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County Employment and Wages in the District of Columbia – Second Quarter 2015
Local Employment Growth Slower than that for the Nation
The average weekly wage in Washington, D.C., increased 1.8 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the
second quarter of 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, the average weekly
wage rose 3.0 percent over the year, as 323 of the largest 342 counties had 12-month increases. (Large
counties are defined as those with employment of 75,000 or more as measured by 2014 annual average
employment.) Over-the-year weekly wage growth in Washington, D.C., placed 240th among the nation’s 342
large counties. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the average weekly wage in
Washington, D.C., ranked fifth-highest in the nation in the second quarter of 2015, at $1,599. Nationally,
weekly wages averaged $968.
Washington, D.C., reported a 1.8-percent increase in employment from June 2014 to June 2015. Nationally,
employment rose 2.0 percent during this 12-month period as 319 of the largest 342 U.S. counties gained jobs.
Washington, D.C.,’s percent growth in employment ranked 172nd among the nation’s largest counties.
Employment in Washington, D.C., totaled 745,100 in June 2015.
Large county wage changes
Among the 342 largest U.S. counties, Ventura, Calif., had the largest over-the-year increase in average weekly
wages (15.2 percent), followed by the counties of Santa Clara, Calif. (11.3 percent) and Forsyth, N.C. (10.9
Only 16 large counties nationwide experienced over-the-year declines in average weekly wages, led by
Olmstead, Minn., with a loss of 5.2 percent. Ector, Texas had the second-largest decline at 5.1 percent,
followed by Midland, Texas (-3.2 percent); Hill