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Marin County, California Enjoys Strongest Wage Growth in the U.S.

Among U.S. counties, Marin, California, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages…

  • December 13, 2018

Among U.S. counties, Marin, California, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages (11.7 percent), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Within Marin, an average weekly wage gain of $439 (26.5 percent) over the year in professional and business services made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

New Hanover, North Carolina, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 6.4 percent.

Within New Hanover, professional and business services had the largest impact on the county’s change, with an average weekly wage decrease of $511 (-33.2 percent) over the year.

All of the 10 largest counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment and average weekly wages.

In June 2018, Maricopa, AZ, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (2.8 percent). Within Maricopa, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest over-the-year employment increase with a gain of 10,775 jobs (2.9 percent).

In second quarter 2018, King, WA, experienced the largest over-the-year average weekly wage percentage gain among the 10 largest counties (9.3 percent).

Within King, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest impact on the county’s change, with an average weekly wage increase of $270 (16.7 percent) over the year.

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