Battle Creek, Michigan, had the largest percentage gain in average weekly earnings among metropolitan areas from July 2015 to July 2016. Average weekly earnings for employees on private nonfarm payrolls in Battle Creek rose from $748.35 in July 2015 to $913.68 in July 2016, a gain of 22.1 percent. This compared with an over-the-year increase of less than 0.5 percent for the state of Michigan, from $820.46 to $824.22. Lebanon, Pennsylvania (20.9 percent), also experienced an over-the-year increase in average weekly earnings of greater than 20 percent, from $624.65 in July 2015 to $755.49 in July 2016.
The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls occurred in Farmington, New Mexico (−23.3 percent), from $838.74 in July 2015 to $643.62 in July 2016. Other areas with decreases in average weekly earnings of greater than 12 percent were Bay City, Michigan (−13.9 percent); Homosassa Springs, Florida (−13.1 percent); and Flint, Michigan (−12.4 percent).
These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — July 2016” (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Battle Creek, Michigan, has largest percentage gain in weekly earnings for year ended July 2016 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/battle-creek-michigan-has-largest-percentage-gain-in-weekly-earnings-for-year-ended-july-2016.htm (visited September 30, 2022).