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January 25, 2017

Worcester County wages grew 3% in 2016

Contributed/E.L. Harvey & Sons Workers in Worcester County make an average of $992 per week.

The average weekly wage in Worcester County grew 3.4 percent to $992 between 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In a report released Wednesday, BLS said wage growth in Worcester County ranked 73 out of 344 large counties nationwide and fifth out of the nine Massachusetts counties. The report looked at wages in the second quarter 2016 vs. the second quarter 2015.

Worcester County employment also rose 1.1 percent from June 2015 to June 2016, putting the region 204th out of the 344 counties nationally, although tied for third among Massachusetts counties.

Total employment in Worcester County is 343,900, according to BLS, making the region the fourth largest employment area in Massachusetts, after Middlesex (893,100), Suffolk (658,600) and Norfolk (355,300) counties.

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