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Average weekly wages for US rise 3% in fourth quarter

May 22, 2019

The average weekly wage for the nation rose 3.2% year over year in the fourth quarter to $1,144, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

Tippecanoe County in Indiana posted the largest year-over-year increase in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter, an increase of 15.1%. The “professional and business services” industry made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages.

Washington County in Pennsylvania posted the largest year-over-year decrease in average weekly wages at 6.6%.

Overall, average weekly wages increased year over year in 332 of the 349 largest counties in the US during the fourth quarter.

Among the largest counties, Santa Clara County in California posted the highest average weekly wages at $2,670, representing a year-over-year increase of 4.7%. It was followed by San Francisco at $2,452, which posted a year-over-year increase of 10.4%.


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