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Report: Linn, Johnson counties show wage growth near 4 percent

Midwest inflation rose 2.5 percent in same time period

Linn and Johnson County employees saw their wages rise on average by 3.9 and 3.7 percent respectively from June last year to June 2018, according to new federal data.

County-level wage and employment statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday show the average wage of employees in Linn County was $1,008 in the second quarter of this year, while the average Johnson County worker made $980 per week.

The two counties outpaced the country’s average wage growth of 3.4 percent in that period — but the average U.S. weekly wage still is higher than both counties at $1,055.

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The new figure shows a sharp increase in wage growth for Linn County, in particular. Average wage raises in the second quarter of 2015 to the same period in 2016 was 2.5 percent for the county. Wages in the second quarters of 2016 and 2017 rose at that same rate.

However, the BLS Midwest Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation in the region, rose 2.5 percent between the second quarter of 2017 and this year, minimizing real wage increases.

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