Where U.S. Hourly Wages Are Increasing The Most
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.