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Westmoreland 32nd out 347 counties for wage growth

| Thursday, March 8, 2018, 1:45 p.m.
Construction workers prepare a concrete pad for support of a steel casing that will house steam generation pumps at the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station on Wednesday, Feb.22,  2017. The natural-gas fired power plant, expected to open by December 2018, has been cited as a factor in Westmoreland County's strong wage growth in 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Construction workers prepare a concrete pad for support of a steel casing that will house steam generation pumps at the Tenaska Westmoreland Generating Station on Wednesday, Feb.22, 2017. The natural-gas fired power plant, expected to open by December 2018, has been cited as a factor in Westmoreland County's strong wage growth in 2017.

Westmoreland County's average weekly wage increased by 1.1 percent to $839 between the third quarter of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That compared favorably with a national decline in average weekly wages of -0.6 percent and put the county in a three-way tie for 32nd in wage growth among the 347 largest counties in the country.

Westmoreland County's employment saw a slight increase of 0.5 percent to 134,700 jobs, which placed it in a 10-way tie for 233rd in job growth. National job growth was 1 percent.

Allegheny County's employment grew 1.1 percent to 699,000 jobs, which put it in a 12-way tie for 145th for job growth. The county's average weekly wage fell -1.6 percent to $1,076, which tied it with 13 other counties for 217th.

Midland, Texas, topped both lists with a job growth of 10.4 percent and a wage growth of 8.4 percent. Collier, Fla., was at the bottom of the job growth list with a -5.2 percent loss of jobs. Mercer, N.J., saw the largest average weekly wage drop at -8.8 percent.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, bbowling@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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