The data find no Arkansas county reached the national weekly average wage of $1,185, with Searcy County occupying the bottom slot at just $546. Things aren’t much better in Newton County, where the average weekly wage is $571.
The average weekly wage in Izard County is at $642, Fulton County is $639 and Stone County is $627. All the counties are in the bottom 10 of the state’s 75 counties.
Baxter and Marion counties are on the next rung of the ladder, members of a group of 39 counties where average wages range from $650 to $749. Boone County, at $783, is in the second tier of counties in the state.
The report finds that three counties (Pulaski, Washington and Benton) make up 39.8% of Arkansas employment level. They are defined as large counties, which are those with employment levels of 75,000 or more. Benton County’s 3% rate of job growth ranked 20th in the country, while Washington County was 86th in the nation at 1.8%. Pulaski County dropped .5% over the year to rank 314th.
Benton County has 4% wage growth, while both Pulaski and Washington counties had 3% growth.
The report summarizes Arkansas as: “Higher-paying counties were generally located around the metropolitan areas of Blytheville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Texarkana and along the southern border of the state. The lowest-paying counties were primarily concentrated along or near the northern border of the state.”
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