Wages show tepid Fairfield County economy in Q2

2017-12-05 | The Hour

Dec. 05--Fairfield County ranked in the bottom seven counties nationally where the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks average wage changes, with Connecticut ahead of only Alaska for the second quarter of 2017.

Workers in Fairfield County earned just over $1,500 a week on average between April and June, among the higher rates in the nation but off 1.9 percent from the second quarter of 2016, as calculated by BLS. In the Northeast, Fairfield County bested only Somerset and Union counties in New Jersey which both saw average wage declines in excess of 3 percent.

BLS does not detail industry-level wage data for smaller counties; among major industries in New York County, the employment sector for trade, transportation and utilities generated the smallest increase at 0.2 percent from the second quarter of 2017, with education and health services workers getting the biggest increase at 7.8 percent.

New Hanover County, N.C. led the nation with an 11.9 percent increase in average pay across all industries during the second quarter, with New Haven County best in Connecticut with a 2.3 percent gain to nearly $1,070 weekly.

Connecticut ranked third among states for average pay, at about $1,215 weekly as of the second quarter, but with growth of a mere 0.4 percent was one of only two states alongside Mississippi to register a gain of less than 1 percent, with Alaska compensation off 0.5 percent on average for the nation's only state-level decline.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman