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Economic News Release
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County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, November 23, 2021		USDL-21-2050

Technical Information:	(202) 691-6567  *  QCEWInfo@bls.gov  	*  www.bls.gov/cew
	Media Contact:	(202) 691-5902  *  PressOffice@bls.gov

COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – SECOND QUARTER 2021

From June 2020 to June 2021, employment increased in 339 of the 343 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In June 2021, national employment increased to 144.0 
million, a 6.7-percent increase over the year, as measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and 
Wages (QCEW) program. Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a 
gain of 36.8 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for June 2021, and average weekly 
wage data are presented for second quarter 2021.

Among the 343 largest counties, 302 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the 
second quarter of 2021, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,241, a 4.5-percent increase 
over the year. San Francisco, CA, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 29.7 
percent. (See table 1.)

Large County Employment in June 2021

Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (+36.8 percent). Within 
Atlantic, the largest employment increase occurred in leisure and hospitality, which gained 24,324 jobs 
over the year (+221.7 percent).

Calcasieu, LA, experienced the only over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 
0.9 percent. Within Calcasieu, education and health services had the largest employment decrease with a 
loss of 1,254 jobs (-9.9 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2021

San Francisco, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (+29.7 
percent). Within San Francisco, an average weekly wage gain of $4,526 (+116.8 percent) in financial 
activities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Atlantic, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages, with a loss of 
7.4 percent. Within Atlantic, leisure and hospitality had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage 
decrease of $68 (-9.2 percent) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties

Nine of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment. The employment 
data for Miami-Dade, FL, did not meet BLS disclosure standards. In June 2021, Orange, CA, had the 
largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+7.4 percent). Within Orange, leisure and hospitality 
had the largest employment increase, with a gain of 45,643 jobs (+32.8 percent). (See table 2.)

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In 
second quarter 2021, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average 
weekly wages (+10.8 percent). Within King, information had the largest impact, with an average weekly 
wage increase of $831 (+19.2 percent) over the year.

For More Information

The tables included in this release contain data for the nation and for the 343 U.S. counties with annual 
average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020. June 2021 employment and second quarter 2021 
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 second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). 

The County Employment and Wages news release for third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).



Last Modified Date: November 23, 2021