Thursday, September 18, 2014


[IWS] BLS: COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES First Quarter 2014 [18 September 2014]

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COUNTY EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES First Quarter 2014 [18 September 2014]


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From March 2013 to March 2014, employment increased in 281 of the 339 largest U.S. counties, the

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Weld, Colo., had the largest increase, with a gain of 7.5

percent over the year, compared with national job growth of 1.7 percent. Within Weld, the largest

employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, which gained 2,145 jobs over the year

(24.1 percent). Peoria, Ill., had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment among the largest

counties in the U.S. with a loss of 2.6 percent. County employment and wage data are compiled under

the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, which produces detailed

information on county employment and wages within 6 months after the end of each quarter.


The U.S. average weekly wage increased 3.8 percent over the year, growing to $1,027 in the first

quarter of 2014. Chester, Pa., had the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly wages with a gain

of 13.9 percent. Within Chester, an average weekly wage gain of $520, or 49.1 percent, in trade,

transportation, and utilities made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly

wages. Benton, Ark., experienced the largest decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 3.2

percent over the year.


AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....



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