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Year-to-Year Wages Drop in Most NoVa Jurisdictions

According to the Northern Virginia Sun today, "Major jurisdictions across Northern Virginia saw the average weekly wage of those working in their confines decline in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to a year before, part of a national trend downward that historically is rare but, federal officials say, not unprecedented."

Arlington's weekly newspaper explains:

"Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties all saw their average weekly wage dip from a year before, though none saw a drop as large as the national decline of 1.5 percent.

"Nationally, the average weekly wage in the fourth quarter stood at $1,067, falling $16 from a year before, according to figures reported June 7 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"A year-over-year drop has occurred in only eight quarters since the survey began in 1978, federal officials said. The survey looks at employment in the nation’s 345 largest counties, which account for a significant majority of overall civilian employment."

The Arlington Sun Gazette added weekly wage information for some Northern Virginia and national counties:

"According to fourth-quarter figures, average weekly wages stood at $1,677 in Arlington, down 1.4 percent; $1,610 in Fairfax County, down 0.6 percent; $1,497 in Alexandria, down 0.8 percent; and $931 in Prince William County, down 0.5 percent.

"Nationally, Arlington ranked seventh and Fairfax County ninth in highest average weekly wage. Leading the list were Santa Clara County, Calif., at $2,365 and New York County (Manhattan), N.Y., at $2,212. Two other counties – San Mateo and San Francisco, each in California – had average weekly wages above $2,000."

Certainly not comforting information after the recent Arlington County Board action to increase the real estate tax increase during adoption of the FY 2018 budget. Something Arlington County taxpayers should remember when they go to the polls in November 2017? As a reminder, see our April 23, 2017 Growls!

The entire set of Bureau of Labor Statistics release for country employment and wages is available here, and includes a summary, technical note, and several tables.

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