Texas pay and jobs increase faster than nation’s

April 11, 2012

From: Dallas Morning News

Employment and wages rose faster in Texas than in the nation during the 12 months that ended in September, according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wages in Texas rose 6.2 percent in the 12-month period, compared with 5.3 percent nationally, says the bureau’s Quarterly County Wages and Employment Report.

Employment rose 2.7 percent in Texas, compared with 1.6 percent for the country, according to the report. Dallas County recorded 2.7 percent job growth in the 12-month period, while Collin County had 3.6 percent growth and Tarrant County grew 3.1 percent.

The report looks at the total number of jobs filled in each county and state and at the average wages by county and state.

Harris County, home to Houston and the oil industry, boasts the highest average wage in Texas, at $1,156 a week. Dallas County was second, with $1,102. Collin County was third ($1,038), and Travis County fourth ($1,010).

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