Where U.S. Hourly Wages Are In­creas­ing The Most

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY, FORBES CON­TRIB­U­TOR, AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

If you live in Delaware and you compare your cur­rent pay­check with one from a year ago, you might no­tice that you’ve made a cou­ple of ex­tra bucks. Over the past year, Delaware was the U.S. state that recorded the great­est growth in hourly earn­ings. Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics, peo­ple em­ployed in pri­vate in­dus­try in Delaware saw their av­er­age hourly earn­ings in­crease 11.7% from $23.85 to $26.64 be­tween July 2016 and July 2017.

In­ter­est­ingly, it was the only state that posted an in­crease greater than 10% while no states ex­pe­ri­enced a drop in hourly earn­ings. Three other states passed the 6% mark—Georgia (7.5%), Mis­souri (7.2%), and Ari­zona (6.9%). They were also joined by the Dis­trict of Columbia where av­er­age hourly wages in­creased 6.9%, ris­ing from $38.38 to $41.03. D.C. holds the ti­tle of hav­ing the high­est hourly earn­ings na­tion­wide, a con­sid­er­able dis­tance ahead of Mas­sachusetts’ $31.96.

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