorage Municipality’s $1,244 average weekly wage ranked 88th nationwide in the second quarter of 2021. Among the largest U.S. counties, 90 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $1,241. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,516. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 253 counties. At $728 a week, Hidalgo, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Alaska’s smaller counties

Alaska additionally consists of 17 smaller boroughs, 11 census areas, and 1 municipality, each of which is considered a county level equivalent. Twenty-three of the 29 counties in Alaska with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages lower than the national average of $1,241. The exceptions were North Slope Borough ($1,988), Southeast Fairbanks Census Area ($1,503), Aleutians West Census Area ($1,397), Northwest Arctic Borough ($1,361), Nome Census Area ($1,284), and Chugach Census Area ($1,253). The Hoonah-Angoon Census Area reported the lowest weekly wage among the smaller counties, averaging $791. (See table 2.)

When all 30 counties in Alaska were considered, 7 had average weekly wages below $900, 8 had wages ranging from $900 to $999, 5 had wages from $1,000 to $1,099, 3 had wages from $1,100 to $1,199, and 7 had wages of $1,200 or higher.

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. This publication is typically published in September of the following year of the reference period or shortly after the QCEW first quarter full data update. The Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online is available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/.

The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.


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 individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the largest county in Alaska, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 -- $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Alaska

23.7 315.5 6.7 -- 1,181 17 -1.2 51

Anchorage

8.5 140.8 4.8 226 1,244 88 -1.5 327

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from 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 establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in Alaska, second quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment June 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

10,863,217 144,044,799 $1,241

Alaska

23,676 315,497 1,181

Aleutians East Borough

105 2,812 996

Aleutians West Census Area

164 2,809 1,397

Anchorage Municipality

8,470 140,782 1,244

Bethel Census Area

345 6,542 929

Chugach Census Area

423 4,218 1,253

Copper River Census Area

152 1,145 963

Bristol Bay Borough

133 2,115 901

Denali Borough

147 2,153 1,106

Dillingham Census Area

160 2,287 1,027

Fairbanks North Star Borough

2,353 35,387 1,129

Haines Borough

157 933 809

Hoonah-Angoon Census Area

140 943 791

Juneau City and Borough

1,155 16,175 1,171

Kenai Peninsula Borough

2,263 21,702 1,052

Ketchikan Gateway Borough

609 6,486 1,074

Kodiak Island Borough

480 5,758 988

Kusilvak Census Area

137 1,841 815

Lake and Peninsula Borough

122 908 810

Mantanuska-Susitna Borough

2,531 27,114 961

Nome Census Area

304 3,774 1,284

North Slope Borough

240 9,710 1,998

Northwest Arctic Borough

160 2,736 1,361

Petersburg Borough

162 1,541 942

Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area

261 2,318 897

Sitka City and Borough

378 4,147 1,035

Skagway Municipality

119 539 900

Southeast Fairbanks Census Area

250 2,799 1,503

Wrangell City and Borough

96 731 886

Yakutat City and Borough

48 419 1,071

Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area

265 2,328 868

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: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Table 3. Covered establishments, employment, and wages by state, second quarter 2021
State Establishments,
second quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
June 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
June
2020–21
Second quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
second quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (2)

10,863.2 144,044.8 6.7 $1,241 -- 4.5 --

Alabama

137.8 1,952.0 4.4 1,010 35 4.8 15

Alaska

23.7 315.5 6.7 1,181 17 -1.2 51

Arizona

180.2 2,857.8 5.3 1,154 20 5.9 6

Arkansas

96.1 1,205.3 4.4 974 45 5.2 12

California

1,662.9 16,992.1 7.0 1,579 3 7.5 5

Colorado

228.9 2,723.9 7.1 1,283 10 4.4 19

Connecticut

130.1 1,604.1 7.9 1,411 6 0.6 47

Delaware

35.1 440.1 5.1 1,165 19 1.7 41

District of Columbia

44.0 724.6 3.3 2,096 1 5.4 8

Florida

782.5 8,654.0 6.7 1,113 24 7.7 3

Georgia

337.0 4,453.5 6.5 1,139 22 5.9 6

Hawaii

48.7 590.5 12.7 1,117 23 0.7 46

Idaho

76.4 801.8 7.3 930 50 5.3 10

Illinois

394.6 5,743.5 6.5 1,260 11 3.5 25

Indiana

178.2 3,011.8 5.2 1,013 34 5.4 8

Iowa

106.1 1,528.0 4.8 999 38 2.1 38

Kansas

90.5 1,356.0 4.0 995 41 2.7 30

Kentucky

132.4 1,851.2 5.6 999 38 2.9 28

Louisiana

142.7 1,806.6 5.4 1,005 36 2.0 39

Maine

57.0 623.0 8.7 1,005 36 2.4 33

Maryland

175.6 2,599.7 6.8 1,319 9 1.0 44

Massachusetts

277.4 3,497.0 10.1 1,591 2 1.1 43

Michigan

270.2 4,175.6 8.4 1,143 21 2.5 32

Minnesota

192.8 2,814.5 6.4 1,240 13 3.3 26

Mississippi

75.7 1,107.1 4.1 843 51 3.8 22

Missouri

221.6 2,759.3 5.3 1,052 32 3.6 23

Montana

55.1 490.7 7.0 959 47 4.5 18

Nebraska

74.4 976.6 4.8 997 40 3.9 21

Nevada

93.9 1,353.9 14.0 1,106 25 5.3 10

New Hampshire

58.5 657.4 8.7 1,345 8 10.6 1

New Jersey

300.4 3,993.8 12.0 1,387 7 0.8 45

New Mexico

63.0 790.6 4.3 987 42 2.9 28

New York

667.9 8,885.4 9.2 1,540 5 1.3 42

North Carolina

311.1 4,511.3 7.2 1,092 27 5.1 14

North Dakota

32.6 407.4 4.3 1,067 29 0.6 47

Ohio

312.4 5,266.7 4.3 1,068 28 3.6 23

Oklahoma

114.6 1,568.7 3.1 963 46 2.4 33

Oregon

169.2 1,899.6 5.6 1,196 15 4.8 15

Pennsylvania

370.9 5,674.7 6.9 1,193 16 2.0 39

Rhode Island

42.1 472.2 10.0 1,168 18 -0.3 50

South Carolina

150.1 2,091.9 4.9 977 44 5.2 12

South Dakota

36.3 442.3 6.4 936 49 2.6 31

Tennessee

182.3 3,012.4 5.9 1,094 26 7.6 4

Texas

758.0 12,466.7 5.7 1,210 14 4.7 17

Utah

119.9 1,586.0 7.6 1,060 30 4.2 20

Vermont

27.8 292.4 7.5 1,053 31 -0.2 49

Virginia

293.6 3,854.3 6.1 1,257 12 3.2 27

Washington

263.6 3,376.7 5.7 1,547 4 8.3 2

West Virginia

52.7 663.8 4.8 955 48 2.2 37

Wisconsin

186.5 2,845.7 5.7 1,037 33 2.3 35

Wyoming

28.2 275.1 5.6 987 42 2.3 35

Puerto Rico

47.6 867.2 8.6 567 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.5 35.7 0.0 923 (3) -8.4 (3)

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(3) Data not included in the national ranking.
(2) 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.

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022