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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico - Third Quarter 2014

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment decline of 1.8 percent from September 2013 to September 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2012 annual average employment.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2014, San Juan’s employment level of 249,269 accounted for 28.0 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 2.0 percent over the year, as 306 of the 339 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 339 largest counties made up 71.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $603 in the third quarter of 2014, 1.3 percent higher than a year ago. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage increased 2.9 percent over the year to $949. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

 Chart 1. Percent change in employment, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, September 2013-2014 and Chart 2. Percent change in average weekly wages, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter, 2013-2014

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 77 municipios in Puerto Rico with employment below 75,000. All 77 had wages below the U.S. average of $949. (See table 2.) Juncos, at $868, had the highest average weekly wage. Two other small municipios, Guaynabo and Las Piedras had weekly wages above $600. These three municipios were located on the northern and eastern parts of the island. Thirty-one municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with roughly half of these low-wage municipios located in the western end of the island, including Lares ($314) and Las Marias ($306). (See chart 3.)

In the neighboring Virgin Islands, average weekly wages were also below the U.S. average. The highest average weekly wage among the three Virgin Island counties was $738 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $710 and $625, respectively.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the Virgin Island’s 37,500 jobs in September 2014 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 14,300 were on St. Croix.

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 2013 edition of this publication contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2014 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2013 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn13.htm. The 2014 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2015.

 Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in PuertoRico, third quarter 2014

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2014 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 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 9.4 million employer reports cover 137.7 million full- and part-time workers. 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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2014
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands) Percent change, September 2013-14 (2) Average weekly wage Percent change, fourth quarter 2013-14 (2)

United States (3)

137,724.1 2.0 $949 2.9

Puerto Rico

896.7 -1.5 505 0.8

San Juan

249.3 -1.8 603 1.3

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) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
 

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Puerto Rico, 3rd quarter 2014
Area Employment September 2014 Average Weekly Wage (1)

United States (2)

137,724,117 $949

Puerto Rico

896,710 505

Adjuntas

1,779 342

Aguada

4,178 340

Aguadilla

17,356 538

Aguas Buenas

1,799 391

Aibonito

5,259 470

Anasco

5,503 454

Arecibo

21,164 500

Arroyo

2,417 496

Barceloneta

9,668 558

Barranquitas

3,194 401

Bayamon

56,226 454

Cabo Rojo

5,922 330

Caguas

46,300 454

Camuy

3,430 363

Canovanas

6,081 436

Carolina

47,432 461

Catano

10,196 587

Cayey

10,355 516

Ceiba

1,068 407

Ciales

1,531 362

Cidra

5,814 492

Coamo

3,767 378

Comerio

1,963 371

Corozal

4,111 366

Culebra

384 338

Dorado

8,185 456

Fajardo

11,872 451

Florida

1,185 396

Guanica

2,192 347

Guayama

10,667 507

Guayanilla

2,112 429

Guaynabo

45,189 630

Gurabo

6,303 504

Hatillo

8,055 349

Hormigueros

2,504 326

Humacao

16,511 523

Isabela

6,469 443

Jayuya

2,737 480

Juana Diaz

6,520 430

Juncos

6,588 868

Lajas

2,829 327

Lares

4,213 314

Las Marias

1,047 306

Las Piedras

5,979 605

Loiza

1,531 371

Luquillo

2,140 440

Manati

14,310 520

Maricao

1,208 416

Maunabo

1,495 555

Mayaguez

31,826 434

Moca

3,527 349

Morovis

2,359 373

Naguabo

1,823 408

Naranjito

2,680 386

Orocovis

2,940 331

Patillas

1,596 371

Penuelas

2,750 423

Ponce

49,189 437

Quebradillas

2,176 375

Rincon

1,614 360

Rio Grande

5,707 408

Sabana Grande

3,031 357

Salinas

3,947 457

San German

8,926 427

San Juan

249,269 603

San Lorenzo

4,263 507

San Sebastian

5,231 334

Santa Isabel

5,045 406

Toa Alta

3,634 363

Toa Baja

12,858 429

Trujillo Alto

11,131 325

Utuado

3,775 422

Vega Alta

4,496 404

Vega Baja

8,109 483

Vieques

1,728 441

Villalba

3,298 563

Yabucoa

2,973 388

Yauco

6,177 361

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 2014
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2014 (thousands) Percent change, September 2013-14 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2013-14 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

137,724.1 2.0 $949 -- 2.9 --

Alabama

1,871.2 1.3 815 34 2.5 30

Alaska

344.7 -0.1 1,019 9 3.0 19

Arizona

2,539.6 1.8 876 24 2.0 40

Arkansas

1,170.9 1.3 737 47 1.8 44

California

16,013.4 3.1 1,095 5 3.7 7

Colorado

2,443.0 3.7 982 12 3.0 19

Connecticut

1,663.2 0.8 1,124 4 1.4 49

Delaware

426.1 1.9 961 16 2.2 37

District of Columbia

732.9 0.8 1,631 1 4.5 2

Florida

7,748.4 3.3 826 32 2.1 38

Georgia

4,059.0 3.4 891 21 2.8 23

Hawaii

625.1 0.9 870 25 3.9 4

Idaho

658.4 2.1 721 50 2.6 26

Illinois

5,807.4 1.2 982 12 2.5 30

Indiana

2,924.7 1.4 799 39 1.9 42

Iowa

1,528.8 1.1 800 38 3.6 10

Kansas

1,363.1 1.2 794 40 2.3 35

Kentucky

1,827.8 1.8 781 42 2.5 30

Louisiana

1,928.3 1.7 852 27 3.1 16

Maine

604.5 0.3 754 46 2.6 26

Maryland

2,574.5 1.1 1,042 8 3.1 16

Massachusetts

3,386.7 1.8 1,164 2 3.0 19

Michigan

4,141.0 1.7 896 19 2.4 33

Minnesota

2,757.9 1.1 965 15 2.9 22

Mississippi

1,105.0 0.5 697 51 1.3 50

Missouri

2,686.4 1.0 828 31 2.7 25

Montana

449.5 0.7 732 49 3.7 7

Nebraska

950.0 1.1 779 43 1.8 44

Nevada

1,215.8 4.0 840 28 0.5 51

New Hampshire

633.5 1.4 927 18 3.6 10

New Jersey

3,880.4 0.8 1,087 6 1.7 47

New Mexico

804.0 1.1 786 41 2.6 26

New York

8,902.1 2.0 1,145 3 3.2 15

North Carolina

4,085.5 1.9 839 29 2.8 23

North Dakota

455.9 4.3 977 14 6.1 1

Ohio

5,219.1 1.4 863 26 3.1 16

Oklahoma

1,592.3 1.0 826 32 3.6 10

Oregon

1,752.8 2.4 887 22 3.6 10

Pennsylvania

5,676.2 1.0 937 17 2.6 26

Rhode Island

471.8 1.4 895 20 1.8 44

South Carolina

1,902.7 2.4 768 45 2.4 33

South Dakota

415.8 1.7 733 48 3.7 7

Tennessee

2,775.5 2.4 837 30 2.1 38

Texas

11,433.6 3.1 988 11 3.8 6

Utah

1,304.7 3.1 803 37 1.5 48

Vermont

306.5 1.2 805 36 2.3 35

Virginia

3,667.9 0.6 989 10 2.0 40

Washington

3,112.8 3.2 1,087 6 3.9 4

West Virginia

709.3 -0.2 778 44 3.5 14

Wisconsin

2,783.1 1.1 808 35 1.9 42

Wyoming

291.3 1.7 877 23 4.4 3

Puerto Rico

896.7 -1.5 505 (3) 0.8 (3)

Virgin Islands

37.5 -1.0 720 (3) 2.0 (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: Thursday, April 30, 2015