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District of Columbia had highest increase in average hourly earnings over year ended December 2018

January 23, 2019

Average hourly earnings increased 7.7 percent in the District of Columbia from December 2017 to December 2018. Earnings rose 7.5 percent in Nevada, the highest percentage increase among the 50 states. No state had a decrease in average hourly earnings over this period.

Over-the-year percent change in average hourly earnings for all employees in private industry, by state, not seasonally adjusted, December 2017 to December 2018
State Percent change Dec. 2017 Dec. 2018(p)

District of Columbia

7.7% $41.75 $44.96

Nevada

7.5 22.71 24.41

Connecticut

7.4 31.18 33.48

Wyoming

6.9 24.53 26.22

Washington

6.4 31.91 33.94

Hawaii

6.3 26.96 28.67

West Virginia

5.7 22.22 23.48

Illinois

5.6 27.09 28.62

Oklahoma

5.6 23.02 24.31

North Carolina

5.6 24.28 25.64

California

5.5 30.22 31.89

South Carolina

5.5 23.21 24.49

Tennessee

5.4 22.92 24.16

Colorado

5.3 28.13 29.63

South Dakota

4.9 22.20 23.29

Minnesota

4.9 28.67 30.07

New York

4.8 30.47 31.94

Kansas

4.7 23.50 24.60

Virginia

4.6 27.75 29.02

Ohio

4.5 24.35 25.44

New Mexico

4.3 21.57 22.49

Michigan

4.0 25.27 26.29

Florida

4.0 24.29 25.27

Vermont

3.9 24.82 25.80

Alabama

3.9 23.05 23.96

Nebraska

3.9 24.63 25.60

Utah

3.9 25.46 26.45

Kentucky

3.7 21.80 22.60

Georgia

3.6 26.33 27.29

Pennsylvania

3.6 25.44 26.36

North Dakota

3.6 26.25 27.19

Maine

3.6 23.66 24.50

Missouri

3.5 24.26 25.12

Texas

3.5 25.66 26.56

Massachusetts

3.5 32.60 33.73

Oregon

3.4 26.06 26.95

Arkansas

3.1 20.95 21.60

New Jersey

3.0 29.16 30.04

Mississippi

2.9 20.33 20.91

Iowa

2.8 24.00 24.67

Louisiana

2.8 23.07 23.71

Montana

2.6 23.63 24.24

Idaho

2.2 22.61 23.11

Wisconsin

2.2 25.57 26.13

Delaware

2.0 26.59 27.13

Arizona

1.8 25.56 26.02

Maryland

1.5 29.23 29.68

New Hampshire

1.4 26.67 27.05

Indiana

1.2 24.83 25.14

Rhode Island

1.1 27.65 27.95

Alaska

0.1 29.44 29.48

Other states with over-the-year percentage increases in average hourly earnings equal to or greater than 6.0 percent in December 2018 were Connecticut (7.4 percent), Wyoming (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), and Hawaii (6.3 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. For more data and analysis about state labor markets, see "State Employment and Unemployment — December 2018." Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. For more charts and tables related to state employment and unemployment, see the state chart package.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, District of Columbia had highest increase in average hourly earnings over year ended December 2018 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/district-of-columbia-had-highest-increase-in-average-hourly-earnings-over-year-ended-december-2018.htm (visited December 13, 2019).

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