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Those employed in Fairfax County saw year-over-year wage growth averaging 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to new data, just slightly below the national average.

The average weekly wage of $1,588 among those employed in Fairfax (no matter where they live) remains well above the national average of $1,055, but the rate of growth was a tick below the 3.3-percent pace reported nationally, according to figures reported Feb. 21 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fairfax ranked 141st among the 349 most populous counties in the nation in terms of rate of year-over-year growth.

Among those 349 counties, 336 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages in the third quarter of 2018, according to federal data. Chatham, Ga., had the largest year-over-year jump, at 8.5 percent, due largely to higher manufacturing wages.

Elkhart, Ind., had the largest year-over-year decline in weekly wages, dropping 4.2 percent.

Among other Virginia jurisdictions, average weekly wages for the third quarter stood at $1,691 in Arlington County, up 2.9 percent; $1,465 in Alexandria, up 2.4 percent; $1,200 in Loudoun County, up 2.5 percent; $1,124 in Richmond, up 0.9 percent; $1,018 in Norfolk, up 1.9 percent; $988 in Newport News, down 1.5 percent; $987 in Henrico County, up 3.8 percent; $929 in Prince William County, up 3.8 percent; $881 in Chesterfield County, up 1.7 percent; $825 in Chesapeake, up 1.6 percent; and $790 in Virginia Beach, up 2.9 percent.

Statewide, Virginia posted an average weekly wage of $1,082 in the third quarter, up 2.9 percent; all but one state (Rhode Island) saw an increase in its average wage for the period.

Figures represent data collected from 10.2 million establishments employing about 147 million Americans. For full data, see the Website at

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