Grocery store wage losses for the 10 largest metropolitan areas

Metropolitan area Annual wage loss Affected grocery store workers
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA $51,398,000 107,965
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI $31,802,000 77,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $27,027,000 59,947
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX $24,090,000 62,967
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA $23,370,000 41,978
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $21,800,000 53,001
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA $16,781,000 33,069
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA $15,411,000 33,975
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ $13,926,000 33,069
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA $12,437,000 27,029

Notes: Metropolitan areas, grocery store workers, and annual wage bill from 2022 Q1–2022 Q3 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and Kroger and Albertsons store locations, where grocery store workers are defined as NAICS 4451. Wage losses in this table assume a 1.3% annual wage loss, the average calculated in the text for all metropolitan areas with concentration changes.

Source: Author's analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data series.

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