Eight counties reported employment greater than 1 million in 1996
December 04, 1998
During 1996, eight U.S. counties reported employment of greater than 1 million. Los Angeles County, California, had the highest employment level of any county at 3.8 million. The others reporting more than 1 million employees were Cook County, Illinois; New York County, New York; Harris County, Texas; Dallas County, Texas; Maricopa County, Arizona; Orange County, California; and San Diego County, California.
Among these counties, Maricopa County, Arizona (part of the Phoenix metropolitan area), had the largest percent increase in employment from 1995 to 1996 at 8.4 percent. When reporting changes that did not represent true employment increases were excluded, the employment increase in Maricopa County was 7.2 percent--still substantially higher than the next largest increase among the top eight. (The reporting changes affected the county in which State government jobs were recorded.) Five of the eight counties had percent increases in employment greater than the national average of 2.1 percent.
New York County, New York, experienced the highest change in average annual pay among these eight counties, up 7.7 percent from 1995 to 1996. This change was substantially higher than the next largest increase--4.8 percent in Harris County, Texas (part of the Houston metropolitan area). Five of the eight counties had percent increases in average annual pay increases greater than the national average of 3.9 percent.
These data are a product of the BLS Covered Employed and Wages (ES-202) program. Additional information is available from news release USDL 98-443, "Employment and Average Annual Pay for Large Counties, 1996."
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Eight counties reported employment greater than 1 million in 1996 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1998/dec/wk1/art05.htm (visited July 30, 2016).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.
Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.