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Employment Up in Most U.S. Counties

From March 2018 to March 2019, employment increased in 298 of the 355 largest U.S….

  • September 9, 2019

From March 2018 to March 2019, employment increased in 298 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

In March 2019, national employment (as measured by the QCEW program) increased to 146.5 million, a 1.4 percent increase over the year. Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 5.8 percent.

Among the 355 largest counties, 325 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages.

In the first quarter of 2019, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,184, a 2.8 percent increase over the year. San Francisco, CA, had the largest first quarter over-the-year wage gain at 10.2 percent.

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (5.8 percent).

Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, which gained 2,745 jobs over the year (9.6 percent).

Bay, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.9 percent. Within Bay, education and health services had the largest employment decrease with a loss of 2,449 jobs (-21.8 percent).

San Francisco, CA, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (10.2 percent).

Within San Francisco, an average weekly wage gain of $1,391 (77.5 percent) in trade, transportation, and utilities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 7.6 percent. Within Elkhart, manufacturing had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage decrease of $137 (-12.7 percent) over the year.