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For release 10:00 a.m. (ET) Wednesday, February 22, 2023 USDL-23-0349 Technical information: (202) 691-6567 * QCEWInfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cew Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * PressOffice@bls.gov COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – THIRD QUARTER 2022 From September 2021 to September 2022, employment increased in 346 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In September 2022, national employment increased to 151.2 million, a 4.3-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. Orleans, LA, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment, with a gain of 10.7 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for September 2022, and average weekly wage data are presented for third quarter 2022. Among the 355 largest counties, 345 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the third quarter of 2022, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,334, a 6.7-percent increase over the year. Midland, TX, had the largest third quarter over-the-year wage gain at 13.9 percent. (See table 1.) Large County Employment in September 2022 Orleans, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+10.7 percent). Within Orleans, the largest employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality, which rose by 10,767 over the year (+39.7 percent). Deschutes, OR, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 0.4 percent. Within Deschutes, financial activities had the largest employment decrease, with a decline of 329 (-8.3 percent). Large County Average Weekly Wage in Third Quarter 2022 Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+13.9 percent). Within Midland, an average weekly wage gain of $286 (+13.2 percent) in natural resources and mining made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages. San Mateo, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 19.6 percent. Within San Mateo, information had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage decrease of $3,242 (-31.2 percent) over the year. Ten Largest Counties All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. In September 2022, New York, NY, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+6.6 percent). Within New York, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment increase and rose by 57,047 (+28.4 percent). (See table 2.) All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In third quarter 2022, Miami-Dade, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average weekly wages (+8.8 percent). Within Miami-Dade, professional and business services had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $218 (+15.3 percent) over the year. For More Information The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 355 U.S. counties with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2021. September 2022 employment and third quarter 2022 average weekly wages for all states are provided in table 3 of this release. The QCEW Technical Note is available at www.bls.gov/cew/news-release-technical-note.htm. QCEW response rate tables are available at www.bls.gov/cew/response-rates/. 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/regional-resources.htm. QCEW data are available in the Census Business Builder suite of web tools assisting business owners and regional analysts in data-driven decision making at www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html. The QCEW news release schedule is available at www.bls.gov/cew/release-calendar.htm. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services. ____________ The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2022 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The County Employment and Wages news release for fourth quarter 2022 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).