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22-571-PHI
Monday, March 28, 2022

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County Employment and Wages in Maryland — Third Quarter 2021

Employment rose in all eight large counties in Maryland from September 2020 to September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020.) Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that Baltimore City had the largest over-the-year increase in employment at 4.0 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

National employment increased 4.4 percent over the year, with 332 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting gains. Honolulu, HI, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 13.3 percent. Jefferson, LA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 3.2 percent.

Among the eight largest counties in Maryland, employment was highest in Montgomery County (451,100) in September 2021. Within Montgomery County’s private industry, professional and technical services accounted for the largest employment. Together, the eight largest Maryland counties accounted for 79.5 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 343 largest counties made up 72.3 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 16 counties in Maryland with employment below 75,000. Wage levels in 15 of the 16 smaller counties were below the national average of $1,251 in the third quarter of 2021. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All eight large Maryland counties reported average weekly wage gains from the third quarter of 2020 to the third quarter of 2021. (See chart 2.) Frederick County had the largest gain (+4.4 percent), followed by Harford County (+4.0 percent). Over-the-year wage gains among Maryland’s other six large counties ranged from 3.6 percent to 1.7 percent.

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 333 had over-the-year wage increases. San Mateo, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+27.2 percent). Union, NJ, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-1.2 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in 4 of the 8 largest counties in Maryland were above the national average of $1,251 in the third quarter of 2021. Average weekly wages in two of these counties ranked among the top 50 nationwide: Montgomery County ($1,591, 20th) and Howard County ($1,550, 26th).

Among the largest U.S. counties, 85 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the third quarter of 2021. San Mateo, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,710. Average weekly wages were at or below the national average in the remaining 258 counties. At $756 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Maryland’s smaller counties

Among the 16 smaller counties in Maryland—those with employment below 75,000—St. Mary’s County ($1,412) reported an average weekly wage above the national average. Worcester County ($778) reported the lowest average weekly wage in the state.

When all 24 counties in Maryland were considered, 8 reported average weekly wages of less than $950, 7 registered wages from $950 to $1,049, and 9 had average weekly wages of $1,150 or higher. (See chart 3.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit www.bls.gov/cew.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. This publication is typically published in September of the following year of the reference period or shortly after the QCEW first quarter full data update. The Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online is available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/.

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.


Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/cew. However, data in QCEW press releases have been revised and may not match the data contained on the Bureau’s web site.

QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of individual establishment records reflecting the number of establishments that exist in a county or industry at a point in time. Establishments can move in or out of a county or industry for a number of reasons–some reflecting economic events, others reflecting administrative changes.

The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released by the individual states as well as from the data presented on the BLS web site. These potential differences result from the states’ continuing receipt, review and editing of UI data over time. On the other hand, differences between data in this release and the data found on the BLS web site are the result of adjustments made to improve over-the-year comparisons. Specifically, these adjustments account for administrative (noneconomic) changes such as a correction to a previously reported location or industry classification. Adjusting for these administrative changes allows users to more accurately assess changes of an economic nature (such as a firm moving from one county to another or changing its primary economic activity) over a 12-month period. Currently, adjusted data are available only from BLS press releases.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and the eight largest counties in Maryland, third quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
third quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
Third quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
third quarter
2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

11,021.4 144,863.9 4.4 -- $1,251 -- 6.7 --

Maryland

178.1 2,604.6 3.9 -- 1,314 10 3.5 49

Anne Arundel

15.5 261.1 3.3 173 1,296 74 2.2 317

Baltimore

21.3 358.8 2.5 227 1,183 127 2.9 306

Frederick

6.7 100.8 2.9 204 1,133 164 4.4 244

Harford

5.9 92.0 2.4 234 1,181 128 4.0 262

Howard

10.3 164.0 2.2 252 1,550 26 2.4 315

Montgomery

33.1 451.1 3.5 161 1,591 20 3.6 279

Prince George's

16.4 305.2 3.7 149 1,236 94 1.7 322

Baltimore City

13.6 338.3 4.0 129 1,375 52 3.2 295

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(3) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Table 2. Covered establishments, employment, and wages in the United States and all counties in Maryland, third quarter 2021
Area Establishments Employment September 2021 Average weekly wage (1)

United States (2)

11,021,414 144,863,915 $1,251

Maryland

178,057 2,604,555 1,314

Allegany

1,504 26,797 853

Anne Arundel

15,455 261,130 1,296

Baltimore County

21,284 358,846 1,183

Calvert

1,856 21,488 1,036

Caroline

681 9,652 981

Carroll

4,494 55,510 966

Cecil

1,897 33,199 1,047

Charles

2,928 39,500 1,014

Dorchester

743 12,398 851

Frederick

6,651 100,787 1,133

Garrett

980 12,032 784

Harford

5,884 92,018 1,181

Howard

10,270 164,014 1,550

Kent

717 7,570 878

Montgomery

33,078 451,138 1,591

Prince George's

16,404 305,224 1,236

Queen Anne's

1,491 14,857 946

St. Mary's

2,202 46,739 1,412

Somerset

458 6,301 1,005

Talbot

1,533 16,714 931

Washington

3,455 61,827 964

Wicomico

2,574 44,453 939

Worcester

2,225 26,536 778

Baltimore City

13,562 338,281 1,375

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Table 3. Covered establishments, employment, and wages by state, third quarter 2021
State Establishments,
third quarter
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
September 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
September
2020–21
Third quarter
2021
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
third quarter
2020–21
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

11,021.4 144,863.9 4.4 $1,251 -- 6.7 --

Alabama

139.8 1,955.3 2.6 1,030 36 5.3 37

Alaska

24.0 316.9 4.6 1,205 16 3.4 50

Arizona

184.5 2,926.3 4.6 1,167 19 7.0 13

Arkansas

97.4 1,212.9 2.9 963 47 7.8 6

California

1,679.6 17,208.7 6.6 1,576 4 7.7 8

Colorado

231.8 2,723.4 4.8 1,322 9 7.0 13

Connecticut

132.0 1,605.1 2.9 1,401 6 5.7 31

Delaware

35.9 439.7 2.1 1,198 18 4.4 45

District of Columbia

45.4 736.1 3.1 2,042 1 4.1 46

Florida

808.4 8,910.9 7.0 1,120 25 8.7 3

Georgia

343.9 4,491.4 4.9 1,158 20 6.8 17

Hawaii

49.2 592.8 16.6 1,150 22 3.3 51

Idaho

79.2 804.0 5.3 953 50 7.8 6

Illinois

398.4 5,751.2 3.3 1,274 11 6.3 22

Indiana

178.9 3,020.6 2.6 1,032 34 7.4 10

Iowa

106.8 1,509.6 2.2 1,015 39 4.9 43

Kansas

92.1 1,349.3 1.7 997 40 4.7 44

Kentucky

134.3 1,869.0 3.4 989 43 5.8 28

Louisiana

144.2 1,772.7 1.7 1,021 37 5.4 36

Maine

58.5 619.9 3.6 1,031 35 6.7 18

Maryland

178.1 2,604.6 3.9 1,314 10 3.5 49

Massachusetts

281.4 3,501.0 5.5 1,593 2 7.0 13

Michigan

271.3 4,181.4 3.6 1,154 21 5.3 37

Minnesota

186.9 2,780.5 2.7 1,249 13 6.1 24

Mississippi

77.3 1,122.2 2.6 859 51 6.3 22

Missouri

223.9 2,760.3 2.9 1,055 31 6.0 26

Montana

57.0 487.5 4.4 963 47 6.5 21

Nebraska

75.6 964.6 1.4 1,017 38 5.5 35

Nevada

96.0 1,389.5 10.8 1,135 23 8.3 5

New Hampshire

60.0 654.6 3.3 1,349 8 15.0 1

New Jersey

304.1 3,977.2 5.1 1,384 7 4.1 46

New Mexico

64.8 806.2 4.2 997 40 5.6 32

New York

671.2 8,922.4 4.4 1,534 5 6.1 24

North Carolina

318.4 4,516.4 4.5 1,112 26 7.1 11

North Dakota

33.0 407.2 2.2 1,076 30 5.1 40

Ohio

315.7 5,248.0 2.2 1,098 28 5.6 32

Oklahoma

116.4 1,576.6 1.8 966 45 5.6 32

Oregon

171.2 1,909.5 3.7 1,220 15 9.6 2

Pennsylvania

375.4 5,685.4 3.2 1,205 16 5.8 28

Rhode Island

43.2 474.1 4.8 1,131 24 3.6 48

South Carolina

152.9 2,086.0 2.8 988 44 6.9 16

South Dakota

37.0 435.6 3.1 965 46 5.1 40

Tennessee

187.7 3,044.1 4.2 1,111 27 8.7 3

Texas

770.0 12,613.1 5.6 1,227 14 6.7 18

Utah

123.1 1,594.7 5.0 1,087 29 7.1 11

Vermont

28.1 293.5 2.7 1,055 31 5.8 28

Virginia

299.2 3,845.3 2.9 1,264 12 5.3 37

Washington

266.6 3,415.2 4.4 1,578 3 6.6 20

West Virginia

53.6 664.2 2.7 960 49 5.0 42

Wisconsin

189.5 2,815.9 2.3 1,049 33 7.5 9

Wyoming

28.7 271.1 2.5 995 42 6.0 26

Puerto Rico

47.9 887.9 6.5 568 (3) 4.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.6 34.5 1.9 956 (3) -5.4 (3)

Footnotes:
(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(3) Data not included in the national ranking.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, March 28, 2022