Queens job market continues to grow and workers have second-highest average wages in city: report

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The United States Department of Labor released a report outlining New York City’s growth in over-the-year weekly wages, average weekly wages and employment rates across the country.

While many counties throughout the nation saw increases in each category, Queens was no exception and had some gains of its own.

All five boroughs saw increases in the over-the-year weekly wages between March 2016 and March 2017. While Manhattan saw the highest increase 6.3 percent, none of the New York City boroughs exceeded the national average.

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The national average in weekly wages measured out to be $1,111. Queens had a weekly wage of $1,010, and while it is just under the national average, it was the second highest average weekly wage among the five boroughs. The highest average weekly wage came from Manhattan at $2,954, over two and half times the national average. Brooklyn saw the lowest average weekly wage with $864.

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From March 2016 to March 2017, Queens saw an 2.7 percent gain in jobs, ranking it 73rd among the nation’s 346 largest counties and higher than the national average, which has a 1.6 percent gain in jobs. Brooklyn ranked 34th with a 3.2 percent gain, while Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx were below the national average with 1.4 percent, 1.3 percent and 0.2 percent respectively in job gains.


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