For Release: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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County Employment and Wages in Delaware — Fourth Quarter 2019
Delaware Large Counties’ Employment and Wages Increase Over the Year
Employment rose in the two large counties in Delaware—Sussex (1.9 percent) and New Castle (0.9 percent)—
from December 2018 to December 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties
are those with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2018.) Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s
regional commissioner, noted that the employment increase in Sussex County was more than the national
increase of 1.2 percent and ranked 81st among the 355 U.S. large counties for employment change.
Employment increased in 285 of the 355 largest U.S. counties from December 2018 to December 2019.
Cleveland, Oklahoma, had the largest percentage increase, with a gain of 5.8 percent over the year.
Employment declined in 61 large counties during this period. Ector, TX, had the largest over-the-year
percentage decrease in employment (-4.2 percent).
Among the two largest counties in Delaware, employment was higher in New Castle County (298,500) in
December 2019. Sussex County had had an employment level of 81,500. Together, the two largest Delaware
counties accounted for 84.0 percent of total employment within the state. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties
made up 73.7 percent of total U.S. employment, which stood at 149.9 million in December 2019.
The average weekly wage in Sussex County rose 4.8 percent over the year, ranking 53rd. The average weekly
wage in New Castle County increased 2.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of
2019, ranking 279th among the largest U.S. counties for wage change. Nationally, the average weekly wage
increased 3.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018 to th