Economic News Release

County Employment and Wages News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 29, 2011 USDL-11-0434 
 
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County Employment and Wages 
Third Quarter 2010 
 
From September 2009 to September 2010, employment increased in 162 of 
the 326 largest U.S. counties according to preliminary data, the U.S. 
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Elkhart, Ind., posted the 
largest percentage increase, with a gain of 6.8 percent over the 
year, compared with national job growth of 0.2 percent. Within 
Elkhart, the largest employment increase occurred in manufacturing, 
which gained 5,570 jobs over the year (14.2 percent). Sacramento, 
Calif., experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in 
employment among the largest counties in the U.S. with a loss of 3.7 
percent. Within Sacramento, state government had the largest 
percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 7.5 percent. 
 
The U.S. average weekly wage increased over the year by 3.4 percent 
to $870 in the third quarter of 2010. Among the large counties in the 
U.S., Rock Island, Ill., had the largest over-the-year increase in 
average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2010 with a gain of 12.2 
percent. Within Rock Island, professional and business services had 
the largest impact on the county’s over-the-year increase in average 
weekly wages. Sacramento, Calif., experienced the only decline in 
average weekly wages among the largest U.S. counties with a loss of 
2.2 percent over the year. County employment and wage data are 
compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) 
program. 

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

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                                       Employment in large counties
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     September 2010 employment    |      Increase in employment,     |  Percent increase in employment, 
            (thousands)           |         September 2009-10        |         September 2009-10
                                  |            (thousands)           |                  
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 United States           128,440.4| United States               310.8| United States                 0.2
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 Los Angeles, Calif.       3,844.5| New York, N.Y.               26.9| Elkhart, Ind.                 6.8
 Cook, Ill.                2,354.8| Harris, Texas                21.2| Denton, Texas                 3.2
 New York, N.Y.            2,273.0| Washington, D.C.             13.7| Bell, Texas                   3.1
 Harris, Texas             1,995.8| Dallas, Texas                12.7| Arlington, Va.                3.1
 Maricopa, Ariz.           1,597.0| Hennepin, Minn.              11.0| Washington, Pa.               2.7
 Dallas, Texas             1,415.0| Travis, Texas                10.9| Benton, Wash.                 2.6
 Orange, Calif.            1,348.8| Kings, N.Y.                   9.7| Washtenaw, Mich.              2.5
 San Diego, Calif.         1,238.6| Philadelphia, Pa.             9.7| Boone, Mo.                    2.5
 King, Wash.               1,121.8| Fairfax, Va.                  7.5| Brazoria, Texas               2.5
 Miami-Dade, Fla.            940.9| Bexar, Texas                  7.4| Hamilton, Tenn.               2.4
                                  |                                  | Collin, Texas                 2.4
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Large County Employment 
 
In September 2010, national employment, as measured by the QCEW 
program, was 128.4 million, up by 0.2 percent, or 310,800 workers, 
from September 2009. The 326 U.S. counties with 75,000 or more 
employees accounted for 70.6 percent of total U.S. employment and 
76.1 percent of total wages. These 326 counties had a net job growth 
of 80,826 over the year, accounting for 26.0 percent of the overall 
U.S. employment increase. 
 
Elkhart, Ind., had the largest percentage increase in employment 
among the largest U.S. counties. The top five counties with the 
greatest increases in employment level (New York, N.Y.; Harris, 
Texas; Washington, D.C.; Dallas, Texas; and Hennepin, Minn.) had a