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Best Cities to Earn More

Best Cities to Earn More

Dona DeZube | Monster Finance Careers Expert

Twin Signs of Economic Recovery

To find real economic recovery, look for areas with both rising wages and an increasing number of jobs, Hiles suggests. Among the 10 largest counties by employment in the US, only Harris County, Texas, posted positive results in wages and job growth in the last quarter of 2008 — a gain of 2.6 percent in wages and 1 percent in employment.

However, if you look at the BLS’ list of the 335 largest US counties by employment, the counties with rising wages and job growth are:

Alaska: Anchorage
Illinois: Peoria
Iowa: Linn
Kansas: Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte
Louisiana: Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Orleans
New York: Kings
North Carolina: Cumberland
North Dakota: Cass
Oklahoma: Oklahoma
Pennsylvania: Butler and Washington
South Dakota: Minnehaha
Texas: Bell, Bexar, Brazoria, Collin, Denton, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Lubbock, McLennan, Montgomery, Nueces, Potter, Smith and Webb
Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington and Loudoun
Washington: Yakima
Washington, DC
Wisconsin: Winnebago

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