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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico - Third Quarter 2015

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment increase of 0.4 percent from September 2014 to September 2015, 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 2014 annual average employment.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2015, San Juan’s employment level of 250,396 accounted for 28.1 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.9 percent over the year, as 312 of the 342 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See table 1 and chart 1.) The 342 largest counties made up 72.2 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $614 in the third quarter of 2015, 1.7 percent higher than a year ago. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage increased 2.6 percent over the year to $974. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

 

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 $974. (See table 2.) Juncos, located on the eastern part of the island, had the highest average weekly wage, $880. Guaynabo, located on the northern part of the island, was the only other small municipio with an average weekly wage above $600. 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 ($323) and Las Marias ($319). (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 $756 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $716 and $693, respectively.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the Virgin Island’s 36,800 jobs in September 2015 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 14,100 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 2014 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 2015 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2014 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn14.htm. The 2015 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2016.

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.

 

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.


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 9.6 million employer reports cover 140.4 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.

Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2015
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 (2) Average weekly wage Percent change, fourth quarter 2014-15 (2)

United States (3)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 2.6

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 1.4

San Juan

250.4 0.4 614 1.7

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, third quarter 2015
Area Employment September 2015 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

140,442,224 $974

Puerto Rico

891,130 512

Adjuntas

1,852 344

Aguada

4,243 340

Aguadilla

17,531 556

Aguas Buenas

1,797 378

Aibonito

5,492 473

Anasco

5,420 501

Arecibo

20,340 493

Arroyo

2,470 518

Barceloneta

9,256 545

Barranquitas

3,068 410

Bayamon

54,997 462

Cabo Rojo

6,373 330

Caguas

45,682 467

Camuy

3,113 380

Canovanas

5,775 439

Carolina

46,532 471

Catano

10,266 577

Cayey

10,159 508

Ceiba

1,095 401

Ciales

1,499 364

Cidra

5,834 495

Coamo

3,785 383

Comerio

2,097 365

Corozal

4,022 364

Culebra

438 346

Dorado

8,106 482

Fajardo

11,330 476

Florida

1,204 373

Guanica

2,350 354

Guayama

10,974 493

Guayanilla

2,062 425

Guaynabo

45,789 620

Gurabo

6,504 527

Hatillo

8,414 354

Hormigueros

2,346 334

Humacao

16,525 530

Isabela

6,464 449

Jayuya

2,757 478

Juana Diaz

6,443 454

Juncos

6,499 880

Lajas

2,772 329

Lares

3,774 323

Las Marias

1,293 319

Las Piedras

6,236 583

Loiza

1,473 372

Luquillo

1,950 404

Manati

13,524 516

Maricao

1,120 433

Maunabo

1,302 577

Mayaguez

31,061 437

Moca

3,803 347

Morovis

2,299 375

Naguabo

1,953 414

Naranjito

2,788 392

Orocovis

3,156 331

Patillas

1,684 359

Penuelas

2,681 417

Ponce

48,148 445

Quebradillas

2,135 371

Rincon

1,644 353

Rio Grande

5,572 417

Sabana Grande

2,965 350

Salinas

3,482 472

San German

8,842 424

San Juan

250,396 614

San Lorenzo

4,140 490

San Sebastian

5,214 337

Santa Isabel

5,106 418

Toa Alta

3,656 394

Toa Baja

12,774 439

Trujillo Alto

10,894 329

Utuado

3,863 403

Vega Alta

4,569 401

Vega Baja

7,986 490

Vieques

1,808 418

Villalba

3,381 567

Yabucoa

2,958 382

Yauco

5,982 372

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 2015
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2015 (thousands) Percent change, September 2014-15 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, third quarter 2014-15 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

140,442.2 1.9 $974 -- 2.6 --

Alabama

1,893.6 1.2 830 34 1.8 40

Alaska

346.4 0.4 1,041 9 2.2 34

Arizona

2,613.9 2.9 889 24 1.5 42

Arkansas

1,193.4 1.9 756 48 2.6 22

California

16,474.4 3.0 1,134 5 3.4 6

Colorado

2,513.0 2.9 1,006 12 2.4 30

Connecticut

1,668.3 0.2 1,147 4 2.0 38

Delaware

436.3 2.1 963 15 0.3 48

District of Columbia

743.6 1.4 1,667 1 2.3 33

Florida

8,023.2 3.5 852 31 3.1 10

Georgia

4,171.1 2.8 916 22 2.8 19

Hawaii

635.4 1.4 896 23 3.1 10

Idaho

680.3 3.3 736 50 2.1 37

Illinois

5,888.6 1.3 1,020 10 3.9 3

Indiana

2,971.7 1.6 818 39 2.4 30

Iowa

1,535.9 0.4 823 38 3.0 14

Kansas

1,370.9 0.6 809 41 1.8 40

Kentucky

1,852.5 1.4 804 42 2.9 18

Louisiana

1,926.3 -0.2 858 30 0.7 47

Maine

609.7 0.7 779 46 3.3 7

Maryland

2,607.8 1.3 1,067 8 2.4 30

Massachusetts

3,446.9 1.4 1,197 2 3.0 14

Michigan

4,203.0 1.6 921 20 2.7 20

Minnesota

2,800.7 1.4 990 14 2.6 22

Mississippi

1,118.9 1.2 706 51 1.3 43

Missouri

2,737.9 1.9 846 32 2.2 34

Montana

457.9 1.9 759 47 3.7 4

Nebraska

964.0 1.4 811 40 4.2 2

Nevada

1,254.5 3.2 862 29 2.5 27

New Hampshire

642.8 1.5 952 18 2.7 20

New Jersey

3,933.9 1.4 1,116 6 2.6 22

New Mexico

809.2 0.6 798 43 1.3 43

New York

9,065.4 1.8 1,180 3 3.1 10

North Carolina

4,194.1 2.5 863 28 3.0 14

North Dakota

438.0 -3.8 956 17 -2.3 51

Ohio

5,282.7 1.2 878 25 1.9 39

Oklahoma

1,598.0 0.2 825 37 0.0 49

Oregon

1,812.8 3.0 924 19 4.4 1

Pennsylvania

5,722.1 0.8 961 16 2.5 27

Rhode Island

477.4 1.2 919 21 2.6 22

South Carolina

1,959.7 2.9 788 44 2.6 22

South Dakota

419.5 0.9 756 48 3.1 10

Tennessee

2,850.6 2.7 864 27 3.2 8

Texas

11,681.0 2.1 999 13 1.1 45

Utah

1,353.9 3.7 829 35 3.2 8

Vermont

308.2 0.5 829 35 3.0 14

Virginia

3,759.7 2.5 1,014 11 2.5 27

Washington

3,187.6 2.5 1,111 7 2.2 34

West Virginia

702.4 -1.1 785 45 0.9 46

Wisconsin

2,815.7 0.9 834 33 3.5 5

Wyoming

287.4 -1.5 866 26 -1.1 50

Puerto Rico

891.1 -0.7 512 (3) 1.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.8 -2.1 738 (3) 2.1 (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 07, 2016