Peoria County tops list of nation’s largest increases in average weekly wages

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Peoria County had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages from March 2017 to March 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bureau released a report Wednesday noting the country’s average weekly wage increased 3.7 percent over the year, growing to $1,152 in the first quarter of 2018. Peoria had the largest increase, with a gain of 23.8 percent. 

Within Peoria County, an average weekly wage gain of $1,802 (60.6 percent) in manufacturing made the largest contribution to the county’s increase in average weekly wages. 

From March 2017 to March 2018, employment increased in 314 of the 349 largest U.S. counties.

Peoria County residents saw a $277 increase in average weekly wages overall. 

To read the full report, click here.

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