If only you were one of the 90 miners in Alaska who made $6,315 a week. Or one of the eight information technology workers in Madison County, N.C., who made $4,870 a week.
As it was, the average wage earner in Thurston County made $813 a week in September.
So say the data in the latest County Employment and Wages report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Tuesday.
The figures count federal employees and those who are covered by unemployment insurance, and nationwide represent just over 70 percent of all workers.
Among the 326 largest U.S. counties, according to the report, King County saw the ninth-highest number or workers, with 1.12 million people employed.
Benton County, home to the Hanford Reservation, marked the nation’s sixth-greatest increase in employment – up 2.6 percent compared to the national average of 0.2 percent.
Also among the data from the third quarter of 2010:
■ The average weekly wage nationwide was $870.
■ In Thurston County, wages were up 0.6 percent.
■ The average weekly wage in Washington, $953, was up 4 percent.
■ Overall employment increased in 162 in the 326 largest counties nationwide.
■ Elkhart, Ind., saw the highest percentage increase in employment, up 6.8 percent.
■ The largest number of workers, 3.84 million, were employed in Los Angeles County.
■ Workers in Santa Clara County, Calif., earned the highest average wage at $1,662.
■ Only one county – Sacramento County, Calif. – experienced a decline in the average weekly wage, down 2.2 percent.
■ And if you were an average worker in Mississippi, you’d be making $653, which isn’t that bad compared with workers in Yakima County. Over there, the average weekly wage in the third quarter was $599.
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