Economic News Release

County Employment and Wages News Release


Technical information:(202) 691-6567    USDL 09-0032 
             http://www.bls.gov/cew/ 
                                        For release:  10:00 A.M. EST 
Media contact:              691-5902    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 

          COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES:  SECOND QUARTER 2008 

  From June 2007 to June 2008, employment declined in more than half 
of the largest U.S. counties, according to preliminary data released 
today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of 
Labor. Lee County, Fla., which contains the Cape Coral-Fort Myers 
area, posted the largest percentage decline, with a loss of 8.8 
percent over the year, compared with a national job decrease of 0.3 
percent. Orleans County, La., which includes the city of New Orleans, 
experienced the largest over-the-year percentage increase in 
employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a gain of 5.6 
percent.  

  Rock Island County, Ill., had the largest over-the-year gain in 
average weekly wages in the second quarter of 2008, with an increase 
of 10.5 percent coming largely from the manufacturing supersector. 
The U.S. average weekly wage rose by 2.6 percent over the same time 
span. 
   
  Of the 334 largest counties in the United States (as measured by 
2007 annual average employment) 159 had over-the-year percentage 
growth in employment above the national average (-0.3 percent) in 
June 2008; 157 large counties experienced changes below the national 
average. The percent change in average weekly wages was higher than 
the national average (2.6 percent) in 157 of the largest U.S. 
counties but was below the national average in 162 counties. 

Table A.  Top 10 large counties ranked by June 2008 employment, June 2007-08 employment growth,  
and June 2007-08 percent growth in employment  

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                                       Employment in large counties
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        June 2008 employment      |       Growth in employment,      |   Percent growth in employment, 
            (thousands)           |            June 2007-08          |            June 2007-08
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 United States           136,631.8| United States              -397.0| United States                -0.3
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 Los Angeles, Calif.       4,229.7| Harris, Texas                56.1| Orleans, La.                  5.6
 Cook, Ill.                2,533.4| New York, N.Y.               24.0| Williamson, Texas             4.3
 New York, N.Y.            2,392.5| King, Wash.                  20.0| Fort Bend, Texas              4.2
 Harris, Texas             2,073.4| Dallas, Texas                17.1| Tulare, Calif.                4.0
 Maricopa, Ariz.           1,741.0| Bexar, Texas                 15.0| Montgomery, Texas             3.8
 Orange, Calif.            1,502.4| Tarrant, Texas               13.3| Bell, Texas                   3.6
 Dallas, Texas             1,498.9| Santa Clara, Calif.           9.3| Cass, N.D.                    3.5
 San Diego, Calif.         1,336.7| Orleans, La.                  9.2| Brazos, Texas                 3.0
 King, Wash.               1,201.4| Travis, Texas                 9.0| Denton, Texas                 3.0
 Miami-Dade, Fla.            992.7| Washington, D.C.              7.9| Harris, Texas                 2.8
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  The employment and 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 reports 
submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance (UI) 
laws. The 9.1 million employer reports cover 136.6 million full- and 
part-time workers. The attached tables contain data for the nation 
and for the 334 U.S. counties with annual average employment levels of 
75,000 or more in 2007. June 2008 employment and 2008 second-quarter average 
weekly wages for all states are provided in table 4 of this release. Final 
data for all states, metropolitan statistical areas, counties, and the nation 
through the fourth quarter of 2007 are available on the BLS Web site at 
http://www.bls.gov/cew/. Preliminary data for first quarter 2008 also are 
available on the BLS Web site. Updated data for first quarter 2008 and 
preliminary data for second quarter 2008 will be available later in January 
on the BLS Web site. 
 
Large County Employment 

  In June 2008, national employment, as measured by the QCEW program, 
was 136.6 million, down by 0.3 percent from June 2007. The 334 U.S. 
counties with 75,000 or more employees accounted for 71.3 percent of 
total U.S. employment and 76.8 percent of total wages. These 334 
counties had a net job decline of 407,700 over the year, which 
exceeds the overall U.S. employment decline by 3 percent, or 11,000 
jobs.  

  Employment declined in 188 counties from June 2007 to June 2008. 
The largest percentage decline in employment was in Lee, Fla. (-8.8 
percent). Collier, Fla., had the next largest percentage decline (-
6.8 percent), followed by the counties of Sarasota, Fla., and 
Elkhart, Ind. (-6.5 percent each), and Marion, Fla. (-6.0 percent). 
The largest decline in employment levels occurred in Maricopa, Ariz. 
(-55,100), followed by the counties of Riverside, Calif. (-29,400), 
Hillsborough, Fla. (-27,100), Orange, Calif. (-26,100), and Palm 
Beach, Fla. (-25,700). Combined employment losses in these five 
counties over the year totaled 163,400, or 41 percent of the 
employment decline for the U.S. as a whole. 

  Employment rose in 125 of the large counties from June 2007 to June 
2008. Orleans County, La., had the largest over-the-year percentage 
increase in employment (5.6 percent). Williamson, Texas, had the next 
largest increase, 4.3 percent, followed by the counties of Fort Bend, 
Texas (4.2 percent), Tulare, Calif. (4.0 percent), and Montgomery, 
Texas (3.8 percent). The largest gains in the level of employment from 
June 2007 to June 2008 were recorded in the counties of Harris, Texas 
(56,100), New York, N.Y. (24,000), King, Wash. (20,000), Dallas, 
Texas (17,100), and Bexar, Texas (15,000). (See table A.) 

Table B.  Top 10 large counties ranked by second quarter 2008 average weekly wages, second quarter 2007-08 
growth in average weekly wages, and second quarter 2007-08 percent growth in average weekly wages 

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                                  Average weekly wage in large counties
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        Average weekly wage,      |     Growth in average weekly     |     Percent growth in average 
        second quarter 2008       |    wage, second quarter 2007-08  |        weekly wage, second
                                  |                                  |          quarter 2007-08
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                                  |                                  |                                  
 United States                $841| United States                 $21| United States                 2.6
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 New York, N.Y.             $1,569| Rock Island, Ill.             $82| Rock Island, Ill.            10.5
 Santa Clara, Calif.         1,529| Washington, D.C.               80| Weld, Colo.                  10.4
 Washington, D.C.            1,433| Weld, Colo.                    72| Utah, Utah                    9.4
 Arlington, Va.              1,376| St. Louis City, Mo.            62| Whatcom, Wash.                8.3
 San Francisco, Calif.       1,334| Middlesex, Mass.               61| East Baton Rouge, La.         7.8
 Fairfield, Conn.            1,325| Utah, Utah                     60| Montgomery, Texas             7.3
 Fairfax, Va.                1,317| East Baton Rouge, La.          57| St. Louis City, Mo.           6.9
 Suffolk, Mass.              1,309| Montgomery, Texas              54| Cumberland, N.C.              6.1
 San Mateo, Calif.           1,291| Whatcom, Wash.                 53| Oklahoma, Okla.               6.0
 Somerset, N.J.              1,277| Jefferson, Colo.               49| Jefferson, Colo.              5.9
                                  |                                  | Washington, D.C.              5.9
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Large County Average Weekly Wages 

  The national average weekly wage in the second quarter of 2008 was 
$841. Average weekly wages were higher than the national average in 
109 of the largest 334 U.S. counties. New York, N.Y., held the top 
position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly 
wage of $1,569. Santa Clara, Calif., was second with an average 
weekly wage of $1,529, followed by Washington, D.C. ($1,433), 
Arlington, Va. ($1,376), and San Francisco, Calif. ($1,334). (See 
table B.) 

  There were 224 counties with an average weekly wage below the 
national average in the second quarter of 2008. The lowest average 
weekly wage was reported in Cameron County, Texas ($535), followed by 
the counties of Hidalgo, Texas ($538), Horry, S.C. ($539), Webb, 
Texas ($562), and Yakima, Wash. ($580). (See table 1.) 

  Over the year, the national average weekly wage rose by 2.6 
percent. Among the largest counties, Rock Island, Ill., led the 
nation in growth in average weekly wages, with an increase of 10.5 
percent from the second quarter of 2007. Weld, Colo., was second with 
growth of 10.4 percent, followed by the counties of Utah, Utah (9.4 
percent), Whatcom, Wash. (8.3 percent), and East Baton Rouge, La. 
(7.8 percent). 

  Twenty-six large counties experienced over-the-year declines in 
average weekly wages. Clayton, Ga., had the largest decrease (-43.7 
percent), followed by the counties of Boone, Ky. (-10.0 percent), 
Ventura, Calif., and Trumbull, Ohio (-4.8 percent each), and Queens, 
N.Y. (-4.3 percent). 

Ten Largest U.S. Counties 

  Four of the 10 largest counties (based on 2007 annual average 
employment levels) experienced over-the-year percent increases in 
employment in June 2008. Harris, Texas, experienced the largest 
percent gain in employment (2.8 percent) among the 10 largest 
counties. Within Harris County, the largest gains in employment were 
in natural resources and mining (6.0 percent) and construction (4.9 
percent). King, Wash., had the next largest increase in employment, 
1.7 percent, followed by Dallas, Texas (1.2 percent). Maricopa, 
Ariz., experienced the largest decline in employment among the 10 
largest counties with a 3.1 percent decrease. Within Maricopa, nine 
industry groups experienced employment declines, with construction 
experiencing the largest decline, -18.8 percent. Miami-Dade, Fla., 
had the next largest decline in employment, -2.1 percent, followed by 
Orange, Calif. (-1.7 percent). (See table 2.) 

  Nine of the 10 largest U.S. counties saw an over-the-year increase 
in average weekly wages. San Diego, Calif., had the fastest growth in 
wages among the 10 largest counties, with a gain of 4.2 percent. 
Within San Diego County, average weekly wages increased the most in 
the information industry (22.9 percent), followed by government (6.4 
percent). Harris, Texas, was second in wage growth with a gain of 3.9 
percent, followed by Miami-Dade, Fla. (3.1 percent). The smallest 
wage gain occurred in Orange, Calif. (0.2 percent), followed by Cook, 
Ill. (1.9 percent). The only wage decline among the 10 largest 
counties occurred in Dallas, Texas (-0.2 percent).  

Largest County by State 

  Table 3 shows June 2008 employment and the 2008 second quarter 
average weekly wage in the largest county in each state, which is 
based on 2007 annual average employment levels. (This table includes 
one county--Laramie, Wyo.--that had an employment level below 75,000 
in 2007.) The employment levels in the counties in table 3 in June 
2008 ranged from approximately 4.23 million in Los Angeles County,
Calif., to 44,600 in Laramie County, Wyo. The highest average weekly 
wage of these counties was in New York, N.Y. ($1,569), while the 
lowest average weekly wage was in Minnehaha, S.D. ($682). 

For More Information 

  For additional information about the quarterly employment and wages 
data, please read the Technical Note or visit the QCEW Web site at 
http://www.bls.gov/cew/. Additional information about the QCEW data 
also may be obtained by calling (202) 691-6567. 

  Several BLS regional offices are issuing QCEW news releases 
targeted to local data users. For links to these releases, see 
http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewregional.htm. 
                       

  The County Employment and Wages release for third quarter 2008 is 
scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 8, 2009. 








Technical Note 
          
          
 These data are the product of a federal-state cooperative program, 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 summaries are a result of the administration of state 
unemployment insurance programs that require most employers to pay quarterly taxes 
based on the employment and wages of workers covered by UI. QCEW data in this re-
lease are based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System. Data for 
2008 are preliminary and subject to revision. 
 
 For purposes of this release, large counties are defined as having employment lev-
els of 75,000 or greater. In addition, data for San Juan, Puerto Rico, are provided, 
but not used in calculating U.S. averages, rankings, or in the analysis in the text. 
Each year, these large counties are selected on the basis of the preliminary annual 
average of employment for the previous year. The 335 counties presented in this re-
lease were derived using 2007 preliminary annual averages of employment. For 2008 
data, six counties have been added to the publication tables: Shelby, Ala., Boone, 
Ky., St. Tammany, La., Yellowstone, Mont., Warren, Ohio, and Potter, Texas. These 
counties will be included in all 2008 quarterly releases. The counties in table 2 
are selected and sorted each year based on the annual average employment from the 
preceding year. 
 
 The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released 
by the individual states. These potential differences result from the states' con-
tinuing receipt of UI data over time and ongoing review and editing. The individual 
states determine their data release timetables. 
  
Differences between QCEW, BED, and CES employment measures 
 
 The Bureau publishes three different establishment-based employment measures for 
any given quarter. Each of these measures--QCEW, Business Employment Dynamics (BED), 
and Current Employment Statistics (CES)--makes use of the quarterly UI employment 
reports in producing data; however, each measure has a somewhat different universe 
coverage, estimation procedure, and publication product. 
 
 Differences in coverage and estimation methods can result in somewhat different 
measures of employment change over time. It is important to understand program dif-
ferences and the intended uses of the program products. (See table.) Additional in-
formation on each program can be obtained from the program Web sites shown in the 
table. 

Summary of Major Differences between QCEW, BED, and CES Employment Measures
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            |         QCEW        |         BED          |         CES
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Source     |--Count of UI admini-|--Count of longitudi- |--Sample survey:
            |  strative records   |  nally-linked UI ad- |  400,000 establish-
            |  submitted by 9.1   |  ministrative records|  ments
            |  million establish- |  submitted by 7.1    |
            |  ments              |  million private-sec-|
            |                     |  tor employers       |
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Coverage   |--UI and UCFE cover- |--UI coverage, exclud-|Nonfarm wage and sal-
            |  age, including all |  ing government, pri-|  ary jobs:
            |  employers subject  |  vate households, and|--UI coverage, exclud-
            |  to state and fed-  |  establishments with |  ing agriculture, pri-
            |  eral UI laws       |  zero employment     |  vate households, and
            |                     |                      |  self-employed workers
            |                     |                      |--Other employment, in-
            |                     |                      |  cluding railroads, 
            |                     |                      |  religious organiza-
            |                     |                      |  tions, and other non-
            |                     |                      |  UI-covered jobs
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Publication|--Quarterly          |--Quarterly           |--Monthly 
 frequency  |  -7 months after the|  -8 months after the |  -Usually first Friday
            |   end of each quar- |   end of each quarter|   of following month
            |   ter               |                      |
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Use of UI  |--Directly summarizes|--Links each new UI   |--Uses UI file as a sam-
 file       |  and publishes each |  quarter to longitu- |  pling frame and annu-
            |  new quarter of UI  |  dinal database and  |  ally realigns (bench-
            |  data               |  directly summarizes |  marks) sample esti-
            |                     |  gross job gains and |  mates to first quar-
            |                     |  losses              |  ter UI levels
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Principal  |--Provides a quarter-|--Provides quarterly  |--Provides current month-
 products   |  ly and annual uni- |  employer dynamics   |  ly estimates of employ-
            |  verse count of es- |  data on establish-  |  ment, hours, and earn-
            |  tablishments, em-  |  ment openings, clos-|  ings at the MSA, state,
            |  ployment, and wages|  ings, expansions,   |  and national level by
            |  at the county, MSA,|  and contractions at |  industry
            |  state, and national|  the national level  |
            |  levels by detailed |  by NAICS supersec-  |
            |  industry           |  tors and by size of |
            |                     |  firm, and at the    |
            |                     |  state private-sector|
            |                     |  total level         |
            |                     |--Future expansions   |
            |                     |  will include data   |
            |                     |  with greater indus- |
            |                     |  try detail and data |
            |                     |  at the county and   |  
            |                     |  MSA level           |
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Principal  |--Major uses include:|--Major uses include: |--Major uses include:
 uses       |  -Detailed locality |  -Business cycle     |  -Principal national
            |   data              |   analysis           |   economic indicator
            |  -Periodic universe |  -Analysis of employ-|  -Official time series 
            |   counts for bench- |   er dynamics under- |   for employment change
            |   marking sample    |   lying economic ex- |   measures
            |   survey estimates  |   pansions and con-  |  -Input into other ma-
            |  -Sample frame for  |   tractions          |   jor economic indi-
            |   BLS establishment |  -Analysis of employ-|   cators
            |   surveys           |   ment expansion and |
            |                     |   contraction by size|   
            |                     |   of firm            |
            |                     |                      |
 -----------|---------------------|----------------------|------------------------
 Program    |--www.bls.gov/cew/   |--www.bls.gov/bdm/    |--www.bls.gov/ces/
 Web sites  |                     |                      |
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Coverage 
 
 Employment and wage data for workers covered by state UI laws are compiled from 
quarterly contribution reports submitted to the SWAs by employers. For federal ci-
vilian workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) 
program, employment and wage data are compiled from quarterly reports submitted by 
four major federal payroll processing centers on behalf of all federal agencies, 
with the exception of a few agencies which still report directly to the individual 
SWA. In addition to the quarterly contribution reports, employers who operate multi-
ple establishments within a state complete a questionnaire, called the "Multiple 
Worksite Report," which provides detailed information on the location and industry 
of each of their establishments. The employment and wage data included in this re-
lease are derived from microdata summaries of 9.1 million employer reports of em-
ployment and wages submitted by states to the BLS. These reports are based on place 
of employment rather than place of residence. 

 UI and UCFE coverage is broad and basically comparable from state to state.  In 
2007, UI and UCFE programs covered workers in 135.4 million jobs. The estimated 
130.3 million workers in these jobs (after adjustment for multiple jobholders) rep-
resented 96.2 percent of civilian wage and salary employment. Covered workers re-
ceived $6.018 trillion in pay, representing 94.6 percent of the wage and salary com-
ponent of personal income and 43.6 percent of the gross domestic product. 

 Major exclusions from UI coverage include self-employed workers, most agricultural 
workers on small farms, all members of the Armed Forces, elected officials in most 
states, most employees of railroads, some domestic workers, most student workers at 
schools, and employees of certain small nonprofit organizations. 

 State and federal UI laws change periodically. These changes may have an impact on 
the employment and wages reported by employers covered under the UI program. Cover-
age changes may affect the over-the-year comparisons presented in this news release. 
  
Concepts and methodology 
 
 Monthly employment is based on the number of workers who worked during or received 
pay for the pay period including the 12th of the month. With few exceptions, all em-
ployees of covered firms are reported, including production and sales workers, cor-
poration officials, executives, supervisory personnel, and clerical workers. Work-
ers on paid vacations and part-time workers also are included. 
 
 Average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the 
average of the three monthly employment levels (all employees, as described above) 
and dividing the result by 13, for the 13 weeks in the quarter. These calculations 
are made using unrounded employment and wage values. The average wage values that 
can be calculated using rounded data from the BLS database may differ from the aver-
ages reported. Included in the quarterly wage data are non-wage cash payments such 
as bonuses, the cash value of meals and lodging when supplied, tips and other gra-
tuities, and, in some states, employer contributions to certain deferred compensa-
tion plans such as 401(k) plans and stock options. Over-the-year comparisons of av-
erage weekly wages may reflect fluctuations in average monthly employment and/or to-
tal quarterly wages between the current quarter and prior year levels. 
 
 Average weekly wages are affected by the ratio of full-time to part-time workers 
as well as the number of individuals in high-paying and low-paying occupations and 
the incidence of pay periods within a quarter. For instance, the average weekly wage 
of the work force could increase significantly when there is a large decline in the 
number of employees that had been receiving below-average wages. Wages may include 
payments to workers not present in the employment counts because they did not work 
during the pay period including the 12th of the month. When comparing average weekly 
wage levels between industries, states, or quarters, these factors should be taken 
into consideration. 
 
 Federal government pay levels are subject to periodic, sometimes large, fluctua-
tions due to a calendar effect that consists of some quarters having more pay peri-
ods than others. Most federal employees are paid on a biweekly pay schedule. As a 
result of this schedule, in some quarters, federal wages contain payments for six 
pay periods, while in other quarters their wages include payments for seven pay pe-
riods. Over-the-year comparisons of average weekly wages may reflect this calendar 
effect. Higher growth in average weekly wages may be attributed, in part, to a com-
parison of quarterly wages for the current year, which include seven pay periods, 
with year-ago wages that reflect only six pay periods. An opposite effect will occur 
when wages in the current period, which contain six pay periods, are compared with 
year-ago wages that include seven pay periods. The effect on over-the-year pay com-
parisons can be pronounced in federal government due to the uniform nature of fed-
eral payroll processing. This pattern may exist in private sector pay; however, be-
cause there are more pay period types (weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, monthly) it is 
less pronounced. The effect is most visible in counties with large concentrations of 
federal employment. 
 
 In order to ensure the highest possible quality of data, states verify with em-
ployers and update, if necessary, the industry, location, and ownership classifica-
tion of all establishments on a 4-year cycle. Changes in establishment classifica-
tion codes resulting from this process are introduced with the data reported for the 
first quarter of the year. Changes resulting from improved employer reporting also 
are introduced in the first quarter. 
 
 QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of in-
dividual establishment records and reflect 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. For example, economic change would come from a
firm relocating into the county; administrative change would come from a company 
correcting its county designation. 
 
 The over-the-year changes of employment and wages presented in this release have 
been adjusted to account for most of the administrative corrections made to the un-
derlying establishment reports. This is done by modifying the prior-year levels used 
to calculate the over-the-year changes. Percent changes are calculated using an ad-
justed version of the final 2007 quarterly data as the base data. The adjusted 
prior-year levels used to calculate the over-the-year percent change in employment 
and wages are not published. These adjusted prior-year levels do not match the unad-
justed data maintained on the BLS Web site. Over-the-year change calculations based 
on data from the Web site, or from data published in prior BLS news releases, may 
differ substantially from the over-the-year changes presented in this news release. 
 
 The adjusted data used to calculate the over-the-year change measures presented in 
this release account for most of the administrative changes--those occurring when 
employers update the industry, location, and ownership information of their estab-
lishments. The most common adjustments for administrative change are the result of 
updated information about the county location of individual establishments. Included 
in these adjustments are administrative changes involving the classification of es-
tablishments that were previously reported in the unknown or statewide county or un-
known industry categories. Beginning with the first quarter of 2008, adjusted data 
will also account for administrative changes caused by multi-unit employers who 
start reporting for each individual establishment rather than as a single entity. 
 
 The adjusted data used to calculate the over-the-year change measures presented in 
any County Employment and Wages news release are valid for comparisons between the 
starting and ending points (a 12-month period) used in that particular release. Com-
parisons may not be valid for any time period other than the one featured in a re-
lease even if the changes were calculated using adjusted data. 
 
 County definitions are assigned according to Federal Information Processing Stan-
dards Publications (FIPS PUBS) as issued by the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology, after approval by the Secretary of Commerce pursuant to Section 5131 of 
the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 and the Computer Security 
Act of 1987, Public Law 104-106. Areas shown as counties include those designated as 
independent cities in some jurisdictions and, in Alaska, those designated as census 
areas where counties have not been created. County data also are presented for the 
New England states for comparative purposes even though townships are the more com-
mon designation used in New England (and New Jersey). The regions referred to in 
this release are defined as census regions. 
  
Additional statistics and other information 
 
 An annual bulletin, Employment and Wages, features comprehensive information by 
detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all 
states. The 2007 edition of this bulletin contains selected data produced by Busi-
ness Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data 
from the first quarter 2008 version of this news release. Tables and additional con-
tent from the 2007 Employment and Wages Annual Bulletin are now available online at 
http://www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn07.htm. These tables present final 2007 annual av-
erages.  The tables will also be included on the CD which accompanies the hardcopy 
version of the Annual Bulletin.  Employment and Wages Annual Averages, 2007 is ex-
pected to be available for sale as a chartbook by the end of the first quarter of 
2009 from the United States Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, 
P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250, telephone (866) 512-1800, outside Washington, 
D.C. Within Washington, D.C., the telephone number is (202) 512-1800. The fax number 
is (202) 512-2104. 
 
 News releases on quarterly measures of gross job flows also are available upon re-
quest from the Division of Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover (Business 
Employment Dynamics), telephone (202) 691-6467; (http://www.bls.gov/bdm/); (e-mail: 
BDMInfo@bls.gov).

 Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals 
upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; TDD message referral phone number: 1-800-
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Table 1. Covered(1) establishments, employment, and wages in the 335 largest counties,
second quarter 2008(2)
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
                                                     Employment               Average weekly wage(4)   
                                                                                                       
                          Establishments,                                                              
        County(3)          second quarter               Percent   Ranking            Percent   Ranking 
                                2008          June      change,      by    Average   change,      by   
                            (thousands)       2008       June     percent   weekly   second    percent 
                                          (thousands) 2007-08(5)   change    wage    quarter    change 
                                                                                   2007-08(5)          
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
United States(6).........       9,107.3     136,631.8      -0.3         -     $841       2.6         - 
                                                                                                       
Jefferson, AL............          19.0         362.3      -0.8       200      840       1.9       218 
Madison, AL..............           8.9         183.4       2.5        14      892       3.4        88 
Mobile, AL...............          10.1         177.0       1.4        34      706       3.4        88 
Montgomery, AL...........           6.8         139.3      -1.2       232      734       5.5        16 
Shelby, AL...............           5.0          76.4      -0.1       141      776       0.9       273 
Tuscaloosa, AL...........           4.5          86.2      -0.6       191      724       4.3        41 
Anchorage Borough, AK....           8.2         151.1       1.5        33      914       2.5       166 
Maricopa, AZ.............         102.2       1,741.0      -3.1       302      845       2.1       203 
Pima, AZ.................          21.2         364.8      -1.9       277      748       2.0       212 
Benton, AR...............           5.6          96.3       0.0       126      786       5.4        17 
                                                                                                       
Pulaski, AR..............          14.9         251.4      -0.1       141      765       3.2       109 
Washington, AR...........           5.8          93.2      -1.0       215      698       1.6       242 
Alameda, CA..............          53.5         688.9      -0.8       200    1,094       1.0       270 
Butte, CA................           7.9          76.4      -1.2       232      645       4.2        43 
Contra Costa, CA.........          29.7         344.9      -1.5       253    1,057       3.2       109 
Fresno, CA...............          30.1         366.3      -0.4       172      687       3.3        94 
Kern, CA.................          18.1         288.3       0.5        88      748       3.3        94 
Los Angeles, CA..........         421.0       4,229.7      -0.2       153      946       2.6       158 
Marin, CA................          11.9         111.3       0.9        60    1,067       1.5       248 
Monterey, CA.............          12.7         185.9       0.9        60      751       1.6       242 
                                                                                                       
Orange, CA...............         101.2       1,502.4      -1.7       267      954       0.2       294 
Placer, CA...............          10.9         139.0      -2.1       282      815      -0.1       302 
Riverside, CA............          46.2         622.5      -4.5       316      719       2.0       212 
Sacramento, CA...........          53.5         634.9      -1.8       273      944       3.5        79 
San Bernardino, CA.......          48.2         655.4      -2.6       295      740       1.8       228 
San Diego, CA............          98.3       1,336.7      -0.4       172      926       4.2        43 
San Francisco, CA........          51.3         576.9       (7)         -    1,334       1.1       268 
San Joaquin, CA..........          17.7         231.4      -1.3       241      739       2.6       158 
San Luis Obispo, CA......           9.7         107.6      -1.9       277      713       1.7       237 
San Mateo, CA............          24.0         344.6       0.5        88    1,291       0.5       285 
                                                                                                       
Santa Barbara, CA........          14.3         194.9       0.3       105      800       2.3       186 
Santa Clara, CA..........          59.7         917.6       1.0        53    1,529       1.6       242 
Santa Cruz, CA...........           9.0         104.3      -0.8       200      756       0.8       275 
Solano, CA...............          10.0         127.8      -2.1       282      853       4.5        31 
Sonoma, CA...............          18.6         194.6      -1.7       267      826       2.5       166 
Stanislaus, CA...........          14.6         179.8      -0.9       209      718       2.9       129 
Tulare, CA...............           9.4         160.9       4.0         4      591       2.2       194 
Ventura, CA..............          23.5         320.0      -1.5       253      867      -4.8       324 
Yolo, CA.................           5.8         103.1      -1.2       232      812       4.9        24 
Adams, CO................           9.3         158.7       2.1        19      770       2.7       145 
                                                                                                       
Arapahoe, CO.............          19.6         286.6       0.5        88      961       0.3       291 
Boulder, CO..............          13.0         164.8       2.0        23      976       0.4       289 
Denver, CO...............          25.9         453.9       1.0        53    1,019       2.9       129 
Douglas, CO..............           9.6          96.2       2.7        11      906       (7)         - 
El Paso, CO..............          17.7         249.1      -1.0       215      773       2.8       137 
Jefferson, CO............          18.8         215.8       0.6        78      873       5.9        10 
Larimer, CO..............          10.4         134.3       0.1       114      725       0.7       278 
Weld, CO.................           6.1          84.7       1.2        41      763      10.4         2 
Fairfield, CT............          33.0         428.2       0.6        78    1,325       0.8       275 
Hartford, CT.............          25.6         515.0       0.5        88    1,013      -2.1       320 
                                                                                                       
New Haven, CT............          22.7         371.0      -0.5       182      897       2.2       194 
New London, CT...........           7.0         133.5       1.7        28      879       3.3        94 
New Castle, DE...........          18.3         281.5      -1.1       225      965       (7)         - 
Washington, DC...........          32.6         691.4       1.2        41    1,433       5.9        10 
Alachua, FL..............           6.8         120.9       (7)         -      696       (7)         - 
Brevard, FL..............          15.1         201.8      -3.4       305      806       4.0        54 
Broward, FL..............          66.3         742.2      -3.3       304      796       2.3       186 
Collier, FL..............          12.7         118.7      -6.8       327      783       (7)         - 
Duval, FL................          27.4         462.5      -2.4       293      806       1.8       228 
Escambia, FL.............           8.2         125.1      -4.1       311      674       3.1       117 
                                                                                                       
Hillsborough, FL.........          38.0         611.6      -4.2       315      802       2.4       175 
Lake, FL.................           7.4          80.6      -5.1       322      623       3.8        66 
Lee, FL..................          20.2         204.2      -8.8       328      730       2.4       175 
Leon, FL.................           8.3         142.2      -1.6       259      715       3.3        94 
Manatee, FL..............           9.4         113.1       0.8        67      674      -1.9       319 
Marion, FL...............           8.7         100.5      -6.0       324      624       3.3        94 
Miami-Dade, FL...........          88.2         992.7      -2.1       282      838       3.1       117 
Okaloosa, FL.............           6.2          78.8      -4.5       316      702       2.9       129 
Orange, FL...............          37.4         681.8      -1.8       273      767       2.4       175 
Palm Beach, FL...........          51.6         529.5      -4.6       319      836       2.8       137 
                                                                                                       
Pasco, FL................          10.3          94.9      -3.1       302      648       3.3        94 
Pinellas, FL.............          31.9         423.3      -3.7       310      734       3.4        88 
Polk, FL.................          12.9         197.4      -3.5       307      661       2.3       186 
Sarasota, FL.............          15.5         145.0      -6.5       325      728       1.3       259 
Seminole, FL.............          15.2         174.8      -3.6       308      745       1.6       242 
Volusia, FL..............          14.2         158.0      -5.5       323      636       2.7       145 
Bibb, GA.................           4.6          85.5       0.5        88      646       1.3       259 
Chatham, GA..............           7.6         136.1      -2.2       290      723       4.0        54 
Clayton, GA..............           4.4         113.0      -2.1       282      764     -43.7       327 
Cobb, GA.................          20.7         318.9      -0.3       160      876       1.5       248 
                                                                                                       
De Kalb, GA..............          16.8         298.8      -0.5       182      892      -0.2       303 
Fulton, GA...............          39.1         741.3      -0.4       172    1,079      -0.4       305 
Gwinnett, GA.............          23.5         319.1      -2.4       293      840       1.0       270 
Muscogee, GA.............           4.8          96.6      -1.2       232      671       4.8        27 
Richmond, GA.............           4.8         100.9      -0.5       182      711       3.9        58 
Honolulu, HI.............          24.6         450.5      -1.0       215      790       4.2        43 
Ada, ID..................          15.2         212.8      -1.5       253      748       0.1       295 
Champaign, IL............           4.1          92.6       0.0       126      715       5.0        22 
Cook, IL.................         139.3       2,533.4      -0.8       200      999       1.9       218 
Du Page, IL..............          35.9         601.4      -1.0       215      982       2.5       166 
                                                                                                       
Kane, IL.................          12.8         212.3      -2.1       282      756       1.9       218 
Lake, IL.................          21.1         343.8      -0.1       141    1,046       0.5       285 
McHenry, IL..............           8.5         106.2       0.2       110      732       1.9       218 
McLean, IL...............           3.7          86.7       0.5        88      806       3.1       117 
Madison, IL..............           5.9          96.3      -0.5       182      698       5.8        12 
Peoria, IL...............           4.8         106.1       0.1       114      786       2.5       166 
Rock Island, IL..........           3.5          80.6      -0.1       141      861      10.5         1 
St. Clair, IL............           5.4          97.7       1.0        53      689       4.1        49 
Sangamon, IL.............           5.2         130.8      -0.6       191      842       5.4        17 
Will, IL.................          13.7         199.9       1.2        41      761       2.7       145 
                                                                                                       
Winnebago, IL............           6.9         137.9      -1.0       215      711       2.6       158 
Allen, IN................           9.1         182.1      -0.6       191      706       1.6       242 
Elkhart, IN..............           5.0         119.8      -6.5       325      702      -1.7       318 
Hamilton, IN.............           7.7         115.1       2.1        19      797      -0.7       310 
Lake, IN.................          10.3         195.8      -0.8       200      744       4.9        24 
Marion, IN...............          24.2         580.9      -0.2       153      844       2.1       203 
St. Joseph, IN...........           6.1         123.7      -1.4       246      714       2.6       158 
Tippecanoe, IN...........           3.3          75.7      -1.7       267      721       3.4        88 
Vanderburgh, IN..........           4.8         107.4      -0.3       160      698       2.9       129 
Linn, IA.................           6.3         127.4       0.9        60      792       2.6       158 
                                                                                                       
Polk, IA.................          14.8         279.5       0.8        67      822       1.4       253 
Scott, IA................           5.2          90.9       0.2       110      670       2.3       186 
Johnson, KS..............          20.4         321.5       0.8        67      884       1.3       259 
Sedgwick, KS.............          12.2         264.6       1.8        25      786       1.3       259 
Shawnee, KS..............           4.9          97.9       1.7        28      715      -0.8       313 
Wyandotte, KS............           3.2          82.2       2.2        17      808       2.0       212 
Boone, KY................           3.6          75.1       1.3        37      754     -10.0       326 
Fayette, KY..............           9.4         179.2       (7)         -      772       2.5       166 
Jefferson, KY............          22.9         435.0      -1.6       259      822       1.7       237 
Caddo, LA................           7.3         125.5       0.0       126      715       2.7       145 
                                                                                                       
Calcasieu, LA............           4.9          88.6      -0.1       141      721       4.9        24 
East Baton Rouge, LA.....          14.1         259.7       1.8        25      790       7.8         5 
Jefferson, LA............          13.8         201.9       1.1        48      772       2.5       166 
Lafayette, LA............           8.7         136.4       0.6        78      811       4.5        31 
Orleans, LA..............          10.3         173.2       5.6         1      920       4.2        43 
St. Tammany, LA..........           7.1          75.6      -0.7       197      685       3.6        72 
Cumberland, ME...........          12.2         176.9       0.6        78      756       1.9       218 
Anne Arundel, MD.........          14.6         237.5       0.0       126      891       3.0       126 
Baltimore, MD............          21.7         379.7      -0.5       182      859       2.9       129 
Frederick, MD............           6.0          95.7      -0.9       209      806       2.9       129 
                                                                                                       
Harford, MD..............           5.7          84.9      -2.0       280      762       0.0       300 
Howard, MD...............           8.7         151.3       0.1       114      973       1.9       218 
Montgomery, MD...........          33.1         462.8      -0.8       200    1,110       1.6       242 
Prince Georges, MD.......          15.7         317.7       0.3       105      926       3.9        58 
Baltimore City, MD.......          14.0         341.3      -1.0       215    1,004       3.0       126 
Barnstable, MA...........           9.2         101.4      -1.6       259      725       2.5       166 
Bristol, MA..............          15.5         221.4      -1.4       246      773       2.4       175 
Essex, MA................          20.9         305.6       0.0       126      902       2.7       145 
Hampden, MA..............          14.3         202.2      -0.5       182      766       2.4       175 
Middlesex, MA............          47.5         834.5       0.8        67    1,240       5.2        19 
                                                                                                       
Norfolk, MA..............          23.3         329.6      -0.5       182    1,013       2.7       145 
Plymouth, MA.............          13.8         180.7      -1.0       215      829       3.1       117 
Suffolk, MA..............          21.7         596.6       0.9        60    1,309       2.2       194 
Worcester, MA............          20.6         324.9      -1.2       232      869       3.3        94 
Genesee, MI..............           7.8         138.3      -4.7       320      728       0.1       295 
Ingham, MI...............           6.8         162.6      -1.0       215      822       3.5        79 
Kalamazoo, MI............           5.5         115.6      -2.1       282      776       4.4        35 
Kent, MI.................          14.2         335.2      -2.1       282      767       2.4       175 
Macomb, MI...............          17.6         308.3      -4.5       316      881       2.4       175 
Oakland, MI..............          39.0         682.7      -3.6       308      991       4.5        31 
                                                                                                       
Ottawa, MI...............           5.7         109.7      -2.2       290      703       1.2       265 
Saginaw, MI..............           4.3          84.2      -4.8       321      693       2.2       194 
Washtenaw, MI............           8.1         187.5      -1.5       253      902      -2.3       321 
Wayne, MI................          32.0         735.3      -2.8       297      952       2.1       203 
Anoka, MN................           7.9         115.4      -1.9       277      840       1.1       268 
Dakota, MN...............          10.7         177.6      -1.8       273      847       3.5        79 
Hennepin, MN.............          42.8         851.5      -0.4       172    1,069       0.7       278 
Olmsted, MN..............           3.6          91.4      -0.9       209      863       3.5        79 
Ramsey, MN...............          15.4         335.3       0.0       126      920       1.3       259 
St. Louis, MN............           5.9          99.4      -0.2       153      709       0.4       289 
                                                                                                       
Stearns, MN..............           4.6          82.9       0.0       126      658       3.9        58 
Harrison, MS.............           4.6          87.6       0.6        78      656       0.6       281 
Hinds, MS................           6.4         127.5       0.2       110      733       2.9       129 
Boone, MO................           4.6          83.4      -0.1       141      663       3.1       117 
Clay, MO.................           5.1          89.5      -3.0       301      794      -0.8       313 
Greene, MO...............           8.2         155.4      -1.2       232      662       5.1        20 
Jackson, MO..............          18.7         374.0       0.7        71      863       3.9        58 
St. Charles, MO..........           8.2         125.6      -1.4       246      702       0.6       281 
St. Louis, MO............          32.8         615.1      -0.7       197      907       2.6       158 
St. Louis City, MO.......           8.5         233.9       0.0       126      958       6.9         7 
                                                                                                       
Yellowstone, MT..........           5.8          78.3       0.6        78      688       1.8       228 
Douglas, NE..............          15.8         324.6       1.3        37      788       2.7       145 
Lancaster, NE............           8.0         159.2       0.4       102      670       2.6       158 
Clark, NV................          50.4         918.9      -1.2       232      796       3.0       126 
Washoe, NV...............          14.6         210.7      -4.1       311      788       2.1       203 
Hillsborough, NH.........          12.3         198.6       0.0       126      928       0.5       285 
Rockingham, NH...........          11.0         141.4      -1.6       259      814      -3.8       322 
Atlantic, NJ.............           7.2         152.1      -0.2       153      754       1.8       228 
Bergen, NJ...............          35.2         455.7      -0.9       209    1,030       0.9       273 
Burlington, NJ...........          11.7         205.3      -1.5       253      905       3.5        79 
                                                                                                       
Camden, NJ...............          13.3         212.5      -0.4       172      875       0.0       300 
Essex, NJ................          21.8         363.4      -0.6       191    1,060       0.3       291 
Gloucester, NJ...........           6.4         105.6      -0.9       209      778       2.2       194 
Hudson, NJ...............          14.3         237.5      -0.3       160    1,133       2.8       137 
Mercer, NJ...............          11.5         233.0       0.7        71    1,092       3.4        88 
Middlesex, NJ............          22.5         405.0      -2.0       280    1,049       3.3        94 
Monmouth, NJ.............          21.2         269.2      -0.1       141      891       1.8       228 
Morris, NJ...............          18.5         291.5      -2.1       282    1,182      -0.7       310 
Ocean, NJ................          12.7         160.2      -0.1       141      712       1.9       218 
Passaic, NJ..............          12.9         180.6      -0.3       160      888       1.4       253 
                                                                                                       
Somerset, NJ.............          10.5         177.4      -0.8       200    1,277      -0.4       305 
Union, NJ................          15.3         237.9      -0.6       191    1,074       2.1       203 
Bernalillo, NM...........          17.5         334.5      -0.5       182      748       3.3        94 
Albany, NY...............          10.0         230.1       0.1       114      881       2.7       145 
Bronx, NY................          15.9         227.4       0.9        60      820       2.6       158 
Broome, NY...............           4.5          97.4       0.1       114      688       3.5        79 
Dutchess, NY.............           8.4         117.8      -1.4       246      880       4.4        35 
Erie, NY.................          23.6         466.1       1.2        41      747       3.2       109 
Kings, NY................          45.9         482.5       1.1        48      728       2.1       203 
Monroe, NY...............          18.1         386.5      -0.1       141      823       2.2       194 
                                                                                                       
Nassau, NY...............          52.5         615.4      -0.3       160      962       0.6       281 
New York, NY.............         118.6       2,392.5       1.0        53    1,569       2.0       212 
Oneida, NY...............           5.3         113.1       0.1       114      678       2.4       175 
Onondaga, NY.............          12.8         256.1      -0.3       160      786       3.3        94 
Orange, NY...............          10.0         134.0       0.0       126      752       3.6        72 
Queens, NY...............          43.3         508.3       1.4        34      840      -4.3       323 
Richmond, NY.............           8.8          94.5      -0.2       153      755       3.6        72 
Rockland, NY.............           9.8         118.9       0.1       114      932       4.1        49 
Saratoga, NY.............           5.4          79.4       0.1       114      719       1.8       228 
Suffolk, NY..............          50.6         642.6      -0.2       153      922       3.6        72 
                                                                                                       
Westchester, NY..........          36.5         430.8      -0.3       160    1,140       2.2       194 
Buncombe, NC.............           8.1         116.5      -0.1       141      658       2.5       166 
Catawba, NC..............           4.7          85.8      -3.4       305      663       2.8       137 
Cumberland, NC...........           6.3         120.2       0.5        88      679       6.1         8 
Durham, NC...............           7.0         186.5       1.3        37    1,085       2.4       175 
Forsyth, NC..............           9.3         187.8       0.9        60      761      -1.4       317 
Guilford, NC.............          14.9         279.2      -0.7       197      746       1.5       248 
Mecklenburg, NC..........          33.1         569.1       1.1        48      945       1.4       253 
New Hanover, NC..........           7.5         103.8      -1.7       267      686       3.3        94 
Wake, NC.................          28.7         453.6       1.4        34      839       2.7       145 
                                                                                                       
Cass, ND.................           5.9         101.2       3.5         7      699       4.2        43 
Butler, OH...............           7.4         147.7       0.5        88      745       3.6        72 
Cuyahoga, OH.............          38.0         743.4      -1.6       259      871       3.3        94 
Franklin, OH.............          30.1         684.1      -0.9       209      817       1.4       253 
Hamilton, OH.............          24.2         522.6      -0.2       153      893       3.2       109 
Lake, OH.................           6.8         102.7      -1.1       225      697       0.1       295 
Lorain, OH...............           6.3         101.1      -1.3       241      689       0.6       281 
Lucas, OH................          10.8         215.9      -2.3       292      723       0.3       291 
Mahoning, OH.............           6.5         104.0      -1.7       267      609       2.4       175 
Montgomery, OH...........          13.0         264.0      -2.9       300      761       0.5       285 
                                                                                                       
Stark, OH................           9.1         161.9      -1.5       253      661       3.1       117 
Summit, OH...............          15.1         275.4      -0.3       160      769       1.9       218 
Trumbull, OH.............           4.7          76.6      -4.1       311      697      -4.8       324 
Warren, OH...............           4.2          80.1      -1.4       246      695       1.2       265 
Oklahoma, OK.............          23.9         425.0       0.7        71      777       6.0         9 
Tulsa, OK................          19.4         351.2       1.1        48      766       3.2       109 
Clackamas, OR............          12.7         152.1       0.1       114      780       2.0       212 
Jackson, OR..............           6.6          83.0      -2.8       297      648       2.5       166 
Lane, OR.................          10.8         151.3      -1.3       241      668       3.2       109 
Marion, OR...............           9.4         144.1      -0.3       160      677       3.7        70 
                                                                                                       
Multnomah, OR............          27.8         452.3       0.7        71      862       2.4       175 
Washington, OR...........          16.0         251.3      -0.8       200      942       3.5        79 
Allegheny, PA............          35.4         697.6       0.0       126      898       3.1       117 
Berks, PA................           9.3         170.3      -0.4       172      771       3.6        72 
Bucks, PA................          20.4         268.6      -0.6       191      845       4.4        35 
Butler, PA...............           4.8          81.7       0.9        60      735       5.0        22 
Chester, PA..............          15.2         247.4       1.2        41    1,108       2.8       137 
Cumberland, PA...........           6.1         127.0      -0.5       182      787       1.4       253 
Dauphin, PA..............           7.4         186.6      -0.1       141      815       1.0       270 
Delaware, PA.............          13.8         211.7       0.3       105      890       3.2       109 
                                                                                                       
Erie, PA.................           7.4         129.9      -0.8       200      677       4.2        43 
Lackawanna, PA...........           5.9         101.7      -1.1       225      652       3.5        79 
Lancaster, PA............          12.4         233.4       0.5        88      713       2.3       186 
Lehigh, PA...............           8.8         181.9       0.3       105      844       3.7        70 
Luzerne, PA..............           7.9         143.9      -1.1       225      654       2.0       212 
Montgomery, PA...........          27.7         496.5       0.6        78    1,027       1.3       259 
Northampton, PA..........           6.5         100.7      -0.4       172      741       2.3       186 
Philadelphia, PA.........          30.8         634.2       0.1       114      991       4.4        35 
Washington, PA...........           5.3          82.0       1.2        41      737       2.8       137 
Westmoreland, PA.........           9.5         139.0      -0.3       160      693       5.8        12 
                                                                                                       
York, PA.................           9.2         178.5       0.6        78      743       1.8       228 
Kent, RI.................           5.7          80.4      -4.1       311      735       1.7       237 
Providence, RI...........          18.1         283.0      -2.6       295      825       3.3        94 
Charleston, SC...........          12.4         216.1       0.7        71      716       2.7       145 
Greenville, SC...........          12.6         242.6       0.5        88      737       2.1       203 
Horry, SC................           8.4         125.5      -1.8       273      539      -0.9       315 
Lexington, SC............           5.7          98.9       0.7        71      634       1.9       218 
Richland, SC.............           9.4         215.4      -1.1       225      735       2.9       129 
Spartanburg, SC..........           6.1         120.4      -1.2       232      736       4.0        54 
Minnehaha, SD............           6.4         118.2       1.9        24      682       0.7       278 
                                                                                                       
Davidson, TN.............          18.7         437.0      -1.4       246      850       3.5        79 
Hamilton, TN.............           8.7         195.3       0.5        88      720       0.8       275 
Knox, TN.................          11.2         229.8       0.7        71      711       0.1       295 
Rutherford, TN...........           4.4          99.2       0.0       126      745      -0.7       310 
Shelby, TN...............          20.1         501.0      -1.7       267      850       1.8       228 
Williamson, TN...........           6.0          89.6       1.1        48      891      -0.4       305 
Bell, TX.................           4.6         103.4       3.6         6      659       4.1        49 
Bexar, TX................          32.4         735.1       2.1        19      735      -0.5       308 
Brazoria, TX.............           4.6          86.6       0.0       126      829       3.6        72 
Brazos, TX...............           3.8          81.9       3.0         8      634       4.6        29 
                                                                                                       
Cameron, TX..............           6.5         124.9       1.3        37      535       5.1        20 
Collin, TX...............          17.0         296.9       (7)         -      977       (7)         - 
Dallas, TX...............          68.1       1,498.9       1.2        41    1,010      -0.2       303 
Denton, TX...............          10.5         170.7       3.0         8      720       1.4       253 
El Paso, TX..............          13.4         269.8       2.1        19      603       1.5       248 
Fort Bend, TX............           8.3         130.2       4.2         3      894       3.1       117 
Galveston, TX............           5.2          97.6       (7)         -      798       (7)         - 
Harris, TX...............          97.0       2,073.4       2.8        10    1,070       3.9        58 
Hidalgo, TX..............          10.6         218.0       2.2        17      538       3.9        58 
Jefferson, TX............           5.9         126.0       0.5        88      821       5.7        14 
                                                                                                       
Lubbock, TX..............           6.8         124.0       2.3        16      639       3.4        88 
McLennan, TX.............           4.9         103.9       (7)         -      666       4.6        29 
Montgomery, TX...........           8.2         126.0       3.8         5      794       7.3         6 
Nueces, TX...............           8.1         156.2       2.7        11      723       3.1       117 
Potter, TX...............           3.8          76.8       2.6        13      744       (7)         - 
Smith, TX................           5.3          94.9       2.5        14      724       3.9        58 
Tarrant, TX..............          37.3         774.5       1.8        25      841      -1.2       316 
Travis, TX...............          28.7         582.0       1.6        31      925       2.1       203 
Webb, TX.................           4.8          88.9       0.5        88      562       1.8       228 
Williamson, TX...........           7.1         123.7       4.3         2      801       1.9       218 
                                                                                                       
Davis, UT................           7.2         105.7      -1.0       215      688       2.7       145 
Salt Lake, UT............          38.3         592.0       0.6        78      779       0.1       295 
Utah, UT.................          13.0         176.2      -1.3       241      696       9.4         3 
Weber, UT................           5.7          95.3      -0.4       172      656       5.6        15 
Chittenden, VT...........           6.0          95.0      -1.2       232      835       4.1        49 
Arlington, VA............           7.7         156.8       1.0        53    1,376       1.5       248 
Chesterfield, VA.........           7.6         122.0      -1.6       259      759       3.8        66 
Fairfax, VA..............          33.7         592.4       0.1       114    1,317       3.8        66 
Henrico, VA..............           9.5         181.0      -1.1       225      870      -0.5       308 
Loudoun, VA..............           8.9         135.0       1.6        31    1,049       3.3        94 
                                                                                                       
Prince William, VA.......           7.1         106.8      -0.3       160      766       4.1        49 
Alexandria City, VA......           6.1         101.2       0.6        78    1,205       3.9        58 
Chesapeake City, VA......           5.8          99.8      -1.6       259      668       2.3       186 
Newport News City, VA....           4.0          99.8      -1.3       241      757       4.4        35 
Norfolk City, VA.........           5.8         145.8       0.0       126      837       2.1       203 
Richmond City, VA........           7.5         159.1       0.0       126      957       2.2       194 
Virginia Beach City, VA..          11.6         180.1      -0.4       172      662       2.2       194 
Clark, WA................          12.1         134.2       0.4       102      770       2.8       137 
King, WA.................          76.6       1,201.4       1.7        28    1,056       2.8       137 
Kitsap, WA...............           6.6          84.4      -0.4       172      779       3.2       109 
                                                                                                       
Pierce, WA...............          20.4         276.5      -0.3       160      779       4.7        28 
Snohomish, WA............          17.8         257.2       0.2       110      875       1.7       237 
Spokane, WA..............          15.2         213.4       0.5        88      691       3.3        94 
Thurston, WA.............           6.9         101.6       1.0        53      771       3.8        66 
Whatcom, WA..............           6.8          84.1       0.4       102      688       8.3         4 
Yakima, WA...............           7.8         105.7      -2.8       297      580       4.5        31 
Kanawha, WV..............           6.1         108.9      -1.1       225      752       4.3        41 
Brown, WI................           6.8         151.1      -1.0       215      725       2.7       145 
Dane, WI.................          14.2         308.2       0.3       105      807       4.0        54 
Milwaukee, WI............          21.4         502.8      -0.1       141      853       4.4        35 
                                                                                                       
Outagamie, WI............           5.1         106.6       0.1       114      711       2.3       186 
Racine, WI...............           4.2          77.2      -1.4       246      757       1.2       265 
Waukesha, WI.............          13.4         237.4      -1.6       259      831       1.7       237 
Winnebago, WI............           3.8          92.7       1.0        53      769       2.7       145 
San Juan, PR.............          13.4         284.2      -2.3       (8)      571       4.2       (8) 

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal
Employees (UCFE) programs. These 334 U.S. counties comprise 71.3 percent of the total covered workers
in the U.S.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Includes areas not officially designated as counties. See Technical Note.
(4) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(5) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic
county reclassifications. See Technical Note.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(7) Data do not meet BLS or State agency disclosure standards.
(8) This county was not included in the U.S. rankings.











Table 2. Covered(1) establishments, employment, and wages in the 10 largest counties,
second quarter 2008(2)
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
                                                                    Employment         Average weekly  
                                                                                           wage(3)     
                                              Establishments,                                          
                                               second quarter                                          
         County by NAICS supersector                2008                    Percent            Percent 
                                                (thousands)       June      change,  Average   change, 
                                                                  2008       June     weekly   second  
                                                              (thousands) 2007-08(4)   wage    quarter 
                                                                                             2007-08(4)
                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
United States(5).............................       9,107.3     136,631.8      -0.3     $841       2.6 
  Private industry...........................       8,815.2     114,859.8      -0.6      828       2.2 
    Natural resources and mining.............         125.6       1,994.2       1.6      903       8.0 
    Construction.............................         889.7       7,388.5      -5.8      902       4.6 
    Manufacturing............................         360.7      13,565.7      -2.8    1,009       1.5 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....       1,925.1      26,212.9      -0.7      718       0.4 
    Information..............................         145.7       3,029.2      -1.0    1,282       2.2 
    Financial activities.....................         868.4       8,041.1      -2.2    1,207       0.1 
    Professional and business services.......       1,516.8      17,924.3      -0.6    1,045       4.6 
    Education and health services............         844.4      17,877.9       2.8      787       3.6 
    Leisure and hospitality..................         735.4      13,987.8       0.6      351       2.6 
    Other services...........................       1,180.4       4,558.5       0.7      543       3.0 
  Government.................................         292.1      21,772.0       1.2      911       4.2 
                                                                                                       
Los Angeles, CA..............................         421.0       4,229.7      -0.2      946       2.6 
  Private industry...........................         417.0       3,613.1      -0.6      922       2.9 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.5          11.4      -7.7    1,321      16.2 
    Construction.............................          13.9         148.0      -7.9      992       5.4 
    Manufacturing............................          14.7         438.4      -3.4    1,025       3.5 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          53.9         799.9      -0.7      776       0.3 
    Information..............................           8.7         220.3       5.0    1,551       1.6 
    Financial activities.....................          24.2         237.1      -5.1    1,402      -0.8 
    Professional and business services.......          42.4         589.7       (6)    1,126       7.5 
    Education and health services............          27.9         483.1       2.7      863       3.7 
    Leisure and hospitality..................          26.8         408.9       1.0      522       3.6 
    Other services...........................         188.6         254.6       0.1      446       4.2 
  Government.................................           4.0         616.6       2.5    1,091       0.9 
                                                                                                       
Cook, IL.....................................         139.3       2,533.4      -0.8      999       1.9 
  Private industry...........................         137.9       2,220.2      -0.9      989       1.6 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.1           1.2     -10.7      911      -7.5 
    Construction.............................          12.3          93.9      -5.5    1,236       5.1 
    Manufacturing............................           7.0         230.0      -3.3    1,000       1.9 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          27.5         468.8      -1.4      790       0.5 
    Information..............................           2.5          57.4       0.0    1,450       1.6 
    Financial activities.....................          15.8         210.1      -3.3    1,682       3.8 
    Professional and business services.......          28.7         437.8      -1.2    1,241       0.8 
    Education and health services............          13.8         373.4       2.2      846       2.2 
    Leisure and hospitality..................          11.6         246.0       1.3      436       3.8 
    Other services...........................          14.4          98.2       1.2      720       3.4 
  Government.................................           1.4         313.2      -0.6    1,067       3.9 
                                                                                                       
New York, NY.................................         118.6       2,392.5       1.0    1,569       2.0 
  Private industry...........................         118.3       1,940.6       1.2    1,691       2.1 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.0           0.2       0.0    3,487      45.4 
    Construction.............................           2.4          37.3       4.2    1,525       6.1 
    Manufacturing............................           3.0          36.0      -5.3    1,286       1.5 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          21.7         249.2      -0.2    1,166       2.2 
    Information..............................           4.4         136.1       0.6    1,997       5.2 
    Financial activities.....................          18.9         379.0      -0.7    3,047      -0.1 
    Professional and business services.......          25.0         498.4       1.6    1,832       4.3 
    Education and health services............           8.7         288.1       1.5    1,027       4.1 
    Leisure and hospitality..................          11.5         219.6       3.3      744       2.3 
    Other services...........................          17.8          89.3       1.9      951       6.6 
  Government.................................           0.3         451.9       0.3    1,052       1.5 
                                                                                                       
Harris, TX...................................          97.0       2,073.4       2.8    1,070       3.9 
  Private industry...........................          96.5       1,821.8       2.7    1,089       3.8 
    Natural resources and mining.............           1.5          83.6       6.0    3,077       (6) 
    Construction.............................           6.7         160.5       4.9    1,048       7.0 
    Manufacturing............................           4.7         187.4       3.1    1,299       2.4 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          22.3         431.2       2.5      930       1.6 
    Information..............................           1.4          32.5      -1.1    1,248      -1.0 
    Financial activities.....................          10.6         119.6      -0.8    1,303       4.6 
    Professional and business services.......          19.4         342.4       1.9    1,223       4.6 
    Education and health services............          10.3         218.8       3.8      867       2.8 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           7.5         183.7       2.6      380       0.5 
    Other services...........................          11.5          60.5       2.5      622       4.4 
  Government.................................           0.5         251.6       3.1      935       4.6 
                                                                                                       
Maricopa, AZ.................................         102.2       1,741.0      -3.1      845       2.1 
  Private industry...........................         101.6       1,558.3      -3.4      826       1.6 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.5           9.4      -3.8      761       8.4 
    Construction.............................          11.0         138.8     -18.8      875       4.0 
    Manufacturing............................           3.6         126.9      -4.8    1,146       2.4 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          22.7         368.7      -1.3      779      -3.0 
    Information..............................           1.7          30.9      -0.2    1,013       0.2 
    Financial activities.....................          13.0         144.2      -4.5    1,041      -0.9 
    Professional and business services.......          22.7         298.7      -4.9      862       6.7 
    Education and health services............          10.0         208.5       5.9      893       3.8 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           7.3         180.5      -0.1      395       0.5 
    Other services...........................           7.3          50.9      -1.4      577       3.2 
  Government.................................           0.7         182.7       0.0      988       4.4 
                                                                                                       
Orange, CA...................................         101.2       1,502.4      -1.7      954       0.2 
  Private industry...........................          99.8       1,343.7      -2.1      937      -0.2 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.2           5.6      -6.9      570      -6.3 
    Construction.............................           7.0          91.1     -13.0    1,076       3.9 
    Manufacturing............................           5.3         173.5      -3.0    1,121      -2.1 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          17.4         273.6      -1.7      900       1.7 
    Information..............................           1.3          29.8       0.1    1,358       3.1 
    Financial activities.....................          10.9         114.6     -10.5    1,347      -5.7 
    Professional and business services.......          18.9         269.3      -3.4    1,059       4.0 
    Education and health services............           9.9         147.4       4.6      861       4.0 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           7.1         180.9       2.8      415       1.2 
    Other services...........................          16.5          50.3       3.2      550      -0.4 
  Government.................................           1.4         158.7       1.4    1,099       3.5 
                                                                                                       
Dallas, TX...................................          68.1       1,498.9       1.2    1,010      -0.2 
  Private industry...........................          67.6       1,332.6       1.0    1,016      -0.7 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.6           8.3      16.6    3,143       8.6 
    Construction.............................           4.4          86.0       2.7      924      -1.2 
    Manufacturing............................           3.1         134.1      -4.0    1,149      -3.4 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          15.2         304.7       0.3      943      -2.7 
    Information..............................           1.7          49.1      -0.9    1,394       2.4 
    Financial activities.....................           8.8         145.7       1.1    1,318      -0.9 
    Professional and business services.......          14.8         282.4       2.7    1,121       0.0 
    Education and health services............           6.6         148.3       2.8      963      -1.1 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           5.3         132.8       1.2      463       5.9 
    Other services...........................           6.5          40.1      -0.9      627       4.0 
  Government.................................           0.5         166.3       2.4      962       4.5 
                                                                                                       
San Diego, CA................................          98.3       1,336.7      -0.4      926       4.2 
  Private industry...........................          97.0       1,107.0      -0.8      898       3.6 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.8          11.6       0.6      556       2.2 
    Construction.............................           7.0          78.2     -13.0      971       5.1 
    Manufacturing............................           3.2         103.0       0.2    1,207       2.0 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          14.2         215.3      -2.4      737       0.8 
    Information..............................           1.3          38.8       2.9    2,311      22.9 
    Financial activities.....................           9.6          76.5      -5.9    1,085      -2.5 
    Professional and business services.......          16.1         217.0      -0.8    1,112       3.2 
    Education and health services............           8.1         134.1       3.6      847       5.1 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           6.8         166.7       1.1      405       4.4 
    Other services...........................          25.1          58.7       1.9      474      -0.4 
  Government.................................           1.3         229.7       1.6    1,059       6.4 
                                                                                                       
King, WA.....................................          76.6       1,201.4       1.7    1,056       2.8 
  Private industry...........................          76.1       1,043.7       1.7    1,059       2.5 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.4           3.1      -3.9    1,320       8.2 
    Construction.............................           6.8          72.1      -0.9    1,071       6.9 
    Manufacturing............................           2.4         112.2       0.2    1,330      -4.0 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          15.0         220.7       0.7      912       1.0 
    Information..............................           1.8          79.4       4.8    1,903       3.9 
    Financial activities.....................           7.0          75.2      -1.2    1,291       1.3 
    Professional and business services.......          13.6         193.4       2.8    1,237       5.1 
    Education and health services............           6.5         126.1       4.6      849       4.7 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           6.1         115.1       1.4      434       1.6 
    Other services...........................          16.6          46.3       2.0      618       8.2 
  Government.................................           0.5         157.7       2.0    1,034       4.3 
                                                                                                       
Miami-Dade, FL...............................          88.2         992.7      -2.1      838       3.1 
  Private industry...........................          87.9         859.4      -2.4      804       2.2 
    Natural resources and mining.............           0.5           8.3     -10.8      479      -4.0 
    Construction.............................           6.6          47.3     -16.4      838       1.0 
    Manufacturing............................           2.6          44.5      -8.5      738       1.8 
    Trade, transportation, and utilities.....          23.4         251.9      -1.4      757       1.9 
    Information..............................           1.5          19.9      -4.0    1,381      17.4 
    Financial activities.....................          10.5          69.7      -4.1    1,149       0.0 
    Professional and business services.......          18.0         132.9      -3.9      988       3.9 
    Education and health services............           9.3         141.8       3.5      811       1.6 
    Leisure and hospitality..................           5.9         103.2      -0.8      475       3.3 
    Other services...........................           7.6          36.4       0.0      531       0.8 
  Government.................................           0.4         133.3      -0.5    1,039       6.7 

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal
Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic
county reclassifications. See Technical Note.
(5) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Data do not meet BLS or State agency disclosure standards.











Table 3. Covered(1) establishments, employment, and wages in the largest county by
state, second quarter 2008(2)
                                                                                   
                                                                                   
                                                Employment         Average weekly  
                                                                       wage(4)     
                          Establishments,                                          
                           second quarter                                          
        County(3)               2008                    Percent            Percent 
                            (thousands)       June      change,  Average   change, 
                                              2008       June     weekly   second  
                                          (thousands) 2007-08(5)   wage    quarter 
                                                                         2007-08(5)
                                                                                   
                                                                                   
United States(6).........       9,107.3     136,631.8      -0.3     $841       2.6 
                                                                                   
Jefferson, AL............          19.0         362.3      -0.8      840       1.9 
Anchorage Borough, AK....           8.2         151.1       1.5      914       2.5 
Maricopa, AZ.............         102.2       1,741.0      -3.1      845       2.1 
Pulaski, AR..............          14.9         251.4      -0.1      765       3.2 
Los Angeles, CA..........         421.0       4,229.7      -0.2      946       2.6 
Denver, CO...............          25.9         453.9       1.0    1,019       2.9 
Hartford, CT.............          25.6         515.0       0.5    1,013      -2.1 
New Castle, DE...........          18.3         281.5      -1.1      965       (7) 
Washington, DC...........          32.6         691.4       1.2    1,433       5.9 
Miami-Dade, FL...........          88.2         992.7      -2.1      838       3.1 
                                                                                   
Fulton, GA...............          39.1         741.3      -0.4    1,079      -0.4 
Honolulu, HI.............          24.6         450.5      -1.0      790       4.2 
Ada, ID..................          15.2         212.8      -1.5      748       0.1 
Cook, IL.................         139.3       2,533.4      -0.8      999       1.9 
Marion, IN...............          24.2         580.9      -0.2      844       2.1 
Polk, IA.................          14.8         279.5       0.8      822       1.4 
Johnson, KS..............          20.4         321.5       0.8      884       1.3 
Jefferson, KY............          22.9         435.0      -1.6      822       1.7 
East Baton Rouge, LA.....          14.1         259.7       1.8      790       7.8 
Cumberland, ME...........          12.2         176.9       0.6      756       1.9 
                                                                                   
Montgomery, MD...........          33.1         462.8      -0.8    1,110       1.6 
Middlesex, MA............          47.5         834.5       0.8    1,240       5.2 
Wayne, MI................          32.0         735.3      -2.8      952       2.1 
Hennepin, MN.............          42.8         851.5      -0.4    1,069       0.7 
Hinds, MS................           6.4         127.5       0.2      733       2.9 
St. Louis, MO............          32.8         615.1      -0.7      907       2.6 
Yellowstone, MT..........           5.8          78.3       0.6      688       1.8 
Douglas, NE..............          15.8         324.6       1.3      788       2.7 
Clark, NV................          50.4         918.9      -1.2      796       3.0 
Hillsborough, NH.........          12.3         198.6       0.0      928       0.5 
                                                                                   
Bergen, NJ...............          35.2         455.7      -0.9    1,030       0.9 
Bernalillo, NM...........          17.5         334.5      -0.5      748       3.3 
New York, NY.............         118.6       2,392.5       1.0    1,569       2.0 
Mecklenburg, NC..........          33.1         569.1       1.1      945       1.4 
Cass, ND.................           5.9         101.2       3.5      699       4.2 
Cuyahoga, OH.............          38.0         743.4      -1.6      871       3.3 
Oklahoma, OK.............          23.9         425.0       0.7      777       6.0 
Multnomah, OR............          27.8         452.3       0.7      862       2.4 
Allegheny, PA............          35.4         697.6       0.0      898       3.1 
Providence, RI...........          18.1         283.0      -2.6      825       3.3 
                                                                                   
Greenville, SC...........          12.6         242.6       0.5      737       2.1 
Minnehaha, SD............           6.4         118.2       1.9      682       0.7 
Shelby, TN...............          20.1         501.0      -1.7      850       1.8 
Harris, TX...............          97.0       2,073.4       2.8    1,070       3.9 
Salt Lake, UT............          38.3         592.0       0.6      779       0.1 
Chittenden, VT...........           6.0          95.0      -1.2      835       4.1 
Fairfax, VA..............          33.7         592.4       0.1    1,317       3.8 
King, WA.................          76.6       1,201.4       1.7    1,056       2.8 
Kanawha, WV..............           6.1         108.9      -1.1      752       4.3 
Milwaukee, WI............          21.4         502.8      -0.1      853       4.4 
                                                                                   
Laramie, WY..............           3.2          44.6       2.0      706       3.1 
                                                                                   
San Juan, PR.............          13.4         284.2      -2.3      571       4.2 
St. Thomas, VI...........           1.8          23.8       1.5      661       3.1 

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment
Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Includes areas not officially designated as counties. See Technical Note.
(4) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(5) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted
for noneconomic county reclassifications. See Technical Note.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin
Islands.
(7) Data do not meet BLS or State agency disclosure standards.











Table 4. Covered(1) establishments, employment, and wages by state, 
second quarter 2008(2)
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
                                                Employment        Average weekly 
                                                                      wage(3)    
                          Establishments,                                        
                           second quarter                                        
          State                 2008                    Percent           Percent
                            (thousands)       June      change,  Average  change,
                                              2008       June     weekly  second 
                                          (thousands)   2007-08    wage   quarter
                                                                          2007-08
                                                                                 
                                                                                 
United States(4).........       9,107.3     136,631.8      -0.3     $841      2.6
                                                                                 
Alabama..................         121.7       1,955.4      -0.5      720      3.3
Alaska...................          21.3         330.6       1.4      860      3.1
Arizona..................         163.2       2,543.9      -2.6      806      2.4
Arkansas.................          85.6       1,183.5      -0.2      661      3.4
California...............       1,322.4      15,760.3      -0.5      955      2.2
Colorado.................         179.3       2,346.3       0.8      858      3.1
Connecticut..............         113.4       1,722.3       0.5    1,036      0.3
Delaware.................          29.1         427.3      -0.9      862     -0.8
District of Columbia.....          32.6         691.4       1.2    1,433      5.9
Florida..................         627.5       7,620.1      -3.4      762      2.6
                                                                                 
Georgia..................         276.6       4,059.7      -0.6      787     -0.6
Hawaii...................          39.1         623.9      -1.3      764      3.9
Idaho....................          57.5         671.9      -0.9      636      1.6
Illinois.................         367.1       5,930.0      -0.4      893      2.3
Indiana..................         160.4       2,906.5      -0.9      715      1.9
Iowa.....................          93.9       1,521.2       0.1      683      2.9
Kansas...................          86.6       1,389.1       1.2      720      2.4
Kentucky.................         113.5       1,818.9      -0.5      718      2.6
Louisiana................         122.1       1,900.3       1.2      750      5.5
Maine....................          50.8         620.3       0.1      676      2.7
                                                                                 
Maryland.................         165.6       2,577.7      -0.3      920      2.8
Massachusetts............         213.4       3,310.4       0.1    1,044      3.6
Michigan.................         258.4       4,163.3      -2.2      825      2.4
Minnesota................         173.6       2,733.9      -0.5      849      1.8
Mississippi..............          71.0       1,139.1       0.1      635      4.4
Missouri.................         175.2       2,761.6       0.0      752      3.4
Montana..................          43.1         450.3       0.1      629      2.9
Nebraska.................          59.5         936.1       0.5      676      3.4
Nevada...................          76.9       1,271.8      -1.9      797      2.7
New Hampshire............          49.3         641.9      -0.4      835      1.5
                                                                                 
New Jersey...............         278.7       4,054.4      -0.4    1,004      1.6
New Mexico...............          54.4         837.2       0.6      715      4.2
New York.................         583.5       8,758.2       0.6    1,040      2.3
North Carolina...........         258.9       4,083.6      -0.1      735      2.4
North Dakota.............          25.6         356.4       2.5      654      5.8
Ohio.....................         294.6       5,315.0      -1.3      757      2.3
Oklahoma.................         101.0       1,556.0       1.0      701      5.3
Oregon...................         131.3       1,747.4      -0.8      764      3.0
Pennsylvania.............         343.2       5,743.3       0.1      827      3.1
Rhode Island.............          35.9         481.6      -2.2      796      2.8
                                                                                 
South Carolina...........         118.3       1,907.5      -0.6      681      2.4
South Dakota.............          30.5         409.0       1.2      606      2.9
Tennessee................         143.2       2,752.7      -0.4      745      1.9
Texas....................         561.4      10,510.3       2.2      849      2.5
Utah.....................          86.9       1,234.3       0.1      716      2.6
Vermont..................          25.0         305.6      -0.9      718      3.0
Virginia.................         231.1       3,720.4      -0.3      885      3.0
Washington...............         219.3       3,000.9       0.3      862      3.4
West Virginia............          48.9         715.3       0.0      695      5.1
Wisconsin................         160.9       2,836.8      -0.5      730      3.1
                                                                                 
Wyoming..................          25.0         296.7       2.7      780      5.4
                                                                                 
Puerto Rico..............          56.9         997.8      -2.0      475      3.5
Virgin Islands...........           3.5          45.9      -2.2      703     -0.6

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment
Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the
Virgin Islands.





Last Modified Date: January 13, 2009
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