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County Employment and Wages in Colorado – Fourth Quarter 2020

06/16/2021 | 03:16pm EDT

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21-1005-KAN
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Employment fell in Colorado's nine large counties from December 2019 to December 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2019.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that Denver County (-9.8 percent) had the largest over-the-year employment loss among the nine largest counties in the state. (See chart 1and table 1.)

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National employment decreased 6.1 percent over the year, with 352 of the 357 largest U.S. counties reporting declines. Maui + Kalawao, HI, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 22.8 percent. Utah, UT, experienced the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment with a gain of 3.8 percent.

Among the nine largest counties in Colorado, employment was highest in Denver County (485,100), followed by Arapahoe County (321,500) and El Paso County (276,400) in December 2020. Together, the nine largest Colorado counties accounted for 80.8 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 357 largest counties made up 73.1 percent of total U.S. employment.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 55 counties in Colorado with employment below 75,000. Of these smaller counties, Broomfield County ($1,918) had the highest average weekly wage level and was above the national average of $1,339. (See table 2.)

Large county wage changes

All nine large counties in Colorado reported average weekly wage gains from the fourth quarter 2019 to the fourth quarter of 2020. (See chart 2.) Four counties had rates of wage gains that were above the national rate of 13.0 percent. Boulder County has the largest gain (+17.5 percent), followed by Denver County (+15.3 percent), El Paso County (+13.5 percent), and Arapahoe County (+13.2 percent). Over-the-year wage gains among Colorado's other five large counties ranged from 12.8 percent to 0.8 percent.

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Among the 357 largest counties in the United States, 356 had over-the-year wage increases. Nationally, across most industries, increases in average weekly wages reflect substantial employment declines combined with wage increases. The lowest paying industry, leisure and hospitality, had the largest employment loss, which results in higher average weekly wages for the industry and the nation. San Francisco, CA, had the largest percentage wage increase (+44.3 percent). Ector, TX, had the only over-the-year percentage decrease (-7.5 percent).

Large county average weekly wages

Weekly wages in 4 of the state's 9 large counties were above the national average of $1,339 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Average weekly wages in Denver County ($1,683) and Boulder County ($1,669) ranked 20th and 23rd, respectively, near the top of the national ranking. The average weekly wages in the lowest-paying large Colorado counties, Weld ($1,106, 246th) and El Paso ($1,186, 185th), ranked in the bottom half of the 357 largest U.S. counties.

Among the largest U.S. counties, 89 reported average weekly wages above the U.S. average in the fourth quarter of 2020. Santa Clara, CA, had the highest average weekly wage at $3,690. Average weekly wages were below the national average in the remaining 268 counties. At $760 a week, Cameron, TX, had the lowest average weekly wage.

Average weekly wages in Colorado's smaller counties

Of the 55 smaller counties in Colorado-those with employment below 75,000-3 reported average weekly wages above the national average of $1,339: Broomfield ($1,918), Dolores ($1,669), and Gilpin ($1,491). San Juan County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $637 per week, followed by Costilla County at $680 per week.

When all 64 counties in Colorado were considered, 9 reported average weekly wages of less than $800, 28 registered wages from $800 to $949, 10 had wages from $950 to $1,099, 8 had wages from $1,100 to $1,249, and 9 had average weekly wages of $1,250 or more. (See chart 3.) The higher-paying counties were primarily located in and around the Denver metropolitan area. The lowest-paying counties, those with weekly wages under $800, were concentrated in the southern portion of the state.

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit www.bls.gov/cew.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2019 edition of this publication was published in September 2020. Tables and additional content from the 2019 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2019/home.htm. The 2020 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2021.

The County Employment and Wages release for first quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for first quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

QCEW Imputation Issue Caused by Pandemic-Related Challenges

In the spring of 2020, BLS modified its imputation process for QCEW to be more responsive to current economic conditions. While continuing work to improve this process, BLS made an unintended data processing error. This error affected data for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2020. BLS has analyzed this issue and has determined that the impact on QCEW employment was negligible at the statewide level. In smaller areas and industries, revisions may be larger than usual. Wage data were not affected. Following the usual QCEW practice, these data will be revised and corrected with the full data update on September 1, 2021.

For more information on QCEW imputation methodology, see www.bls.gov/cew/additional-resources/imputation-methodology.htm.


Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS web site at www.bls.gov/cew. However, data in QCEW press releases have been revised and may not match the data contained on the Bureau's web site.

QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of individual establishment records reflecting the number of establishments that exist in a county or industry at a point in time. Establishments can move in or out of a county or industry for a number of reasons-some reflecting economic events, others reflecting administrative changes.

The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released by the individual states as well as from the data presented on the BLS web site. These potential differences result from the states' continuing receipt, review and editing of UI data over time. On the other hand, differences between data in this release and the data found on the BLS web site are the result of adjustments made to improve over-the-year comparisons. Specifically, these adjustments account for administrative (noneconomic) changes such as a correction to a previously reported location or industry classification. Adjusting for these administrative changes allows users to more accurately assess changes of an economic nature (such as a firm moving from one county to another or changing its primary economic activity) over a 12-month period. Currently, adjusted data are available only from BLS press releases.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Area Establishments,
fourth quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage
December 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
December 2019-20
National ranking
by percent change
Fourth quarter
2020
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
fourth quarter 2019-20
National ranking
by percent change

United States

10,675.8 140,881.3 -6.1 -- $1,339 -- 13.0 --

Colorado

219.6 2,613.7 -5.7 -- 1,378 10 12.3 25

Adams

12.2 226.6 -2.3 35 1,217 157 8.3 327

Arapahoe

23.6 321.5 -4.6 107 1,530 46 13.2 130

Boulder

16.7 178.9 -6.3 191 1,669 23 17.5 15

Denver

36.6 485.1 -9.8 326 1,683 20 15.3 47

Douglas

13.4 130.6 -2.4 37 1,512 48 0.8 355

El Paso

21.8 276.4 -4.0 83 1,186 185 13.5 112

Jefferson

21.8 232.2 -5.3 142 1,376 77 12.8 153

Larimer

13.3 156.3 -6.2 186 1,230 149 12.8 153

Weld

8.2 104.8 -8.7 290 1,106 246 5.8 347

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Area Employment December 2020 Average Weekly Wage

United States

140,881,253 $1,339

Colorado

2,613,665 1,378

Adams

226,632 1,217

Alamosa

7,930 870

Arapahoe

321,464 1,530

Archuleta

4,238 821

Baca

1,112 741

Bent

1,065 819

Boulder

178,895 1,669

Broomfield

38,923 1,918

Chaffee

7,999 889

Cheyenne

729 990

Clear Creek

2,915 967

Conejos

1,517 714

Costilla

896 680

Crowley

1,106 938

Custer

844 781

Delta

8,258 837

Denver

485,080 1,683

Dolores

567 1,669

Douglas

130,595 1,512

Eagle

33,486 1,151

Elbert

3,762 990

El Paso

276,434 1,186

Fremont

13,669 933

Garfield

24,716 1,106

Gilpin

3,422 1,491

Grand

7,247 906

Gunnison

8,835 896

Hinsdale

238 687

Huerfano

1,770 800

Jackson

556 854

Jefferson

232,174 1,376

Kiowa

513 878

Kit Carson

2,942 851

Lake

2,367 923

La Plata

23,504 1,134

Larimer

156,338 1,230

Las Animas

4,738 849

Lincoln

2,170 846

Logan

7,798 879

Mesa

60,911 996

Mineral

571 724

Moffat

4,493 1,079

Montezuma

8,803 824

Montrose

15,100 902

Morgan

12,046 1,056

Otero

5,911 815

Ouray

1,916 933

Park

2,493 904

Phillips

1,602 894

Pitkin

16,723 1,338

Prowers

4,421 758

Pueblo

59,914 998

Rio Blanco

2,682 1,137

Rio Grande

3,877 898

Routt

14,847 1,062

Saguache

1,489 767

San Juan

305 637

San Miguel

5,450 1,054

Sedgwick

784 848

Summit

22,349 996

Teller

6,907 914

Washington

1,175 883

Weld

104,775 1,106

Yuma

3,952 892

NOTE: Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.

State Establishments,
fourth quarter 2020
(thousands)
Employment Average weekly wage
December 2020
(thousands)
Percent change,
December 2019-20
Fourth quarter
2020
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
fourth quarter 2019-20
National ranking
by percent change

United States

10,675.8 140,881.3 -6.1 $1,339 -- 13.0 --

Alabama

134.6 1,951.2 -2.9 1,096 35 11.4 36

Alaska

23.1 290.1 -6.4 1,260 17 10.6 44

Arizona

173.9 2,908.7 -3.3 1,214 22 14.6 9

Arkansas

94.6 1,194.8 -3.2 999 49 11.4 36

California

1,660.2 16,380.1 -8.3 1,724 3 18.5 1

Colorado

219.6 2,613.7 -5.7 1,378 10 12.3 25

Connecticut

126.8 1,578.4 -6.5 1,551 6 12.2 27

Delaware

35.1 432.9 -5.2 1,262 16 11.3 38

District of Columbia

43.8 713.0 -8.9 2,293 1 15.2 6

Florida

765.4 8,642.8 -5.0 1,180 24 13.1 17

Georgia

319.7 4,405.9 -4.0 1,208 23 10.9 42

Hawaii

47.3 561.1 -16.1 1,219 21 16.0 4

Idaho

71.8 763.5 0.8 1,034 47 12.8 21

Illinois

386.3 5,573.8 -7.8 1,378 10 13.0 18

Indiana

173.1 2,985.1 -4.0 1,076 39 11.2 39

Iowa

105.6 1,494.3 -4.3 1,099 34 11.6 32

Kansas

89.9 1,346.9 -4.5 1,070 40 11.5 34

Kentucky

130.4 1,839.6 -4.8 1,057 42 10.8 43

Louisiana

140.8 1,796.9 -7.0 1,078 38 8.6 48

Maine

55.4 594.3 -4.3 1,092 36 14.5 10

Maryland

174.5 2,546.1 -6.7 1,445 8 13.6 16

Massachusetts

266.7 3,365.8 -8.3 1,766 2 17.0 3

Michigan

265.3 3,998.2 -8.9 1,257 19 12.8 21

Minnesota

186.4 2,684.1 -7.9 1,322 13 12.3 25

Mississippi

76.1 1,119.1 -2.4 901 51 10.4 45

Missouri

221.5 2,724.4 -4.3 1,127 33 11.6 32

Montana

54.6 467.4 -1.4 1,035 45 12.7 23

Nebraska

72.5 962.7 -2.9 1,079 37 11.5 34

Nevada

90.2 1,283.1 -10.7 1,178 25 14.4 11

New Hampshire

57.1 637.3 -5.2 1,406 9 17.9 2

New Jersey

291.0 3,860.5 -7.2 1,517 7 13.9 15

New Mexico

64.8 767.1 -9.5 1,052 43 11.8 29

New York

662.4 8,693.4 -10.3 1,712 4 14.2 13

North Carolina

301.7 4,431.0 -2.7 1,152 29 11.2 39

North Dakota

32.6 394.4 -7.1 1,136 31 4.7 50

Ohio

307.3 5,199.9 -5.1 1,161 27 12.0 28

Oklahoma

113.6 1,569.1 -4.4 1,013 48 7.3 49

Oregon

167.3 1,824.3 -7.5 1,256 20 14.2 13

Pennsylvania

370.5 5,549.4 -7.4 1,287 15 12.6 24

Rhode Island

40.7 449.6 -8.3 1,259 18 14.7 7

South Carolina

149.2 2,074.4 -3.5 1,035 45 11.1 41

South Dakota

35.5 422.8 -1.9 1,048 44 14.4 11

Tennessee

176.2 3,002.5 -2.7 1,172 26 11.7 30

Texas

743.1 12,251.1 -4.3 1,294 14 9.0 47

Utah

117.9 1,557.8 0.6 1,154 28 12.9 20

Vermont

26.6 286.1 -8.9 1,133 32 14.7 7

Virginia

289.8 3,796.1 -4.7 1,360 12 13.0 18

Washington

259.7 3,219.7 -6.8 1,589 5 16.0 4

West Virginia

51.9 654.1 -5.3 997 50 10.3 46

Wisconsin

184.2 2,762.5 -4.8 1,140 30 11.7 30

Wyoming

27.7 260.2 -5.3 1,061 41 4.6 51

Puerto Rico

46.0 873.8 -4.0 621 8.0

Virgin Islands

3.5 35.3 -11.5 1,057 -1.3

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

Disclaimer

BLS - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published this content on 16 June 2021 and is solely responsible for the information contained therein. Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 16 June 2021 19:15:05 UTC.


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