Monroe County ranked 175th among the largest 329 counties nationwide in terms of employment growth percentage in the first quarter, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.
Some 370,700 people were employed in 18,200 establishments in the first quarter, an employment increase of 1.4 percent.
Saratoga County ranked 40th, the highest on the list in terms of percentage of employment increase among the 18 counties ranked in New York State.
BLS reported an average weekly wage of $892 in Monroe County, up 5.1 percent from the first quarter 2011. Monroe County ranked 205th in terms of weekly wage increase. At No. 38, Suffolk County ranked the highest among counties statewide.
In Erie County, some 23,800 businesses employed 449,400 people in the first quarter, a 1.1 percent increase. Erie County ranked 203rd in employment growth for the quarter. The average weekly wage was $842, up 6 percent from the first quarter 2011. The county ranked 139th in weekly wages.
Nationwide, some 9.2 million businesses employed 130.2 million people in the first quarter, up 1.8 percent. Employment increased in 293 of the 329 counties ranked nationwide, BLS reported. The average weekly wage increased 5.4 percent to $984 in the first quarter.
Data in the report include counties with annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more in 2011.
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