Employment rises, wages fall in Bell CountyEmployment rises, wages fall in Bell Countyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=76942013-04-15T11:36:00Z2013-04-15T00:00:00Z

BELL COUNTY - Employment levels improved but average weekly pay dropped in Bell County in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bell County employment rose 1.7 percent, while average weekly wages decreased 0.9 percent in July-September 2012 compared to the same time in 2011.

Despite the drop, Bell County was 108th among the 328 largest U.S. counties for pay improvement, up from 309 of 322 last year.

Weekly wages in Bell County averaged $749, compared to a high of $1,154 in Houston’s Harris County. Cameron County on the Texas border averaged $580, the lowest among large counties.

Other area counties’ wage averages were: McLennan, $735; Coryell, $650; Falls, $583; and Lampasas, $576.

For employment growth, Bell was 123rd of the 328 largest U.S. counties in September 2012, down from 109th last year. Local job growth was slightly better than the U.S. average 1.6 percent, but a full point below the state’s 2.7 percent.

Read more at the Temple Daily Telegram.

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