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County Employment and Wages in Puerto Rico – Third Quarter 2012

Puerto Rico’s only large county, the municipio of San Juan, reported an employment gain of 2.0 percent from September 2011 to September 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2011 annual average employment.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that in September 2012, San Juan’s employment level of 264,000 accounted for 28.3 percent of total employment in the Commonwealth.

In the United States, employment grew 1.6 percent over the year, as 276 of the 328 largest U.S. counties gained jobs. (See chart 1.) The 328 largest counties made up 71.0 percent of total U.S. employment.

The average weekly wage in San Juan was $601 in the third quarter of 2012, 0.5 percent lower than one year prior. By comparison, the U.S. weekly wage declined 1.1 percent over the year to $906. (See table 1 and chart 2.)

Chart 1. Percent change in employment, United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, September 2011-2012 and Chart 2. Percent change in average weekly wages, United States, Puerto Rico, and san Juan, third quarter, 2011-2012

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 77 municipios in Puerto Rico with employment below 75,000. All 77 had wages below the U.S. average of $906. (See table 2.) Juncos, at $883, had the highest average weekly wage. Guaynabo, San Juan, and Barceloneta had weekly wages above $600. The four municipios with average weekly wages exceeding $600 were located on the northern and eastern parts of the island. Thirty-nine municipios had average weekly wages below $425, with roughly half of these low-wage municipios located in the western end of the island, including Las Marias ($298) and Florida ($296). (See chart 3.)

Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in Puerto Rico, third quarter 2012

In the neighboring Virgin Islands, average weekly wages were also below the United States average. The highest average weekly wage among the three Virgin Island counties was $763 in St. Croix. Average weekly wages on St. Thomas were $681 and $653 on St. John, well above wage averages in most of Puerto Rico’s municipios.

Though employment on each island was below 25,000, more than half of the territory’s 38,609 jobs in September 2012 were on St. Thomas, and an additional 15,197 were on St. Croix.

Additional statistics and other information

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

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2011 edition of this publication contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2012 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2011 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn11.htm. The 2012 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available later in 2013.

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County employment and wage data for the fourth quarter 2012 are scheduled to be released on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The 9.2 million employer reports cover 132.6 million full- and part-time workers. The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/cew; however, data in QCEW press releases have been revised and may not match the data contained on the Bureau’s Web site.

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

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

Table 1. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States, Puerto Rico, and San Juan, third quarter 2012(2)
Area Employment Average weekly wage(3)
September 2012

(thousands)

Percent change,

September 2011-2012(4)

Average weekly wage Percent change,

third quarter 2011-2012(4)

United States(5)

132,624.7 1.6 $906 -1.1

Puerto Rico

933.4 2.1 506 0.0

San Juan

264.0 2.0 601 -0.5

Footnotes:
(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.
(5) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Table 2. Covered(1) employment and wages in the United States and all counties in Puerto Rico, third quarter 2012(2)
Area Employment September 2012 (thousands) Average weekly wage(4)

United States

132,624.7 $ 906

Puerto Rico

933.4 506

Adjuntas

2.1 376

Aguada

4.7 334

Aguadilla

16.8 534

Aguas Buenas

2.0 401

Aibonito

5.2 457

Anasco

5.3 440

Arecibo

22.1 479

Arroyo

2.9 452

Barceloneta

10.1 611

Barranquitas

3.4 422

Bayamon

56.8 454

Cabo Rojo

6.1 345

Caguas

48.0 465

Camuy

3.6 369

Canovanas

6.4 468

Carolina

52.1 460

Catano

10.4 532

Cayey

10.7 507

Ceiba

1.3 422

Ciales

2.0 352

Cidra

5.6 515

Coamo

4.1 397

Comerio

2.1 375

Corozal

4.1 385

Culebra

0.5 321

Dorado

8.1 461

Fajardo

11.8 459

Florida

1.9 296

Guanica

2.3 349

Guayama

11.5 539

Guayanilla

2.5 465

Guaynabo

42.8 624

Gurabo

6.6 537

Hatillo

8.0 350

Hormigueros

2.5 342

Humacao

16.7 517

Isabela

6.4 422

Jayuya

3.0 446

Juana Diaz

6.5 448

Juncos

6.7 883

Lajas

3.1 328

Lares

5.0 320

Las Marias

1.9 298

Las Piedras

6.9 541

Loiza

1.6 416

Luquillo

2.4 491

Manati

14.5 526

Maricao

1.4 363

Maunabo

1.6 519

Mayaguez

33.4 440

Moca

3.9 344

Morovis

2.6 368

Naguabo

1.9 403

Naranjito

3.0 400

Orocovis

3.3 336

Patillas

1.8 428

Penuelas

3.0 434

Ponce

50.5 447

Quebradillas

2.3 396

Rincon

1.7 348

Rio Grande

5.8 420

Sabana Grande

3.1 373

Salinas

4.6 454

San German

8.8 418

San Juan

264.0 601

San Lorenzo

4.9 460

San Sebastian

5.1 356

Santa Isabel

5.1 400

Toa Alta

3.5 383

Toa Baja

13.1 458

Trujillo Alto

11.0 350

Utuado

4.0 430

Vega Alta

4.6 426

Vega Baja

8.0 498

Vieques

1.6 401

Villalba

3.4 518

Yabucoa

3.3 403

Yauco

6.4 379

Footnotes:
(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.

Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, third quarter 2012 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
September 2012

(thousands)

Percent change,

September 2011-2012

Average weekly wage National ranking

by level

Percent change,

third quarter 2011-2012

National ranking

by percent change

United States (4)

132,624.7 1.6 $906 -- -1.1 --

Alabama

1,833.5 0.6 784 33 -2.4 45

Alaska

343.6 0.6 961 9 -0.2 7

Arizona

2,437.5 2.2 846 22 -2.0 43

Arkansas

1,156.7 0.3 708 47 -1.0 17

California

15,109.1 2.8 1,036 6 -1.2 21

Colorado

2,284.6 2.2 936 12 -1.3 25

Connecticut

1,638.9 0.8 1,087 4 -2.8 49

Delaware

407.3 0.1 925 14 -2.5 47

District of Columbia

714.9 0.6 1,514 1 -0.7 15

Florida

7,307.9 1.9 800 31 -1.4 27

Georgia

3,841.2 1.1 854 21 -1.5 31

Hawaii

605.5 1.7 827 26 -1.0 17

Idaho

630.4 1.1 687 49 -1.4 27

Illinois

5,688.6 1.1 945 11 -1.4 27

Indiana

2,849.9 1.8 772 35 -1.7 36

Iowa

1,486.7 1.1 756 41 -0.5 10

Kansas

1,325.5 1.0 761 39 -1.4 27

Kentucky

1,779.5 1.2 751 42 -1.7 36

Louisiana

1,864.3 0.3 805 30 -1.8 38

Maine

597.0 0.2 722 46 -1.6 34

Maryland

2,533.3 1.4 1,007 8 -1.6 34

Massachusetts

3,271.6 1.2 1,102 2 -1.2 21

Michigan

3,984.2 1.5 862 19 -1.5 31

Minnesota

2,675.4 1.1 915 15 0.0 4

Mississippi

1,089.4 0.6 672 51 -1.2 21

Missouri

2,628.8 0.7 793 32 -1.2 21

Montana

441.6 1.8 689 48 0.3 3

Nebraska

924.4 2.0 742 43 -0.5 10

Nevada

1,140.1 1.5 820 27 -3.0 50

New Hampshire

620.6 1.1 874 17 -3.1 51

New Jersey

3,811.2 1.1 1,053 5 -1.8 38

New Mexico

788.7 0.0 761 39 -2.3 44

New York

8,616.8 1.2 1,088 3 -1.1 19

North Carolina

3,934.1 1.6 806 29 -0.2 7

North Dakota

422.2 7.8 872 18 6.3 1

Ohio

5,073.0 1.1 828 24 -0.7 15

Oklahoma

1,545.6 1.3 779 34 -0.5 10

Oregon

1,667.3 1.2 834 23 0.0 4

Pennsylvania

5,598.4 0.6 899 16 -1.3 25

Rhode Island

460.5 0.8 855 20 -1.9 42

South Carolina

1,814.7 1.3 738 44 -1.1 19

South Dakota

405.3 1.6 683 50 -0.1 6

Tennessee

2,674.3 1.7 814 28 -0.6 14

Texas

10,773.4 2.7 930 13 -0.2 7

Utah

1,231.0 3.3 766 37 -1.8 38

Vermont

302.0 1.2 763 38 -1.8 38

Virginia

3,631.1 0.9 960 10 -1.5 31

Washington

2,944.6 1.5 1,024 7 1.3 2

West Virginia

715.4 0.5 724 45 -2.4 45

Wisconsin

2,718.7 0.7 770 36 -2.7 48

Wyoming

284.7 0.0 828 24 -0.5 10

Puerto Rico

933.4 2.1 506 (5) 0.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.6 -9.8 711 (5) -1.1 (5)

Footnotes:
(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.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.

Chart 3. Average weekly wages by county in Puerto Rico, third quarter 2012