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Louisiana feels the most impact on wages during hurricane season

June 24, 2021

With the beginning of each hurricane season, we update maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. In the third quarter of 2020, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, had the largest percentage of total wages located in hurricane flood zones, at 94.3 percent, followed by Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 93.5 percent. Six out of the seven areas with the largest percentage were in Louisiana. Currituck County, North Carolina (93.5 percent), also was in the top seven. Among the top 25 areas with the largest percentage of affected wages, 9 were Louisiana parishes and 7 were North Carolina counties.

Percent of area wages from establishments in hurricane flood zones, third quarter 2020
State Total wages Percent of area's total wages Average monthly employment Percent of area's average monthly employment Number of establishments Percent of area's establishments

Lafourche Parish, LA

$395,093,602 94.3% 29,882 94.1% 1,883 91.0%

Orleans Parish, LA

2,248,494,069 93.5 149,392 94.1 12,720 89.1

Currituck County, NC

64,424,312 93.5 6,939 93.1 716 90.1

Terrebonne Parish, LA

527,083,984 93.3 42,271 93.7 3,021 91.9

Jefferson Parish, LA

2,073,163,155 92.9 159,608 92.9 13,344 90.8

St. John the Baptist Parish, LA

163,117,768 92.0 11,474 91.7 847 87.0

Assumption Parish, LA

34,080,266 91.1 3,084 90.3 264 86.0

Perquimans County, NC

17,194,011 90.5 1,797 88.0 220 85.9

Portsmouth City, VA

537,291,116 90.2 38,406 90.4 1,419 76.1

Jackson County, MI

553,075,156 89.9 42,454 88.2 2,092 84.7

St. Charles Parish, LA

351,400,314 89.2 20,299 91.1 1,139 88.1

Ascension Parish, LA

529,860,026 89.0 36,836 87.4 2,696 83.9

Plaquemines Parish, LA

157,453,825 88.9 9,296 86.9 702 89.5

Charlotte County, FL

431,824,790 87.6 40,039 87.0 3,671 72.8

Jefferson County, TX

1,377,577,199 87.5 97,064 87.9 4,592 78.8

St. James Parish, LA

115,115,431 87.2 6,814 87.3 367 84.6

Cape May County, NJ

393,325,616 86.2 40,322 88.0 3,377 86.0

Orange County, TX

251,837,338 86.2 17,805 84.3 1,124 78.9

Lee County, FL

2,614,836,927 86.1 211,419 84.5 16,777 68.8

Dare County, NC

168,284,808 85.9 18,411 87.6 1,772 85.5

Pasquotank County, NC

128,928,391 84.8 12,572 86.0 887 88.3

Collier County, FL

1,471,563,922 83.7 115,109 83.8 11,066 70.3

Chowan County, NC

33,983,865 81.5 3,617 82.0 296 76.5

Galveston County, TX

1,094,896,338 79.8 80,387 76.9 3,990 61.8

Washington County, NC

24,700,891 79.1 2,393 80.5 196 78.7

Glynn County, GA

318,583,078 78.5 29,860 83.1 2,237 80.2

Hudson County, NJ

3,589,126,312 77.6 152,363 64.8 7,167 43.6

Hyde County, NC

12,119,309 77.3 1,447 82.5 183 88.0

Mathews County, VA

9,012,762 76.8 1,123 75.5 131 59.8

Harrison County, MI

625,084,231 75.4 62,081 76.5 3,296 71.2

Monroe County, FL

319,518,741 74.4 28,784 78.0 3,260 69.5

VA Beach City, VA

1,435,200,822 72.8 120,231 71.5 7,718 61.5

Franklin County, FL

20,918,918 71.3 2,319 68.7 225 60.6

Worcester County, MD

176,672,579 70.9 19,744 75.0 1,485 68.8

King George County, VA

168,567,058 70.3 6,627 53.2 77 12.3

Norfolk City, VA

1,328,223,311 69.6 96,907 74.6 4,500 73.3

Somerset County, MD

50,185,398 67.9 3,761 63.9 245 53.6

Beaufort County, NC

97,283,163 64.3 11,102 72.6 857 70.0

McIntosh County, GA

9,312,635 64.2 929 58.4 120 60.0

Chatham County, GA

1,078,481,082 59.3 91,967 61.6 6,052 68.7

Charleston County, SC

1,916,236,124 58.8 139,410 58.2 10,662 59.7

Carteret County, NC

126,615,715 58.3 14,005 60.5 1,457 61.6

St. Tammany Parish, LA

593,054,667 57.4 48,811 57.6 5,265 57.6

Bryan County, GA

48,790,672 57.0 5,460 62.2 526 67.5

Pamlico County, NC

15,015,968 56.4 1,927 61.0 218 68.3

Salem County, NJ

153,523,320 54.8 9,189 48.4 712 51.8

Wakulla County, FL

33,735,935 54.7 2,677 45.8 198 36.6

Georgetown County, SC

137,285,453 54.5 13,084 55.1 982 48.2

Beaufort County, SC

372,782,140 53.7 36,574 56.2 3,727 58.0

Gulf County, FL

20,335,139 52.3 1,853 47.9 195 41.8

Suffolk County, MA

8,115,959,902 51.2 304,156 48.4 11,979 37.0

St. Johns County, FL

458,540,959 51.0 37,146 48.5 2,584 30.6

Pinellas County, FL

2,764,203,208 50.9 198,037 47.9 13,316 37.3

Sarasota County, FL

911,359,718 45.8 76,583 47.8 6,855 39.8

Atlantic County, NJ

612,881,646 45.6 51,872 47.9 2,669 39.1

Chambers County, TX

105,124,847 41.7 6,743 41.8 294 37.6

Bristol County, RI

56,797,791 40.2 5,176 41.8 631 39.2

Chesapeake City, VA

464,559,860 39.9 40,997 41.9 2,392 37.9

Kings County, NY

3,771,968,354 39.4 287,240 40.1 26,118 39.2

Hancock County, MI

67,908,188 38.9 6,980 51.2 529 59.7

Richmond County, NY

624,638,506 36.4 39,403 33.6 2,456 24.2

Brazoria County, TX

556,897,202 35.9 33,566 30.9 1,476 23.5

Camden County, GA

58,228,023 35.6 5,673 39.9 539 56.0

Hillsborough County, FL

3,478,067,163 35.4 217,434 32.6 11,808 24.8

Citrus County, FL

101,867,378 33.6 9,657 31.5 915 28.2

Queens County, NY

3,016,205,648 32.4 182,813 29.5 10,583 19.6

Nassau County, FL

74,718,520 30.8 6,914 30.7 625 26.1

Craven County, NC

129,315,694 29.4 12,542 33.0 918 38.2

Volusia County, FL

492,354,466 28.0 46,654 28.5 4,723 30.7

Gates County, NC

4,114,917 28.0 404 27.6 34 19.4

Queen Anne's County, MD

45,704,552 27.8 4,698 32.2 518 35.5

Indian River County, FL

153,474,460 27.7 11,706 23.8 1,236 23.2

Miami-Dade County, FL

4,153,834,438 27.6 284,260 27.4 27,175 25.1

Manatee County, FL

382,316,023 26.9 33,057 27.6 2,907 24.0

Brevard County, FL

744,055,776 26.3 53,265 24.9 4,046 23.9

Pasco County, FL

325,394,828 25.5 30,134 25.6 2,894 23.9

Northumberland County, VA

8,382,979 25.3 528 20.3 48 12.8

Liberty County, GA

50,038,703 25.0 3,742 20.3 184 19.7

Sussex County, DE

223,761,491 24.7 22,414 27.0 2,122 27.4

Bergen County, NJ

1,662,103,184 24.7 90,951 24.0 5,683 16.6

Baltimore City, MD

1,334,629,969 23.8 64,264 20.0 1,766 12.9

NY County, NY

14,399,971,495 22.6 499,896 23.9 27,378 21.1

Dorchester County, MD

27,285,343 22.2 2,358 20.6 214 29.5

Bronx County, NY

992,529,631 21.7 65,288 22.2 3,168 16.4

Mobile County, AL

430,648,908 21.2 31,245 19.3 1,695 16.2

Middlesex County, MA

4,179,164,853 21.2 127,634 15.0 4,489 7.8

Fairfield County, CT

1,476,436,208 18.9 67,967 18.1 5,883 15.7

Ocean County, NJ

363,058,460 18.9 35,082 22.2 3,630 25.6

Duval County, FL

1,296,030,881 18.5 84,996 16.9 4,035 12.8

Dixie County, FL

4,360,234 18.3 575 21.2 51 20.1

Westmoreland County, VA

5,327,651 18.3 510 16.0 63 15.0

Northampton County, VA

6,969,679 17.7 647 13.7 84 14.6

Nassau County, NY

1,568,152,790 17.5 124,511 23.0 15,510 28.5

Essex County, NJ

944,013,517 17.4 52,275 17.8 2,344 10.8

Union County, NJ

629,349,651 17.2 34,536 17.2 1,879 12.3

Isle of Wight County, VA

20,654,557 16.7 957 9.2 54 6.2

District of Columbia

3,328,371,977 16.5 115,744 14.9 2,970 7.0

Baldwin County, AL

122,433,132 16.2 13,186 17.9 1,108 16.6

Newport County, RI

83,711,350 15.6 8,114 21.1 801 23.2

Escambia County, FL

229,139,721 14.5 20,364 15.2 916 10.5

Washington County, RI

110,915,068 14.4 9,592 18.3 815 17.8

Bertie County, NC

6,994,071 14.2 814 15.1 58 18.4

Brunswick County, NC

48,533,093 14.1 5,386 16.2 697 21.7

Monmouth County, NJ

497,799,869 13.8 34,757 14.7 3,373 16.2

Lincoln County, ME

15,041,681 13.5 1,218 11.2 88 5.7

Barnstable County, MA

167,928,032 13.5 13,777 14.5 1,378 14.3

Pender County, NC

15,859,360 13.4 1,891 15.2 249 17.3

Jones County, NC

1,970,866 13.1 196 12.0 32 16.2

Alexandria City, VA

214,184,160 12.9 9,974 12.1 765 12.2

Lancaster County, VA

5,432,956 12.7 536 12.1 68 13.7

Levy County, FL

9,207,699 12.6 1,089 12.5 120 11.7

Onslow County, NC

56,980,892 12.6 5,643 11.9 486 14.0

Talbot County, MD

22,614,391 12.2 2,339 14.3 331 21.6

Santa Rosa County, FL

43,548,061 11.6 5,778 14.9 376 9.6

Middlesex County, NJ

756,410,822 11.4 51,802 13.4 2,031 8.8

Broward County, FL

1,187,439,795 11.2 72,873 9.8 7,432 9.9

Cumberland County, NJ

71,292,952 10.7 5,816 10.8 351 10.6

Bay County, FL

84,953,623 10.4 8,436 11.6 699 11.8

Gloucester County, NJ

132,533,194 10.3 8,071 7.8 355 5.3

Glades County, FL

2,024,187 10.2 232 12.8 32 16.6

Suffolk County, NY

1,019,547,465 9.8 78,541 13.2 8,524 15.8

Gloucester County, VA

8,706,301 9.8 1,047 11.3 160 15.8

Palm Beach County, FL

756,421,312 9.3 43,804 7.8 5,298 8.7

Flagler County, FL

19,964,288 9.1 1,979 8.4 375 13.2

Kent County, MD

6,342,117 9.0 820 11.5 88 12.6

Cumberland County, ME

222,890,907 8.9 16,217 9.3 1,105 7.8

New Hanover County, NC

121,008,468 8.5 11,311 10.0 1,510 16.5

Accomack County, VA

11,232,426 8.5 1,622 13.2 231 21.4

New Haven County, CT

442,074,706 8.4 30,749 9.0 2,210 8.6

Essex County, MA

391,730,595 8.3 24,703 8.5 2,130 7.7

New Castle County, DE

372,589,910 8.2 23,220 8.5 1,224 5.7

Liberty County, TX

15,313,428 7.8 1,441 8.4 102 8.1

Walton County, FL

22,249,160 7.5 2,063 7.5 324 10.2

York County, VA

14,188,326 7.0 1,386 7.2 212 13.1

Hernando County, FL

29,185,617 6.9 3,975 9.4 341 8.4

Horry County, SC

81,042,319 6.9 10,786 8.6 718 7.1

Okaloosa County, FL

72,673,524 6.8 6,488 7.7 627 9.1

Hancock County, ME

15,386,623 6.4 1,460 6.5 184 7.1

Middlesex County, VA

1,784,330 6.2 204 6.4 27 7.2

Taylor County, FL

3,744,785 6.1 429 6.9 45 10.1

Harris County, TX

2,286,513,460 6.1 125,597 5.8 4,980 4.2

St. Lucie County, FL

47,029,129 5.7 2,949 3.9 253 3.5

Martin County, FL

41,816,248 5.6 3,376 5.1 527 7.8

Waldo County, ME

6,567,925 5.5 566 5.2 37 3.1

Wicomico County, MD

27,055,894 5.5 2,479 6.0 173 6.8

Knox County, ME

9,592,189 5.3 927 5.7 110 5.5

Penobscot County, ME

42,116,498 5.3 3,347 5.0 318 7.0

Norfolk County, MA

281,573,880 5.3 15,476 5.0 539 2.1

New London County, CT

82,041,064 5.1 6,784 6.4 798 10.1

Matagorda County, TX

6,798,197 5.1 875 8.8 120 14.2

Plymouth County, MA

115,632,735 4.5 10,110 5.7 1,158 7.0

Middlesex County, CT

41,526,144 4.4 3,715 5.8 462 8.2

Kent County, DE

34,142,562 4.3 3,236 5.0 191 4.3

DeSoto County, FL

3,683,554 4.3 371 4.1 53 7.6

Prince George's County, MD

196,539,580 4.3 9,231 3.2 219 1.4

Tangipahoa Parish, LA

17,547,991 4.2 1,954 4.6 261 8.2

Newport News City, VA

56,469,537 4.2 4,419 4.5 289 7.1

Cecil County, MD

17,151,468 4.0 1,806 5.7 152 8.0

Westchester County, NY

279,572,082 4.0 18,347 4.9 1,751 4.8

Effingham County, GA

4,137,582 3.6 353 3.3 27 3.1

York County, ME

32,075,257 3.6 3,721 5.1 365 5.3

Baltimore County, MD

165,077,938 3.2 13,936 4.1 646 3.1

Hendry County, FL

3,056,455 2.9 395 3.6 62 6.6

St. Mary's County, MD

23,953,018 2.9 1,654 3.7 156 7.2

Washington County, ME

2,837,865 2.8 388 4.0 60 5.7

Anne Arundel County, MD

118,092,702 2.8 7,729 3.0 839 5.5

Camden County, NJ

69,928,542 2.7 3,486 1.9 138 1.1

Harford County, MD

33,475,795 2.6 1,674 1.9 123 2.1

Calvert County, MD

7,065,896 2.5 1,081 5.2 97 5.3

Okeechobee County, FL

2,166,090 2.1 226 2.1 26 2.4

Bristol County, MA

56,589,050 2.0 4,296 2.1 547 3.0

Caroline County, MD

2,106,349 1.9 204 2.2 38 5.6

Passaic County, NJ

38,022,620 1.9 2,347 1.7 97 0.7

Rockingham County, NH

36,059,150 1.7 3,002 2.1 341 3.0

Sagadahoc County, ME

2,187,387 1.2 258 1.9 35 3.1

Burlington County, NJ

31,357,854 1.1 1,979 1.1 167 1.5

Hardin County, TX

1,592,524 1.1 126 1.0 28 2.9

Prince William County, VA

19,464,213 1.1 1,576 1.3 128 1.3

Clay County, FL

5,189,663 1.0 477 0.9 66 1.4

Arlington County, VA

35,127,675 0.9 1,471 0.9 45 0.5

Charles County, MD

2,194,836 0.5 226 0.6 51 1.8

Putnam County, FL

668,712 0.4 79 0.5 24 1.6

Pitt County, NC

2,388,979 0.3 282 0.4 37 0.9

Fairfax County, VA

24,737,306 0.2 1,617 0.3 189 0.5

Lafayette County, FL

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Liberty County, FL

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Long County, GA

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Bladen County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Columbus County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Edgecombe County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Greene County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Halifax County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Sampson County, NC

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

Jasper County, TX

0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0

In the third quarter of 2020, Louisiana had the largest percentage of total wages located in hurricane flood zones, at 30.0 percent. This was followed by Florida (18.6 percent), Massachusetts (17.8 percent), New Jersey (13.0 percent), and New York (12.4 percent). North Carolina and New Hampshire had the lowest percentage of affected wages among states located on the Gulf or Atlantic Coast, at 1.7 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.

Percent of state wages from establishments in hurricane flood zones, third quarter 2020
State Total wages Percent of state's total wages Average monthly employment Percent of state's average monthly employment Number of establishments Percent of state's establishments

Louisiana

$7,205,465,098 30.0% 519,722 27.2% 42,509 30.9%

Florida

22,821,472,204 18.6 1,668,318 18.5 136,189 18.5

Massachusetts

13,308,579,047 17.8 500,152 14.0 22,220 8.5

New Jersey

9,944,727,559 13.0 574,850 14.2 33,973 12.0

New York

25,672,585,971 12.4 1,296,038 13.7 95,488 14.7

Mississippi

1,246,067,575 10.6 111,515 9.9 5,917 8.0

South Carolina

2,507,346,036 9.9 199,854 9.5 16,089 11.3

Delaware

630,493,963 8.7 48,870 11.0 3,537 10.1

Virginia

4,400,731,130 7.0 331,764 8.5 18,628 6.6

Connecticut

2,042,078,122 6.3 109,216 6.6 9,353 7.5

Maryland

2,256,147,825 5.1 138,005 5.2 7,141 4.0

Maine

348,696,332 4.7 28,102 4.7 2,302 4.3

Rhode Island

251,424,209 3.6 22,882 4.8 2,247 5.7

Texas

5,698,268,721 2.8 363,689 2.9 16,714 2.3

Georgia

1,568,595,934 2.3 138,103 3.1 9,695 3.2

Alabama

553,082,040 2.2 44,430 2.2 2,803 2.2

North Carolina

1,093,852,413 1.7 114,576 2.5 11,096 3.7

New Hampshire

36,694,621 0.4 3,086 0.5 356 0.7

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The data for hurricane maps and tables are from the third quarter because it coincides most closely with the hurricane season calendar determined by the National Hurricane Center.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Louisiana feels the most impact on wages during hurricane season at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/louisiana-feels-the-most-impact-on-wages-during-hurricane-season.htm (visited December 07, 2021).

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