If you’re looking for work, then you might try Fort Bend County, Texas, where employment rose 7 percent from March 2012 to March 2013 – the largest increase in the country.
If you’re looking for a good salary, then try San Mateo County, Calif., where average wages rose 14.8 percent in the same period – also tops nationwide. New York County, New York, showed the nation’s highest average weekly wage during the first quarter, at $2,448.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released employment and wages data in the nation’s 335 largest counties.
Nationwide, the average wage during the first quarter was $989 per week, up 0.6 percent from the first quarter last year. Employment rose 1.6 percent.
Among other data:
• In Washington, employment rose 2.3 percent year-over-year while the average weekly wage, $1,028, rose 1.8 percent.
• In Thurston County, the average weekly wage of $846 was up 2.3 percent while employment rose 1.8 percent.
• In Pierce County, the average weekly wage of $864 was up 2.7 percent. Employment rose by 1.4 percent.
• King County led the state in average weekly wages at $1,288, with Snohomish County second among the state’s largest counties at $1,085.
• Yakima County recorded the state’s most meager average weekly wages, listed at $641.