Three Missouri counties among tops nationally for Q4 wage growth

Average weekly wages in Clay County grew 8.7% during the final three months of 2019, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics Data released Wednesday. That gave the Kansas City-area county one of the highest growth rates for fourth-quarter wages among the 356 largest counties in the country.

It was one off three Missouri counties that ranked in the top 15 for fourth-quarter wage growth.

Clay County ranked fourth nationally for growth, as its average weekly wage rose to $1,041. Boone County, which saw wages increase 8.5%, to $969 per week, ranked fifth. Greene County was 12th on the list, with wage growth of 7%, bumping average weekly earnings to $916.

Nationally, wages grew 3.5% for the quarter, to an average of $1,185 per week.

The city of St. Louis was the only one of seven Missouri localities included in the data set to see average wages shrink for the quarter. Weekly wages in the city decreased 0.3% to $1,225 per week, which remained the highest weekly average in the state.

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