Greene County's wages grew by 8.3% in the fourth quarter, making it one of the fastest-growing counties nationwide.
The average weekly wage in Greene County was up 8.3% to $1,070 during the final quarter of 2021, according to a news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics issued this morning. By percent change, Greene ranked No. 30 out of the 343 largest U.S. counties compared with a year earlier.
Here are Missouri's largest counties, in order of fourth-quarter percent increase and wage growth rank nationally:
• Greene County, $1,070, up 8.3%, No. 30;
• Clay County, $1,187, up 8.2%, No. 33;
• St. Louis City (which operates as its own county): $1,408, up 3.7%, No. 235;
• St. Louis County, $1,438, up 3.5%, No. 241;
• Jackson County, $1,375, up 3.1%, No. 256;
• St. Charles County, $1,060, up 2.7%, No. 275; and
• Boone County, $1,078, up 0.4%, No. 332.
Of the 343 largest U.S. counties, 334 had increases in average weekly wages in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, according to the release. Average weekly wages for the nation were up 5.9% to $1,418 in the quarter.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May the all-items inflation index surged 8.6% over the past year, the highest increase since 1981.