Tomorrow the national unemployment figures will be released, but today the county by county unemployment and statistics are out. Remember, this data is for Q3 2008 to Q3 2009.
From September 2008 to September 2009, employment declined in 329 of the 334 largest U.S. counties.
The U.S. average weekly wage fell over the year by 0.1 percent in the third quarter of 2009. This is the first time there has been an over-the-year average weekly wage decline for three consecutive quarters, and this decline is one of only five declines dating back to 1978, when these quarterly data were first comparable.
Employment and wage losses in the relatively high paid financial activities and manufacturing supersectors contributed significantly to the over-the-year decline in the U.S. average weekly wages for third quarter 2009. Average weekly wages fell 2.3 percent in financial activities and 0.2 percent in manufacturing.
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The largest percentage decline in employment was in Elkhart, Ind. (-14.5 percent). Trumbull, Ohio, had the next largest percentage decline (-11.0 percent), followed by the counties of Clark, Nev. (-10.6 percent), Catawba, N.C. (-10.4 percent), and Macomb, Mich. (-10.3 percent). The largest decline in employment levels occurred in Los Angeles, Calif. (-278,000), followed by the counties of Maricopa, Ariz. (-155,000), Cook, Ill. (-140,100), Orange, Calif. (-126,400), and New York, N.Y. (-125,100).