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Thursday, September 30, 2021

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County Employment and Wages in New York City – First Quarter 2021

Manhattan’s employment down 14.7 percent over the year in March 2021

Employment declined in all five New York City boroughs from March 2020 to March 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in New York County—commonly known as Manhattan—the over-the-year employment loss of 14.7 percent ranked 333rd among the nation’s 343 largest counties, those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2020. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

  Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in covered employment in the five counties of New York City, March 2021

In New York’s outer boroughs, employment declines ranged from 9.2 percent in Queens to 5.5 percent in Staten Island (Richmond County)

National employment decreased 4.5 percent over the year, with 324 of the 343 largest U.S. counties reporting declines. Calcasieu, LA, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 14.9 percent. Utah, UT, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment with a gain of 6.1 percent.

Among the five New York City boroughs, employment was highest in Manhattan (2,125,300) in March 2021. Within Manhattan’s private industry, all nine of the supersectors with at least 1,000 employees had over-the-year job losses. Leisure and hospitality had the largest loss (-53.1 percent), followed by manufacturing (-27.0 percent), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-22.1 percent). (See table 2.)

Nationally, all supersectors reported over-the-year employment losses. The largest employment declines occurred in leisure and hospitality (-18.5 percent), other services (-9.7 percent), and natural resources and mining (-7.3 percent).

Over-the-year wage changes

All five boroughs of New York City had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Manhattan ranked third among the nation’s largest counties with a gain of 21.0 percent. Staten Island matched the national gain of 5.6 percent, placing 103rd. Brooklyn (Kings County, +4.4 percent) placed 158th. The Bronx (Bronx County, +3.5 percent) and Queens (+3.2 percent) placed in the lower half of the large county rankings. (See chart 2.)

  Chart 2. Over-the-year percent change in covered average weekly wages in the five counties of New York City, March 2021

Among the 343 largest counties in the United States, 312 had over-the-year wage increases. Nationally, across most industries, increases in average weekly wages reflect substantial employment declines combined with wage increases. The lowest paying industry, leisure and hospitality, had the largest employment loss, which resulted in higher average weekly wages for the industry and the nation. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+33.9 percent). Clayton, GA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease (-14.2 percent).

Average weekly wages

Manhattan’s average weekly wage of $3,967 ranked first in the nation and was more than three times the national average of $1,289 in the first quarter of 2021. Weekly wages in the four other New York City boroughs had averages ranging from $1,144 in Queens to $1,014 in Brooklyn. (See chart 3.)

In Manhattan, the financial activities supersector had the highest first-quarter average weekly wage, $11,283. (See table 2.) Information had the second-highest average wage ($4,393), followed by professional and business services ($3,282). Manhattan’s leisure and hospitality supersector had the lowest average weekly wage, $1,055. Average wages in every supersector were higher in Manhattan than their respective national averages.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 84 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the first quarter of 2021. Average weekly wages were below the national average in the remaining 259 counties.

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 second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.


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.

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Table 1. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the five counties in New York City, first quarter 2021
Area Establishments,
first quarter 2021
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2021
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)
First quarter
2021
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
first quarter 2020–21 (2)
National ranking
by percent change (3)

United States (4)

10,755.4 140,455.8 -4.5 -- $1,289 -- 5.6 --

New York

664.6 8,587.8 -8.7 -- 1869 2 10.4 2

Bronx

19.4 301.2 -6.9 276 1143 147 3.5 208

Kings

67.1 753.8 -6.4 256 1014 234 4.4 158

New York

128.8 2,125.3 -14.7 333 3967 1 21.0 3

Queens

54.3 642.6 -9.2 321 1144 146 3.2 223

Richmond

10.2 123.3 -5.5 211 1082 178 5.6 103

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 employment and wages in the United States and New York County, first quarter 2021
Area Establishments, first quarter 2021 Employment Average weekly wage(1)
March 2021 (thousands) Percent change March 2020-21(2) First quarter 2021 Percent change, first quarter 2020-21(2)

United States(3)

10,755.2 140,455.8 -4.5 $1,289 5.6

Private industry

10,453.0 119,177.8 -4.5 1,310 6.0

Natural resources and mining

140.8 1,634.8 -7.3 1,215 -8.4

Construction

860.0 7,126.2 -2.1 1,240 0.6

Manufacturing

363.8 12,198.4 -3.7 1,450 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,967.5 26,868.9 -1.1 1,020 2.2

Information

212.2 2,761.6 -4.3 3,118 17.4

Financial activities

968.2 8,245.7 -1.2 2,740 7.7

Professional and business services

2,049.6 20,706.6 -1.3 1,725 4.9

Education and health services

1,908.0 22,575.1 -3.7 1,025 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

895.3 12,817.7 -18.5 479 0.4

Other services

840.0 4,002.0 -9.7 836 5.7

Government

302.4 21,278.0 -4.4 1,176 3.5

New York, NY

128.8 2,125.3 -14.7 3,967 21.0

Private industry

127.3 1,901.5 -15.7 4,248 23.0

Natural resources and mining

0.0 0.3 27.7 2,827 -1.9

Construction

2.4 36.8 -13.8 2,105 1.7

Manufacturing

1.8 14.7 -27.0 1,906 12.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

17.8 191.9 -22.1 1,863 13.9

Information

5.9 182.5 -6.8 4,393 15.2

Financial activities

19.4 374.1 -5.1 11,283 14.7

Professional and business services

29.2 530.1 -9.7 3,282 12.2

Education and health services

10.4 344.1 -7.7 1,527 7.7

Leisure and hospitality

14.1 135.4 -53.1 1,055 9.9

Other services

18.9 85.8 -18.4 1,509 7.9

Government

1.5 223.8 -4.9 1,610 2.4

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

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

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

United States (2)

10,755.4 140,455.8 -4.5 $1,289 -- 5.6 --

Alabama

135.9 1,924.3 -3.0 996 37 2.5 40

Alaska

23.3 295.0 -5.5 1,125 23 -0.6 48

Arizona

176.5 2,894.2 -2.3 1,150 21 4.8 17

Arkansas

95.3 1,194.2 -2.0 957 43 3.7 30

California

1,651.4 16,507.7 -5.9 1,623 4 11.3 1

Colorado

224.7 2,634.7 -3.5 1,335 10 4.1 25

Connecticut

128.3 1,550.5 -5.4 1,575 5 4.7 19

Delaware

35.2 425.6 -4.1 1,264 13 1.6 44

District of Columbia

44.0 708.1 -9.0 2,166 1 8.7 4

Florida

780.8 8,701.9 -3.1 1,104 24 5.1 13

Georgia

329.2 4,393.8 -2.6 1,198 17 3.6 33

Hawaii

48.0 564.4 -14.1 1,091 26 5.7 9

Idaho

74.2 768.6 1.9 906 50 4.9 15

Illinois

390.0 5,559.6 -5.5 1,387 8 6.7 7

Indiana

176.2 2,956.4 -2.5 1,026 34 3.3 37

Iowa

105.1 1,473.6 -3.3 1,004 35 2.6 39

Kansas

90.4 1,335.4 -3.3 986 39 1.9 43

Kentucky

130.7 1,835.2 -2.5 965 41 2.3 42

Louisiana

141.5 1,787.6 -5.9 977 40 1.0 46

Maine

56.2 585.0 -2.8 1,000 36 4.7 19

Maryland

174.3 2,522.1 -5.0 1,386 9 8.5 5

Massachusetts

271.2 3,334.9 -6.6 1,732 3 7.8 6

Michigan

267.5 4,026.6 -5.9 1,155 20 4.8 17

Minnesota

189.7 2,695.4 -5.1 1,290 11 4.6 22

Mississippi

75.3 1,098.4 -2.5 811 51 1.1 45

Missouri

221.8 2,705.5 -3.0 1,055 30 3.7 30

Montana

53.2 465.2 0.1 915 48 5.4 10

Nebraska

73.4 944.7 -2.8 990 38 3.6 33

Nevada

92.8 1,291.5 -8.4 1,080 27 4.7 19

New Hampshire

56.8 631.8 -3.9 1,258 15 5.4 10

New Jersey

297.0 3,818.6 -5.5 1,533 7 5.3 12

New Mexico

65.2 774.5 -7.4 958 42 3.8 28

New York

664.6 8,587.8 -8.7 1,869 2 10.4 2

North Carolina

302.7 4,423.2 -1.7 1,137 22 4.1 25

North Dakota

32.3 388.7 -6.1 1,037 32 -0.9 51

Ohio

310.1 5,136.8 -3.9 1,098 25 3.3 37

Oklahoma

114.4 1,549.7 -3.7 939 46 -0.8 50

Oregon

169.4 1,841.9 -5.2 1,172 18 6.4 8

Pennsylvania

369.7 5,531.3 -5.4 1,226 16 4.3 23

Rhode Island

41.2 447.8 -5.6 1,171 19 3.4 35

South Carolina

150.1 2,056.2 -2.6 957 43 3.8 28

South Dakota

35.6 417.1 -0.9 932 47 3.4 35

Tennessee

180.2 2,968.7 -2.1 1,077 28 5.0 14

Texas

750.1 12,216.7 -3.4 1,261 14 2.4 41

Utah

117.3 1,548.8 1.5 1,065 29 3.7 30

Vermont

27.0 283.7 -6.9 1,028 33 4.9 15

Virginia

291.3 3,765.8 -3.9 1,285 12 4.2 24

Washington

261.2 3,252.0 -5.1 1,540 6 9.1 3

West Virginia

52.3 648.6 -3.8 911 49 0.8 47

Wisconsin

183.1 2,730.0 -3.7 1,047 31 3.9 27

Wyoming

27.8 255.9 -4.6 953 45 -0.6 48

Puerto Rico

47.1 856.5 -3.1 562 (3) 2.0 (3)

Virgin Islands

3.6 34.7 -14.0 961 (3) -8.0 (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.

  Chart 3. Average weekly wages, five counties in New York City, first quarter 2021

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021