Arizona Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 164,524 employers, up 4.2% from 157,872
  • 2,885,568 employees, up 2.7% from 2,808,508
  • $1,056 average weekly wage, up 3.0% from $1,025
  • The average weekly wage is 10.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 2.3% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 6,652, which is an increase of 4.2%. The number of employees in Arizona increased by 77,059, an increase of 2.7%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $31, an increase of 3.0%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 6,617 or 4.3%. Growth in private businesses in Arizona grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 70,805 or 2.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Arizona was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $34 or 3.3%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Arizona grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 16.0% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 14.8%. Healthcare (10.0%), which increased by 9.8% and Retail trade (9.9%), which increased by 6.1%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information74526.5%
Company management22324.7%
Professional services3,38314.8%
Real estate and rental1,19414.5%
Transport and warehousing47014.4%
Arts and entertainment26713.6%
Educational services31313.0%
Wholesale trade1,30011.2%
Finance and insurance96711.1%
Construction1,30810.6%
Waste services1,04910.5%
Healthcare1,4579.8%
Mining and oil extraction198.5%
Utilities217.7%
Accommodation and food services7676.8%
Other services6646.1%
Retail trade9406.1%
Manufacturing2835.8%
Agriculture and forestry393.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 3.8% in the last year. Retail trade (11.2%), increased by 0.2% and Accommodation and food services (9.9%), increased by 1.0%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Company management3,16411.0%
Construction13,1628.7%
Transport and warehousing6,3066.7%
Mining and oil extraction8046.5%
Manufacturing7,6204.5%
Arts and entertainment1,9004.5%
Professional services6,4914.3%
Real estate and rental2,0803.9%
Healthcare14,2693.8%
Other services2,3853.2%
Finance and insurance4,8793.1%
Waste services7,3263.0%
Information1,1542.4%
Wholesale trade2,1812.3%
Educational services9341.4%
Accommodation and food services2,8521.0%
Retail trade6960.2%
Utilities180.1%
Agriculture and forestry-2,143-6.6%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,579per week compared with the state average of $1,061. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $80 or 3.0%. Company management ($2,354), rose by $294 or 14.3% and Mining and oil extraction ($1,872) declined by $49 or 2.6% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Company management$29414.3%
Transport and warehousing$505.1%
Agriculture and forestry$315.0%
Waste services$314.0%
Construction$413.9%
Accommodation and food services$153.5%
Arts and entertainment$223.2%
Other services$233.2%
Professional services$432.9%
Manufacturing$452.8%
Finance and insurance$452.6%
Educational services$202.5%
Wholesale trade$311.9%
Healthcare$181.8%
Real estate and rental$161.5%
Retail trade$91.4%
Information$-5-0.3%
Mining and oil extraction$-49-2.6%
Utilities$-80-3.0%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Arizona. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.7% of the businesses in the state (with 9,410 employing 218,494 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 574 more businesses, an increase of 6.5% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.6% of businesses) added 1,081 businesses, an increase of 22.4% and Management consulting services (3.2% of businesses) added 749 businesses, an increase of 16.5% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Other hospitals39125.8%
Telephone apparatus manufacturing3100.0%
Music publishers5100.0%
Industrial gas manufacturing981.8%
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing375.0%
Fish and seafood markets266.7%
Other rubber product manufacturing666.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services1,08122.4%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers80921.3%
Management consulting services74916.5%
Restaurants and other eating places5746.5%
Software publishers37365.1%
Residential building construction33814.1%
Offices of physicians3106.8%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.6% of employees) added 1,081 employees, an increase of 22.4% and Management consulting services (3.2% ofemployees) added 749 employees, an increase of 16.5% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing43198.1%
Poultry product merchant wholesalers137194.7%
Emergency and other relief services392142.9%
Educational support services3,750134.9%
Siding contractors10674.1%
Adhesive manufacturing5468.6%
Materials recovery facilities9661.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Commercial banking4,10511.3%
Restaurants and other eating places3,7811.8%
Educational support services3,750134.9%
Management of companies and enterprises3,16411.0%
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing3,10311.5%
Computer systems design and related services2,9608.4%
Plumbing and hvac contractors2,78411.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($4) and Management consulting services ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($4 per week) were paid $1,081 more per week, an increase of 22.4% and Management consulting services ($3 per week) were paid $749 more per week, an increase of 16.5% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Record production and distribution$40658.9%
All other general purpose machinery mfg.$1,05346.9%
Other heavy construction$50243.2%
Audio and video equipment manufacturing$31139.1%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$29238.8%
Credit card issuing$71738.1%
General warehousing and storage$24433.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
All other general purpose machinery mfg.$1,05346.9%
Credit card issuing$71738.1%
Other heavy construction$50243.2%
All other financial investment activities$44018.2%
Record production and distribution$40658.9%
Metal can box and other container mfg.$36126.1%
Satellite telecommunications$36120.0%


Company Size

Arizona Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Arizona by far. 62.2% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 153,301 small businesses in the state represent 94.7% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Arizona added 6,617 businesses in the last year, an increase of 4.3% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 6,377 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 206 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 34 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 7.0% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Arizona Employees by Business Size

Arizona added 212,414 employees in the last year, an increase of 9.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 81,270 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 112.8% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 85,909 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 9.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 45,235 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 8.2% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Arizona Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Arizona (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.4% more than the national average ($1,174 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Arizona (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 29.0% workers below the national average ($1,483 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $78 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.1% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $133 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $65 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.