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Wages, employment both up in Pierce, Thurston in Q1

Oh, to live in Los Angeles (to have a job), and to work in New York (for the pay).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics this week released data concerning employment and wages in the U.S. during the first quarter.

Crunching data from the country’s 339 largest counties, the agency found that the most people — 134.5 million — were employed in Los Angeles County, the same county where the increase in employment outran any other county, swelling by 79,400 workers.

Employees from New York County earned the most nationwide, at an average of $2,794 per week, a figure that included a jump of $294 per week over the year, thus placing the county first in increases.

Nationwide, the weekly wage increased $38, bringing the average to $1,027.

Statewide, the average weekly wage of $1,068 was up 3.8 percent.

Among data from 23,500 business in Pierce County during the first quarter this year:

•  273,000 people were employed.



•  Employment was up 3 percent from the same quarter in 2013.



•  The county ranked 64th among 339 counties nationwide for employment growth.



•  The average weekly wage was $867.



•  That wage was up 0.3 percent over one year.



•  The county ranked 314th for the amount of the wage increase.



Among data from 8,100 businesses in Thurston County during the first quarter:

•  101,900 people were employed.



•  Employment was up 3.2 percent from the same quarter in 2013.



•  The county ranked 55th among 339 counties nationwide for employment growth.



•  The average weekly wage was $861.



•  That wage was up 1.8 percent over the year.



•  The county ranked 230th for the amount of the wage increase.



The average weekly wage in King County came in at $1,353, up 4.7 percent over the year.

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