Employment has shown an increase in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that, from June 2016 to June 2017, employment rose in Oklahoma’s three largest counties.

Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted employment increased at a 1.1-percent pace in Tulsa County and edged up 0.4 and 0.2 percent, respectively, in the counties of Oklahoma and Cleveland.

Among the three counties, Oklahoma County saw the highest employment in the state with 450,000.

The counties of Tulsa and Cleveland had employment levels of 353,000 and 79,700. All three had accounted for 55.7 percent of total employment within the state.

Nationally, employment advanced 1.7 percent during the 12-month period as 318 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases.

All three large Oklahoma counties experienced wage gains from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017. Oklahoma and Tulsa counties had the fastest rates of increase in average weekly wages, each up 2.5 percent.

Throughout the rest of the state, Woodward posted the highest weekly wage, $906, followed by Grant and Washington, each at $896. And, Johnston County reported the lowest average wage in the state at $521 per week.

Nationwide, average weekly wages were higher than the U.S. average in 97 of the 346 largest counties. Santa Clara, Calif. held the top position overall, followed by San Mateo and San Francisco.

This information comes from the Bureau’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), and you can find historical data on weekly wages for all counties in the U.S. here.

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