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Economic News Release
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County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET), Wednesday, August 24, 2022		USDL-22-1713

Technical Information:	(202) 691-6567  *  QCEWInfo@bls.gov  *  www.bls.gov/cew
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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – FIRST QUARTER 2022

From March 2021 to March 2022, employment increased in 349 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In March 2022, national employment increased to 147.6 
million, a 5.0-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and 
Wages (QCEW) program. Clark, NV, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment, with a gain 
of 12.5 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for March 2022, and average weekly 
wage data are presented for first quarter 2022.

Among the 355 largest counties, 348 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the first 
quarter of 2022, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,374, a 6.7-percent increase over 
the year. Peoria, IL, had the largest first quarter over-the-year wage gain at 25.8 percent. (See table 1.)

Large County Employment in March 2022

Clark, NV, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+12.5 percent). Within 
Clark, the largest employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality, which gained 59,159 jobs 
over the year (+28.6 percent).

Jefferson, LA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 
0.8 percent. Within Jefferson, education and health services had the largest employment decrease, with a 
loss of 1,893 jobs (-5.4 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in First Quarter 2022

Peoria, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+25.8 percent). 
Within Peoria, an average weekly wage gain of $1,157 (+43.2 percent) in manufacturing made the 
largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

San Francisco, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a 
loss of 9.1 percent. Within San Francisco, leisure and hospitality had the largest impact, with an average 
weekly wage increase of $41 (+4.7 percent) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. In March 2022, 
New York, NY, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+8.8 percent). Within New 
York, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment increase, with a gain of 92,700 jobs (+68.1 
percent). (See table 2.)

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In first 
quarter 2022, Miami-Dade, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average weekly 
wages (+13.6 percent). Within Miami-Dade, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest impact, 
with an average weekly wage increase of $172 (+15.9 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. March 2022 employment and first 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.

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The County Employment and Wages full data update for first quarter 2022 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). 

The County Employment and Wages news release for second quarter 2022 is scheduled to be 
released on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



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			County Changes for the 2022 County Employment and Wages News Releases

	Counties with annual average employment of 75,000 or more in 2021 are included in this release 
	and will be included in future 2022 releases. Twelve counties have been added to the publication 
	tables: Baldwin, AL; Bay, FL; Forsyth, GA; Canyon, ID; Hendricks, IN; Cabarrus, NC; Iredell, NC; 
	Pitt, NC; Greene, OH; Hays, TX; Potter, TX; and Washington, UT. No counties were dropped from 
	the publication tables.
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					Industry Changes to QCEW Data

	Beginning with the full release of first quarter 2022 data on September 7, 2022, the QCEW 
	program will use the 2022 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
	as the basis for the publication of economic data by industry.
	
	For more information on the change to NAICS, please see the Federal Register notice at 
	www.census.gov/naics/federal_register_notices/notices/fr21dc21.pdf.
	
	For information on the use of the 2022 version of NAICS in QCEW, please see 
	www.bls.gov/cew/classifications/industry/naics-2022.htm.
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Last Modified Date: August 24, 2022