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.
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%).