Avg. weekly wage in R.I. up 3.4% in Q2

THE AVERAGE weekly wage in Rhode Island increased 3.4% year over year to $1,034 in the second quarter. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
THE AVERAGE weekly wage in Rhode Island increased 3.4% year over year to $1,034 in the second quarter. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

PROVIDENCE – The average weekly wage in Rhode Island increased 3.4% year over year to $1,034 in the second quarter, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released on Wednesday.

The average weekly wage in the United States increased 3.8% in the quarter to $1,095.

Other New England average weekly wages in the second quarter:

  • Massachusetts: $1,377, a 4.3% increase year over year
  • Connecticut: $1,266, a 3.9% increase year over year
  • New Hampshire: $1,090, a 4% increase year over year
  • Vermont: $929, a 2.7% increase year over year
  • Maine: $874, a 3.7% increase year over year

The report also included data on the largest 365 counties in the United States, including Providence County, Kent County and Bristol County, Mass.

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The average weekly wage in Providence County was $1,065 in the second quarter, a 3.1% increase year over year. The percent increase in weekly wages in Providence County ranked No. 210 among all measured counties for the quarter.

In Kent County, the only other Rhode Island county in the report, the average weekly wage increased 2.4% to $934, ranking No. 272.

In Bristol County, Mass., the average weekly wage increased 4.2% to $1,015. The percent-increase ranked No. 95 in the country.

  • Providence County had 290,000 covered establishments at the end of the quarter, a 0.3% increase year over year.
  • Kent County’s covered establishments increased 0.5% year over year to 77,900.
  • In Bristol County, Mass., the number of covered establishments declined 0.1% over the year to 18,100.
  • Overall in the U.S., covered establishments increased 1.1% year over year in the second quarter to 149.1 million.
  • The number of covered establishments in Rhode Island was 38,800 at the end of the quarter.

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