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Posted on Wed, Apr. 9, 2008

Most local counties saw wages go up

By Jane M. Von Bergen


Wages rose for workers in most area counties during the third quarter of 2007, the U.S. Labor Department reported today in a survey of wages in the nation's 329 largest counties.

Wage growth was highest in Gloucester and Philadelphia Counties, rising 5.1 percent over the third quarter in 2006. Wages in Chester County remained flat. However, the average weekly wage in Chester County remained the highest in the region - $1,015.

Gloucester County had the lowest average weekly wage - $746, with Bucks County coming in second lowest at $787. After ChesterMontgomery County had the highest average weekly wage of $995, with Philadelphia following closely at $976.

Average weekly wages in the other counties were Camden, $833; Burlington, $871, and Delaware, $844.

Regionally, Lehigh County was ranked 15 among the nation's largest counties in terms of wage growth. Wages rose 7 percent to $837 a week.


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