One of only two small counties in NYS where average weekly earnings top national average
Steuben County was one of only two of New York’s 44 small counties (employment below 75,000) that had average weekly wages above the $1,095 national average during the second quarter of 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently.
During the second quarter of last year, the average weekly wage for Steuben County’s 38,251 workers was $1,127, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The other New York State small county with weekly earnings above the national average was Schenectady County at $1,115. Schenectady comes in just under the small county limit with 63,717 workers.
The average weekly wage in Steuben County increased by 5.75 percent over 12 months. During the second quarter of 2018, Steuben’s 38,335 workers had average weekly wages of $1,055, which exactly matched the national average.
“When all 62 counties in New York were considered, all but 19 had wages below $1,000,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a news release. “Twenty counties reported average weekly wages less than $850, and 23 had wages from $850 to $999. Those with the lowest average weekly wages, under $825, were small upstate counties, primarily located in the northern and western parts of the state.”
For Allegany County during the second quarter of 2019, the average weekly wage earned by some 13,058 workers was $818.
In Livingston County, the average weekly wage was $849 during the second quarter period of 2019. The county’s number of workers was just under 21,000.
Meanwhile, average weekly wages in all 18 large counties in New York increased from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that Bronx County had the largest growth in average weekly wages, 5.7 percent, followed by Oneida County, 4.8 percent, and Westchester County, 4.7 percent.
Six of New York’s large counties reported average weekly wages above the $1,095 national average in the second quarter of 2019. Average weekly wages in New York and Westchester Counties exceeded $1,400.
Nationally, average weekly wages were higher than average in 93 of the largest 355 counties. Santa Clara, Calif. held the top position among the highest-paid large counties with an average weekly wage of $2,612. San Francisco, Calif. was second at $2,430, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,373), and New York, N.Y. ($2,109).
Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages 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 legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies.