Average hourly earnings in June 2015 were higher than a year earlier in 33 of the 51 largest metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more. Average hourly earnings decreased in 17 areas and were unchanged in one.
In June 2015, Columbus, Ohio, had the largest over-the-year percentage gain in average hourly earnings (6.2 percent), from $21.94 to $23.30. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California, had a gain of 6.0 percent, from $32.34 to $34.29.
Oklahoma City had the largest percentage decrease in average hourly earnings (-3.3 percent), from $22.28 in June 2014 to $21.54 in June 2015. Nashville-Davidson—Murfreesboro—Franklin, Tennessee, experienced a 3.2-percent decrease, from $23.46 to $22.71.
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. For more information on employment and earnings by metropolitan area, see Table D6: Average hours and earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls by state and metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (PDF) (XLS).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Percent changes in average hourly earnings for largest metro areas, June 2014 to June 2015 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/percent-changes-in-average-hourly-earnings-for-largest-metro-areas-june-2014-to-june-2015.htm (visited September 26, 2022).