Counties with highest wage growth, first quarter 2008

October 20, 2008

Among the largest counties, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, which is near Pittsburgh, led the nation in growth in average weekly wages from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008, with an increase of 14.9 percent.

Percent growth in average weekly wage, selected counties, first quarter 2007-first quarter 2008
[Chart data—TXT]

Williamson, Texas, was second with growth of 10.8 percent, followed by the counties of Somerset, New Jersey (9.0 percent), San Luis Obispo, California (8.3 percent), and Jefferson, Texas (7.9 percent).

The U.S. average weekly wage rose by 2.4 percent over the same time span.

The BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program produced these data, which are preliminary and subject to revision. Data presented here are for all workers covered by State and Federal unemployment insurance programs. The largest counties are those with employment levels of 75,000 or more. Find out more in "County Employment and Wages: First Quarter 2008", (PDF) (HTML) news release 08-1459.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Counties with highest wage growth, first quarter 2008 on the Internet at (visited September 25, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.