Benton, AR, had largest county 2nd quarter 2019 over-the-year wage gain at 16.3%

November 22, 2019

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that from June 2018 to June 2019, employment increased in 279 of the 355 largest U.S. counties. National employment rose 149.1 million in June 2019, a 1.1% increase over the year. Adams, CO, had the largest percentage increase in employment with a gain of 5.3% over the year. Among the 355 largest counties, 347 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. Average weekly wages for the nation inched up to $1,095 a 3.8% increase over the year in the second quarter. Benton, AR, had the largest second quarter over-the-year wage gain at 16.3%.

Large County Employment in June 2019

Adams, CO, experienced the largest employment increase of 5.3%. Within Adams, the largest increase in employment occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities, which gained 3,592 jobs over the year (6.4%). However, Bay, Florida had the largest percentage decline in employment of 6.4% with the largest decreases in leisure and hospitality of 15.5% (2,572 jobs).

Large County Average Weekly Wage in Second Quarter 2019

Benton, AR, had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wage in the U.S., an increase of 16.3%. Benton saw an average weekly wage gain of $557 (35.0%) experienced in professional and business services which made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages. While McLean, IL had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in  average weekly wages of 5.8%. Within  McLean, financial activities made the largest impact, with an average weekly wage fall of 17.8% ($321) over the year.

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