County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST), Wednesday, November 21, 2018	USDL-18-1859

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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – SECOND QUARTER 2018

From June 2017 to June 2018, employment increased in 309 of the 349 largest U.S. counties, the 
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In June 2018, national employment (as measured 
by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program) increased to 147.4 million, a 1.5 
percent increase over the year. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in 
employment with a gain of 11.6 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for June 
2018, and average weekly wage data are presented for second quarter 2018.

Among the 349 largest counties, 340 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In 
the second quarter of 2018, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,055, a 3.4 
percent increase over the year. Marin, CA, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage 
gain at 11.7 percent. (See table 1.)

Large County Employment in June 2018

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (11.6 percent). 
Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, 
which gained 6,009 jobs over the year (25.7 percent).

McLean, IL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a 
loss of 2.0 percent. Within McLean, financial activities had the largest decrease in employment 
with a loss of 892 jobs (-4.5 percent) over the year. 

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2018

Marin, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (11.7 
percent). Within Marin, an average weekly wage gain of $439 (26.5 percent) over the year in 
professional and business services made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in 
average weekly wages.

New Hanover, NC, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages 
with a loss of 6.4 percent. Within New Hanover, professional and business services had the 
largest impact on the county’s change, with an average weekly wage decrease of $511 (-33.2 
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 June 2018, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment 
percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (2.8 percent). Within Maricopa, trade, 
transportation, and utilities had the largest over-the-year employment increase with a gain of 
10,775 jobs (2.9 percent). (See table 2.)

In second quarter 2018, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year average weekly wage 
percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (9.3 percent). Within King, trade, transportation, 
and utilities had the largest impact on the county’s change, with an average weekly wage 
increase of $270 (16.7 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. June 2018 employment and 
second 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.

The QCEW 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 second quarter 2018 is scheduled 
to be released on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). 

The County Employment and Wages news release for third quarter 2018 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). 

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