Employment Increased Across Largest U.S. Counties in 2018

From December 2017 to December 2018, employment increased in 296 of the 349 largest U.S. counties, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Employment growth by county

Midland, TX, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (10.0%). Within Midland, the largest employment increase occurred in natural resources and mining, which gained 5,305 jobs over the year (20.3%).

Bay, FL, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, with a loss of 5.6%. Within Bay, education and health services had the largest employment decrease with a loss of 1,878 jobs (-16.4%).

Tippecanoe, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (15.1%). Within Tippecanoe, an average weekly wage gain of $1,046 (128.5%) in professional and business services made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Washington, PA, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.6%. Within Washington, natural resources and mining had the largest impact, with an average weekly wage decrease of $2,287 (-56.1%) over the year.

Ten Largest Counties

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment, while 9 had over-the-year percentage increases in average weekly wages. In December 2018, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (3.2%). Within Maricopa, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest employment increase with a gain of 15,496 jobs (3.9%).