County Employment and Wages Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT), Wednesday, August 21, 2019	USDL-19-1519

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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES – FIRST QUARTER 2019

From March 2018 to March 2019, employment increased in 298 of the 355 largest U.S. 
counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In March 2019, national 
employment (as measured by the QCEW program) increased to 146.5 million, a 1.4 percent 
increase over the year. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a 
gain of 5.8 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for March 2019, and average 
weekly wage data are presented for first quarter 2019.

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|                     Notice Regarding South Carolina Employment and Wages Data                     |
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|  South Carolina QCEW data for 2018 and first quarter 2019 show unusual movements, which           |
|  may be a result of a change in reporting. These unusual movements coincide with a                |
|  modernization of the South Carolina unemployment insurance system. For more information          |
|  please visit: www.bls.gov/cew/notices/2018/notice-regarding-south-carolina-employment-and-       |
|  wages-data.htm.                                                                                  |
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Among the 355 largest counties, 325 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In 
the first quarter of 2019, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,184, a 2.8 percent 
increase over the year. San Francisco, CA, had the largest first quarter over-the-year wage gain at 
10.2 percent. (See table 1.)

Large County Employment in March 2019

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (5.8 percent). 
Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, 
which gained 2,745 jobs over the year (9.6 percent).

Bay, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss 
of 5.9 percent. Within Bay, education and health services had the largest employment decrease 
with a loss of 2,449 jobs (-21.8 percent).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in First Quarter 2019

San Francisco, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages 
(10.2 percent). Within San Francisco, an average weekly wage gain of $1,391 (77.5 percent) in 
trade, transportation, and utilities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in 
average weekly wages.

Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a 
loss of 7.6 percent. Within Elkhart, manufacturing had the largest impact, with an average 
weekly wage decrease of $137 (-12.7 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 March 2019, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment 
percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (2.9 percent). Within Maricopa, professional and 
business services had the largest employment increase with a gain of 11,317 jobs (3.4 percent). 
(See table 2.)

In first quarter 2019, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average 
weekly wages among the 10 largest counties (5.4 percent). Within King, information had the 
largest impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $337 (7.5 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. March 2019 employment and first 
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’s 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 2019 is scheduled to 
be released on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). 

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

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|                County Changes for the 2019 County Employment and Wages News Releases               |
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|  Counties with annual average employment of 75,000 or more in 2018 are included in this release    |
|  and will be included in future 2019 releases. Six counties have been added to the publication     |
|  tables: St. Johns, FL; St. Lucie, FL; Forsyth, GA; Greene, OH; Ector, TX; and Racine, WI.         |
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|                  QCEW Data Now Available in Census Business Builder Version 2.6                    |
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|  The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data is now available in Census Business             |
|  Builder Version 2.6, a suite of U.S. Census Bureau web tools that assists business owners and     |
|  regional analysts in data-driven decision making. As the first collaboration of this type between |
|  the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, this data-sharing project makes data   |
|  more accessible for local users and enhances the efficiency of digital service delivery. The      |
|  Census Business Builder is available at: www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html.                 |
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