Economic News Release

County Employment and Wages News Release



For release 10:00 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, January 11, 2011  USDL-11-0014 
 
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County Employment and Wages 
Second Quarter 2010 
 
 
From June 2009 to June 2010, employment declined in 192 of the 326 largest U.S. 
counties according to preliminary data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 
today. Yolo, Calif., and Marion, Fla., posted the largest percentage decline, with a 
loss of 3.7 percent each over the year, compared with a national job decrease of 0.2 
percent. Within Yolo, the largest employment decline occurred in trade, 
transportation, and utilities, which lost 843 jobs over the year (-4.4 percent). In 
Marion, financial activities had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment, 
shedding 1,495 jobs (-27.1 percent). Elkhart, Ind., experienced the largest over-
the-year percentage increase in employment among the largest counties in the U.S. 
with a gain of 9.3 percent.  
 
The U.S. average weekly wage increased over the year by 3.0 percent to $865 in the 
second quarter of 2010. Among the large counties in the U.S., Santa Clara, Calif., 
had the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages in the second quarter 
of 2010, with a gain of 10.6 percent. Within Santa Clara, manufacturing had the 
largest impact on the county’s over-the-year increase in average weekly wages. Fort 
Bend, Texas, experienced the largest decline in average weekly wages with a loss of 
1.7 percent over the year. County employment and wage data are compiled under the 
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. 

Table A.  Top 10 large counties ranked by June 2010 employment, June 2009-10 employment 
decrease, and June 2009-10 percent decrease in employment  

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                                       Employment in large counties
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        June 2010 employment      |      Decrease in employment,     |  Percent decrease in employment, 
            (thousands)           |            June 2009-10          |            June 2009-10
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 United States           129,371.6| United States              -276.5| United States                -0.2
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 Los Angeles, Calif.       3,890.5| Los Angeles, Calif.         -62.3| Yolo, Calif.                 -3.7
 Cook, Ill.                2,371.7| Maricopa, Ariz.             -24.3| Marion, Fla.                 -3.7
 New York, N.Y.            2,291.3| Cook, Ill.                  -22.7| Kane, Ill.                   -2.9
 Harris, Texas             1,996.5| Clark, Nev.                 -17.5| McHenry, Ill.                -2.9
 Maricopa, Ariz.           1,565.2| Sacramento, Calif.          -15.7| San Joaquin, Calif.          -2.7
 Dallas, Texas             1,415.2| Orange, Calif.              -15.1| Sacramento, Calif.           -2.6
 Orange, Calif.            1,369.7| San Bernardino, Calif.      -14.0| Durham, N.C.                 -2.6
 San Diego, Calif.         1,253.3| Riverside, Calif.           -12.8| Sedgwick, Kan.               -2.5
 King, Wash.               1,125.9| St. Louis, Mo.              -12.3| St. Louis City, Mo.          -2.5
 Miami-Dade, Fla.            932.4| Alameda, Calif.             -10.6| Gloucester, N.J.             -2.4
                                  |                                  | Spokane, Wash.               -2.4
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Large County Employment 
 
In June 2010, national employment, as measured by the QCEW program, was 129.4 
million, down by 0.2 percent from June 2009. The 326 U.S. counties with 75,000 or 
more employees accounted for 70.7 percent of total U.S. employment and 71.5 percent 
of total wages. These 326 counties had a net job decline of 350,897 over the year, 
accounting for 126.9 percent of the overall U.S. employment decrease. 
 
Yolo, Calif., and Marion, Fla., both had the largest percentage decline in 
employment among the largest U.S. counties. The top five counties with the greatest 
employment level declines (Los Angeles, Calif.; Maricopa, Ariz.; Cook, Ill.; Clark, 
Nev.; and Sacramento, Calif.) had a combined over-the-year loss of 142,500, or 51.1 
percent of the employment decline for the U.S. (See table A.) 
 
Employment rose in 120 of the large counties from June 2009 to June 2010. Elkhart, 
Ind., had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (9.3 percent) 
in the nation. Manufacturing was the largest contributor to the increase in 
employment. In Elkhart, employment declines exceeded 10 percent from third quarter 
of 2008 through third quarter of 2009. Employment rebounded in December 2009, and 
strong job growth continued through this quarter. Kings, N.Y., experienced the 
second largest employment increase, followed by Allen, Ind.; Ottawa, Mich.; Macomb, 
Mich.; Arlington, Va.; and Benton, Wash. 

Table B.  Top 10 large counties ranked by second quarter 2010 average weekly wages, second quarter 2009-10 
increase in average weekly wages, and second quarter 2009-10 percent increase in average weekly wages 

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                                  Average weekly wage in large counties
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        Average weekly wage,      |    Increase in average weekly    |    Percent increase in average 
        second quarter 2010       |    wage, second quarter 2009-10  |        weekly wage, second
                                  |                                  |          quarter 2009-10
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 United States                $865| United States                 $25| United States                 3.0
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 New York, N.Y.             $1,659| Santa Clara, Calif.          $153| Santa Clara, Calif.          10.6
 Santa Clara, Calif.         1,603| New York, N.Y.                137| New York, N.Y.                9.0
 Washington, D.C.            1,506| Washington, D.C.               81| Elkhart, Ind.                 7.6
 Arlington, Va.              1,481| Fairfield, Conn.               79| Lake, Ind.                    6.9
 Fairfield, Conn.            1,395| Alexandria City, Va.           73| Rockingham, N.H.              6.4
 Fairfax, Va.                1,392| Middlesex, Mass.               62| Alexandria City, Va.          6.3
 San Francisco, Calif.       1,346| Durham, N.C.                   61| Douglas, Colo.                6.2
 Suffolk, Mass.              1,334| Arlington, Va.                 59| Fairfield, Conn.              6.0
 San Mateo, Calif.           1,329| Washington, Ore.               54| Champaign, Ill.               5.9
 Somerset, N.J.              1,277| Douglas, Colo.                 53| Butler, Pa.                   5.8
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Large County Average Weekly Wages 
 
Average weekly wages for the nation increased by 3.0 percent over the year in the 
second quarter of 2010. Among the 326 largest counties, 301 had over-the-year 
increases in average weekly wages. Santa Clara, Calif., had the largest wage gain 
among the largest U.S. counties. (See table B.) Of the 326 largest counties, 16 
experienced declines in average weekly wages. 
 
Fort Bend, Texas, led the nation in average weekly wage decline with a loss of 1.7 
percent over the year. Large declines in employment (-10.0 percent) and wages (-14.0 
percent) within construction had contributed significantly to the county’s overall 
average weekly wage loss. Baltimore City, Md., had the second largest overall 
decline among the counties, followed by St. Charles, Mo.; Anoka, Minn.; and 
Calcasieu, La.