Arizona wages up 3 percent but bigger raises for workers seen in California, Washington

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Arizona wages grew by 3 percent during the first quarter, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That gain is better than 2.8 percent gain in first quarter wages nationally compared to a year ago.

Arizona wage gains trail California which saw a 3.8 percent gain in wages. Washington state had a 4.9 percent wage gain.

The average weekly wage in Arizona is $1,056, according to BLS. That compares to $1,401 in California, $1,386 in Washington and $1,184 nationally.

Among other states New York saw a 2.6 percent gain in wages during the first quarter compared to Q1 2018. Texas posted a 3.1 percent gain in wages for workers. Oregon and Alaska had 3.3 percent higher wages.

Among the largest counties in the country, Maricopa County saw wages grow by 3.1 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago.

That compares to a 10.2 percent gain in wage in high-priced San Francisco, a 5.4 percent gain in King County, Washington (Seattle), 3.4 percent in in Cook County (Chicago), 3.5 percent in Los Angeles and 2.1 percent in Manhattan, according to BLS.

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