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Percent changes in average hourly earnings by state, May 2014 to May 2015

July 15, 2015

From May 2014 to May 2015, average hourly earnings increased in 45 states and decreased in five states and the District of Columbia. Vermont had the highest percent increase in hourly earnings (5.8 percent). Wyoming had the largest percent decrease (−1.4 percent).

Percent change in private average hourly earnings, May 2014–May 2015

Hourly earnings increased in 45 states, decreased in 5 states and the District of Columbia

3.0% and higher
2.0% to 2.9%
1.0% to 1.9%
0.0% to 0.9%
-0.1% and lower
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Over the year, 13 states had hourly earnings increases of 3.0 percent or more. In addition to Vermont, four other states had hourly earnings increases over 4.0 percent: Washington (4.3 percent), South Dakota (4.2 percent), Kentucky (4.1 percent), and Iowa (4.1 percent).

Along with the District of Columbia (−0.3 percent), Wyoming (−1.4 percent), Tennessee (−0.6 percent), Arkansas (−0.4 percent), Louisiana (−0.2 percent), and New Mexico (−0.1 percent) had decreases in average hourly earnings.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Percent changes in average hourly earnings by state, May 2014 to May 2015 at (visited July 13, 2024).

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