County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST), Wednesday, February 20, 2019	USDL-19-0307

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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – THIRD QUARTER 2018

From September 2017 to September 2018, employment increased in 295 of the 349 largest U.S. 
counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In September 2018, national 
employment (as measured by the QCEW program) increased to 146.8 million, a 1.6 percent 
increase over the year. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a 
gain of 11.9 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for September 2018, and 
average weekly wage data are presented for third quarter 2018.

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|                    Notice Regarding South Carolina Employment and Wages Data                    |
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|  South Carolina QCEW data for the first, second, and third quarters of 2018 show unusual        |
|  movements, which may be a result of a change in reporting. These unusual movements coincide    |
|  with a modernization of the South Carolina unemployment insurance system. For more             |
|  information please visit: www.bls.gov/cew/2018-notice-regarding-south-carolina-employment-     |
|  and-wages-data.htm.                                                                            |
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Among the 349 largest counties, 336 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In 
the third quarter of 2018, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,055, a 3.3 percent 
increase over the year. Chatham, GA, had the largest third quarter over-the-year wage gain at 8.5 
percent. (See table 1.)  

Large County Employment in September 2018

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (11.9 percent). 
Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, 
which gained 5,824 jobs over the year (23.7 percent).

New Hanover, NC, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, 
with a loss of 2.0 percent. Within New Hanover, leisure and hospitality had the largest 
employment decrease with a loss of 1,466 jobs (-8.0 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Third Quarter 2018

Chatham, GA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (8.5 
percent). Within Chatham, an average weekly wage gain of $486 (30.7 percent) in manufacturing 
made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a 
loss of 4.2 percent. Within Elkhart, professional and business services had the largest impact, 
with an average weekly wage decrease of $482 (-32.2 percent) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment and average 
weekly wages. In September 2018, Miami-Dade, FL, had the largest over-the-year employment 
percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (3.9 percent). Within Miami-Dade, trade, 
transportation, and utilities had the largest employment increase with a gain of 9,878 jobs (3.6 
percent). (See table 2.)

In third quarter 2018, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in 
average weekly wages among the 10 largest counties (7.9 percent). Within King, information had 
the largest impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $475 (9.4 percent) over the year.

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 349 U.S. counties with 
annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2017. September 2018 employment and 
third quarter 2018 average weekly wages for all states are provided in table 3 of this release.

The most current news release on quarterly measures of gross job flows is available from QCEW 
Business Employment Dynamics at www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cewbd.pdf.

Several BLS regional offices issue QCEW news releases targeted to local data users. Links to 
these releases are available at www.bls.gov/cew/cewregional.htm.

QCEW’s news release schedule is available at www.bls.gov/cew/releasecalendar.htm.

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The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2018 is scheduled 
to be released on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). 

The County Employment and Wages news release for fourth quarter 2018 is scheduled to 
be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). 





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