From June 2018 to June 2019, employment increased in 279 of the 355 largest U.S….
From June 2018 to June 2019, employment increased in 279 of the 355 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Benton, Arkansas had the largest county wage gain, at 16.3%, though most counties measured saw wage gains during the quarter.
In June 2019, national employment (as measured by the QCEW program) increased to 149.1 million, a 1.1 percent increase over the year.
Adams, Colorado, had the largest over-the-year increase in employment with a gain of 5.3 percent. Employment data in this release are presented for June 2019, and average weekly wage data are presented for second quarter 2019.
Among the 355 largest counties, 347 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. In the second quarter of 2019, average weekly wages for the nation increased to $1,095, a 3.8 percent increase over the year.
Benton, AR, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 16.3 percent. Within Benton, an average weekly wage gain of $557 (35.0 percent) in professional and business services made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.
McLean, IL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 5.8 percent. Within McLean, financial activities had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage decrease of $321 (-17.8 percent) over the year.
Results for Ten Largest Counties
All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment and average weekly wages.
In June 2019, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (3.1 percent). Within Maricopa, education and health services had the largest employment increase with a gain of 12,096 jobs (4.0 percent).
In second quarter 2019, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average weekly wages among the 10 largest counties (6.6 percent). Within King, information had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage increase of $378 (11.1 percent) over the year.