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Map shows average wages by county in Texas

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their County Employment and Wages in Texas report for the third quarter of 2017 on Friday.

The report shows national rankings for the 346 largest counties in the U.S., including 25 large counties in Texas. It also provides September 2017 employment and wage levels for the 229 smaller Texas counties.

Assistant Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted the following:

Employment rose in 20 of the 25 largest counties in Texas from September 2016 to September 2017, and growth rates for two Texas counties ranked among the top 10 nationwide. The 10.4-percent employment gain in Midland County ranked first in the nation among the 346 largest counties and the 4.0-percent increase in Montgomery County ranked eighth. Nationally, employment rose at a 1.0-percent pace.

Nationwide, average weekly wages declined 0.6 percent over the year. Among Texas’s 25 large counties, 5 recorded wage gains from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017. Midland County’s 8.4-percent wage increase was the highest in the nation and Brazos (1.3 percent), Travis (0.9 percent), and Smith (0.6 percent) ranked among the top 50. In contrast, twenty large Texas counties had over-the-year wage decreases. Cameron County had the largest decrease, down 3.0 percent, followed by Tarrant (-2.9 percent) and Lubbock (-2.7 percent).

Average weekly wages in 5 of the 25 large Texas counties were more than 15 percent above the national average of $1,021 in the third quarter of 2017. Midland County led at $1,283 per week and ranked 21st among the 346 large counties nationwide. Midland was followed by Harris ($1,247, 25th), Dallas ($1,213, 34th), Collin ($1,190, 39th), and Travis ($1,188, 40th).

Texas also had a number of low-paying large counties. Three of the four lowest-paying large counties in the United States were located along the Texas-Mexico border: Cameron ($612, 346th), Hidalgo ($649, 344th), and Webb ($672, 343rd). Other Texas counties with low national rankings included El Paso ($717, 337th), Brazos ($775, 325th), and Lubbock ($790, 313th).

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