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Employment up in 349 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from March 2021 to March 2022

August 29, 2022

Employment increased in 349 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from March 2021 to March 2022. Clark County, Nevada, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase, at 12.5 percent, followed by Orange County, Florida (+12.0 percent), and San Francisco County, California (+10.1 percent). In March 2022, national employment rose to 147.6 million, a 5.0-percent increase from March 2021.

Percent change in employment and average weekly wages in 355 largest U.S. counties, March 2021 to March 2022
County Percent change in employment Employment, March 2022 Percent change in average weekly wages Average weekly wages, March 2022

United States

5.0% 147,648,400 6.7% $1,374

Baldwin, AL

4.2 78,000 9.1 841

Jefferson, AL

1.9 349,100 8.2 1,300

Madison, AL

2.7 212,800 5.9 1,327

Mobile, AL

- 172,300 6.5 1,018

Montgomery, AL

0.2 125,700 6.7 1,014

Shelby, AL

2.0 84,200 7.3 1,242

Tuscaloosa, AL

1.7 91,900 9.4 1,039

Anchorage, AK

2.4 139,500 5.0 1,251

Maricopa, AZ

4.6 2,158,100 7.3 1,308

Pima, AZ

3.7 378,700 5.2 1,061

Benton, AR

5.0 131,000 16.4 1,913

Pulaski, AR

3.8 248,700 7.1 1,134

Washington, AR

4.5 114,600 11.3 1,016

Alameda, CA

6.9 787,300 3.7 1,828

Butte, CA

4.9 79,200 2.7 944

Contra Costa, CA

5.6 366,200 0.6 1,629

Fresno, CA

7.2 402,900 5.0 982

Kern, CA

7.1 322,900 3.1 1,029

Los Angeles, CA

7.2 4,455,000 3.4 1,487

Marin, CA

5.2 107,700 3.0 1,777

Merced, CA

7.6 80,500 2.2 920

Monterey, CA

8.7 180,100 1.6 1,047

Orange, CA

7.2 1,614,300 3.8 1,510

Placer, CA

7.0 181,900 3.8 1,302

Riverside, CA

8.7 810,500 4.3 1,034

Sacramento, CA

5.8 693,900 5.9 1,409

San Bernardino, CA

6.5 829,900 5.3 1,053

San Diego, CA

7.9 1,495,900 3.4 1,484

San Francisco, CA

10.1 732,400 -9.1 3,393

San Joaquin, CA

7.7 277,100 3.3 1,032

San Luis Obispo, CA

5.5 118,600 3.4 1,062

San Mateo, CA

7.0 417,900 -9.0 3,300

Santa Barbara, CA

7.1 214,600 3.9 1,195

Santa Clara, CA

6.1 1,103,500 -3.8 3,334

Santa Cruz, CA

7.1 100,200 2.1 1,185

Solano, CA

6.1 138,300 2.0 1,249

Sonoma, CA

6.8 205,400 -0.8 1,285

Stanislaus, CA

5.9 194,500 4.2 1,089

Tulare, CA

7.4 165,600 5.4 899

Ventura, CA

5.8 328,200 2.3 1,292

Yolo, CA

5.2 107,400 5.5 1,294

Adams, CO

- 233,500 9.0 1,246

Arapahoe, CO

2.7 331,200 8.5 1,674

Boulder, CO

5.5 190,700 10.2 1,718

Denver, CO

8.5 542,700 6.7 1,887

Douglas, CO

4.2 136,000 11.7 1,607

El Paso, CO

4.9 293,100 6.3 1,153

Jefferson, CO

3.2 237,600 9.1 1,398

Larimer, CO

5.5 167,600 7.0 1,225

Weld, CO

3.9 109,100 11.9 1,212

Fairfield, CT

4.2 399,600 10.5 2,451

Hartford, CT

2.6 491,300 8.7 1,652

New Haven, CT

4.4 364,100 6.2 1,279

New London, CT

5.3 113,000 8.0 1,424

New Castle, DE

3.5 289,600 7.5 1,557

Sussex, DE

5.8 82,900 10.9 948

Washington, DC

5.8 749,000 2.6 2,221

Alachua, FL

1.8 134,700 7.2 1,052

Bay, FL

1.7 76,700 7.4 926

Brevard, FL

2.6 228,600 7.8 1,127

Broward, FL

4.6 824,200 11.4 1,287

Collier, FL

5.6 161,000 10.0 1,171

Duval, FL

3.8 541,500 9.2 1,300

Escambia, FL

2.4 140,600 9.2 1,035

Hillsborough, FL

5.3 737,100 8.4 1,322

Lake, FL

3.8 108,200 12.0 886

Lee, FL

5.2 288,700 12.2 1,056

Leon, FL

3.3 153,700 6.7 1,003

Manatee, FL

3.5 133,500 12.6 1,009

Marion, FL

3.8 111,500 7.6 848

Miami-Dade, FL

6.3 1,173,100 13.6 1,402

Okaloosa, FL

1.9 88,900 9.0 1,062

Orange, FL

12.0 876,900 6.8 1,181

Osceola, FL

9.7 104,800 12.0 875

Palm Beach, FL

4.9 631,500 11.7 1,412

Pasco, FL

3.2 132,000 11.1 908

Pinellas, FL

3.8 446,300 9.7 1,130

Polk, FL

3.6 252,000 9.6 969

St. Johns, FL

5.7 88,200 10.1 1,081

St. Lucie, FL

2.9 85,000 7.1 902

Sarasota, FL

5.5 179,600 10.3 1,105

Seminole, FL

3.3 205,200 3.0 1,131

Volusia, FL

3.0 180,700 10.8 952

Bibb, GA

0.5 79,500 2.2 970

Chatham, GA

4.2 163,800 9.4 1,046

Clayton, GA

8.4 118,800 3.2 1,187

Cobb, GA

3.5 371,700 6.6 1,433

DeKalb, GA

4.2 300,400 10.2 1,388

Forsyth, GA

3.8 79,300 7.9 1,119

Fulton, GA

5.8 909,900 8.3 2,068

Gwinnett, GA

4.6 367,800 7.5 1,207

Hall, GA

1.5 92,100 10.4 1,084

Muscogee, GA

-0.4 90,900 3.1 1,055

Richmond, GA

1.1 102,700 5.3 1,002

Honolulu, HI

6.5 433,700 3.6 1,186

Ada, ID

4.1 268,500 6.9 1,142

Canyon, ID

5.8 83,000 9.7 828

Champaign, IL

3.5 92,700 2.0 1,082

Cook, IL

4.6 2,475,000 5.8 1,725

DuPage, IL

3.2 597,100 8.7 1,529

Kane, IL

- 206,200 6.0 1,091

Lake, IL

2.8 318,600 8.8 2,072

McHenry, IL

2.9 93,400 4.6 959

McLean, IL

6.0 83,000 2.7 1,351

Madison, IL

2.9 100,800 8.3 1,004

Peoria, IL

3.1 101,100 25.8 1,616

St. Clair, IL

1.4 86,700 12.0 1,005

Sangamon, IL

1.8 125,700 4.4 1,189

Will, IL

4.7 249,700 -0.1 1,031

Winnebago, IL

5.0 121,800 9.8 1,056

Allen, IN

3.8 191,500 13.4 1,107

Elkhart, IN

5.4 142,300 16.6 1,312

Hamilton, IN

6.5 152,500 8.1 1,298

Hendricks, IN

5.5 80,100 14.5 934

Lake, IN

3.9 182,500 9.3 1,069

Marion, IN

3.9 598,600 8.1 1,435

St. Joseph, IN

1.6 116,200 10.2 1,041

Tippecanoe, IN

5.4 88,900 8.8 1,030

Vanderburgh, IN

2.4 105,900 6.7 999

Johnson, IA

3.1 81,500 5.4 1,138

Linn, IA

2.6 125,500 9.5 1,219

Polk, IA

4.6 299,600 5.0 1,329

Scott, IA

3.8 87,200 8.1 1,012

Johnson, KS

2.9 351,000 10.1 1,370

Sedgwick, KS

4.0 250,900 8.9 1,056

Shawnee, KS

1.3 95,900 8.1 1,043

Wyandotte, KS

4.4 88,200 6.1 1,136

Boone, KY

5.1 104,600 7.9 1,002

Fayette, KY

5.4 194,100 9.5 1,116

Jefferson, KY

2.8 465,800 6.4 1,293

Caddo, LA

1.1 105,400 9.1 981

Calcasieu, LA

2.7 85,300 6.8 1,113

East Baton Rouge, LA

3.5 260,500 8.0 1,139

Jefferson, LA

-0.8 178,300 8.7 1,100

Lafayette, LA

3.3 129,000 6.8 969

Orleans, LA

6.4 179,500 4.3 1,237

St. Tammany, LA

1.5 89,800 7.4 1,041

Cumberland, ME

1.8 179,200 7.4 1,293

Anne Arundel, MD

2.5 266,100 3.9 1,381

Baltimore, MD

3.0 362,700 1.0 1,271

Frederick, MD

4.2 101,700 7.0 1,181

Harford, MD

3.3 91,800 3.4 1,158

Howard, MD

2.9 163,600 1.8 1,565

Montgomery, MD

2.7 450,600 -5.9 1,834

Prince George's, MD

4.0 304,900 3.4 1,263

Baltimore City, MD

3.5 336,700 5.9 1,482

Barnstable, MA

5.0 84,700 8.7 1,129

Bristol, MA

4.9 221,700 9.3 1,171

Essex, MA

4.6 312,300 2.5 1,382

Hampden, MA

4.2 204,100 7.3 1,091

Middlesex, MA

4.1 908,500 3.0 2,152

Norfolk, MA

4.3 334,700 4.8 1,540

Plymouth, MA

4.4 186,000 7.4 1,212

Suffolk, MA

6.2 686,300 7.7 2,753

Worcester, MA

5.7 346,900 5.1 1,294

Genesee, MI

2.4 126,700 3.7 973

Ingham, MI

3.1 145,700 8.6 1,236

Kalamazoo, MI

3.0 118,200 6.8 1,196

Kent, MI

5.8 400,500 7.1 1,130

Macomb, MI

4.9 325,900 6.8 1,268

Oakland, MI

3.2 705,900 4.5 1,391

Ottawa, MI

3.2 126,500 4.6 1,018

Saginaw, MI

3.6 78,400 8.4 1,028

Washtenaw, MI

4.7 211,300 2.0 1,300

Wayne, MI

4.1 707,300 7.5 1,390

Anoka, MN

2.3 124,400 5.1 1,124

Dakota, MN

2.1 180,000 8.8 1,318

Hennepin, MN

2.7 884,200 6.9 1,788

Olmsted, MN

1.3 98,200 2.6 1,346

Ramsey, MN

1.6 312,400 5.6 1,456

St. Louis, MN

1.7 91,000 7.5 1,040

Stearns, MN

1.4 81,900 8.9 1,130

Washington, MN

2.3 87,900 3.6 1,063

Harrison, MS

3.5 85,600 9.2 865

Hinds, MS

0.5 112,200 7.6 1,023

Boone, MO

2.6 96,000 1.9 1,019

Clay, MO

1.4 105,400 10.1 1,072

Greene, MO

3.2 172,200 7.2 978

Jackson, MO

1.6 362,200 2.7 1,244

St. Charles, MO

1.7 154,600 7.9 1,099

St. Louis, MO

1.8 580,200 7.5 1,400

St. Louis City, MO

2.9 219,200 5.6 1,455

Yellowstone, MT

2.7 83,500 6.0 1,045

Douglas, NE

0.7 329,500 10.7 1,263

Lancaster, NE

1.4 167,700 6.5 1,011

Clark, NV

12.5 1,024,200 7.4 1,127

Washoe, NV

4.9 228,100 7.9 1,181

Hillsborough, NH

2.6 199,700 8.5 1,424

Rockingham, NH

3.9 147,300 7.7 1,330

Atlantic, NJ

8.8 120,100 7.5 1,075

Bergen, NJ

6.2 425,400 4.7 1,500

Burlington, NJ

4.9 202,600 5.8 1,334

Camden, NJ

6.2 200,800 3.5 1,211

Essex, NJ

7.0 330,900 2.3 1,657

Gloucester, NJ

8.5 120,600 4.6 998

Hudson, NJ

8.5 269,300 6.0 2,041

Mercer, NJ

5.5 260,900 4.8 1,881

Middlesex, NJ

6.2 429,900 5.1 1,527

Monmouth, NJ

6.4 258,900 5.1 1,287

Morris, NJ

5.7 291,500 0.9 2,146

Ocean, NJ

6.0 170,000 5.0 996

Passaic, NJ

8.8 164,700 - 1,165

Somerset, NJ

4.9 187,900 1.1 2,301

Union, NJ

5.4 225,700 2.6 1,644

Bernalillo, NM

5.3 332,000 6.6 1,080

Albany, NY

2.2 221,300 8.7 1,429

Bronx, NY

3.1 313,800 4.3 1,186

Broome, NY

1.9 79,000 9.1 1,052

Dutchess, NY

3.1 106,900 9.3 1,248

Erie, NY

4.2 445,900 7.6 1,173

Kings, NY

7.2 810,000 3.7 1,055

Monroe, NY

3.2 367,700 5.8 1,165

Nassau, NY

5.0 609,300 4.4 1,403

New York, NY

8.8 2,315,800 2.5 4,064

Oneida, NY

1.0 97,900 10.4 1,028

Onondaga, NY

2.8 233,300 10.3 1,211

Orange, NY

6.0 146,400 7.3 1,094

Queens, NY

6.4 683,500 4.7 1,199

Richmond, NY

6.1 130,700 4.4 1,131

Rockland, NY

5.5 126,100 5.4 1,213

Saratoga, NY

4.5 85,700 7.0 1,235

Suffolk, NY

3.6 635,200 5.2 1,335

Westchester, NY

4.4 406,400 7.0 1,843

Buncombe, NC

6.3 134,200 8.3 970

Cabarrus, NC

4.4 81,400 9.7 960

Catawba, NC

4.1 88,600 10.8 1,005

Cumberland, NC

2.4 120,900 7.4 931

Durham, NC

3.8 226,600 5.3 1,713

Forsyth, NC

2.8 189,400 10.2 1,246

Guilford, NC

2.3 282,200 9.8 1,129

Iredell, NC

4.0 80,200 6.9 1,179

Mecklenburg, NC

5.9 742,100 5.0 1,738

New Hanover, NC

4.5 121,900 2.6 1,068

Pitt, NC

3.0 78,000 6.3 991

Wake, NC

6.1 602,200 7.0 1,418

Cass, ND

2.5 120,200 6.2 1,146

Butler, OH

2.5 152,400 8.2 1,139

Cuyahoga, OH

2.8 693,000 8.1 1,368

Delaware, OH

4.4 89,600 4.9 1,378

Franklin, OH

3.7 751,300 6.1 1,330

Greene, OH

1.0 75,300 4.2 1,207

Hamilton, OH

3.0 502,100 6.9 1,465

Lake, OH

2.2 91,000 5.4 997

Lorain, OH

2.9 94,000 6.1 944

Lucas, OH

1.1 194,200 8.6 1,133

Mahoning, OH

2.5 92,300 7.9 884

Montgomery, OH

2.1 244,400 6.4 1,074

Stark, OH

0.8 151,900 5.6 941

Summit, OH

0.9 250,600 9.4 1,178

Warren, OH

2.6 95,800 4.9 1,217

Cleveland, OK

2.1 87,100 6.7 882

Oklahoma, OK

4.2 464,100 8.4 1,162

Tulsa, OK

2.3 352,600 5.7 1,108

Clackamas, OR

4.9 169,200 8.0 1,246

Deschutes, OR

3.1 86,600 9.8 1,121

Jackson, OR

0.8 88,100 8.3 1,022

Lane, OR

3.3 153,300 6.9 1,017

Marion, OR

4.0 160,100 8.1 1,089

Multnomah, OR

4.8 496,900 6.1 1,435

Washington, OR

4.2 299,500 6.2 1,690

Allegheny, PA

2.6 650,400 5.2 1,436

Berks, PA

2.8 166,800 6.7 1,117

Bucks, PA

4.4 260,600 8.2 1,192

Butler, PA

2.2 83,700 6.5 1,132

Chester, PA

3.4 243,800 4.1 1,717

Cumberland, PA

2.5 134,000 5.5 1,123

Dauphin, PA

2.9 178,600 5.7 1,249

Delaware, PA

3.9 216,200 7.3 1,414

Erie, PA

2.9 115,300 5.7 916

Lackawanna, PA

4.1 94,000 4.4 928

Lancaster, PA

4.0 243,600 7.7 1,049

Lehigh, PA

4.2 194,000 7.7 1,213

Luzerne, PA

5.3 140,900 3.8 966

Montgomery, PA

3.2 496,900 5.5 1,777

Northampton, PA

4.1 117,600 6.6 1,067

Philadelphia, PA

6.5 676,100 7.0 1,507

Washington, PA

3.8 83,400 1.7 1,495

Westmoreland, PA

2.9 127,400 7.1 992

York, PA

4.1 178,000 8.1 1,083

Providence, RI

3.9 278,000 6.4 1,287

Charleston, SC

5.1 258,100 10.4 1,192

Greenville, SC

3.1 281,700 7.4 1,082

Horry, SC

6.6 131,800 9.7 789

Lexington, SC

3.5 125,400 5.7 929

Richland, SC

1.9 218,500 6.3 1,090

Spartanburg, SC

1.6 148,500 8.3 1,004

York, SC

2.3 101,300 10.4 1,118

Minnehaha, SD

3.8 129,400 9.9 1,143

Davidson, TN

7.8 520,900 8.4 1,496

Hamilton, TN

3.2 206,100 9.0 1,164

Knox, TN

2.9 242,200 4.6 1,100

Rutherford, TN

4.2 138,500 6.8 1,032

Shelby, TN

2.6 488,500 6.6 1,259

Williamson, TN

6.3 145,300 9.7 1,727

Bell, TX

3.1 124,100 5.8 1,015

Bexar, TX

5.3 885,300 6.7 1,192

Brazoria, TX

5.7 116,700 11.8 1,282

Brazos, TX

6.7 116,800 6.2 942

Cameron, TX

3.8 148,900 7.6 736

Collin, TX

7.5 492,500 6.8 1,636

Dallas, TX

6.1 1,767,500 8.5 1,690

Denton, TX

5.7 287,600 6.9 1,148

El Paso, TX

3.3 311,400 6.5 864

Fort Bend, TX

8.1 225,800 7.5 1,097

Galveston, TX

5.0 118,100 4.8 1,061

Harris, TX

5.0 2,305,200 10.3 1,681

Hays, TX

- 82,800 10.7 912

Hidalgo, TX

5.4 277,300 6.5 737

Jefferson, TX

3.2 114,900 7.7 1,224

Lubbock, TX

3.9 145,600 7.4 930

McLennan, TX

3.7 119,200 7.4 990

Midland, TX

8.1 103,100 5.7 1,719

Montgomery, TX

6.1 207,300 10.3 1,383

Nueces, TX

2.0 154,800 6.4 1,018

Potter, TX

1.4 76,600 8.9 1,013

Smith, TX

3.6 106,800 9.1 1,003

Tarrant, TX

4.9 950,800 8.3 1,286

Travis, TX

9.3 853,600 7.2 1,707

Webb, TX

4.5 101,400 7.6 795

Williamson, TX

7.0 202,400 3.4 1,571

Davis, UT

2.7 135,800 7.7 1,003

Salt Lake, UT

4.4 755,600 9.6 1,348

Utah, UT

5.8 283,400 3.4 1,106

Washington, UT

5.4 79,200 9.5 807

Weber, UT

3.0 115,500 8.6 975

Chittenden, VT

5.1 100,100 7.6 1,279

Arlington, VA

1.1 171,900 4.9 2,207

Chesterfield, VA

3.8 137,500 8.6 1,070

Fairfax, VA

1.8 608,100 4.5 2,055

Henrico, VA

1.2 185,300 8.0 1,317

Loudoun, VA

4.0 174,200 5.3 1,493

Prince William, VA

3.3 131,200 5.3 1,069

Alexandria City, VA

3.1 84,100 3.7 1,637

Chesapeake City, VA

1.0 102,400 5.8 999

Newport News City, VA

0.3 101,200 10.0 1,184

Norfolk City, VA

2.4 136,600 6.9 1,262

Richmond City, VA

2.6 151,000 9.5 1,596

Virginia Beach City, VA

1.4 169,500 7.8 983

Benton, WA

5.1 91,600 1.1 1,184

Clark, WA

7.4 173,500 4.3 1,266

King, WA

7.1 1,433,700 2.0 2,195

Kitsap, WA

4.5 91,000 3.8 1,161

Pierce, WA

5.1 321,700 6.6 1,185

Snohomish, WA

3.8 282,400 7.5 1,410

Spokane, WA

5.4 234,600 4.6 1,108

Thurston, WA

6.3 122,700 4.8 1,211

Whatcom, WA

6.8 91,000 6.7 1,102

Yakima, WA

4.2 112,100 5.2 863

Kanawha, WV

0.6 91,600 5.5 1,041

Brown, WI

2.2 153,000 8.2 1,126

Dane, WI

2.5 337,500 6.8 1,346

Milwaukee, WI

2.4 461,400 10.4 1,292

Outagamie, WI

1.9 104,000 9.2 1,099

Waukesha, WI

2.0 237,300 7.0 1,306

Winnebago, WI

1.0 90,900 5.6 1,130

Dash indicates that data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.

Average weekly wages increased in 348 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from March 2021 to March 2022, with the largest percentage increases occurring in Peoria County, Illinois (+25.8 percent), Elkhart County, Indiana (+16.6 percent), and Benton County, Arkansas (+16.4 percent). In the first quarter of 2022, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,374, a 6.7-percent increase over the year.

All of the 10 largest U.S. counties had over-the-year percentage increases in both employment and average weekly wages in March 2022. New York County, New York, had the largest percentage gain in employment, at 8.8 percent, while Miami-Dade County, Florida, had the largest percentage gain in average weekly wages, at 13.6 percent.

Percent change in employment and average weekly wages in 10 largest U.S. counties, March 2021 to March 2022
County Percent change in employment Employment, March 2022 Percent change in average weekly wages Average weekly wages, March 2022

United States

5.0% 147,648,400 6.7% $1,374

Maricopa, AZ

4.6 2,158,100 7.3 1,308

Los Angeles, CA

7.2 4,455,000 3.4 1,487

Orange, CA

7.2 1,614,300 3.8 1,510

San Diego, CA

7.9 1,495,900 3.4 1,484

Miami-Dade, FL

6.3 1,173,100 13.6 1,402

Cook, IL

4.6 2,475,000 5.8 1,725

New York, NY

8.8 2,315,800 2.5 4,064

Dallas, TX

6.1 1,767,500 8.5 1,690

Harris, TX

5.0 2,305,200 10.3 1,681

King, WA

7.1 1,433,700 2.0 2,195

In March 2022, 9 of the 10 largest U.S. counties had average weekly wages above the national level of $1,374, with Maricopa County, Arizona ($1,308) being the exception. Cook County, Illinois had an over-the-year increase below the national rate in both employment (+4.6 percent) and average weekly wages (+5.8 percent).

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program and are preliminary. Large counties are defined as having employment of at least 75,000. To learn more, see “County Employment and Wages – First Quarter 2022.” You can view employment data for the nation, states, counties, and metropolitan areas through the data viewer tool.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment up in 349 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from March 2021 to March 2022 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/employment-up-in-349-of-the-355-largest-u-s-counties-from-march-2021-to-march-2022.htm (visited November 28, 2022).

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