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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – SECOND QUARTER 2019
From June 2018 to June 2019, employment increased in 279 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In June 2019, national employment (as measured
by the QCEW program) increased to 149.1 million, a 1.1 percent increase over the year. Adams,
CO, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 5.3 percent.
Employment data in this release are presented for June 2019, and average weekly wage data are
presented for second quarter 2019.
Among the 355 largest counties, 347 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In
the second quarter of 2019, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,095, a 3.8
percent increase over the year. Benton, AR, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage
gain at 16.3 percent. (See table 1.)
Large County Employment in June 2019
Adams, CO, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (5.3 percent).
Within Adams, the largest employment increase occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities,
which gained 3,592 jobs over the year (6.4 percent).
Bay, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss
of 6.4 percent. Within Bay, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment decrease with a
loss of 2,572 jobs (-15.5 percent).
Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2019
Benton, AR, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (16.3
percent). Within Benton, an average weekly wage gain of $557 (35.0 percent) in professional
and business services made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly
McLean, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a
loss of 5.8 percent. Within McLean, financial activities had the largest impact, with an average
weekly wage decrease of $321 (-17.8 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 June 2019, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment
percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (3.1 percent). Within Maricopa, education and
health services had the largest employment increase with a gain of 12,096 jobs (4.0 percent).
(See table 2.)
In second quarter 2019, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in
average weekly wages among the 10 largest counties (6.6 percent). Within King, information had
the largest impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $378 (11.1 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 2018. June 2019 employment and
second quarter 2019 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/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-
QCEW’s news release schedule is available at www.bls.gov/cew/release-calendar.htm.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2019 is scheduled
to be released on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).
The County Employment and Wages news release for third quarter 2019 is scheduled to be
released on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).