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County Employment and Wages in New York – Second Quarter 2013

Wages increased in 17 of the 18 largest counties in New York State from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, 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 2012 annual average employment.) Saratoga posted the largest gain, 5.5 percent, followed by Westchester, 4.2 percent, and Albany, 3.9 percent. (See chart 1. and table 1.) Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Dutchess was the only county where average weekly wages decreased (-0.1 percent).

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $921 national average in the second quarter of 2013. Average weekly wages in three counties (New York, Westchester, and Nassau) exceeded $1,000.

Chart 1. Large counties ranked by percent increase in average weekly wages, second quarter 2012-2013 and Chart 2. Large counties ranked by percent increase in employment, June 2012-June 2013

The largest employment gain among New York’s large counties was in Richmond, up 3.1 percent. Nationally, employment grew 1.6 from June 2012 to June 2013. (See chart 2.)

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 44 counties in New York with employment below 75,000. All but three of these small counties had an average wage below the U.S. average. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

From the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2013, six large New York counties recorded wage growth above the national increase of 2.1 percent. (See table 1.) Saratoga County (5.5 percent) ranked seventh in wage growth among the 334 large U.S. counties. The five other counties with above-average growth (Westchester, Albany, Oneida, Richmond, and Suffolk) placed in the top third of the national ranking. In contrast, Dutchess County’s 0.1-percent loss ranked 314th nationally.

Among large counties in the United States, 304 recorded wage gains, with Union, N.J., registering the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages in the second quarter (8.1 percent). Among the 18 counties with declining weekly wages, Davidson, Tenn., recorded the largest loss, 2.2 percent.

Large county average weekly wages

Seven of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $921 national average in the second quarter of 2013. The two highest paying counties, New York ($1,675) and Westchester ($1,244) ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Five additional counties (Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Albany, and Dutchess) had average weekly wages that placed them in the top 100 among the 334 large counties nationwide.

At the other end of the scale, Kings ($744), Broome ($745), and Oneida ($761) recorded the lowest weekly average among the state’s large counties, placing them in the lowest 25 percent of the national ranking.

Nationally, 107 large counties registered average weekly wages above the U.S. average of $921 in the second quarter of 2013. Santa Clara, Calif., held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $1,810. New York, was second at $1,675, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($1,632).

Among the 227 large counties with an average weekly wage below the U.S. average, Horry, S.C. ($537) reported the lowest wage, followed by Cameron, Texas ($572), and Hidalgo, Texas ($592).

Large county employment

Employment rose in 13 of 18 largest counties in New York State from June 2012 to June 2013. Six of these counties—Richmond, Queens, Bronx, Kings, Nassau, and Saratoga—posted employment growth above the national rate of 1.6 percent. Four counties posted over-the-year declines. Oneida experienced the largest loss, down 2.3 percent, followed by Broome, down 1.9 percent.

Nationally, employment grew in 288 of the 334 largest counties nationwide. The largest over-the-year percentage growth was recorded in Fort Bend, Texas. (7.0 percent); Atlantic, N.J., had the largest over-the-year decrease (-4.5 percent).

In New York, employment was highest in Manhattan, (2,434,000) followed by Suffolk (652,800) and Nassau (609,500) Counties. Altogether, New York’s large counties accounted for 84.9 percent of total state employment. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.4 percent of total U.S. employment.

Average weekly wages in New York's smaller counties

Forty-one of New York’s 44 counties with employment below 75,000 had average weekly wages below the national average. Putnam ($973), Schenectady ($960), and Ontario ($925) were the exceptions. (See table 2.) Hamilton County in the Adirondacks and Yates County in western New York reported the lowest average weekly wages at $574 and $587, respectively.

When all 62 counties in New York were considered, 10 counties had an average weekly wage at or above $900, 7 of which were clustered in the lower Hudson River valley or on Long Island. Of the 13 counties with average weekly wages from $800 and $899, 10 were located in the western part of the state or the upper Hudson River valley. Thirty-nine counties encompassing a large portion of the state had average weekly wages below $800, with 10 counties located mostly in the north and west reporting wages below $700. (See chart 3.)

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit the QCEW Web site at 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 2012 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 2013 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm. The 2013 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2014.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 800-877-8339.

County employment and wage data for the third quarter 2013 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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 135.1 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 and the 18 largest counties in New York, second quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
June 2013

(thousands)

Percent change,

June 2012-13 (4)

National ranking

by percent change (5)

Average

weekly wage

National ranking

by level (5)

Percent change,

second quarter 2012-13 (4)

National ranking

by percent change (5)

United States (6)

135,094.0 1.6 -- $921 -- 2.1 --

New York

8,804.9 1.1 -- 1,118 4 2.0 21

Albany

224.5 0.5 244 965 81 3.9 21

Bronx

244.4 2.4 84 888 138 1.8 159

Broome

90.0 -1.9 327 745 286 1.5 197

Dutchess

112.4 0.7 233 961 82 -0.1 314

Erie

459.3 -0.2 304 807 213 1.6 183

Kings

537.5 2.4 84 744 289 1.1 237

Monroe

380.2 0.0 289 869 155 0.9 254

Nassau

609.5 1.8 131 1,046 51 0.1 302

New York

2,434.0 1.5 158 1,675 2 1.8 159

Oneida

105.1 -2.3 331 761 264 2.8 69

Onondaga

243.6 -0.1 298 856 162 0.7 267

Orange

134.6 0.3 266 820 195 1.7 170

Queens

537.1 2.6 69 852 165 0.7 267

Richmond

95.0 3.1 37 787 240 2.2 111

Rockland

118.6 0.7 233 995 67 0.7 267

Saratoga

82.5 1.7 143 859 161 5.5 7

Suffolk

652.8 1.3 172 996 66 2.2 111

Westchester

416.2 0.4 254 1,244 16 4.2 16

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) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) 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 New York, 2nd quarter 2013(2)
Area Employment June 2013 (thousands) Average weekly wage(3)

United States(4)

135,094.0 $921

New York

8,804.9 1,118

Albany

224.5 965

Allegany

13.5 660

Bronx

244.4 888

Broome

90.0 745

Cattaraugus

30.3 722

Cayuga

26.8 739

Chautauqua

51.7 671

Chemung

37.3 807

Chenango

18.2 752

Clinton

33.0 774

Columbia

21.6 736

Cortland

17.8 706

Delaware

15.7 736

Dutchess

112.4 961

Erie

459.3 807

Essex

15.0 709

Franklin

18.7 779

Fulton

17.5 711

Genesee

23.8 695

Greene

14.4 772

Hamilton

1.9 574

Herkimer

17.6 657

Jefferson

43.1 724

Kings

537.5 744

Lewis

6.8 679

Livingston

20.1 691

Madison

21.6 704

Monroe

380.2 869

Montgomery

18.8 700

Nassau

609.5 1,046

New York

2,434.0 $1,675

Niagara

73.1 716

Oneida

105.1 761

Onondaga

243.6 856

Ontario

52.6 925

Orange

134.6 820

Orleans

13.0 768

Oswego

33.7 750

Otsego

25.3 710

Putnam

25.6 973

Queens

537.1 852

Rensselaer

50.6 864

Richmond

95.0 787

Rockland

118.6 995

Saratoga

82.5 859

Schenectady

64.7 960

Schoharie

8.6 644

Schuyler

5.2 623

Seneca

11.3 754

St. Lawrence

34.8 756

Steuben

38.1 869

Suffolk

652.8 996

Sullivan

25.8 733

Tioga

13.4 884

Tompkins

50.4 810

Ulster

58.6 760

Warren

40.8 715

Washington

16.4 803

Wayne

30.2 758

Westchester

416.2 1,244

Wyoming

14.2 749

Yates

7.0 587

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, second quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
June 2013

(thousands)

Percent change,

June 2012-13

Average

weekly wage

National

ranking

by level

Percent change,

second quarter 2012-13

National ranking

by percent change

United States (4)

135,094.0 1.6 $921 -- 2.1 --

Alabama

1,859.5 0.9 794 35 1.4 44

Alaska

342.6 -0.1 970 9 1.6 37

Arizona

2,438.1 1.8 877 20 1.7 32

Arkansas

1,150.4 -0.6 734 46 2.4 10

California

15,485.8 2.4 1,048 6 2.0 21

Colorado

2,359.4 2.9 933 14 1.6 37

Connecticut

1,666.3 1.0 1,128 3 1.5 41

Delaware

417.8 1.8 966 12 2.0 21

District of Columbia

725.0 0.9 1,575 1 2.1 19

Florida

7,402.0 2.4 822 29 2.0 21

Georgia

3,917.2 1.7 867 22 2.2 17

Hawaii

617.0 1.9 823 28 1.6 37

Idaho

642.7 2.7 683 51 1.9 28

Illinois

5,750.0 0.8 971 8 1.9 28

Indiana

2,863.4 1.1 776 42 1.7 32

Iowa

1,523.9 1.3 757 43 2.0 21

Kansas

1,350.0 1.2 779 41 2.1 19

Kentucky

1,790.6 0.6 782 38 1.3 46

Louisiana

1,894.7 0.9 824 27 2.4 10

Maine

604.4 0.4 732 47 1.8 30

Maryland

2,570.3 0.9 1,005 7 1.4 44

Massachusetts

3,352.7 1.3 1,131 2 2.0 21

Michigan

4,073.7 2.2 875 21 2.0 21

Minnesota

2,745.2 1.9 929 15 2.4 10

Mississippi

1,094.9 0.7 691 49 1.5 41

Missouri

2,668.2 1.2 803 33 1.6 37

Montana

448.4 1.5 717 48 2.4 10

Nebraska

941.0 0.9 737 45 2.6 7

Nevada

1,168.3 2.3 829 26 1.7 32

New Hampshire

629.1 0.8 916 17 2.9 4

New Jersey

3,917.5 1.0 1,084 5 2.6 7

New Mexico

795.0 0.4 781 39 -0.3 51

New York

8,804.9 1.1 1,118 4 2.0 21

North Carolina

3,985.1 1.7 808 31 2.5 9

North Dakota

433.7 3.2 887 18 3.7 1

Ohio

5,162.3 1.1 830 25 1.7 32

Oklahoma

1,560.7 0.9 794 35 3.5 2

Oregon

1,708.0 2.5 848 23 1.3 46

Pennsylvania

5,665.9 0.3 918 16 2.8 5

Rhode Island

465.5 1.0 880 19 2.3 16

South Carolina

1,864.9 1.8 747 44 1.5 41

South Dakota

417.0 1.0 689 50 1.8 30

Tennessee

2,709.3 1.5 820 30 0.5 49

Texas

11,078.8 2.7 944 13 2.4 10

Utah

1,259.7 2.8 783 37 2.2 17

Vermont

303.1 0.3 808 31 2.7 6

Virginia

3,685.4 0.7 968 11 1.7 32

Washington

3,013.3 2.2 969 10 2.4 10

West Virginia

713.1 -0.1 781 39 0.6 48

Wisconsin

2,768.2 0.6 801 34 3.0 3

Wyoming

290.4 0.4 845 24 0.5 49

Puerto Rico

926.1 -1.1 503 (5) 1.0 (5)

Virgin Islands

38.9 -3.0 706 (5) -13.8 (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 New York State, second quarter 2013

Last Modified Date: January 28, 2014