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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico – Third Quarter 2013

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment loss of 2.9 percent from September 2012 to September 2013, 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 2013, San Juan’s employment level of 255,000 accounted for 28.0 percent of total employment in the commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.7 percent over the year, as 286 of the 334 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See chart 1.) The 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $598 in the third quarter of 2013, 0.3 percent lower than a year ago. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage increased 1.9 percent over the year to $922. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

Chart 1. Percent change in employment, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, September 2012-2013 and Chart 2. Percent change in average weekly wages, United States, Puerto Rico, and san Juan, third quarter, 2012-2013

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 $922. (See table 2.) Juncos, at $871, had the highest average weekly wage. Guaynabo and Barceloneta had weekly wages above $600. The three municipios with average weekly wages exceeding $600 were located on the northern and eastern parts of the island. Thirty-five municipios had average weekly wages below $400, with roughly half of these low-wage municipios located in the western end of the island, including Aguada, Lares (each at $326), and Las Marias ($310). (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 $718 in St. Thomas. Average weekly wages on St. Croix and St. John were $698 and $645, respectively, well above wage averages in most of Puerto Rico’s municipios.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the territory’s 37,900 jobs in September 2013 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 14,600 were on St. Croix.

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QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wage 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 2012 edition of this publication, which was published in September 2013, contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2014.

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County employment and wage data for the fourth quarter 2012 are scheduled to be released on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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 9.3 million employer reports cover 135.0 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 (1) employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September 2013

(thousands)

Percent change,

September 2012-13 (4)

Average weekly wage Percent change,

third quarter 2012-13 (4)

United States (5)

134,957.5 1.7 $922 1.9

Puerto Rico

910.9 -2.5 501 -0.6

San Juan

255.0 -2.9 598 -0.3

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Table 2. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Puerto Rico, third quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment

September 2013 (thousands)

Average weekly wage(3)

United States(4)

134,957.50 $922

Puerto Rico

910.9 501

Adjuntas

1.9 351

Aguada

4.4 326

Aguadilla

17 520

Aguas Buenas

1.8 396

Aibonito

5.4 461

Anasco

5.3 455

Arecibo

21.9 475

Arroyo

2.5 481

Barceloneta

9.6 615

Barranquitas

3.4 405

Bayamon

56 451

Cabo Rojo

5.5 333

Caguas

46.3 457

Camuy

3.6 351

Canovanas

6.4 431

Carolina

51.3 444

Catano

10.3 565

Cayey

10.4 518

Ceiba

1.2 398

Ciales

1.7 378

Cidra

5.9 499

Coamo

4 392

Comerio

2.1 362

Corozal

4.3 360

Culebra

0.4 339

Dorado

7.6 465

Fajardo

11.5 458

Florida

1.3 390

Guanica

2.2 344

Guayama

10.7 527

Guayanilla

2.6 412

Guaynabo

45.4 613

Gurabo

6.5 553

Hatillo

8.1 355

Hormigueros

2.4 337

Humacao

16.8 523

Isabela

6.6 418

Jayuya

2.7 467

Juana Diaz

6.6 423

Juncos

6.6 871

Lajas

2.6 330

Lares

3.6 326

Las Marias

1.2 310

Las Piedras

6.5 567

Loiza

1.6 404

Luquillo

1.8 411

Manati

13.7 484

Maricao

1.3 396

Maunabo

1.7 512

Mayaguez

31.3 439

Moca

3.7 341

Morovis

2.6 359

Naguabo

1.9 398

Naranjito

2.8 377

Orocovis

3.2 337

Patillas

1.8 385

Penuelas

2.9 437

Ponce

50.8 433

Quebradillas

2.2 371

Rincon

1.6 342

Rio Grande

6 416

Sabana Grande

2.7 362

Salinas

4 447

San German

9 424

San Juan

255 598

San Lorenzo

4.3 499

San Sebastian

5.2 340

Santa Isabel

5.2 387

Toa Alta

3.5 364

Toa Baja

13.4 429

Trujillo Alto

11.1 329

Utuado

3.8 424

Vega Alta

4.5 402

Vega Baja

8 488

Vieques

1.6 397

Villalba

3.1 559

Yabucoa

3 388

Yauco

6.5 349

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, third quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September 2013

(thousands)

Percent change,

September 2012-13

Average

weekly wage

National ranking by level Percent change,

third quarter 2012-13

National ranking

by percent

change (4)

United States (5)

134,957.5 1.7 $922 -- 1.9 --

Alabama

1,847.6 0.8 794 34 1.3 43

Alaska

345.0 0.4 990 9 3.0 7

Arizona

2,490.9 2.2 859 22 1.5 36

Arkansas

1,156.5 0.1 723 47 2.1 21

California

15,526.4 2.7 1,057 6 2.1 21

Colorado

2,355.7 3.1 952 12 1.7 31

Connecticut

1,650.3 0.7 1,109 3 1.9 28

Delaware

416.8 2.1 941 14 2.1 21

District of Columbia

726.2 1.5 1,560 1 3.0 7

Florida

7,501.8 2.6 808 31 1.1 46

Georgia

3,928.2 2.3 867 21 1.5 36

Hawaii

617.7 1.7 839 25 1.6 33

Idaho

644.7 2.3 703 50 2.3 19

Illinois

5,731.7 0.7 959 11 1.5 36

Indiana

2,883.6 1.2 784 38 1.6 33

Iowa

1,512.0 1.5 772 40 2.1 21

Kansas

1,347.6 1.8 776 39 2.0 26

Kentucky

1,794.5 1.0 760 43 1.1 46

Louisiana

1,893.4 1.4 827 28 2.9 10

Maine

601.5 0.7 735 46 1.8 30

Maryland

2,546.4 0.6 1,011 8 0.4 51

Massachusetts

3,318.3 1.2 1,131 2 2.6 11

Michigan

4,069.7 2.1 875 20 1.5 36

Minnesota

2,724.2 1.7 938 15 2.6 11

Mississippi

1,099.1 0.8 688 51 2.5 15

Missouri

2,661.0 1.3 805 32 1.4 40

Montana

446.7 1.2 705 49 2.3 19

Nebraska

937.5 1.3 766 41 3.4 3

Nevada

1,169.4 2.5 836 27 2.0 26

New Hampshire

624.5 0.6 895 18 2.4 17

New Jersey

3,851.9 1.2 1,068 5 1.3 43

New Mexico

793.7 0.5 766 41 0.7 49

New York

8,724.8 1.3 1,108 4 1.7 31

North Carolina

4,006.4 1.7 817 30 1.4 40

North Dakota

436.7 3.4 921 16 5.5 1

Ohio

5,147.5 1.4 837 26 1.2 45

Oklahoma

1,572.6 1.4 797 33 2.4 17

Oregon

1,709.8 2.4 856 23 2.6 11

Pennsylvania

5,622.4 0.3 913 17 1.6 33

Rhode Island

465.2 1.3 878 19 2.6 11

South Carolina

1,859.3 2.3 751 44 1.9 28

South Dakota

408.9 0.9 706 48 3.4 3

Tennessee

2,712.8 1.5 819 29 0.6 50

Texas

11,091.9 2.8 952 12 2.5 15

Utah

1,265.5 2.9 791 36 3.1 6

Vermont

302.5 0.0 788 37 3.4 3

Virginia

3,650.1 0.6 971 10 1.1 46

Washington

3,017.9 2.4 1,044 7 2.1 21

West Virginia

710.3 -0.7 751 44 3.7 2

Wisconsin

2,752.7 1.1 793 35 3.0 7

Wyoming

286.1 0.2 840 24 1.4 40

Puerto Rico

910.9 -2.5 501 (6) -0.6 (6)

Virgin Islands

37.9 -1.9 706 (6) -0.6 (6)

Footnotes:
(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Ranking does not include Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Data not included in the national ranking.

Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in Puerto Rico, third quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: May 12, 2014