Report: NWA Posts Huge Gains in Employment, Wages

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ARKANSAS — Benton, Washington and Pulaski Counties saw nation-leading increases in employment and average wages, according to a new report.

The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted the study. The study looked at average wages and employment for all of Arkansas’ 75 counties as well as comparison to the nation’s 339 largest counties (counties with more than 75,000 employed people) including Arkansas’ Benton, Washington and Pulaski Counties. The study looked at statistics from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the fourth quarter of 2014.

Benton County

Benton County beat all other large counties across the nation in average weekly wage increase. The county posted a 9.9 percent rise, arriving at an average of $996 per week (128th nationally).

Benton County’s employment increase ranked first in the state and ninth nationally with a 5.5 percent increase.

Washington County

Washington County’s average weekly wages increased by 4.3 percent, sitting at $896 per week (212th nationally).

Employment rose by 3.5 percent (66th nationally).

Pulaski County & Arkansas

Pulaski County sits at a $936 average weekly wage (175th nationally) after a 3.7 percent increase (143rd nationally).

The entire state posted wages below the national average of $1,035 per week. The state’s highest was Benton County at $996, while the lowest was Newton County at $477.

For an interactive map of the statistics, click here. To read the full study, click here.

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