Bureau of Labor Statistics: Chester County Pays Philly’s Second-Highest Wage

Only one suburban Philadelphia county pays its workers a higher average weekly wage than Chester County’s $1,408, and that gap is closing. Image via Wikipedia.

While job counts are inching up in the Philadelphia area, paychecks are putting on some heft.

Chester County’s workforce grew 1.1 percent over the past year, and those 246,400 workers saw their average weekly wage rise to $1,408, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ first quarter numbers.

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Within the metro area, Chester County trails only Montgomery County’s $1,449 average paycheck, but local workers are gaining ground. That wage grew 6.2 percent over the last year in Chester County and just 5.7 percent in Montgomery. The metro’s fastest-growing average wage is paid in Delaware County, up 7.9 percent to $1,220.

All of Philly and its suburban Pennsylvania counties earn more than the national average weekly wage, $1,111, except Bucks County. National growth in employment was 1.6 percent, with wages up 6.6 percent on average. The Chester County workforce is driven by 15,500 employers.

See more employment figures, which are based on federal employee and unemployment insurance stats, on the BLS website here.

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