Third quarter saw wages, employment up in Pierce County, wages down in Thurston

Staff writerMarch 19, 2014 

If you live in Pierce County and you earned $842 per week in the third quarter last year, then you’re spot-on average.

If you lived in Thurston County and earned $829, likewise.

So said the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday.

The Pierce County figure, the bureau said, represents a 0.5 percent increase from the same quarter of 2012. 

Thurston County workers, however, saw a decrease of 2.2 percent in the amount earned.

Among other data released Wednesday:

• Workers in Whatcom County enjoyed an average $52 increase in wages – or a 6.9 percent increase -  putting the county within the Top 10 as measured by wage increases.

• King County recorded the tenth-highest average weekly wage in the country’s largest 335 counties, at $1,376. Santa Clara in California recorded the highest, at $1,868.

• King County recorded the nation’s fifth-highest increase in employment with 42,800 new workers in the third quarter compared to the same quarter in 2012. Among the nation’s 10 largest counties, King County placed first.

• Nationwide, employment rose 1.7 percent in the country’s 335 largest counties. The average wage in those counties was $922, an increase of 1.9 percent over the period. 


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